As I walked along the rickety 130 year old footbridge, a strong gust of wind blew in my face and I shivered. I continued walking, heading towards Bare Island Fort that had been peacefully residing here for over a century. Bare Island Fort at La Perouse was constructed in 1885 to ward off a supposed Russian invasion. It is featured in the Tom Cruise starrer Mission: Impossible 2 where Tom Cruise performs crazy motorcycle stunts. The military fort and tunnels are only accessible via a guided tour.
Bare Island is connected by a footbridge to the mainland of La Perouse. La Perouse is named after a French explorer who was part of Captain Arthur Phillip’s First Fleet who had initially landed here in 1788.
What to do
Picturesque La Perouse and surrounds is perfect for fishing, scuba diving, picnics or even just a casual stroll along the footbridge. Hike along Henry Head walking track for some breathtaking bay and ocean views. Occasionally, you may find several bridal photo shoots taking place against the scenic backdrop.
Bare Island Fort guided tours take place Sundays at 45 minute intervals between 1.30 pm and 4.15 pm.
Where to eat
There are a number of cafes around the area most notably serving seafood. Danny’s seafood is a crowd favourite. The Boatshed La Perouse and Driftwood are also popular choices.
How to get there
La Perouse is situated 16 km southeast of Sydney and there are direct buses travelling to and from the city centre. It is around a 25 minutes drive from Sydney CBD.
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