Bare island, La Perouse

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Island · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Bare Island is a heritage-listed islet located in south-eastern Sydney, in La Perouse in the City of Randwick local government area in the state of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The islet is located about 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) south east of the Sydney central business district, within Botany Bay, close to the bay's northern headland. Containing former fortification facilities, Bare Island was a former war veterans' home and museum and is now a historic site that was added to the New South Wales State Heritage Register on 2 April 1999 and is significant as an almost completely intact example of late nineteenth century coastal defence technology. It was designed by Sir Peter Scratchley, Gustave Morell and James Barnet and built from 1881 to 1889 by John McLeod on behalf of the NSW Department of Public Works.

Bare Island is connected by a footbridge to the mainland of La Perouse. The heritage-listed military fort and tunnels can only be visited by guided tour. The waters around the island are popular with scuba divers. The Bare Island anglerfish is named after this island.
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  • Its a nice place to go and spend half an hour watching the birds and checking out the sea urchins. Hardly any people and on good days you can circumnavigate the island - but on most days it is...  more »
  • The view from the carpark is pretty good but walking around the island the rock formations are beautiful. An easy walk across the bridge and a few steps to the rocks below. Toilets available near he.....  more »
  • Though there are many beautiful beaches in Sydney, this beach is unique in its own way. It's natural, historical and pleasant. We can see many flights wandering around this beach when they don't get air traffic clearance from ATC. It's interesting to see the frequency and pattern of flights in the air at this place.
  • Bare island that it may be, beautiful island it is. Wonderful memories, and amazing geology. May not be your usual tourist attraction, but definitely a place that worth visiting. Probably need a car 🚗 to get you there thought. Also seems like a popular place for wedding photograph.
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