This website was established on a voluntary basis in 2007 to share information about the La Perouse Museum, Monuments and activities associated with the Headland.
Along with the rest of Australia the area was occupied by aboriginal peoples for thousands of years and it is unique in giving rise to early examples of aboriginal tourism which are carried on to this day on site and through local tours and the Blak Markets. The Museum contains examples of shellwork and traditional work as well as showing historic films of items such as boomerangs being crafted and demonstrated. La Perouse is also notable for a century of snake shows. The Museum has an exhibition dedicated to the Cann Family, who are the most widely known exponents. Also on display are items recording the original history of the Museum as a Cable Station, housing equipment and workers from the Eastern Extension Australasia and China Telegraph Company. The oldest building on Botany Bay, the Macquarie Watchtower, also sits on the Headland. Most of the pages on this website record the French legacy at La Perouse. This is the most significant French site in Australia with stories about the French navigator, Laperouse, interpreted in the Museum, and through the two Monuments: the Receveur Grave and the Laperouse Monument and surrounds.
In September 2017 a 42 year lease agreement was signed between Randwick City Council and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service allowing Randwick City Council to manage the sites. Bare Island continues to be managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
Randwick City Council open the Museum on Wednesdays 10am-2pm and Saturdays and Sundays 10am – 4pm. Their contact telephone number is 9093 6190 and email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Randwick City Council manages the area under the direction of the La Perouse Headland Trust, according to requirements set out in the Kamay Botany Bay Plan of Management, the La Perouse Headland Conservation Plan of Management*, and the Draft Interpretation, Landscape and Architectural Plan, and in consultation with a range of stakeholders.
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*The Plan is presented in 3 Volumes. This link is to Volume 2. See also Volume 1