Monday 16 February 2015


We almost didn't explore Bare Island. Or at least its surrounds. As we approached the former fort that was built to protect Sydney from the fear of a Russian invasion at the end of the 19th century, we saw that the site was only open on Sunday afternoons at specified times.

However, after enjoying a picnic lunch in the shade of La Perouse monument we headed back down to have a closer look. It turned out to be a good decision.

The area is popular with scuba divers, which is how we heard about it (from a friend who dives there), and we got to see enough sea life from the weathered bridge that crosses from La Perouse to the island to keep everyone entertained. Down some steps we walked onto a sandstone ledge that is filled with rock pools. The perfect size for little feet to jump inside, and also home to many small crabs.

We walked around the cliff face and found fish scales and feathers. The site is also popular for fishing. There's a guide near the bridge that tells you the type of marine life in the area: bream, blue groper, pineapple fish, weedy seadragons and Port Jackson sharks!

Exploring the island itself was enough to satisfy everyone for our visit. And it gave us a great taste of what else the area offers.

* Be sure to stand near the sandstone cliff and listen to the echo of the ocean. It's quite an amazing sound.

* Guided tours of Bare Island Fortification run at 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.30pm on Sundays, and need to be booked at La Perouse Museum 02 9247 5033
* Blak Markets (Indigenous market stalls, food, coffee and entertainment) are on the first Sunday of the month, 10.30am to 5pm. $2 entry per person onto the island, children under 5 free.

images the indigo crew

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