Bare Island Fort Tours, Sydney

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Bare Island is an islet in south-eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The islet is located about south east of the Sydney central business district, within Botany Bay, close to the bay's northern headland. Containing fortification facilities, Bare Island is listed on the State Heritage Register and is significant as an almost completely intact example of late nineteenth century coastal defence technology.
Bare Island is connected by a footbridge to the suburb 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.
Bare Island was part of the traditional land of the Gweagal and Kameygal Aboriginal tribes. In 1770, it was described as ‘a small bare island’ by early explorer, Lieutenant James Cook.
In 1877 it was decided that a fort was to be built on the island. Botany Bay was considered the back door into Sydney, thus making the city vulnerable to a seaborne attack. The construction of a fort on the island would reduce the odds of an attack from this entry point. Plans for the construction of a fort were drawn up by the Colonial Architects Department and tenders in 1880. Government tender for construction was awarded to John McLeod and Co, who also built the Georges Head and Middle Head fortifications. The fort was armed with two RML 9 inch 12 ton guns, two RML 80 pounder guns, a RML 10 inch 18 ton gun in an armoured casemate, and two fivebarreled 0.45inch Nordenfelt guns.
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  • Taken here with my niece and her kiddos. The place is so peaceful. The weather when we got there was just perfect! We noticed that some spots has been used for pre-wedding shoots. We saw some guys.....  more »
  • Firstly - be warned about parking - the NSWPWS website blithely says 'free on street parking', which is true - but given that tours are ONLY run on Sundays (bar January which has Friday and Sunday...  more »
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  • Bare Island was a former war veterans' home and museum and is now an historic site.Bare Island is connected by a footbridge to the mainland of La Perouse. Easily accessible by public transport.Amazing view.Good picnic spot.Kids and pets can have fun.so.And yes spotted few playful dolphins as well.Beautiful and rocky island.The rock formations around this island are amazing.But have to be a bit careful with children as there are small craters all around and dangerous for kids running around.
  • It's a very small island but very beautiful and colorful. Exactly opposite to entry the rocks and sea look mesmerizing. You can see ship and plane in one go. The place is beautiful and good for fishing also. The red brown rocks and shape like cave look very beautiful and picturesque. Reasonably good free parking and toilets.
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