La Perouse is a suburb in south-eastern Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia and is located about 14 kms south east of the Sydney central business district, in the city of Randwick.
La Perouse is one of few Sydney suburbs with a French title, another being Sans Souci. It is named after Jean Francois de Galaup comte de La Perouse (1741-88) who landed on Botany Bay.
The first building in the area was the round stone tower constructed in 1820-22 as accomodation for a small guard stationed there to prevent smuggling, which still stands today.
The small island, just inside the heads was described by Captain James Cook as 'a small bare island'. In 1912 Bare Island became a retirement home for war veterants, which continued to operate until 1963 when it was handed over to the New South Wales Parks and Wildlife Service for use as museum and tourist attraction.
Bare Island featured in the Movie STONE (1974) and MISSION IMPOSSIBLE 2.