It was not Congwong Beach but its smaller cousin, Little Congwong Beach, that has been garnering the press recently. Little Congwong in La Perouse was the site of the notorious nude bathing incident, which saw the fining of a number of people.
Despite its lack of press, Congwong Beach is the perfect location for a quiet harbour swim. La Perouse is located in Sydney's south-east, forming the headland of Botany Bay. Accessible along Anzac Parade, Congwong Beach is situated within close proximity of the La Perouse Museum as well as being situated within the Botany Bay National Park. If the draw of the beach is not sufficient, there are a variety of bush walks in the National Park, including that from Bare Island to Henry Head or the Botany Bay coastal walk.
Congwong Beach faces Bare Island. The fort of Bare Island was built in 1885 and is open for historical guided tours on Sundays between 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
It is this historical element that makes Congwong Beach different to Sydney's other beaches. As a visit to La Perouse Museum will demonstrate, there is a rich history in the area that brings to the fore Sydney's historical and indigenous roots.