Bare Island. Protecting Sydney’s backside.

South East of Sydney, on the northern side of Botany Bay, lies a small island named Bare Island. Sitting unassumingly as a rocky outcrop, Bare Island is modestly steeped in history.

Expecting the unexpected.

Botany Bay was considered the back door into Sydney, thus making the city vulnerable to a seaborne attack, so back in 1877 it was decided that a fort was to be built on the island. Connected by a footbridge to the suburb of La Perouse, the historic military fort and tunnels on this island can only be visited by guided tour.

The bridge to Bare Island.

The only way in or out. The bridge to Bare Island.

Bare Island is more than just history.

In addition to the historical aspect of this island, the surrounding waters is the most popular scuba diving spot in NSW. In fact, on a best of days it’s not uncommon to see over 200 scuba divers in the water.

If you’re looking for a day out in the Sydney area, check out Bare Island. It’s historically a very interesting spot and, if scuba diving isn’t your thing, the photographic possibilities here are endless. It’s also a great vantage point for planes too, as the Sydney International Airport is nearby!

What lens to use?

There is so much detail to capture at Bare Island. The rocky sandstone outcrops have different shades of brown depending on where you look. If you are into photographing the passing air traffic from Sydney Airport, bring a zoom lens. However, the biggest piece of advice I can give you is to bring a Circular Polarizer. I used one on all the photos on this post. It will help cut through the haze and make your skies blue, and reduce the reflections off the water allowing you to capture the different hues of blue in the surrounding water. And of course, don’t forget your sunscreen!

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