Matraville is a south-eastern suburb of Sydney, about 15km from the CBD. And it is a suburb that fairly reeks of history. It was just a couple of kilometres down the road, near Botany Bay’s north headland, that the Frenchman Jean-Francois de Galaup, Comte de La Perouse, put the wind right up the English when he commanded the ships Boussole and Astrolabe to weigh anchor at the entrance to the bay... just two days after the First Fleet had arrived a couple of kilometres to the north in Port Jackson. Cast a glance across the entrance to the bay and you are looking directly at the spot where Captain James Cook planted the flag in 1770. Matraville is within a few minutes of Maroubra Beach which is protected to the north by Mistral Point and to the south by Magic Point. Both headlands are shared by reserved parkland. This area of eclectic interests is home to the infamous Long Bay Gaol, Prince Henry Hospital, and the NSW and St Michaels golf courses.