National Parks / Natural World
Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell
Where is it at?
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Cape Solander Drive
Tel: 02 9668 2000
Where are we going today?
Kamay Botany Bay National Park is an incredible place for the whole family to get out into nature and enjoy the wildlife and incredible views!
First stop - the Visitor Centre. You can start your experience with the art gallery, a theatre, historical exhibition, and of course a cafe and shop.
They often display exhibitions from the Aboriginal community and Australian Marine Art Society.
Then - nature begins! The Burrawang Walk starts at the Visitor Centre. Try to imagine what the national park looked like in 1770. What do you think people would have seen? Would you like to have been part of it all?
This walk features helpful interpretive signs on the cultural and natural histories of the area, as well information on the native plants that would have been growing in the area at that time. What time exactly would that be? Well, just Cook's arrival!
The area is THE spot in history that shaped Australia, and there is an interesting soundscape that allows kids to understand the Aboriginal connections that the area had also.
Kamay Botany Bay National Park has a number of sheltered coves and beaches, so if you fancy a dip in the cool salt water without having to battle against the strong currents and surf, this is the place for you to be! Congwong Beach is popular, as is Frenchman's Bay, which is just outside of the national park.
Fancy a spot of diving? Why not! The area has some incredible dive spots suitable for all levels of experience. There are colourful and fascinating rocky reefs just at the entrance of Botany Bay, and special underwater sea grass meadows inside the bay itself.
Ever seen a whale in the wild? If not, you might after your trip here! Humpbacks use this route as part of their migration and often travel along the coastline. They can sometimes be spotted from the cliffs! Southern right whales and dolphins have also been seen, so keep a look out!
Want to literally stand in the most important spot in modern Australian history? The Laperouse Museum and Visitor Centre stand on the site of the first landing of the First Fleet (Do you know the date? Here's a hint: January 1788!). Just take a moment and imagine what it would have been like!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$7 per vehicle per day parking.
When can we go?
7am open. Closing times vary from 5:30pm - 8:30pm depending on the month.
This is an incredibly important area for history students to come to see first hand Australia's modern birthplace. .
The park is a popular picnic spot, so why not bring the family down with some tasty treats and enjoy lunch! .
Any Top Tips?
Take a tour of Bare Island Fort on weekends if you want to add something else to your already incredible family time away! .
Need a little extra help?
The Burrawang Walk track is wheelchair accessible except for the section that climbs over the dune and can be accessed from the visitor centre car park..
What people are saying?
by Marco Palmero
This is a fantastic place with sweeping views of the sandstone cliffs that border Sydney to the East. This place is actually a historically significant place and is on the National Heritage List. In 1770 this is where the local Aboriginal population encountered the crew of the Endeavour. A great place for a walk but not for a picnic - it's rather windy.
by Cameron Thomas
White Australia Started here .. Just remember this when you stand on the sand, and think how lucky we are all to be in such a free and safe country.
by Matthew Kelly
by A Google User
a beautiful and free place
by YIFENG XU
good for fishing