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!