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Captain Cook's Landing Place

“Visiting this place is like making a date with history.”

In 1770, Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook landed at Botany Bay’s Inscription Point. He and his Endeavour crew stayed in the area for eight days and had a dramatic impact on Australian history.

Located near Silver Beach on the Kurnell Peninsula headland, Cook’s landing place is a popular Sydney attraction. Now heritage-listed, this reserve interprets the story of the meeting of European and Aboriginal cultures.

Visit Kamay Botany Bay National Park to discover Captain Cook’s landing place yourself. The best way to get there is along the Burrawang walk that features a soundscape of Aboriginal children's laughter. As you pass over the dune you'll see views of the bay where the Endeavour was first sighted. A small plaque marks the location where Captain Cook landed.


Getting there

Getting there:

Captain Cook’s Landing Place is in the Kurnell precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Captain Cook Drive towards Kurnell
  • At the T intersection turn left and take the next right in to Cape Solander Drive
  • The visitor centre is on the left a short way after entering the park
  • Leave the car here and follow Burrawang walk to the landing place.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at Kurnell Visitor Centre, including several designated disabled parking spots.

Important info

You should know:

  • Please note that the Kurnell precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National park is open at 7am and gates are locked and the park is closed after 7:30pm (August – May) and 5:30pm (June – July)

Wheelchair access:


Assistance may be required to access this area.

  • The Burrawang walk to the foreshore is accessible for wheelchairs from the Kurnell visitor centre
  • There is a section that passes over the dunes that is not wheelchair accessible

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People walking pat the monument. Photo:Andy Richards