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Cape Solander

“We had high hopes on our visit and we weren’t disappointed! The views from the lookout are priceless. ”

Want to go whale watching in Sydney? Cape Solander is undoubtedly one of Sydney's best whale watching spots.

June/July is the best time to see humpback whales as they migrate to warmer waters. If you’re lucky you won’t even need to look far – whales have been known to swim as close as 200m from the coast.

Named after botanist Daniel Solander, Cape Solander features a lookout with a viewing platform – the perfect vantage point – along with information on whales seen in Sydney waters. Friendly volunteers are there to provide information throughout the season.

If you plan on a coastal walk through the park, then Cape Solander is a good starting point. It’s also a great spot for birdwatching or simply gazing at the clear horizon.


Getting there

Getting there:

Cape Solander 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
  • Continue past the visitor centre and follow to the end.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather


Parking is available at the Cape Solander lookout, including several designated disabled spots.

Alternatively, you can park at the Kurnell Visitor Centre and catch the shuttle bus to Cape Solander (on weekends during the whale watching season).

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)
  • A visit to Cape Solander is perfect for all fitness levels as you can drive directly to the lookout
  • Cape Solander can get busy at weekends and other peak periods
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to whale watch


Kurnell (Kamay Botany Bay National Park), Phone: 02 9668 2000

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A person walking along the rock shelf. Photo:Andy Richards