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Cape Solander

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

Head to one of Sydney's best whale watching spots. Cape Solander, located in the Kurnell section of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is an unbeatable lookout during whale watching season.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • 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

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Operated by

  • Kurnell
  • 9.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. 9.30am-4.30pm weekends.
  • (02) 9668 2000
  • (02) 9668 2050
  • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (South), Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW

Park info

  • in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Kurnell section: open 10am - 3.45pm (Monday to Friday); 9.30am - 4.15pm (Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed Christmas holiday.

    La Perouse section: open 7am - 8.30pm (November - March); open 7am - 7.30pm (April - October).

  • Park entry fees:

    $7 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only. The park has coin-operated pay and display machines - please bring correct coins. The park also has credit card accepting payment facilities.

    Other fees:

    You'll need to pay to visit Laperouse Museum or to tour Bare Island.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Kurnell
      (02) 9668 2000
      Contact hours: 9.30am-4pm Monday to Friday. 9.30am-4.30pm weekends.
    • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (South), Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9668 2050
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    • La Perouse Museum
      (02) 9311 3379
      Contact hours: Sundays only 10am-4pm. (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday)
    • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (North), Cable Station, Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW
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