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Captain Cook's Landing Place

Kamay Botany Bay National Park


Visit Kamay Botany Bay National Park to see Captain Cook's landing place at Kurnell. The heritage-listed site is an important place in Australia's history.

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Kamay Botany Bay National Park
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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)

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.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Kurnell section: open 7am-7.30pm (August-May); 7am-5.30pm (June-July).

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

  • Park entry fees:

    Current: $7 per vehicle per day applies in the Kurnell area only. From 6 October 2015: $8 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 La Perouse Museum or to tour Bare Island.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Kurnell
      (02) 9668 2000
      Contact hours: 10am-3.45pm Monday to Friday. 9.30am-4.15pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed Christmas holiday
    • Kamay Botany Bay National Park (South), Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW
    • Fax: (02) 9668 2050
    • 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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People walking pat the monument. Photo:Andy Richards