Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located at La Perouse and Kurnell in Sydney. Discover its rich Aboriginal culture, explore Captain Cook's Landing Place, spot native plants on a bushwalk or whales at Cape Solander.

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Filled with significant sites, coastal landscapes and heritage-listed attractions, Kamay Botany Bay National Park is an easy day out in Sydney's south. Separated by the marine-rich waters of historic Botany Bay, the park’s northern and southern headlands feature a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage.

Explore the southern area around Kurnell where in 1770, local Aboriginal people encountered the crew of the Endeavour. The northern area at La Perouse is just as fascinating, where French explorer Comte de Laperouse was last sighted in 1788.

This park is also blessed with several sheltered coves and beaches, if you like swimming in salt water without fighting the surf. Its diverse waters offer plenty of beautiful snorkelling and scuba diving spots suitable for all levels of experience. You'll find rocky reefs at the entrance of Botany Bay, and underwater sea grass meadows inside the bay itself.

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/kamay-botany-bay-national-park/local-alerts

There are 2 areas in this park:

Bare Island Fort, Kamay Botany National Park. Photo: Andrew Richards

La Perouse area

La Perouse is the northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Maroubra. You'll find fantastic walks, diving spots and historic sites just a quick trip from Sydney's centre.

Cape Solander, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andrew Richards

Kurnell area

Kurnell area is at the southern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, near Cronulla. Go whale watching or explore some of NSW's most significant heritage sites — and see why Kurnell Penins...

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Getting there and parking

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    From Sydney:

    • The La Perouse area is at the end of Anzac Parade
    • The Kurnell area is off Captain Cook Drive, access is via Rocky Point Road, off the Princes Highway

    Motorcycles and vehicles must be kept on public roads.

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    Parking

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website

    By public transport

    For information about public transport options, visit the NSW transport info website.

    Facilities

    Maps and downloads

    Fees and passes

    Fees
    La Perouse: No fees.
    Kurnell: $8 (except for Potter Point section).

    Other fees:
    You'll need to pay to visit La Perouse Museum or to tour Bare Island.

    Annual passes and entry fees (http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/passes-and-fees)

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    Permitted

    • You can mountain bike on management trails only.
    • You can bring your own gas barbeques

    Fishing

    You can go fishing in Botany Bay from foreshore areas. A current NSW recreational fishing licence is required when fishing in all waters.

    Prohibited

    • Cycling on walking tracks

    Drones

    Flying recreational drones is not permitted in the La Perouse area of this park because it is located within 5.5km of an airfield or helicopter landing site. The Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) states that drones should not be flown within 30m of vehicles, boats, buildings or people, or within 5.5km of an airfield. Drones can also impact on public enjoyment and privacy, interfere with park operations, and may pose a threat to wildlife in some areas.

    Please contact the park office for consent if you wish to fly a drone for commercial filming or photography purposes. For more information, see the Drones in Parks policy.

    Camping

    Horses

    Pets

    Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the OEH pets in parks policy for more information.

    Smoking

    NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

    Visitor centre

    • Kurnell Visitor Centre
      Kamay Botany Bay National Park (South), Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW
    • 10am-3.30pm Monday to Friday. 9.30am-4pm Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. Closed Christmas holiday.
    • (02) 9668 2000
      • La Perouse Museum
        Kamay Botany Bay National Park (North), Cable Station, Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW
      • Sundays only 10am-4pm. (closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday)
      • (02) 9311 3379
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    Cape Baily lighthouse, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: John Spencer