Quibray Bay viewing platform

Towra Point Nature Reserve

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Overview

Quibray Bay viewing platform in Kurnell is a great place for birdwatching and also features scenic views across conservation areas close to Sydney.

Type
Lookouts
Where
Towra Point Nature Reserve
What to
bring
Binoculars, drinking water, insect repellent
Please note
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to Quibray Bay as the carpark can become boggy when it rains.

Nestled within Towra Point Nature Reserve near Kurnell, Quibray Bay viewing platform offers magnificent views of maintained, fragile ecosystems without disturbing the surrounding plants and animals.

The short boardwalk features wild acacia and banksia on either side, which then opens out to the viewing platform. Birdwatching and nature photography are at their best here, as the views sprawl broadly across the coastline; migratory birds come to breed and nest along these ancient shores.

The mangroves, saltmarsh and mudflats of Towra Point Nature Reserve are also visible and in spring, full-bloomed wildflowers dab the landscape with bright, untamed colour.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

Nearby:

  • Towra Beach Day Use Area, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: OEH

    Towra Beach

    Kurnell’s delightful Towra Beach is ideal for boating, kayaking or a leisurely picnic, all with the Sydney city skyline as your backdrop.

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Local alerts

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General enquiries

Park info

  • in Towra Point Nature Reserve in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • Towra Point Nature Reserve is accessible by boat only. Access to the land is available on special consent for research and educational purposes only. Contact the local Area office on 9668 2000.

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Quibray Bay viewing platform.

Getting there and parking

Quibray Bay viewing platform is in the eastern precinct of Towra Point Nature Reserve. To get there:

  • Follow Captain Cook Drive towards Kurnell
  • Continue for approximately 3.7km past the Elouera Road roundabout
  • The carpark is located on the left

Road quality

  • Sealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • All weather

Parking

Parking is available off Captain Cook Drive in a council managed gravel carpark.

Best times to visit

Spring

A variety of birds, including rainbow lorikeet, crimson rosella and Eastern rosella can be seen feeding on purple berries during spring.

Summer

Take a picnic and your swimmers to Towra Beach picnic area and cool off during the hot summer months.

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

25°C and 27°C

Highest recorded

43.4°C

Winter temperature

Average

16°C and 21°C

Lowest recorded

0.1°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

March

Driest month

September

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

216.2mm

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency Plus app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

River and lake safety

The aquatic environment around rivers, lakes and lagoons can be unpredictable. If you're visiting these areas, take note of these river and lake safety tips.

Accessibility

Assistance may be required to access this area.

Prohibited

Pets

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

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Learn more

Quibray Bay viewing platform is in Towra Point Nature Reserve. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

A bird watching haven

Water hole, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Some of the birds that feed on the intertidal flats around Towra Point migrate over 12,000km, coming from as far away as Siberia, China and Japan. Nearly all the migratory birds here are wading birds or shorebirds. You may spot a royal spoonbill or a Pacific golden plover when you visit the reserve; this is a great place for birdwatching and nature photography. Nearly all of the migratory birds that have used the Towra Point area are wading birds or shorebirds. Approximately 34 of the 80 species of migratory birds listed for protection have been recorded as using the Towra Point wetlands.

  • Quibray Bay viewing platform Quibray Bay viewing platform in Kurnell is a great place for birdwatching and also features scenic views across conservation areas close to Sydney.

Aboriginal country

Quibrary Bay viewing platform, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

The beautiful coastal landscape of Towra Point is country for various Dharawal, Dharug and Eora nations. It has provided an abundant source of natural food, being especially rich in seafood and fresh drinking water, for thousands of years. This nature reserve is now a dedicated Aboriginal Place, in recognition of the natural and spiritual significance to this remarkable civilisation. Aboriginal sites, including middens and earth mounds, are all a part of Towra’s fascinating historic landscape.

Captain Cook’s landing

Towra Beach, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

The site of one of the first contacts between European and Aboriginal peoples, Towra Point is a hugely important place for Australia as we know it today. In April 1770, the Cook expedition explored the area and mapped Towra Lagoon as a source of fresh water. Botany Bay was also the site of some of Australia's first botanical collections by Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander; much of what they saw can still be seen here today.

Sights to behold

Quibrary Bay viewing platform, Towra Point Nature Reserve. Photo: John Spencer

Boating and kayaking through the maze of waterways is a great way to see Towra Point Nature Reserve. Be sure to stay within sanctuary and refuge zones to help preserve this outstanding environment. Towra Beach picnic area is a popular destination in summer with boaties, who are tempted by the views stretching from Botany Bay to Sans Souci.

  • Quibray Bay viewing platform Quibray Bay viewing platform in Kurnell is a great place for birdwatching and also features scenic views across conservation areas close to Sydney.
  • Towra Beach Kurnell’s delightful Towra Beach is ideal for boating, kayaking or a leisurely picnic, all with the Sydney city skyline as your backdrop.

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