Botany Bay Busy Bees

Kurnell area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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Overview

Volunteer for bush regeneration in the Kurnell section of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Join a friendly team of volunteers and get involved in protecting this parks historically significant vegetation.

Work
Bush regeneration, weed and pest management
When

2nd and 4th Thursday of every month (excluding December and January), 9am–12pm.

Grade
Medium
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
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The Botany Bay Busy Bees have been working out of the Kurnell section of the Kamay Botany Bay National Park for over 20 years. Come along and work with friendly, like-minded people helping to preserve this historically significant site. Bush regeneration activities will focus on eradication of invasive weeds including Bitou Bush, Lantana and Asparagus Fern, with occasional planting activities.

This group meets twice a month at Kurnell Visitor Centre. You’ll receive on-the-job training and supervision in plant and weed identification, and general bush regeneration techniques. Come fully dressed ready to participate, and bring along water and any personal medication. Tea, coffee and biscuits are always provided, as are all the necessary tools, gloves and eye protection.

In the meantime, discover what the local bushland was like before European settlement

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Visitor info

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    From Sydney:

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

    From Kurnell:

    • You can get to it via Rocky Point Road, off the Princes Highway
    • Enter the southern section on Captain Cook Drive

    Road quality

    • Sealed roads

    Vehicle access

    • 2WD vehicles

    By bike

    Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

    By public transport

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

    Maps and downloads

    Visitor centre

    • Kurnell Visitor Centre
      21 Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW 2231
    • CLOSED TO VISITORS. Email and phone contact only. Monday to Friday, 10am to 3.30pm. Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, 9.30am to 4pm. Closed Christmas holiday.
    • 02 9668 2010

    Learn more

    Botany Bay Busy Bees is in Kurnell area. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    Whale watching

    People undercover using binoculars to spot whales, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Susan Aston Metham/OEH

    June/July is the best time to see humpback whales in this area as they migrate to warmer waters, and Cape Solander is a terrific lookout to get a glimpse of these majestic ocean giants.

    • Cape Solander 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.
    • Kurnell Visitor Centre Kurnell Visitor Centre is closed to visitors because a new visitor centre is being built in 20201-2022. You can still contact Visitor Centre staff for maps, history and advice by email or phone. 
    • Muru and Yena tracks Mura and Yena tracks form a short loop walk from Kurnell Visitor Centre to clifftop Yena picnic area, in Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Enjoy dramatic coastal views, spot whales, birdlife and wildflowers.

    Aboriginal culture to discover

    Cape Baily Coast walk, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

    At the time of the first encounters with Europeans, Aboriginal people of 2 different nations – the Goorawal People and the Gweagal People – were living in the area which now includes Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Significant Aboriginal sites have been recorded in the park, including middens and engravings.

    • Burrawang walk Take an easy stroll along Burrawang walk in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Enjoy several historic sites and bronze sculptures of Aboriginal significance. A large section of this walk is wheelchair-accessible.

    Historic heritage

    Monument track, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: Andy Richards

    Kurnell is Captain Cook's Landing Place and the point of first contact between Aboriginal people and the Endeavour crew. The Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is rich in both Aboriginal and European history and is certainly a cornerstone of the country's colonial history. One of Australia's earliest European explorers, James Cook, landed here in 1770. Cook's botanists, Joseph Banks and Daniel Solander, first explored Australia's natural world here. After the reports of Cook and Banks, Botany Bay was recommended as a suitable site for settlement but upon inspection by Captain Arthur Phillip it was found unsuitable as it had no secure fresh water or suitable anchorage – so Sydney Cove was set up as the penal colony instead

    • Captain Cook's Landing Place 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.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • White-bellied sea eagle. Photo: John Turbill

      White-bellied sea eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)

      White-bellied sea eagles can be easily identified by their white tail and dark grey wings. These raptors are often spotted cruising the coastal breezes throughout Australia, and make for some scenic bird watching. Powerful Australian birds of prey, they are known to mate for life, and return each year to the same nest to breed.

    Plants

    • Blueberry ash. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Blueberry ash (Elaeocarpus reticulatus)

      The blueberry ash is a rainforest shrub which produces blue olive-shaped berries and spectacular bell-shaped flowers, which often appear on the plant together. It is a tall slender shrub or small tree found in rainforest, tall eucalypt forest and coastal bushland in eastern NSW, south-east Queensland and Victoria.

    • Flannel flowers in Wollemi National Park. Photo: © Rosie Nicolai

      Flannel flower (Actinotus helianthi)

      The delicate flannel flower is so named because of the soft woolly feel of the plant. Growing in the NSW south coast region, extending to Narrabri in the Central West and up to south-east Queensland, its white or pink flowers bloom all year long, with an extra burst of colour in the spring.

    • Old man banksia, Moreton National Park. Photo: John Yurasek

      Old man banksia (Banksia serrata)

      Hardy Australian native plants, old man banksias can be found along the coast, and in the dry sclerophyll forests and sandstone mountain ranges of NSW. With roughened bark and gnarled limbs, they produce a distinctive cylindrical yellow-green banksia flower which blossoms from summer to early autumn.

    • Smooth-barked apple. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Smooth-barked apple (Angophora costata)

      Smooth-barked apple gums, also known as Sydney red gum or rusty gum trees, are Australian native plants found along the NSW coast, and in the Sydney basin and parts of Queensland. Growing to heights of 15-30m, the russet-coloured angophoras shed their bark in spring to reveal spectacular new salmon-coloured bark.

    Environments in this area