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Dharawal Resting Place track

La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Overview

Walk the short track to Dharawal Resting Place to discover this important La Perouse Aboriginal site, that’s also steeped in Sydney’s colonial history.

Where
La Perouse area in Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Accessibility
Hard
Distance
0.2km one-way
Time suggested
10min
Grade
Grade 3
Price
Free
What to
bring
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen, snacks, sturdy shoes
Please note
  • Dharawal Resting Place is a designated Aboriginal site, that holds special cultural significance to the Dharawal People. Please respect this important site.
  • You can combine this walk with Cape Banks walking track. Cemetery trail is around 1km north-east of Cape Banks headland via the coastal fire trail and Cape Banks Road.

Discover a sense of place and cultural heritage as you explore the Dharawal Resting Place walking track, in Kamay Botany National Park. Located on a grassy slope near Cape Banks headland, this 200m walking track is short on distance but long on cultural significance.

A designated Aboriginal site, this area is an important site to the Dharawal People. In 2002, 2005 and 2018 Aboriginal ancestral remains were reburied here, in the Dharawal Resting Place, part of the Coast Hospital Cemetery. It continues to be a special place to the Aboriginal community.

You’ll also find crumbling tombstones in the cemetery—a window into lives lived and lost during colonial times. From the late 1800s to the early 1900s, the Coast Hospital Cemetery was Sydney’s main burial ground for people who died of infectious diseases.

As you follow the old stone path through the area, take time to read the headstones and information boards to learn more about the Aboriginal and colonial heritage. Don’t miss the Dharawal Resting Place Monument on the site’s east side.

If you’re after a longer walk try nearby Cape Banks or Henry Head walking tracks. History buffs can head to Bare Island Fort or La Perouse Museum.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

 

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 The Coast track, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

Things to do:

Cape Banks walking track

Cape Banks walking track is a beautiful coastal walk in La Perouse with views across Sydney’s Botany Bay. Start at Congwong Beach and take a swim along the way before passing Henry Head. Continue to Cape Banks, a fantastic spot for whale watching.

Cape Banks headland, La Perouse, Kamay Botany Bay National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH

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Park info

  • in the La Perouse area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park in the Sydney and surrounds region
  • 7am–8.30pm November to March. 7am–7.30pm April to October

    Areas may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • There are no park entry fees in La Perouse area but you'll need to pay to tour Bare Island. Park entry fees apply in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, only.

    Buy annual pass
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A family walk up Cape Banks headland, La Perouse area, Kamay Boatany Bay National Park. Photo: E Sheargold/OEH