Kamay Botany Bay National Park
Make a date with history at the meeting place
Stream/s: Respecting Indigenous and traditional knowledge and culture; Improving health and wellbeing; Inspiring a new generation
Host Organisation: New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service
Location: Kamay/Botany, southern Sydney
Above Image: Paul Wileman
Tile Image: Andrew Richards OEH
A symbolic site for all Australian’s for its cultural and historic significance, Kamay Botany Bay National Park is south east of Sydney and straddles the two headlands at the entrance of Botany Bay. The park marks the site of first contact between Indigenous Australians and the crew of Lieutenant James Cook’s Endeavour in 1770. New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service welcomes you to explore this stunning, coastal protected area and to enjoy a morning learning about its many special qualities.
Upon arrival at Kamay Botany Bay National Park you will receive a welcome to country by the traditional custodians of the land. Then you will be invited to take the Burrawang Walk – an easy cultural walk that will take you past several of the area’s historic sites. The walk will step you back in time by telling the story of Aboriginal life on the shores on Botany Bay at the time of the first meeting of European and Aboriginal culture.
You will learn about the cooperative redevelopment of the site, which has been fundamental to bringing back local Aboriginal involvement and acceptance of the place. Acknowledgment of the Indigenous history and the ongoing connection of Aboriginal people to the meeting place have encouraged Aboriginal participation in this park.
You will visit the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Visitor Centre, which features an art gallery, theatrette, historical exhibition, shop and café. There you can learn about the historic journey of Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook through the centre’s interactive displays. You can also see how the area’s Aboriginal inhabitants lived at the time of Cook’s landing, find out more about Aboriginal people in the area, and enjoy photography by park rangers, and local art works provided by the local Aboriginal community and the Australian Society of Marine Artists.
Another noteworthy site to visit in the park is Cape Solander. With its sandstone sea cliffs and magnificent coastal panorama, Cape Solander is one of Sydney’s premier whale-watching sites where whales have been known to swim as close as 200 metres from the coast. You will hear about whale migration and the National Parks and Wildlife Service’s popular Wild About Whales program from a Park Ranger. June/July is the best time to see humpback whales as they migrate north to warmer waters but they do journey south in October/November so keep an eye out for a spout! Cape Solander is also a perfect vantage point for spotting other marine life including fur seals, dolphins and sea birds.
Lunch will be enjoyed on the lawns of Commemoration Flat, a grassy picnic area on the shores of Botany Bay with views across the bay to the Sydney city skyline. You will have an opportunity to undertake some Aboriginal cultural activities, wander the grounds, return and peruse the Visitor Centre further, or just to relax, before returning to Sydney Olympic Park where you can enjoy the afternoon entertainment at PlanetFest.
Expect a fun and educational excursion at one of Australia’s most culturally significant places.
Particulars and requirements
This excursion includes an easy grade nature walk.
Transportation: Return travel to Sydney Olympic Park via coach. There will be a communique to delegates closer to the date regarding options to get to/back from Sydney Olympic Park pre/post excursion.
Meals: Morning tea and lunch *Catering will include some vegetarian options. Delegates with other special dietary requirements will need to bring their own packed food/beverage.
What to bring
- Wear comfortable clothing
- Closed-toe walking shoes
- Sun lotion
- Weather gear (hat, rain jacket, a sweater/warm clothing in case the wind picks up by the water)
- Water bottle
Weather conditions can be checked at www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forcasts/sydney.shtml