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Inscription Point, Botany Bay National Park

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Published September 10th 2018
Experience & explore Captain Cook’s first landing site
Inscription Point is located in the scenic and famous 456-hectare (1,130-acre) heritage-listed protected Kamay Botany Bay National Park in Kurnell.

The tranquil and stunning views from the viewing platform...


Located in-between The Leap and Commemoration Flat on the northeast headland of Kurnell, Inscription Point can be accessed from Solander Drive via a set of steps or from the shoreline at Commemoration Flat by walking east along the rocks.



Kamay Botany Bay National Park is home to the first landing place of Captain Cook and with northern and southern headlands of Botany Bay, northern headland of La Perouse and southern headland of Kurnell; Inscription Point is one place of interest that should not be missed!

Stunning views of the spectacular sandstone cliffs...


Also known as 'The Steps', Inscription Point makes the perfect day out with so many activities to enjoy from sightseeing, swimming, diving and/or snorkelling, fishing, relaxing by the rocks, whale watching (during migration season) or enjoying a scenic stroll. There is certainly an activity to suit all interests- not just nature and outdoor enthusiasts.

Fishing is a popular activity that can be enjoyed at Inscription Point...


Below the surface of the infamous arrival point of Captain Cook is a community of sea life waiting to be discovered, making snorkelling and diving- including scuba and free diving quite popular water activities that are all enjoyed at Inscription Point.

One of the viewing platforms at Inscription Point...


Snorkelling and diving is suitable for beginners and up as well as all ages. There is an average depth of about eight-metres with visibility ranging from 5-20 metres.

Inscription Point is a popular snorkelling, freediving & diving site...don't forget your wetsuits, the waters can get quite chilly!


Some aquatic life that can be seen here include Weedy Sea Dragons, Boxfish, Giant Jellyfish, Stingrays including Eagle Rays, Moray Eels, Hawksbill Turtles, Octopus, Catfish, Grouper fish, Port Jackson sharks and many more. (Do remember that Inscription Point is an intertidal protected area).

Cute little fish we spotted whilst snorkelling & freediving...


After experiencing the spectacular underwater world a walk around the region is quite rewarding- exploring the rich history and breathtaking views and if you are lucky, dolphins can be spotted from the vantage points at Inscription Point.



If fishing is more your thing, you will certainly not be disappointed at Inscription Point! You can expect to find Ludericks, Bream, Blue Groper and many other types of fish. (Remember to obey the regulations).



With so many activities to enjoy both in water and on land, Inscription Point is a gem that is waiting to be experienced. Be sure to add this place of interest to your itinerary of things to do this weekend!

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Why? The perfect day out for everyone
When: All year round
Where: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Solander Drive, Kurnell
Cost: Free- National Park fees apply- $8 per day/ per vehicle
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