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Kamay Botany Bay National Park

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by Tim Falk (subscribe)
A freelance writer with an interest in just about everything.
Published October 23rd 2012
Historical sites and beautiful sights
[ADVERT]Combining Australia's natural and cultural heritage, Kamay Botany Bay National Park has plenty to offer to the Sydney daytripper.

With some of the country's most important historical sites, beautiful native scenery and some fantastic opportunities for wildlife watching, there's a lot to see in this excellent park.

Found about 16km south-east of the Sydney CBD, the park is split into northern and southern sections, making it worthwhile taking more than one day to explore everything the park has to offer.

At Kurnell, you can explore the area's history along the Burrawang walk. Beginning at the Kurnell Visitor Centre, this walk tells the story of the first meeting of European and Aboriginal culture. It even takes you past Captain Cook's landing place, and there's plenty of interpretive signs along the way to explain the history.

For some more natural beauty, drive to nearby Cape Solander, a great whale watching spot that has been profiled on WeekendNotes before. On the October day I visited, I pulled into the parking space and immediately saw a humpback whale launching itself skywards just a couple of hundred metres out to sea. But even if there are no whales putting on a show, Cape Solander still offers some magnificent coastal views.

Another attraction worth visiting in the park is the Laperouse Museum, which documents the 1787-1788 expedition of French explorer the Comte de Laperouse. Read more about the museum here.

And there's so many more great experiences on offer in the park. You can go diving at Bare Island, spread out at one of the many peaceful picnic spots, or take in the botanical importance of the area along the Banks-Solander track.

For more information about the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, visit the NSW National Parks website.
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Why? Explore our natural and cultural heritage
Where: Kurnell and La Perouse
Cost: Vehicle entry fees are $7
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