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Botany Bay

Botany Bay

Botany Bay is one of the principal ports in Sydney and an important destination both for its rich historical heritage and its role in the city’s contemporary attractions.

One of the most important things about this bay is that in the late 18th century, it was the landing spot for Captain James Cook.

Botany Bay Accommodation, Hotels, Fishing & Walks Map, Sydney NSW

Having toured New Zealand, Captain Cook ventured into Australia, first landing at this bay. It is interesting to note that the bay area got its name from the fact that there were numerous botanical species found aboard the ship. The arrival of Captain Cook was followed closely by explorers from the French a few years later, marking an essential part of the city’s history.

Today, Botany Bay is a heritage listed site that marks the blending of two unique cultures and a present reminder of the ties between the first Aboriginal people and the Europeans who later colonised Australia.

Presently, the bay serves as the location of the city’s important cargo port. Its proximity to the two runways of Sydney Airport makes it one of the most popular plane-watching spots in the region. It is not uncommon to have both locals and foreigners enjoy a relaxed weekend afternoon, watching planes land and take off.

To see the exact landing spot where Cook and his team first landed, visit the famous Kamay Botany Bay National Park and enjoy one of Sydney’s heritage listed sites. Take the Burrawang walk where you can walk over the dunes and enjoy magnificent views of the bay area; including the exact location of the landing. A small plaque marks this site on location.

In addition to the heritage-listed landing spot, other attractions near Botany Bay include the national park, Kurnell headlands, as well as Silver Beach. Some of the exciting activities that one can enjoy around the Bay area include scuba diving, snorkelling and nature trails. There are a handful of picnic sites for outdoor lovers to enjoy too.

Accommodation is readily available with hotels and apartments available for rent on a short or long-term basis. Click the links below to book your accommodation stay in Botany Bay during your next trip to Sydney.

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