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Are you looking for a place to go to with family and friends? Or maybe you’re a keen photographer and looking for places to go to for the best sunset photos. Let me tell you about this great place we discovered on our way to Wollongong and the best part is, it’s so close to the city yet lost in the wilderness away from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Gorgeous views of the ocean on the rocks

Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located in Kurnell, and is a place you must see in Sydney. It’s simply the perfect day out. You can come here to sit and relax, listen to the waves crashing on the cliffs edge or bring your snorkeling or scuba diving gear. Its the perfect spot for a swim or snorkel with plenty of fish around to see and explore. This gorgeous place is surrounded by sea and greenery at all angles.

Great day by the beach at Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Did you know, It’s the first place that Captain James Cook landed in Australia. He spotted a small island which is now known as Bare Island.

Bare Island Fort Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Botany Bay National Park is just beautiful, scenic and a fantastic picnic spot during the long summers. There are some lovely walks with amazing views, so if your a keen photographer, then you will definitely want to come to this place at sunset or if you’re a plane enthusiast like me, you can also capture some great shot of planes landing and taking off as it’s close to the airport.

Great spot to be with the kids. Not too overcrowded with great views

Dining Options

There is a great restaurant serving seafood just across the road from the beach and offers seating outside with great views. In the summer your sure to find an ice cream van parked close by.

We discovered this place on our way to Wollongong and before that had never heard of this beautiful hidden gem. I had my mum visiting us from the UK and she loved the coastal walks and beach vibes and took so many great photos to take back with her.

Captain Cook first spotted this area now known as Bare Island Fort

Things to do

For us it was a quick stop, however you would want to allow a good two or three hours to explore the park and it’s well looked after nature reserve.

La Perouse Museum

The museum is a heritage structure and lots of history to be learnt about this great place and fascinating exhibits. Entry is free.

Cape Solander

One of Sydney’s best Whale watching spots is Cape Solander. It’s also a popular lookout spot. You can drive there or walk via Yena Track and Cape Solander Drive. It’s around a 29 minute scenic walk.

Views looking across to La Perouse


Parking can be tricky especially on weekends during the Summer. If you park in the metered parking area then there is a fee of $12 per day. We managed to drive around and find a spot on one of the side streets.

I think this has to be one of the most beautiful national parks that I have ever been to. It is worth the visit or stop by if you are heading along the South Coast, you wont be disappointed.

Bare Island Fort

How to get here

Address: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Cape Solander Dr, Kurnell NSW 2231