With its picturesque beaches and bays, this coastal park is unmissable in summer, but its countless historic attractions, wildlife and walking tracks make it a joy to visit any time of year.
Visiting through the seasons
- Head to Cape Solander lookout to see migrating humpback whales swimming close to the coast. A free shuttle bus runs on weekends in whale watching season.
- Set off on the extended Henry Head walk to photograph the SS Minmi shipwreck, just off Cape Banks (low tide only)
Spring (Sept, Oct, Nov)
- Take the Cape Baily Coast walk to birdwatch, see the Cape Baily lighthouse, and – if you’re lucky – spot humpback whales returning south
- Visit in November when daylight saving begins in New South Wales. It’s lighter for longer and the park’s northern section is open until 8:30pm. Why not pack a picnic dinner to enjoy on the La Perouse peninsula as the sun sets?
Summer (Dec, Jan, Feb)
- Bring your snorkel or scuba gear and explore the rocky reefs at Botany Bay’s entrance, Inscription Bay or the La Perouse headland. Dive around Bare Island to glimpse sea horses and sea dragons.
- Cool off with a quiet saltwater swim at Congwong Beach, Frenchman's Bay or Silver Beach
- The summer holiday information has important tips to help you plan your visit to Kamay Botany Bay National Park during the busy holiday period.
- The average temperature ranges between 17°C and 26°C
- The area’s highest recorded temperature is 45.2°C (2006)
- The average temperature ranges between 7°C and 18°C
- The area’s lowest recorded temperature is -0.1°C (1943)
- The wettest month on average is June
- The area's highest recorded rainfall is 254.5mm in one day
Climate averages recorded at nearby weather stations
Average temperature ranges
The area's highest recorded temperature is 43.4° C. Its lowest recorded temperature is -0.1° C. Information recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station at Sydney Airport Amo.
Average rainfall ranges
The area's highest recorded rainfall is 216.2mm in one day. Information recorded by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology weather station at Sydney Airport Amo.