Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Visitor Centres

Kurnell Visitor Centre

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible and a wheelchair accessible toilet is available.

Kurnell Visitor Centre features an art gallery, theatrette, historical exhibition, shop and café. Be sure to pay a visit to the centre on your visit to Kamay Botany Bay National Park. You can enjoy a coffee before discovering more about the significance of the area. Be sure to view the film Kamay Botany Bay before you leave.

Learn about the European arrival through the centre’s interactive displays. See how the area’s Aboriginal inhabitants lived at the time of Captain Cook’s landing in 1770 and find out more about Aboriginal people in the area.

Formerly known as The Discovery Centre, the visitor centre also houses the Botany Bay Environmental Education Centre which offers excellent educational programs for students and teachers alike. Have a look at the welcome wall before heading to the picnic area or taking Burrawang walk or Banks-Solander track.

Activities: exploring cultural heritage, school/university excursions

Location:  shown on Kurnell map

Getting there: Kurnell Visitor Centre is in the Kurnell precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Captain Cook Drive towards Kurnell
  • At the T intersection turn left and take the next right in to Cape Solander Drive
  • The visitor centre is on the left a short way after entering the park

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: 9.30am - 4pm (Monday - Friday) and 9.30am - 4.30pm (Saturday - Sunday)

Facilities: education centre, flush toilets, carpark, trackhead/access point

Phone: 02 9668 2000

Fax: 02 9668 2050

Street address: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Cape Solander Drive, Kurnell NSW

Postal address: PO Box 375, Kurnell NSW 2231

La Perouse Museum

Wheelchair access: hard

Wheelchairs can access this area with some difficulty

  • The downstairs section of the museum is wheelchair accessible, but there are steps involved so you'll need some assistance.
  • The upstairs section is inaccessible due to a narrow stairway.

La Perouse Museum in Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Image: OEH)La Perouse Museum is located on Kamay Botany Bay National Park’s northern headland. The museum is housed within the historic Cable Station building, once Australia’s only link to the rest of the world. The La Perouse Monument is located nearby.

Almost 2,000 items across several rooms of exhibits document the 1787–1788 expedition of French explorer the Comte de Lapérouse. Items include the complete Atlas of the Voyage of La Perouse.

Lapérouse arrived in Botany Bay a week after the First Fleet. His expedition was last seen in what is now national parkland before mysteriously vanishing.

The fascinating exhibits in La Perouse Museum also tell stories of the local area, including Aboriginal stories.

For information or to book a guided tour, contact Cadmans Cottage.

Activities: school/university excursions, exploring cultural heritage

Location:  shown on La Perouse map

Getting there: La Perouse Museum is in the La Perouse precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. To get there:

  • Follow Anzac Parade towards La Perouse
  • At the end of Anzac Parade follow the signs to the museum.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Sundays only 10:00am-4:00pm. During school holidays the museum is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm (Closed Christmas Day, New Years Day and Good Friday).

Facilities: flush toilets

Phone: 02 9311 3379

Street address: Botany Bay National Park (North), Cable Station, Anzac Parade, La Perouse NSW 2036

Postal address: PO Box 461, Rose Bay, NSW 2029


Events, activities and alerts at this location
School excursion

Bound for Botany Bay - La Perouse

Location

The northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park features a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage. Filled with significant sites, remarkable landscapes and heritage-listed attractions the park is located on the marine-rich waters of historic Botany Bay. La Perouse was named after the French explorer Comte de Laperouse. His expedition was last sighted here in 1788.

Objectives

Students will:

  • walk the Grose Street track and hear about Aboriginal culture from our Aboriginal Discovery ranger
  • discover how Aboriginal people survived in this environment
  •  look at examples of Australian animals and Aboriginal artefacts
  • learn about  the European history of the site through stories and exploring the buildings
  • identify some of the consequences of the British invasion for Aboriginal people. 


Program outline

Welcome, introductions, acknowledgement of country

     

Animals and Aboriginal artefacts are explained and looked at closely

 

Walk down the Grose Street track to the beach learning how  the Aboriginal people  used the land

     

Lunch

     

Listen to stories of European colonisation and history

Visit such sites as the Macquarie Watchtower

     

Discussion about  how the Aboriginal and European people  interacted in the area and some of the consequences of the British invasion for Aboriginal people

     

Difficulty: medium difficulty

Park: La Perouse Museum (Kamay Botany Bay National Park)

Meeting place: La Perouse Museum

Cost: Please contact us for a quote

More info: School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour, Phone: 9337 7012 or 9337 7019

3.5 hours, weekdays (all year)
School excursion

La Perouse Museum

Difficulty: easy

Park: La Perouse Museum (Kamay Botany Bay National Park)

Meeting place: La Perouse Museum

Cost: please contact us for a quote

More info: School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour, Phone: 9337 7012 or 9337 7019

dates arranged on booking; 1.5 hours duration
School excursion

La Perouse Museum

Difficulty: easy

Park: La Perouse Museum (Kamay Botany Bay National Park)

Meeting place: La Perouse Museum

Cost: please contact us for a quote

More info: School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour, Phone: 9337 7012 or 9337 7019

dates arranged on booking; 1.5 hours duration
School excursion

Stories of a different time - La Perouse

Location

The northern headland of Botany Bay National Park features a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage. Filled with significant sites, remarkable landscapes and heritage-listed attractions the park is located on the marine-rich waters of historic Botany Bay. La Perouse was named after the French explorer Comte de Laperouse. His expedition was last sighted here in 1788.

Objectives

Students will:

  • observe and identify artefacts in the museum
  • learn about how the area has been used in the past and in the present.

Program outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing, acknowledgement  

 

Walk through the museum

 

Talk by a Discovery Guide

 

Difficulty: easy

Park: La Perouse Museum (Kamay Botany Bay National Park)

Meeting place: La Perouse Museum

Cost: please contact us for a quote.

More info: School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour, Phone: 9337 7012 or 9337 7019

1.5 hours, weekdays during school term
School excursion

What is a National Park? La Perouse

Location

The northern headland of Kamay Botany Bay National Park features a unique combination of natural and cultural heritage. Filled with significant sites, remarkable landscapes and heritage-listed attractions the park is located on the marine-rich waters of historic Botany Bay. La Perouse was named after the French explorer Comte de Laperouse. His expedition was last sighted here in 1788.

Objectives

Students will:

  • visit, explore and identify the features of a national park
  • identify native and introduced animals found in the area
  • find out about the work done to manage the park including protecting built heritage
  • walk on the rock platform to explore the natural environment
  • visit the museum and discover the amazing history of the area including the story of the French explorer Comte de Laperouse
  • learn about the history of the fort on Bare Island
  • discuss the role of national parks including protecting built heritage.

Program outline

Welcome to all participants, introductions, acknowledgement of country

15 mins

Morning Tea

15 mins

Role play describing the role of various workers in the park

20 mins

La Perouse Museum tour

40 mins

Rock platform exploration

40mins

Bare Island Tour

40mins

Conclusion and farewell

5mins

We recommend you stay for a picnic lunch after the guided activity

     

Difficulty: medium difficulty

Park: La Perouse Museum (Kamay Botany Bay National Park)

Meeting place: La Perouse Museum, Anzac Parade, La Perouse

Cost: Please contact us for a quote

More info: School excursion inquiries - Sydney Harbour, Phone: 9337 7012 or 9337 7019

3 hours, weekdays (all year)