Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Visitor Centres

Bare Island Fort

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

The water surrounding Bare Island Fort is one of the most popular scuba diving sites in NSW, and it's also a very popular location for snorkelling in Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Captain Cook first saw this small island in 1770, and referred to it in his journal as "a small bare island". The fort was built in the early 1880s to protect Sydney’s back door. It was in operation until 1908 after which time it became Australia's first war veterans' home.

Bare Island Fort’s structure provides a picturesque backdrop for weddings, with spectacular scenic views over La Perouse. You may also recognise the island as the location for some thrilling action sequences in the Hollywood film, Mission: Impossible 2.

Cross the wooden bridge to embark on the Bare Island guided tour, and enter a world of military pride, fine engineering, and great deception.

Activities: exploring historic heritage, walking, road cycling, snorkelling and scuba diving, swimming, fishing, birdwatching, whale watching, picnicking, playing and socialising

Location:  shown on La Perouse map

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

  • Travel along Anzac Parade
  • The island is located on Anzac Parade loop road
  • Please note that there is a 200m walk on uneven surface to get to the island

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: Bare Island Fort is open on Sundays only. Guided tours are at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm (excluding the first Sunday of each month, when the Bare Hands Aboriginal Markets are held on the island).

Facilities: venue, amenities block, cafe/kiosk, carpark, drinking water, lookout, trackhead/access point, visitor centre, flush toilets

Venue hire: See details

Phone: (02) 9253 0880 within Sydney, or 13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for the cost of a local call within Australia (mobiles excluded)

Fax: (02) 9585 6831

Email: annual.passes@environment.nsw.gov.au

Postal address: PO Box N501, Grosvenor Place NSW 1220

Phone: 02 9337 7016 venues; other inquiries 02 9337 5511

Fax: 02 9337 1303

Street address: Greycliffe House, Nielsen Park, Vaucluse NSW

Postal address: PO Box 461, Rose Bay NSW 2029


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

all public access to the Yena precinct is closed from 28 Aug to and including Tuesday Sep 2

Due to an event, all public access to the Yena precinct is closed from 28 Aug to and including Tuesday Sep 2. All other precincts of Kamay Botany Bay National Park remain open

Ends Tuesday 2 September, 5:00PM

Kurnell Visitor Centre

Fire/closure alerts currently apply to this location. See details below.

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


Events, activities and alerts at this location
Closure

all public access to the Yena precinct is closed from 28 Aug to and including Tuesday Sep 2

Due to an event, all public access to the Yena precinct is closed from 28 Aug to and including Tuesday Sep 2. All other precincts of Kamay Botany Bay National Park remain open

Ends Tuesday 2 September, 5:00PM
School excursion

Meeting of Cultures

Burrawang (Image: DECCW)Location: On the southern headland of Botany Bay at Kurnell lies Kamay Botany Bay National Park. The park includes Captain Cook's landing site and the point of first contact between Aboriginal people and the Endeavour crew. Much of the park's unspoilt flora gives an idea of the plants that were present pre-1770. Over 160 native bird species have been recorded, including the threatened powerful owl, while native animals in the park include echidnas, possums and the threatened tinkling froglet.

Objectives

Students will:

  • visit sites along the monument track and reflect on the story of the encounter between the Dharawal people and James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour
  • walk the Burrawang or Muru track to discover how Aboriginal people lived in this country before the British colonisation
  • look at preserved specimens of native animals that live or have lived in the area
  • learn about Dharawal culture from Aboriginal rangers as they demonstrate artefacts
  • visit the museum, see relics from the Endeavour,  a scale model of the ship and other artefacts  from the meeting place.

Program outline

  • Welcome and introductions, acknowledgement and safety talk - 15 min
  • Presentation of preserved animals and demonstration of Aboriginal culture and artefacts. - 40 min
  • Morning tea - 20 min
  • Bush tucker walk - 45 min
  • Monument / Burrawang Track - exploring the past - 45 min
  • Museum visit – Eight days in Botany Bay - 45 min
  • Lunch
  • Farewell and depart for school

Difficulty: easy

Park: Kurnell Visitor Centre (Kamay Botany Bay National Park)

Meeting place: Meet at Kurnell Visitors Centre, Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Cost: $14 per student with a minimum fee of $350 per group

More info: School excursion inquiries - Sydney South, Phone: 02 9542 0649

4 hours, week days during school term

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 Beach, Kamay Botany Bay National Park (Image: K McGrath/OEH)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 7016

    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 7016

    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 7016

    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 7016

    1.5 hours, weekdays during school term
    School excursion

    What is a National Park?

    The Laperouse Museum is located in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, and housed within the historic Cable Station building. (Image: K McGrath/OEH)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 min
    • Morning Tea - 15 min
    • Role play describing the role of various workers in the park - 20 min
    • La Perouse Museum tour - 40 min
    • Rock platform exploration - 40 min
    • Bare Island Tour - 40 min
    • Conclusion and farewell - 5min
    • 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 7016

    3 hours, weekdays (all year)