Meeting Place Precinct Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell: Conservation Management Plan

The Meeting Place Precinct in Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, is a place of profound cultural and historical significance. It is a symbolic meeting place of cultures, from the first meeting between Captain James Cook and Aboriginal Australians, to later meetings involving people of differing nationalities and the seeds of a successful multicultural nation.

1 February 2008
Department of Environment and Climate Change
Publication, Conservation management plan
  • ISBN 978-1-74122-557-0
  • ID DECC20070402
  • File PDF 3.5MB
  • Pages 211
  • Name kamay-botany-bay-meeting-place-precinct-conservation-management-plan-070402.pdf

At the gateway to Sydney, the Meeting Place Precinct of Botany Bay is of major importance as a symbol of reconciliation, diversity of life and the timeline of a nation's people.

The park contains remnants, through its monuments, of a time of great discovery. It is still a landscape which holds the plant descendants of those collected by Banks and Solander: a landscape that sustained the Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Nearby, a wetland of world importance is a home for migratory birds and sustains an ecosystem of rare significance. 

The specific objectives for this conservation management plan are to:

  • identify, direct and achieve long-term conservation and management outcomes for Botany Bay National Park
  • assist the NSW Government in meeting its corporate objectives and statutory requirements
  • ensure balanced and compatible management of the shared values, meanings and associations of the study area
  • ensure the balanced and compatible management of cultural (historic and pre-contact Aboriginal) and natural heritage values of the study area
  • develop forward-looking management policies within the context of legislative requirements, the PWG management framework and stakeholder issues
  • give direction to future uses for the site while protecting its significance.

To satisfy these objectives, three key outcomes of this CMP are to:

  • support the long-term conservation of the Meeting Place Precinct within Botany Bay National Park
  • inform the plan of management for Botany Bay National Park and the master plan for the Meeting Place Precinct
  • ensure best-practice management and maintenance of both tangible and intangible cultural heritage values.

Other planning documents

Botany Bay National Park Plan of Management (2002, amended 2016)

Visitor information

Explore some of NSW's most significant heritage sites in the Kurnell area of Kamay Botany Bay National Park.