Kamay Botany Bay National Park: Public consultation

As part of the Kamay 2020 Project, the National Parks and Wildlife Service is undertaking planning and community consultation for Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Kamay Botany Bay National Park is a magnificent headland site that bounds the mouth of Botany Bay, Sydney. The Kurnell Precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park is located on the southern headland of Botany Bay. The place is highly significant for Australia as it is the site of first contact in 1770 between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of Lieutenant James Cook’s Endeavor. It is also the place of last sighting of the French explorer Compte de La Perouse in 1788, the locality for many of the plant species first collected by Banks and Solander, and contains important samples of endangered ecological communities.

Public feedback was sought from 30 April to 02 August 2018 on the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell: Draft Master Plan and the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Draft Plan of Managment as part of the Kamay 2020 Project – a joint NSW and Commonwealth Governments project to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell. The Kamay 2020 Project also includes the design and construction of a commemorative installation to tell the stories of this first meeting.

Commemorative installation

The Kamay 2020 Project Board has shortlisted three concept designs for a commemorative installation which are on public exhibition and open for public comment until 11 November 2019.

Draft plans

Two draft plans were developed to protect, enhance and present the special values of the national park:

  • A master plan will improve the Kurnell precinct, with new visitor facilities and quality visitor experiences that respect and highlight the cultural importance of this place.
  • An updated plan of management for the whole park will define how NPWS will look after special places and values, provide opportunities for visitors, and work with the community to manage this park. The values identified in the plan of management inform what improvements can occur in the park.

Following consultation with community and key stakeholders, feedback was collated to inform the final master plan and plan of management. This master plan was approved in March 2019. The plan of management approval process is underway.

Map of Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Updates on Kamay Botany Bay National Park


Kamay Botany Bay National Park: commemorative installation

Designs for a commemorative installation closed for public comment 11 November 2019.

Engaging the community

The 250th anniversary of the first contact between Aboriginal Australians and the crew of the Endeavour provides a unique opportunity to take a fresh look at this nationally significant place as one that respects and interprets many layers of history.

Plan of management

The plan includes information on important park values and provides directions for future management.

Master plan

A master plan provides conceptual ideas for part of a national park.

Consultation details

Public exhibition for the draft plans closed on 2 August 2018. Comment on the draft plans can no longer be submitted.