Kamay 2020

Kamay 2020 acknowledges the 250th Anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell in 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 the HMB Endeavour. 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.

The Kamay 2020 Project is a joint Australian and New South Wales Governments project to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell. This significant project has been informed by the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Kurnell: Master Plan and Plan of Management to deliver improved visitor amenity and access, provide new experiences and acknowledge the diversity of stories associated with this place.

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 Management as part of the Kamay 2020 Project. The Master Plan has now been finalised and the Plan of Management adopted.

What's happening at Kurnell?

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.

The recommended actions from the endorsed Master Plan will be implemented in stages. Stage 1 delivery will commence in 2020 and includes:

  • Installation of three new public art sculptures by Aboriginal artists. Two sculptures will be created by Theresa Ardler and Julie Squires with ThinkOTS, and one will be created by Alison Page and Nik Lachacjzak with UAP Australia. These designs were selected by the Kamay 2020 Project Board through an open tender process. The Board considered input from a public consultation period in October and November 2019 in its decision making process. The selected sculptures which will be installed are- 'the Whales and the Canoes', and 'Eyes of the Land and the Sea', also known informally as 'The Ribs'. These sculptures were selected to promote understanding and reflection on the different perspectives that people have of the events of 1770.
  • Restoration and repairs to Alpha House.
  • Minor conservation works to the existing 1870 Cook Obelisk.
  • Repairs to toilets at Commemoration Flat and Cricketers Pitch.

Detailed investigation, planning and design for other elements of Stage 1 including a new Visitors Centre are also underway. Information on future works and activities will be provided later in 2020 and you can refer to the Master Plan for details on what's planned.

Map of Kamay Botany Bay National Park

The Kurnell headland has been a special place to Aboriginal Australians for thousands of years. It is a place of meeting, of ceremony and of plenty. As the landing place of the HMB Endeavour, Kurnell represents a significant place in Australia's history and represents the early contact between Aboriginal Australians and European explorers. The National Parks and Wildlife Service was given responsibility of Kurnell in 1967 and the Botany Bay National Park including La Perouse was gazetted in 1988. In 2016, 'Kamay' was added to the name of the national park to acknowledge the traditional owners of this land, the Gweagal.

The Kamay 2020 Project was informed by the Master Plan and Plan of Management which were developed to protect, enhance and share the special values of the national park:

  • The 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 defines how National Parks and Wildlife Service (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.

During the development of these Plans, community engagement was undertaken with Aboriginal communities, the local Kurnell community, park users and visitors and school and education users among others involved in this process. The full summary of the engagement activities during this process can be found in the Summary of community and stakeholder engagement: Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell.

Yes. A range of events are being planned to respectfully commemorate the 250th anniversary of the meeting of cultures at Kamay Botany Bay National Park in April 2020. The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is not responsible for these events but will be providing support. Visit Reflections 1770 for information about the planned events.


Kamay Botany Bay National Park is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. A conservation management plan for the Meeting Place Precinct at Kurnell was prepared in 2008 and endorsed by the NSW Heritage Council. Any major site works will be subject to rigorous environmental planning procedures in accordance with the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 and formal approval of the NSW Heritage Council under the Heritage Act 1977. The site is also recorded on the National Heritage List under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

The Kamay 2020 Project to implement the Master Plan is managed by the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service and the Kamay 2020 Project Board. The Project Board includes:

  • The Hon. Bruce Baird AM, Chair Kamay 2020 Project Board
  • Ms Julie Adams
  • Jason Ardler, Head of Aboriginal Affairs NSW
  • Mr Greg Holland
  • The Hon. Dr David Kemp, Chair of the Australian Heritage Council
  • Dillon Kombumerri, Principal Architect NSW Government Architect
  • The Hon Ben Morton MP, Member for Tangney, Western Australia
  • Cr Carmello Pesce, Mayor Sutherland Shire Council
  • The Hon Mark Speakman MP, Member for Cronulla
  • Noeleen Timbery, Chair of the La Perouse Local Aboriginal Land Council
  • The Hon. Robert Webster

Funding has been provided by the Australian and New South Wales Governments. NPWS is also working with partner organisations to deliver this project including Transport NSW.

As part of the Kamay 2020 Project, NPWS has partnered with Transport NSW to deliver ferry infrastructure to connect La Perouse and Kurnell across the bay. A ferry service ran along this route up until 1974 when the wharves were destroyed in storms. Funding for Kamay 2020 will contribute to this project and more information will be circulated as the project progresses.

Randwick City Council is responsible for the La Perouse Museum and has been undertaking a separate project focussed on this area. More information on this project can be found on the Council website.

Updates on Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Fabrication of Kamay 2020 sculptures underway

The fabrication of the bronze sculptures selected by the Kamay 2020 Project Board are now underway.

Commemorative installation

The Kamay 2020 Board selects design for installation as part of the 250th anniversary of the meeting of two cultures at Kurnell.

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.