Cape Solander, within Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, is a spectacular site and receives over 200,000 local, domestic and international visitors each year. It provides a great spot to look for whales from May to July each year and is also the starting point for the popular Cape Baily Track.
Cape Solander is an exposed location subject to substantial wind and salt spray, and the materials were chosen to be more resilient to the corrosive environment.
What are we doing?
The new whale watching infrastructure is now complete. We have improved visitor access and safety by constructing a new accessible whale watching platform with larger viewing areas, better pedestrian access and new interpretation. We have also improved the parking areas and safety barriers and provided a new footpath from the parking area to the whale watching platform.
The project complements and promotes the scenic values of the national park and is consistent with the National Heritage listing of the site.
In October 2023 the project was awarded the Landscape Architecture Award for Tourism at the 2023 National Landscape Architecture Awards. You can read what the jury said about the project on Landscape Australia’s awards website.
This followed the NSW Award of Excellence for Tourism at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA) Landscape Architecture Awards in June 2023. You can view our entry in AILA’s awards gallery.