Whale watching platform at Cape Solander

National Parks and Wildlife Service is proposing to construct better facilities at Cape Solander to improve your whale watching experience.

Cape Solander, within Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell, is a spectacular site and receives over 300,000 local, domestic and international visitors each year. Kamay Botany Bay National Park is listed on the NSW State Heritage Register.

A popular location for whale watching, Cape Solander is extremely exposed and subject to substantial wind and salt spray, with resulting deterioration of key infrastructure including the existing whale watch platform and metal traffic safety barriers.

What is proposed?

The project will improve visitor access and safety by constructing a new whale watching platform with larger viewing areas and interpretation relating to whales, the whale as a totemic ancestral spirit of the Gweagal people and the naturalist Daniel Solander.

The proposal will complement and promote the scenic values of the national park and is consistent with the National Heritage listing of the site.

Project stages and timeframes

In 2020, National Parks and Wildlife Service engaged landscape architects to complete site investigation, analysis and development of concept plans.

You can download the concept plans and comment using the feedback form below.

Construction is scheduled to commence in early 2021. Further details including impacts on visitation will be available from this webpage.

Protecting park values

This project is consistent with the Kamay Botany Bay National Park Plan of Management (2019) which aims to provide enriching and memorable experiences in the park, improve access to the park for all and contribute to the goal of easy and safe transport to and within the park.

Temporary closures and visitor updates

There will be unavoidable impacts to visitor access to the southern section of Cape Solander Drive and surrounding area during the construction phase (scheduled for 2021).

We will inform visitors and the community of necessary closures and access within the Kamay Botany Bay National Park through online alerts via the NPWS website and onsite signage.

Do you have any questions?

For further information on the project, please email the Sydney South Area at npws.sydneysouth@environment.nsw.gov.au

If you have any questions about this project, please fill out the form below and the project team will provide updates via this webpage.

Whale watching platform at Cape Solander

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