Just an hour out of Sydney and not far from Cronulla is a national park with hidden treasures, the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. The parks most famous visitor was Captain James Cook who was onboard the famous ship Endeavour which landed in 1770.
It’s the birthplace some say of modern Australia but there is also a sadness regarding the indigenous people who would have seen the ship come in and have no idea that their worlds would change forever.
The park has a great little walk that isn’t strenuous at all and takes you on a loop down to the coast via an aboriginal meeting place and lots of interesting information signs as you walk around. There is added atmosphere with a soundscape coming from speakers in the bush and you can take a pit stop in the cafe. If you’re feeling brave you can roll up your trousers when the tide is low and wade out to the landing plaque. The last part of the walk takes you past the flag pole and back up to the visitor centre for a cup of tea.
If you are looking for a longer walk you can take a short drive from the visitor centre to Cape Solander and wander along the stunning cliff tops. It’s also a great fishing spot and a whale watching platform so bring your binoculars if you are visiting in June or the first week of July.
Get those walking shoes on and take the family for a great day of walking, wildlife, history and water! It may inspire you to have your own boating adventures out on Sydney’s harbour and waterways.