There are many recreational activities
at Cape Solander which is located on the Kurnell Peninsula, such as
a visit to Captain Cooks Landing Place.
Based in the southern part of Botany Bay National Park, there are a
number of walks, the Discovery Centre, and Cape Solander Drive that
takes you up to Cape Solander Lookout where visitors come to watch
the annual migration of whales up and down the coast.
of this part of the national park takes in views across Botany Bay,
views across Yena Gap to La Perouse, Bare Island, Henry Head and
Cape Banks. From the walking tracks, there are spectacular views of
the Kurnell coastline including the white cliffs, as described in
the 1770 journals of James Cook.
You can enjoy picnics and BBQs at Commemoration
Flat, with views across Botany Bay, enjoy the variety of birds, and
the activities of the recreational divers. The Monument Track is an
easy walk along the foreshore past Cooks landing place.
this natural area of cliffs, has strong
winds, uneven surfaces and slippery surfaces. Care should be taken at
all time and children should be closely supervised.
For some images of whales at Cape Solander,
Source: NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local
maps and other information. Additional info can be had at the Botany Bay Discovery Centre, La
Perouse Museum and Visitor Centre.
|Bush Walks there
are a number of walks including:
- The Banks Solander Track:
a 1 km walk that
takes in coastal woodlands, cabbage tree palms and a variety of
- The Cape Bailey Track:
an 8 km return walk that takes in spectacular coastal line, traverses heathland and circles hanging swamps, home to the threatened tinkling
- The Monument Track:
easy 2 km return walk along the foreshore, past Cooks landing place.
- Muru Walking Track
- Yena Walking Track
the exhibitions in the Discovery Centre includes information about
the impacts of European colonisation of Australia, in particular,
the eight days spent by James Cook and the crew of the Endeavour at Botany Bay in 1770. There is also a Wetlands exhibition
which provides information on the important wetlands
in Botany Bay.
Between May and November,
whales such as the Humpback and the Southern Right can be seen along the
coastline of the bay. Cape Solander is one
of the best spots in Sydney for viewing the whales, with recorded whale
numbers increasing every year. In 2002, there was estimated, that there
was about 1,000 visitors over one weekend, to see the whales. The spot
is ideal because of the sheer cliffs and clear horizon at the end of the
More information about
Whale Watching in New South Wales.
2005 Whale Watching
Signs around the district announce that "whale watching"
began on 21st May. In fact the season stretches between May and November.
trip up to Cape Solander Lookout saw us arriving at the gate of the park at just
after 9:00 am and the white board there indicated that there had been 7 whales
sighted so far today. By the time we drove up to the lookout, the number had
changed to 8. The scoreboard showed an incredible number of over 300 Humpbacks,
11 Minkes, 15 Melonhead/Pygmy Killers, 320 Dolphins and other... fur
seal... 2. That was number so far this season.
Already the car park was filling up, the smell of a sausage sizzle,
binoculars everywhere, and a lovely lass selling raffle tickets for the local
Botany Bay environment group. There were people of all ages, nationality,
friendly and smiling.
We had come prepared, with our hot water thermos for tea, snack bars, winter
jackets, cameras, camping chairs and of course our binoculars and we did not
have to wait long...
"There's one", someone yells and all heads swivel to catch the glimpse of the
"blow" in the distance... and we wait patiently for the next blow.
We were not disappointed. Within the next couple of hours, we saw blows, flukes, spy hops, tail slapping, and
By the time we decided to leave at 1.23 pm, the car park was packed, there
were enthusiast everywhere gazing out to sea and the sausage sizzle was still
going. The scoreboard say 23 Humpbacks seen today... who knows what the number
ended at by the end of the day...
Cape Solander Images
Following are images from Cape Solander. For more images of whale sightings,