Captain Cook lands in Australia!

Kurnell Peninsula Headland, in Botany Bay, is the site where Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook first set foot on Australian soil in 1770, forging the beginning of British settlement in Australia. Visit Kurnell Peninsula to see the monument at Captain Cook’s landing place, visit the Discovery Centre, and follow the Monument Track as well as walking several other tracks.



In 1770, Lieutenant (later Captain) James Cook landed at Botany Bay’s Inscription Point. He and his Endeavour crew stayed in the area for eight days and had a dramatic impact on Australian history.

Approaching the shore by longboat, the crew noted the presence of a ‘small village consisting of about six or eight houses’ on what is now known as Kurnell Peninsula. With no means of understanding each other’s language, confusion marked the initial contact between the landing party and the local people.

Located near Silver Beach on the Kurnell Peninsula headland, Cook’s landing place is a popular Sydney attraction. Now heritage-listed, this reserve interprets the story of the meeting of European and Aboriginal cultures.

Visit Kamay Botany Bay National Park to discover Captain Cook’s landing place yourself. It is about a 40 minutes drive south of Sydney’s CBD.


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