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Botany Sydney Australia

Botany Sydney New South Wales Australia


Situated10kms south of Sydneys CBD, Botany is a suburb of south-eastern Sydney in New South Wales. Located on the famous Botany Bay, visitors can retrace the footsteps of early explorer, Captain James Cook and his crew during the first landing of 1770. Tranquil yet intriguing parklands and reserves provide an insight into the fascinating history of Botany Bay.

Botany Attractions


The history of the area is reflected at the serene Sir Joseph Banks Park. An intricate mosaic depicts botanist explorer, Sir Joseph Banks journey around Australia, and a statue of Banks represents his occupation and interest in examining unknown plant species. The park also features a sculptured animal zoo comprised of intriguing life size animal statues. Towards the coast, the foreshore reserve boasts lovely picnic areas and scenic walking trails through sand dunes and protected wetlands. Beautiful historic buildings are found about the suburb, including the Sir Joseph Banks Hotel and the 1862-built St Matthews Church of England.


Botany Beaches


Many beautiful beaches are located in the nearby suburb of La Perouse which are perfect for windsurfing, fishing, swimming or just simply sunbaking on the sand. The world-famous Bondi Beach is also located within reach of Botany.

Botany - Near by


Situated just southeast of Botany, La Perouse boasts beautiful beaches and interesting walks. During a visit to la Perouse, The Snake Man is a must see. The reptile show has been drawing massive crowds since 1919. La Perouse Museum tells the intriguing story of the early French explorer, Comte de La Perouse who landed at Botany Bay just six days after the First Fleet. To the east, the renowned New South Wales Golf Course regularly rates in the worlds top 50. The vibrant Sydney city centre is also just a short distance away.

National Park Botany Bay


Visitors can learn about Captain James Cooks historic landing at the Botany Bay National Park, the site of the first landing in 1788. Historic buildings, forts, monuments, and the La Perouse Museum are teamed with beautiful native plants, abundant birdlife, and magnificent coastal views. Many great bushwalking trails, beaches and picnic areas are also found throughout the National Park.

Botany History


British explorer, Captain James Cook first landed at Botany Bay on the 29th April 1770, when navigating his way around Australia. Also aboard the famous Endeavour, the English botanist, Joseph Banks and Swedish assistant, Daniel Solander collected previously unknown plant specimens around the area. Originally referred to as Sting Rays Harbour, the bay was finally named Botany Bay, influencing the name of the suburb of Botany. In 1788, the First Fleet of 11 ships arrived at Botany Bay to establish the first European colony in the area. Botany was first planned for agricultural pursuits, however it became an industrial area with fellmongers yards and slaughter works.

Botany Today


Today, Sydneys major port is located at Port Botany. Therefore, the suburb of Botany is comprised of extensive commercial development centred on shipping and freight. In the city of Botany Bay, a population of 7,466 souls reside in Botany.