Things to do and see in Kurnell NSW, Australia
Want a great spot to enjoy a walk, swim, picnic and even a cuppa with views that’s not too far from Sydney? Then make a trip out to idyllic Kurnell, a suburb located in the Southern part of Sydney, less than an hours drive from the City. Driving is the best way to get there although it can be reached by public transport from Central Station. Catch a train to Cronulla, a day out all by it’s self, then a bus to Kurnell. We love this place, being away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Kurnell is a very important place in Australian history, it was here where Captain James Cook landed in 1770, making first contact with the indigenous Australians, they stayed here for several days. The memorial obelisk of Captain Cook (cover photo) stands today on the peninsula just opposite Silver Beach. Kurnell is a small community but nonetheless completely serviced, there are grocery stores, bottle shop, petrol station, chemist, cafes and a Club. Major shopping retailers are located at nearby Cronulla.
The Kamay Botany Bay National Park has so much to offer for visitors to this historic park. You can either start your walk along Monument Track or Cape Solander Drive. Just opposite the Memorial Obelisk is a recent sculpture installation, an ‘abstraction of the ribs of the HMB Endeavour and the bones of the Gweagal totem the whale entitled, ‘The Eyes of the Land and the Sea’. This was installed to mark the 250th anniversary of Captain Cooks landing. If you continue to walk along the coast, you’ll past a number of tiny secluded beaches, whale and canoe sculpture, imposing cliffs and spanning views of La Perouse. You will need good walking shoes on this path as the rocks can be slippery.
If you follow the Burrawang Walk, this track tells key stories of the historical monuments and places. You will also encounter pre-recorded voices and the sounds of nature coming from the bushy surrounds. The soundscape gives everyone an experience of being in an Aboriginal community, it’s surreal. The Meeting Place has a number of historical stories on plaques telling the story with a timeline around it’s spiral wall.
Gaze out from The Leap! During the whale migration you might be able to see them. There are steps that lead down close to the waters edge, this area is surrounded by spectacular cliffs.
If you’re planning a picnic, then Yena park area is a lovely spot. Both water and bushland views are to behold. There is paid parking nearby with facilities. During the peak of summer, it’s vital to check out all the fire and other warnings before you start spreading your picnic baskets and rugs.
A leisurely sroll along Monument Walk is beyond relaxing! The tree lined track is simply stunning. Views, cool breeze from the water and the sights and sounds of aircraft coming to and from Sydney airport are just some of the attractions. There are many picnic spots and large grassy areas here with nearby amenities including the Kurnell Visitors Centre and a paid parking area.
Bonna Point at the opposite end is a tranquil reserve, there is a walking path that leads to Kurnell Beach. Lastly, if you want a cup of coffee and slice of cake, there are several cafes in Kurnell. Other interesting activities include Kite Surfing Lessons, boating and fishing. Kurnell is indeed a pleasant place that’s close by to spend a relaxing day at!