Botany Bay National Park, Sydney
The Banks Momuments honors Sir Joseph Banks. He voyged with Captain Cook and fellow Botanist Daniel Solander on the Endeavour. He and Daniel Solander were responsible for collecting wildlife and animal specimens along the journey. They were the first Europeans to collect and document the unique flora and fauna of Australia.
The momunment also has a long stone bench beside it. It is as if he wants you to sit back and look at the natural beauty that captivated him during the first landing.
The Solander Monument is located in the Botany Bay National Park overlooking the Bay. The momument is for the Sweedih naturalist Daniel Solander who sailed on the Endeavour with Captain Cook. Solander is the person credited with naming Botany Bay. He studied and inventoried the plants, trees and wildlife of the area.
While exploring the Botany Bay National Park we came upon this jetty. The pier stretches out into the Bay. Along the pier are plaques with information about the Early Aborginals and their history. This was a beautiful spot as well as educational.
The Captain Cook Memorial Obelisk is located in Botany Bay National Park. This monument commemorated the landing of Captain Cook on Australian soil and his first meeting with the Aboriginal people of Australia.
During our November 2010 trip to australia we explored the park and this monument in particular. My wife is a huge history buff and fan of explorers so this was huge on her lists of things to see.
Burrawang Walk is a nature trail located in the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. My Wife, Jackie and I explore this park and enjoyed this nature walk. The different, plants, trees and flowers surrounded by the water really is beautiful.
Boatany Bay National Park's Visitor's Center is your first stop in the Park. This is where you pay your car entrance fee and pick up your park map. They also have restrooms, a food kiosk and gift shop. The bathrooms here are clean and you won't find one elsewhere in the park; so take advantage of it. The gift shop is small but my wife did manage to finf a Christmas onamnet for our evergrowing colection of round the world Christmas ornaments. I thik next year with will have to have several trees throughout the house to accomodate all the ornaments.
The Landing Rock at Botany Bay National Park looks like an ordinal and small rock in the water. This is the site of the landing of Captain Cook on Australian soil. Over the years thanks to errosion and weathering this rock can easily be missed when walking the water's edge.
While visiting Botany Bay we came upon the Forby Sutherland Memorial. He was the first Brittish subject to die on Australian soil in 1770. What a shame to travel all this way just to die but I can imagine one can die happy after seeing Australia.