The diverse intertidal marine habitats of the Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve stretch from Cape Banks to the Endeavour Lighthouse at Henry Head and 100 metres seaward, approximately 22 hectares of biodiversity conservation.

Getting to Cape Banks Aquatic Reserve


The reserve is located along the southern shore line of the La Perouse side of Kamay Botany Bay National Park. To get there, Take the Cape Banks Trail to Cape Banks, or the Henry Head Trail to Henry Head (access via Cann Park).



There is parking at Cann Park and the Anzac Parade Loop if you come via Henry Head Walk Track. if you come Via Cape Banks Track you’ll need to try and park on the embankment somewhere on Cape Banks Road.

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Activities at the Marine Reserve


All fishing in NSW isbbound by the NSW fishing rules and regulations. Line fishing is permitted, as is spear fishing. The collection of the following:

  • Blacklip abalone (Haliotis rubra rubra)
  • eastern rock lobster (Sagmariasus verreauxi )
  • Southern rock lobster (Jasus edwardsii)
  • Sea lettuce (Ulva lactuca)
  • Bait weed (Enteromorpha intestinalis)

Are permitted within the reserve.


Within the reserve is it prohibited to collect Cunjevoi or any marine invertebrates besides rock lobster and abalone. For example, you cannot collect:

  • anemones
  • barnacles
  • chitons
  • cockles
  • crabs
  • mussels
  • octopus
  • any other marine invertebrate. Regardless of if they are dead or alive.

Snorkel and Scuba

The reserve contains unique and well preserved marine habitats that are popular with divers. The areas around the rocks are shallow and in parts easy to access. The area is usually quiet, meaning you won’t have to share the experience with too many other people.


If you see any research activities or experiments on the rocks or shallows don’t disturb them. The Aquatic Reserve is a vital resource for prjects aimed at conserving marine life.


So long as you obey the IPA regulations it’s a good place for fishing. Check out our guides for more places




There are no kiosks in the national park. There are some kiosks, cafes and restaurants around the Anzac Parade Loop near the La Perouse Museum.

Rubbish Bins

There is a small bin on the golf course and wheelie bins on the Cape Banks Track north of the brige

Public Toilets

There are no toilets within the National Park. There are some at Cann Park, but that’s at least an hour walk from Henry Head and much further from Cape Banks.