Standing opposite the rock where Cook and crew supposedly first set foot on Australian soil, the monument was erected in 1870, one hundred years after Cook came ashore in 1770.

Getting There
  • Location & Address
  • Map
  • Opening Hours & Contact
  • Parking & Entry Fees
Inscriptions
  • Front Inscription
  • Left Side
  • Right Side
  • Nearby Plaque
Amenities
  • Food
  • Toilets
  • Rubbish Bins
Nearby Attractions
  • Soundscapes
  • Commemoration Flat
  • Visitor Centre

Getting to Captain Cook’s Landing Site

Location and Address

The landing place is at the north western end of Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell. It’s near the visitor centre and Meeting Place Monument, on the Burrawang Walk.

Map

Google Maps Link – Obelisk of 1870
National Park Website – Printable PDF Map
Visitor Centre – There are paper maps available at the visitor centre

Opening Hours and Contact Info

Kurnell National Park Opening Hours:
August – May: 7:00am – 7:30pm
June – July: 7:00am – 5:30pm
The visitor centre is open 10am – 3:45 Monday to Friday, and 9:30am – 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays. Phone 02 9668 2000

Parking and Entry Fees

The visitor centre nearby has plenty of parking. There is a $7 entry fee for parking your car in the national park. You can pay at the visitor centre and pick up a map while you’re there.

captain cook monument

Inscriptions

The following inscriptions are visible on the monument:

Front Inscription

CAPTAIN COOK
Landed Here
28th April, A.D.1770
This Monument
Was Erected A.D.1870,
By The Honourable Thomas Holt M.L.C
Victoria Regina. The Earl of Belmore, Governor &c

Left Inscription

EXTRACT FROM CAPTAIN COOK`S JOURNAL
Saturday 28th April, A.D.1770.
At daybreak we discovered a bay, and anchored under the south shore, about two miles within the entrance in sixth fathom water. the south point bearing S.E, and the north point East.
Latitude 34ºS Longitude 208º.37 W

Right Inscription

This plaque commemorates the 200th Anniversary of the landing of Captain James Cook and the re-enactment of this historic event in the presence of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh and Her Royal Highness Princess Anne 29th April, 1970

Nearby Plaque

The following is brief extracts relating to the Landing of Captain Cook and his party on the rock opposite this tablet are taken from the original MS Journal of Sir Joseph Banks, in the Mitchell Library, Sydney.

THE LANDING PLACE OF CAPTAIN COOK
APRIL 28th 1770

The journal records that

The natives resolutely disputed the landing “although they were thirty or forty at least.”

Parleying with these two continued for about a quarter if an hour.

“They remained resolute so a musket was fired over them, the effect of which was the youngest of the two dropped a bundle of lances on the rock….
He, however, snatched them up again and both renewed their threats and opposition.
A musket loaded with small shot was now fired at the eldest of the two who was about 40 yards from the boat, it struck him on the legs but hebminded it very little, so another was immediately fired at him, on his he ran up to the house about 100 yards distant and soon returned with a shield. In the meantime we hand landed on the rock.”

Several “lances” were immediately thrown among the party. This caused two further discharges of small shot, when, after throwing another lance, the natives fled.

sutherland point

Amenities

Food

There is a kiosk / cafe in the visitors centre where you can grab a coffee. Alternatively there is a takeaway shop just outside the national park on the corner of Captain Cook Drive.

Toilets

There are toilets at the visitors centre and also at Commemoration Flat.

Rubbish Bins

There are rubbish bins near the visitor centre. Keep the national park clean and always dispose of rubbish properly.

Nearby Attractions

Soundscapes, Kurnell

Between the Meeting Place and the Landing Site, Soundscapes hidden in the bush tell stories in Aboriginal language, along with music and the sound of children’s laugher. (Read more)

Commemoration Flat

The best picnic spot in the national park, right at the end eastern end of the Burrawang Loop.

Visitor Centre

Stop in for a coffee, see the art gallery and exhibitions,, and learn a little bit more about this history of this area.