Situated between Inscription Point and Yena Gap, The Leap is one of many popular fishing and diving sites within the Kurnell Botany Bay National Park.

Getting There
  • Location & Address
  • Map
  • Opening Hours & Contact
  • Parking & Entry Fees
  • Fishing
  • Diving
  • IPA
  • Food
  • Toilets & Rubbish Bins
  • No Dogs
Nearby Attractions
  • Yena Gap
  • Cape Solander
  • Inscription Point

Getting to The Leap, Kurnell

Location and Address

The Leap is on Solander Drive within the Kamay Botany Bay National Park, Kurnell. Access via Captain Cook Drive into the national park and follow Solander Drive Past the visitors centre until the road curves south. You will see a small car park on the left, that is for Inscription Point. The next car park will be on the opposite side of the road, this is where you park for access to The Leap


Google Maps Link – The Leap, Kurnell
National Parks Website – Print Friendly PDF Map
Visitors Centre – There are paper maps available at the Visitors Centre

Opening Hours and Contact Info

Kurnell National Park Opening Hours:
August – May: 7:00am – 7:30pm
June – July: 7:00am – 5:30pm

Visitor Centre Opening Hours:
10am – 3:45 Monday to Friday, and 9:30am – 4:30pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Phone 02 9668 2000

the leap kurnell

Parking and Entry Fees

There is parking on Solander Drive just outside the entrance to The Leap. If this parking is full (rarely does this happen) You could try parking just south at the car park for the Inscription Point.

Parking anywhere within the National Park grounds costs $7. You can pay in person at the visitors office, or at the pay station near the entrance to the park. There is also a pay station at Commemoration Flat.



The rocky outcroppings at the bottom of the Steps make for good fishing spots, provided you are cautious and wear a life jacket. Though less rough than Cape Solander and Yena Gap, there is still potential for high swells, so watch the conditions. There are plenty of snags at the bottom, but you might expect to catch salmon, bonito and tailor on a good day.

The Best Fishing Spots in Sutherland

Keen on finding some more places to fish? You might like this list of some of the best spots in the shire to cast a line. See the list

Diving – Scuba and Snorkel

The Leap is a popular dive spot with a few caveats. The entry point is potentially risky, and goes beyond the 18 meter limit for Open Water divers. For a full run down, including undersea maps, check out’s complete write-up.

cape solander

Cape Solander is not far from The Leap

Intertidal Protected Area

The foreshore stretching from Captain Cook Landing Spot to Yena Gap is designated Intertidal Protected Area. Read this PDF Fact Sheet from the Department of Primary Industries for more information on what restrictions apply.



If you want to buy food or drinks there is a cafe / kiosk inside the Visitors Centre. Alternatively, you could try the takeaway shop on Captain Cook Drive just outside the park.


The nearest toilets and rubbish bins to The Leap are at Commemoration Flat. There are also some at the Visitor’s Centre.

Can I bring my dog?

Dogs are strictly prohibited from Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Nearby Attractions

Yena Gap

A more challenging dive site known for an abundance of Port Jackson sharks. Fishing here is risky, so always wear a life jacket (Read more).

Cape Solander

A vast panorama of ocean and cliffs that is one of the best places to whale watch in winter and spring (Read more).

Inscription Point

A great place for diving where you will frequently see weedy sea dragons among many other aquatic life (Read more).