Yena gap is a popular diving and fishing spot with parking and picnic tables just north of Cape Solander within Kamay Botany Bay National Park

Getting There
  • Location & Address
  • Map
  • Opening Hours & Contact
  • Parking & Entry Fees
  • Intertidal Protected Zone
  • Diving – Snorkelling & Scuba
  • Fishing
  • Whale Watching
  • Food
  • Toilets & Rubbish Bins
  • No Dogs
Nearby Attractions
  • Cape Solander
  • Inscription Point

Where is Yena Gap

Location and Address

Yena Gap in off Solander Drive between The Leap and Cape Solander. A small access road with signs to ‘Yena Picnic Spot’ runs off Solander Drive. It is a one way road that is a little bumpy but only a short distance from Solander Drive.


Google Maps link – Yena Gap National Parks Website – Printable PDF Map Visitor’s Centre – There are paper maps in 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

Parking & Entry Fees

If you are stopping at Yena Gap or anywhere in the National park you must first purchase a parking ticket from the visitor centre for $7. There are also ticket machines at the park entrance at near the carpark at Commemoration Flat. There is plenty of parking at Yena Picnic Spot with access to the Gap. yena gap


Intertidal Protected Zone

Most of the National Park foreshore is classified as an intertidal zone. Visit the Department of Primary industries website for more info on restrictions and regulations apply in this area.

Diving – Snorkel and Scuba

Yena Gap is one of many popular spots for diving along the eastern foreshore of the national park. It’s much deeper than Inscription Point and the Leap. You’re unlikely to see sea dragons and the like. In winter, the are around the gap is full of Port Jackson sharks. You can also expect to see Groper and several other species popular in the area. The average depth is around 20meters, reaching depths of up to 27 metres in some places. This is a more challenging dive spot, so if you’re looking for something a little easier, Inscription Point further north is a good starting point.


Rough swells and deep drops make Yena Gap a good place to fish, but they also make it quite dangerous at times. Excercise caution and obey NSW rules and regulations, including the advice of the rangers at the visitors centre. If you’re looking for something a little more easy going, try The Leap slightly further north.

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Whale Watching

Cape Solander just south of Yena Gap is one of the best places in Sydney for Whale Watching. In winter and spring whale pods migrate along Sydney’s eastern seaboard. Other good places include Cape Banks on the La Perouser side of the national park.



There is a kiosk and Commemoration Flat near the visitor centre north of the gap. Alternatively, there is a takeaway fish and chips shop on Captain Cook Drive just outside the national park.


Sometimes there is a rubbish bin in the carpark. If not, there are rubbish bins and toilets at Commemoration Flat and the visitor centre.

Are Dogs Allowed?

Pets, including dogs and horses, are not permitted in the national park.

Nearby Attractions

Cape Solander

A vast, high elevation viewpoint with panoramic views for whale watching. High winds mean exercise caution at all times. It also marks the start of the Cape Bailey Coast Walk that takes you all the way to Cronulla.

Inscription Point / The Steps

A favourite diving site perfect for any skill level and one of the best players to see the abundant life that inhabits botany bay. Sea dragons, moray eels and stingrays are there. You might even see a dolphin.