Kurnell is located 22 kilometres south of the Sydney CBD and is on the southern headland of Botany Bay. It features a mixture of residential and industrial areas. Cronulla and Woolooware are the adjacent suburbs. La Perouse is located opposite, on the northern headland of Botany Bay. Kurnell is considered to be ‘the birthplace of modern Australia’, as it is the place where Captain James Cook landed on 29 April 1770, making first contact with the original inhabitants of the area, the Gweagal Aborigines whilst navigating his way up the East Coast of Australia on Endeavour.
The northern part of the peninsula is a historic site known as Captain Cooks Landing Place with a number of memorials located here:
- Captain Cook Memorial Obelisk
- Sir Joseph Banks Memorial
- Solander Monument
- Sutherland Monument
The Discovery Centre provides information and displays relics from the early days in Kurnell’s history. Endeavour Heights is a recreation area in the Botany Bay National Park. The Kurnell Lookout provides brilliant views of Botany Bay and the northern headland of Botany Bay at La Perouse.
Cape Solander is popular amongst whale watchers during the migration season.
There are local shops on Captain Cook Drive and Prince Charles Parade. At the western end of Prince Charles Parade there is a public boat ramp, Australian Volanteer Coast Guard and Kurnell Catamaran Club.
Housing ranges from affordable family homes through to beachfront style homes that have magnificent views of Botany Bay. This suburb offers a holiday lifestyle.