Sydney, Botany Bay
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Sydney, Botany Bay

New South Wales, Australia
LAST UPDATED 29/06/2008
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Kameraad Pjotr: The Bicentennial Monument commemorating landing of the First Fleet, 22 August 2005

Botany Bay is a bay in Sydney, just a few kilometres south from the Sydney central business district.

Sydney Airport, which is Australia's largest airport, lies north-western side of Botany Bay. Land was reclaimed from the bay to extend its first north-south runway and build a second one parallel to it.

Port Botany, to the east of the airport, was built in 1930 and is currently the largest container terminal in Sydney.


Eternal Dragon: Botany Bay From the Air; 2008

When the swell gets over 5 metres, head for the sheltered bays and extreme corners of the Sydney region. Botany Bay, the first point that Europeans landed on the East Coast of Australia is home to several of the best novelty waves in the country.

You are looking for a dead easterly swell to force it's way through the heads and into the bay. When it happens, stand in awe as italian and greek shop owners dust of their rhino chasers and hunt down the walls of water in the region that are usualy all so calm. 

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Tim Starling: Aerial photograph taken on a flight from Newcastle to Melbourne, 6 July 2008

Botany Bay is popular for swimming and windsurfing and a 10km walking cycleway runs along its foreshore from Kyeemagh to Dolls Point.
There is a statue which was built as a memorial to the first fleet. If you're staying around the area, there are heaps of cafes, restaurants, clubs and icecream shops on the busy streets. Parking is relatively easy to find on weekdays, though weekends on summer holidays you may not be so lucky.

Public transport access is pretty quick, a train ride to Rockdale and then a change to the 478/479 bus to Brighton le Sands.

As for accommodation, Novotel Brighton le Sands is just directly opposite the beach separated by a footbridge, and by far the largest hotel in the district.

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