Botany Bay National Park conserves an amazing array of native plants and birds and boasts magnificent coastline views, bushwalks, beaches, picnic areas and historic buildings, forts and monuments. Visit the park, La Perouse Museum and Bare Island. Less than an hour drive from Sydney's centre, find out more about your historic past at sites on both the north and south headlands of Botany Bay. Beneath the park's gouged sandstone cliffs, there are rich marine environments. Above them, you'll find remnants of the heathland vegetation which Banks and Solander, Cook's botanists, first studied in 1770. At the La Perouse Museum, discover the story of the ill-fated explorer the Comte de Laperouse who landed at Botany Bay in 1788 just six days after the First Fleet! Learn of their encounter with the British and local Aboriginal people. View maps, early navigation instruments and relics salvaged from shipwrecks. New exhibits are created frequently.