Coordinates: 33°57′26″S 151°12′25″E / 33.95731°S 151.20699°E / -33.95731; 151.20699
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SydneyNew South Wales
Botany Bay Hotel, Botany Road, Banksmeadow
Population508 (2021 census)[1]
 • Density161/km2 (420/sq mi)
Elevation5 m (16 ft)
Area3 km2 (1.2 sq mi)
Location11 km (7 mi) south of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)Bayside Council
State electorate(s)Maroubra
Federal division(s)Kingsford Smith
Suburbs around Banksmeadow:
Botany Pagewood Eastgardens
Botany Banksmeadow Hillsdale
Sydney Airport Port Botany Matraville
View of Banksmeadow from Eastgardens Shopping Centre, with Botany Athletic Centre in the foreground

Banksmeadow is a suburb located in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, within the state of New South Wales, Australia. Situated 11 kilometres south of the Sydney central business district, it falls under the jurisdiction of the Bayside Council. Banksmeadow is positioned on the northern shores of Botany Bay.


The naming of Banksmeadow (formerly “Banks Meadow”[2]) pays tribute to the naturalist Sir Joseph Banks, who journeyed to Australia alongside Captain James Cook in 1770. Their initial landfall occurred at Botany Bay on April 29, 1770, during their navigation around Australia aboard the Endeavour.[3] In the early 1970s, extensive land reclamation took place in Botany Bay, resulting in the creation of a foreshore beach, a golf course, and the substantial container port facilities of Patricks and Hutchison.[4]

Land use[edit]

Banksmeadow is primarily an industrial area and lacks residential land.[4] Its landscape is dominated by commercial and industrial establishments closely tied to nearby Port Botany, which includes various oil terminals, the Sydenham-Botany Goods Railway, and a substantial chemical facility operated by Orica Limited. Banksmeadow is also home to a Kelloggs factory.[4]


The Foreshore Beach, also known as Botany Beach, stretches along the coastline of Botany Bay. However, the expansion of port facilities by the Sydney Ports Corporation has led to the loss of a portion of the sandy public beach in recent years. A rock seawall now spans a significant stretch of the beach, limiting its use as a public beach. The beach suffers from poor water quality and substantial erosion.[citation needed] Efforts are underway by Sydney Ports to build two groynes to safeguard the remaining section of the beach. The area encompasses Banksmeadow Park and the Botany Golf Club.


The Banksmeadow Public School is situated at the intersection of Wiggins and Trevelyan Streets in Botany. Its establishment dates back to 1881.[5]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (28 June 2022). "Banksmeadow". 2021 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 7 November 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Sands six mile circuit map of the city and suburbs of Sydney 1876-77".
  3. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollon, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, p. 18 ISBN 0-207-14495-8
  4. ^ a b c "Banksmeadow: The Sydney suburb with two pubs, a bakery but no-one lives there". Domain. 26 June 2018. Retrieved 28 June 2018.
  5. ^ Banksmeadow Public School

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