Port Botany, New South Wales

Coordinates: 33°58′34″S 151°13′05″E / 33.976°S 151.218°E / -33.976; 151.218
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Port Botany
SydneyNew South Wales
View of Port Botany from La Perouse
Population0 (SAL 2016)[1][2]
Elevation2 m (7 ft)
Area2,345 km2 (905.4 sq mi)
Location12 km (7 mi) south-east of Sydney CBD
LGA(s)City of Randwick
State electorate(s)Maroubra
Federal division(s)Kingsford Smith
Suburbs around Port Botany:
Botany Banksmeadow Matraville
Sydney Airport Port Botany Phillip Bay
Botany Bay Kurnell La Perouse

Port Botany is a suburb in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia. Port Botany is located 12 kilometres south-east of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of the City of Randwick. Port Botany sits on the northern shore of Botany Bay, adjacent to the suburbs of Matraville, Banksmeadow and Phillip Bay.


Botany Bay is where Lieutenant James Cook first landed on 29 April 1770, when navigating his way up the east-coast[3] of Australia on his ship, the Endeavour. The ship's English naturalist Joseph Banks and Swedish botanist Daniel Solander spent several days on shore collecting vast numbers of specimens that were previously unknown. Cook's journals first referred to the bay as Sting Rays' Harbour, then later Botanist Bay and finally both these names were crossed out and replaced with Botany Bay.[4] The suburb name comes from the bay it stands on.[5]


Molineaux Point features views to La Perouse and Kurnell. A cairn and plaque here commemorates the sister ports relationship between Sydney Ports Corporation and Yokkaichi Port Authority, Mie Japan. The revetment wall is called Banks Wall after Sir Joseph Banks.

Commercial area[edit]

Port Botany is a major commercial area that is serviced by road and rail networks, together with Sydney's nearby international and domestic airports. The two Container Terminal facilities are complemented by a bulk liquids facility and an adjacent bulk liquids storage and distribution complex.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Port Botany (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2016. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Port Botany (Suburb and Locality)". Australian Census 2016 QuickStats. Retrieved 28 June 2022. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ Beaglehole, J. C. (John Cawte) (1974). The Life of Captain James Cook. A. & C. Black. ISBN 978-0-7136-1382-7.
  4. ^ Seas, South. "Cook's Journal: Daily Entries, 6 May 1770". southseas.nla.gov.au.
  5. ^ The Book of Sydney Suburbs, Compiled by Frances Pollen, Angus & Robertson Publishers, 1990, Published in Australia ISBN 0-207-14495-8, page 35
  6. ^ "Sydney Ports".
33°58′34″S 151°13′05″E / 33.976°S 151.218°E / -33.976; 151.218