Saturday, October 22, 2011

Kamay Botany Bay National Park & Museum

Our 40km drive to Botany Bay today quaffed of ocean reggae haze.  I didn't intend it to be a history lesson, but Botany Bay is famous for being Captain Cook's landing place in Australia (re: Plymouth Rock). There is a very nice visitor center with a small museum and art work.  The park itself is positioned to overlook Botany Bay shipyard. The Caltex Oil refinery is also within 2km of Kamay point giving it a refinery Joliet smell. All of the industry and haze combined put it dead last for Paul's favorite Australian parks, but I was willing to give it a fair chance.

A large obelisq marks Cook's landing spot and where the Queen visited nearly 40yrs ago to commemorate 200yrs since his voyage.  The Queen visited Canberra last week and we reflected on how much change she has seen in her 85 years.  Living in Australia has definitely given me a new respect for the British Empire. The visitor center attempts to respect the aboriginal culture by selling artwork and depicting the landing through cartoon figures saying, "well, there goes the neighborhood."  Sometimes I wonder if that is how Australians really feel about their Indonesian neighbors that keep arriving in boatloads.  There are more scenic parts to the park that drive along the coast and overlook ocean cliffs, but it is doubtful we will ever return to enjoy them.

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