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Botany Bay

Botany Bay is of course, the place where Captain James Cook’s expedition landed on April 29, 1770. We often hear that the British settled the harsh environments of Australia merely as a "dumping ground for convicts", a last resort, and a desperate measure. But research has shown that The Botany Bay project was in fact part of a much larger and ambitious plan, developed by the British prime minister William Pitt and his advisers, to expand British trade and strategic bases in the Pacific and Indian oceans. They envisaged Botany Bay as a naval base and port to service ships; as a pre-emptive claim on newly discovered lands, shutting out their enemies, the French, Dutch and Spanish; as a source of desperately needed naval resources such as flax and timber; and finally as a colony that could produce other valuable commodities such as cotton, sugar and spices.

Visit Cook's Landing Place, Inscription Point, learn how local Aboriginal people encountered the crew of the Endeavour and enjoy many bush walks through Kamay Botany Bay National Park.

Traditional custodians: Gadigal people of the Eora Nation

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For over 30 years Coral Expeditions has had one purpose – taking small groups of like-minded explorers to the most remote parts of the world, with expert guidance and warm Australian hospitality. Coral Expeditions was founded by a fisherman with a passion for the sea. Then named Coral Princess Cruises, the small North Queensland based company explored the Great Barrier Reef and pioneered small ship expedition cruising to the Kimberley and Papua New Guinea. Today, Coral Expeditions has grown to include voyages to Tasmania, Islands of the South Pacific, New Zealand, and the Indonesian Archipelago. Our Australian crew provide warm hospitality and personal service on board. Shore-rich itineraries in remote locations allow our guests to be immersed in local cultures, get close to wildlife, and enjoy adventurous land and sea activities in safety. We invite you to celebrate 35 years of exploration with us.

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