Sydney/Botany Bay

Airport & Botany Bay is an arbitrary district name, for the areas surrounding Botany Bay and also those directly south of Sydney, which includes Sydney Airport, Redfern, Alexandria, Brighton le Sands, Mascot and Rockdale among others.

Understand

The area between the airport and the city has historically tended to be light industrial. However, urban consolidation has led to new apartment living and associated facilities scattered throughout the warehouses. Outlet centres have opened in this area too, with the Alexandria area around Green Square hosting weekend shopping buses, whose occupants browse through the clothing, homewares, and other miscellany for sale.

Towards the coast, Botany Bay and Brighton is the centre of Sydney's Greek community. It is a great place to cool off and have a coffee by the water without waves. There's Greek yum cha and ice-cream on offer until late at night.

Rockdale and Mascot offer traditional suburban shopping strips with local specialty shops and restaurants that have been replaced by the air-conditioned shopping malls in most places in Sydney.

Get in

By public transport

A number of train lines and buses service the area. Consult the Transport Infoline to find the best route.

The factory outlet area is best accessed by train to Green Square on the Airport and East Hills Line. Mascot shops is probably best access by the daytime high-frequency Metrobus M20 (prepay only) connects Mascot to the city. The Brighton-Le-Sands and Botany Bay foreshore is best accessed by the 303 bus from the city.

By car

The Eastern Distributor is the link out of the city to the south and to the airport. Parking along the beach areas can be problematic on sunny weekends and holidays. Parking in the industrial outlet areas can be difficult during business hours, but usually some timed parking can be obtained.

See

Botany Bay

Captain Cook first landed in Botany Bay in 1770, and raved about the place. However, when the first fleet of convicts arrived 18 years later to start the colony, they didn't care it. Too sandy, and no fresh water, and they moved on to Sydney Harbour. Since then sections of Botany Bay have been reclaimed for container terminals and Sydney Airport, and industry and oil refineries built on its foreshores northern and southern foreshores. However, the bay is still popular for swimming and windsurfing, and a 10km walking cycleway runs along its foreshore from Kyeemagh to Dolls Point. There is a memorial to the first fleet. Cafes, restaurants, clubs, ice cream are available also. Parking is usually available, except on the busiest of summer weekends. Public transport access is by train to Rockdale, and then 478/479 bus to Brighton le Sands. Both services run frequently.

Do

Watch planes while metres away on the beach

Buy

Alexandria is the city's outlet centre, adjacent to Green Square station in Alexandria.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Sydney Airport

Botany Bay

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