Taren Point is a southern suburb of Sydney, less than 20 kilometres from the Sydney CBD. Close to Botany Bay, national parks and more, it makes the perfect starting point for your Sydney and New South Wales travels. Taren Point is joined to the upper side of Sydney by Captain Cook Bridge, which overlooks Botany Bay, the first landing point in mainland Australia for Captain Cook and his fleet.
Taren Point offers some attractions of its own beyond what you will find in the main section of Sydney. With retail stores, Taren Point Beach and walking paths all within the small confines of its borders.
Being close to Botany Bay means you are close to both nature and history with the Kamay Botany Bay National Park. During May and November, you can spot whales on their migration past Sydney from the Bay without even having to hire a boat and get out into the water. The best place in the park to spot whales is Cape Solander, and the peak of whale migration season is in late June to early July. Botany Bay is filled with historical sites such as the 1770 landing of the Endeavour and the first documented meeting of colonists and the Aboriginal people. You will find many sheltered beaches, caves, rock pools, walking trails and native Australian flora and fauna in the park. You can also find an art gallery, café, viewing platforms and snorkelling points within the park. If you really want to dig into the history of the area and the significance of the site, visit the Kurnell Visitor Centre, with a museum, theatre and historical exhibition. All of this is just a 15-minute drive from Taren Point in your rental car.
Save Money and Experience Stunning Attractions in Sydney in a Car Hire
Sydney is quite an expensive city, at least that is the perception, but it's not entirely true. There are many free sites and activities in the city to enjoy, namely world-class museums and art galleries.
The Art Gallery of New South Wales is a great way to spend a day. Explore the five levels of the art museum, located in Sydney's parkland section. With artworks from local, Australian and international artists, and permanent and temporary exhibitions, it's always a special experience exploring the gallery. Make sure to join one of the free daily guided tours departing from the information desk. In peak years, over 1 million people will pass through the doors into this heritage building, at just a 15-minute walk, or less by car, from the city centre, it's easy to add into any day's activities. Check out the website to see what special events, talks, and workshops are on during your stay.
The next best spot is the Australian Museum; between this and the Art Gallery of New South Wales, you will see the big two free attractions in Sydney. The museum is famous for its collection of nearly 22 million objects and artefacts spanning the entire world and history. From dinosaurs, animals, native cultures and ancient history, there is something for everyone at the museum. With fun workshops and events such as photography workshops and live jazz and classical music (also free), it is a must activity on your Sydney journey.
You Can See Too Many National Parks in a Rental Car
From Taren Point and Sydney, there are dozens of national parks within driving distance. From the famous Blue Mountains National Park, directly to the west, Royal and Dharawal National Park to the south and Dharug and Ku-ring-gai Chase to the north. You are quite simply spoilt for choice on places to take your rental car. These are no ordinary national parks either, with mountains, rivers, lakes, gorges, caves, native animals and incredible hiking and camping opportunities.