One of our most photographed bays on the Isle of Thanet on the East Kent coast, Botany Bay is famous. This hidden gem offers stunning views of white cliffs and beautiful chalk stacks.
It is said that Botany Bay found its name when those found in possession of smuggled goods were deported to Botany Bay in Australia; you may not see many smugglers on the sands these days, just holiday makers looking for a tranquil place to relax. When the tide is out, Botany bay is a great location for fossil hunting and exploring rock pools. There is plenty of exposed sand to enjoy when the tide is in, but due to the bay's shape the ends are cut off at high tide.
There is a dog ban in place from 1st May until 30th September, when dogs are not permitted between 10am to 6pm.
Blue Flag Award 2019 and Seaside Award 2019
Please note that car parking is limited with no free parking available in Kingsgate Avenue and Fitzroy Avenue, where 24hr patrols are in force. Permit Holders only. Please be aware this is a residential area. Parking is advised at Palm Bay Avenue (CT9 3PP) for Palm Bay beach and a short cliff top walk to Botany Bay
There is no coach parking at Botany Bay, Broadstairs only drop off at the top of Botany Road, Percy Avenue and Kingsgate Avenue. Coaches can park at Joss Bay or Vere Road Broadstairs
Location & details
Kent, CT10 3LGvisitorinformation@thanet.gov.uk