Botany BayBot·a·ny Bay
bay on the SE coast of Australia, near Sydney: site of Captain Cook's original landing in Australia
Origin of Botany Bayso named in reference, refer to the profusion of plant life found there by the botanist on the voyage of Captain Cook
An inlet of the Tasman Sea in southeast Australia south of Sydney. It was visited by Capt. James Cook in 1770 and named by Sir Joseph Banks, the botanist in his crew, for the exotic flora found on its shores. The first British penal colony in Australia was established here briefly in 1788 before relocating to present-day Sydney.
- (geography) A bay in New South Wales, south of Sydney Cove, Australia; the site of a landing by explorer Captain James Cook and later of the First Fleet, and originally planned to be the site of the first penal colony in Australia.
- The penal colony, actually established at Sydney Cove, which developed into the now city of Sydney.
Named by explorer James Cook for the variety of plants observed near the shore.