The southern suburb of Taren Point, about 20km from Sydney’s CBD, anchors one end of the famous Captain Cook Bridge which straddles the Georges River where it enters Botany Bay. Taren Point provides an interesting mix of upmarket, waterfront houses, modest suburban bungalows, and quite intensive light industrial and commercial activities. It’s on Botany Bay, of course, which means the boating, fishing and sailing are great, and it’s just a few kilometres down the road to those seductive waves curling on to Cronulla and Wanda beaches. The suburb bills itself as ‘The Birthplace of Modern Australia’ and gateway to the Sutherland Shire, which contains within its boundaries Captain James Cook’s first landing place in Australia – at Inscription Point on the Kurnell Peninsula. One of Cook's crew, a Scotsman by the name of Forby Sutherland, died and was buried on the shore. Sutherland Point and the municipality which embraces Kurnell and Taren Point is named in his honour.