Culture and heritage

Aboriginal heritage

Management projects

The Heritage Assets Revitalisation Program (HARP) aims to showcase historic heritage in the NSW parks and reserves system as living heritage through the conservation and revitalisation of significant and diverse historic heritage places.

HARP strengthens the way historic heritage places connect with local communities, promote environmental sustainability and embrace opportunities associated with heritage tourism.

HARP assists with historic heritage asset planning and works projects, encompassing built heritage items, archaeological sites, cultural heritage landscapes and movable heritage collections within NSW National Parks and reserves.

HARP objectives include:

  • enhance and conserve the heritage significance of the place or object;
  • relate to the revitalisation of cultural or natural landscapes in which heritage conservation will play a key role;
  • enable OEH to showcase heritage places that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable;
  • support more people using parks, sporting and recreational facilities and participating in the arts and cultural activity;
  • are identified as a priority;
  • enable implementation of works that are directed at increasing the use, enjoyment and / or viability of a place;
  • demonstrate well-researched, achievable long-term outcomes;
  • demonstrate local community support and / or will enhance local community support; and
  • have been subject to a cost analysis.

Conservation management plans

Under HARP and the former Heritage Assets Maintenance Program (HAMP), conservation management plans have been prepared for many places, including:

Conservation works

Under HARP and the former Heritage Assets Maintance Program (HAMP), conservation works have been carried out on many places including:

Documents to download


Kinchega National Park - conservation management plan for former pastoral station sites
Adopted September 2002.

Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park - draft landscape plan for Barrenjoey Lighthouse
On public exhibition to 26 February 2004.

Mimosa Rocks National Park - conservation management plan for the Penders site
This plan guides the management of 'Penders', the holiday retreat of architect Roy Grounds and Ken Myer, which is now part of Mimosa Rocks National Park. Download a copy.

Mungo National Park - historic heritage plan
Mungo National Park lies on the site of two old pastoral stations. Download the conservation management and cultural tourism plan for the park's wealth of historic heritage.
Quarantine Station
Download these plans, which set the direction for the management of the North Head Quarantine Station in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Rebuilding of Paton's Hut - draft plan
On public exhibition to 16/11/2007.

Royal National Park - cabins conservation management plan
There are around 200 historic cabins in Royal National Park, occupied for short-term recreational use. Download this plan, which guides NPWS policy development for the cabins.

Royal National Park - proposed boatramp at Bonnie Vale
Includes the review of environmental factors, heritage impact statement and conservation management plan related to this proposal. Adopted May 2001.
Page last updated: 02 August 2013