Nature conservation

Parks, reserves and protected areas

Planning for the future of Royal National Park

Find out about the future management of Australia’s oldest national park.

Plans of management guide what happens in our national parks, and how we manage them. The existing plan of management for Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area dates back to 2000.

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service is preparing a new plan of management for Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area.

The future management of Royal National Park, one of the busiest parks in New South Wales, involves some particularly complex and important issues.

As the first stage in the development of a new plan of management, National Parks and Wildlife Service released 6 discussion papers for public comment. The discussion papers cover a range of issues, many of which have previously been identified as being of interest to the community.

Comments on the discussion papers closed on 28 August 2017. Over 400 responses were received from individuals and organisations. National Parks and Wildlife Service is now reviewing all the comments received to inform the development of a new plan of management. Public feedback on the issues raised during this consultation process will be provided once the analysis is complete.

Opportunities to have your say


There will be another opportunity to have your say when the draft plan of management is completed and put on public exhibition. If you'd like to be notified when the draft plan is available, please register your details at the Royal National Park community engagement portal.

Discussion papers

While comments on the discussion papers have closed, you can view the discussion papers and related material.

Related material

Page last updated: 30 October 2017