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Audley historic recreational complex

Location: Sir Bertram Stevens/Audley Road, Audley, NSW 2232

Constructed: 1879

Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal National Park is affectionately known to locals as the ‘Nasho’ or just ‘the Royal’. Established in 1879, it’s the world's second-oldest national park. It features unique heritage attractions, along with fascinating plants, birds and animals. Perfect for bushwalking, cycling, surfing, picnicking or whale watching, this diverse park offers everything from beaches to rainforest. Located near Cronulla within an hour’s drive from both the Sydney CBD and Wollongong, the 16,000ha Royal National Park is like a big beautiful backyard. Whether you come for a morning jog or a week-long camping holiday, you’ll discover something new each time. Audley picnic grounds form a centrepiece of the Royal National Park, the first gazetted national park in Australia and the second in the world after Yellowstone. With its picturesque causeway and picnic lawns, Audley was arranged in the manner of a nineteenth century Victorian 'pleasure garden'. Today it remains gracious but with improved facilities such as electric barbecues and a kiosk. The flat, grassy parklands around the weir are far removed from the bustle of modern city living. And if you have your own canoe, you'll be able to access delightful sites downstream of the weir, although private craft are not permitted on the upstream, fresh water section above the weir. Audley also marks the start of Lady Carrington Drive, one of the park's early carriageways. Now closed to motor vehicles, its rainforest and eucalypts make for a delightful walk or cycle beside the river.

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Name of item: Audley historic recreational complex
Type of item: Complex / Group
Collection: Recreation and Entertainment
Category: Picnic Ground/ Recreation reserve
Location: Sir Bertram Stevens/Audley Road, Audley, NSW 2232
Local Govt: Sutherland
Constructed: 1879
Current use: Recreation area
Former use: Recreation area