Royal National Park Coastal Cabins Areas Conservation Management Plan

Royal National Park was established in 1879 and has been managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) since 1967. There are around 200 cabins in Royal National Park located at South Era, Burning Palms, Little Garie and Bulgo. The cabins are generally simple structures built in the absence of planning controls, major infrastructure and services. They are currently occupied (for short-term recreational use) under licence agreements.

1 July 2005
NSW Department of Environment and Conservation
Publication, Conservation management plan
  • ID DEC20050685
  • File PDF 2.1MB
  • Pages 206
  • Name royal-national-park-coastal-cabins-conservation-management-plan-050685.pdf

Cabin users feel a strong attachment to the cabins and the cabin communities, and there is considerable stakeholder interest in the future use and management of the cabin areas. There are also significant environmental and public health and safety concerns relating to the cabin sites and surrounds. The NPWS needs to develop policies that will deal with all aspects of cabin management, while giving full consideration to cultural heritage, social, safety and environmental issues.

The brief for this Conservation Management Plan required that it provide NPWS with guidelines for future policy formulation for the cabins areas. Accordingly, it does not contain the conservation policies that are a typical feature of other such plans. The emphasis of this document is on the built and landscape issues relating to the cabins areas, and as such it addresses some but not all of the policies specified by the plan of management.

Important note

This document was commissioned by the Department of Environment and Climate Change to guide the management of cultural heritage in the Royal National Park cabins areas. The Department acknowledges that there are differences of opinion between the Department and groups representing the cabin communities with regard to:

  • The historical analysis as set out in this document
  • The evolution of the cabin communities
  • The preservation of the communities into the future.

Other park planning documents

Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area Plan of Management (2000)

Visitor information

Sydney’s heritage-listed Royal National Park was established in 1879. It’s the world's second-oldest national park.