Dedicated in 1879, Royal National Park includes the first area of land to be reserved as national park in Australia. The park encompasses ocean coastline and estuarine foreshore, heaths and woodlands on Hawkesbury sandstone, rainforest on Narrabeen shale and along a number of rivers and streams.
Heathcote National Park, reserved in 1943, lies to the west of Royal National Park, in the Woronora River catchment. It offers spectacular Hawkesbury sandstone ridge and gully landscapes and open forests.
Garawarra State Conservation Area, reserved in 1987, adjoins the township of Helensburgh to the south of Royal National Park. An important purpose of this area is to protect rainforest in the upper catchment of the Hacking River as a link between the rainforests of Royal National Park and those of the Illawarra Escarpment and the water catchment areas to the south and south-west.
The plan maintains a focus on the protection and conservation of the natural beauty, ecological richness and cultural heritage values of these parks. It also ensures that these parks provide sustainable opportunities for people to enjoy these iconic parks and gain an appreciation of their special values.
This report should be read in conjunction with the Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area Planning Considerations.
Other planning documents
Audley Masterplan (2006)
Royal National Park Coastal Cabins Areas Conservation Management Plan (2005)
Wattamolla Master Plan (2017)