Royal National Park

Find out about current park management items in the Royal National Park.

Royal National Park is located on the southern fringe of Sydney. It is Australia’s oldest national park and one of the busiest in New South Wales.

There were over 3.2 million visits to Royal National park in 2014, putting it in the top two most visited parks in New South Wales.

Recently, the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has seen a significant and sustained increase in visitors coming to Royal National Park to enjoy the beaches, lagoons and waterfalls, especially on sunny weekends and holidays.

Accommodating all these visitors and protecting the environment is challenging. Good planning is essential to meet increasing demand and continue to improve visitor facilities to maximise opportunities and minimise impacts. We think it is important to keep you informed and so invite you to be a part of the conversation about planning for the future.

Map of Royal National Park

Planning for the future

New Plan of Management for Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area

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 NPWS 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.

Discussion papers

In 2017, as the first stage in the development of a new plan of management, NPWS developed 6 discussion papers to kickstart the conversation about the future of Royal National Park. These papers were available for public comment during July and August 2017. These discussion papers covered a range of issues, many of which have previously been identified as being of interest to the community.

While comments on the discussion papers have closed, they are still available for viewing.

Public response.

Over 400 responses to the discussion papers were received from individuals and organisations. All submissions have been reviewed and analysed to understand the view of the wider community to suggested management options. For more information, read the summary report on the community’s submissions.

Where to from here

The findings of the summary of submissions will be used in conjunction with relevant literature, data sources, NPWS and NSW Government policies as well as the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 to guide the formation of the draft Plan of Management for the Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area.

Have your say

Part 5 of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 outlines the legal requirements for the preparation, exhibition and adoption of plans of management. 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 using the online registration form.

Planning for visitors

Wattamolla master plan

Wattamolla is the most popular visitor destination in Royal National Park, but its ageing facilities are now struggling to cope. The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan looks at how we can sustainably manage this area, protecting the environment and ensuring that people can continue to enjoy this stunning location into the future.

Decision: Proposed use and upgrade of access trail in Royal National Park for Bundeena Coast Eco Lodge

Review of Environmental Factors requesting access across a fire trail in the Royal National Park, at Bundeena.

Recent improvements to the Royal Coast Track

In 2014, the NSW Government launched the ‘Great Walks Program’ investing $2.4 million into NSW national Parks to provide world class walking experiences. The Royal Coast Track is part of this initiative.

Feedback from 2011 community consultation

In 2011 we started a conversation with stakeholders and the community about writing a new plan of management for Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area.

Repairing Varney's Bridge

Varney's bridge is located in Royal National Park in the popular Audley precinct.

Wedding Cake Rock

Wedding Cake Rock is a popular and very fragile rock formation located along the challenging Coast track in Sydney's Royal National Park.

The Royal Coast Track is getting a facelift

The Royal Coast Track is receiving an injection of $1.8 million for improvements. The track is being upgraded over a 9-month period between October 2015 and May 2016.

Viewing platform for Jibbon engravings

Jibbon Headland has some of the region's most outstanding Aboriginal rock engravings.