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 6 million visits to Royal National park in 2018, 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.
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.
NPWS has prepared a new draft plan of management for Royal National Park, Heathcote National Park and Garawarra State Conservation Area which is now open for public consultation.
The future management of Royal National Park, one of the busiest parks in New South Wales, involves some particularly complex and important issues.
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. The draft plans of management are open for consultation between 30 April and 2 August 2021.