The Audley Precinct is a very popular location in Royal National Park, receiving high visitation during peak periods. The National Parks and Wildlife Service is enhancing the visitor experience by improving the visitor facilities guided by the 2006 Audley Master Plan.
Please check alerts on the NPWS Visitor webpage to help plan your visit.
This project is being delivered as part of the largest visitor infrastructure program in national park history.
What's happening at Audley?
The precinct upgrades at Audley involve several components:
- The repair and restoration of the historic 1938 boatshed commenced in February and is nearing completion. The boatshed will reopen to visitors later in 2021.
- The toilets at Ironbark Flat (next to the Visitors Centre) will be refurbished in 2022.
- The toilets near the boatshed in Allambie Flat will be replaced with new wheelchair-accessible amenities. Planning for this project is underway and construction is expected to commence in 2022 after the summer school holidays.
Works that have been completed include the landscape upgrades at Ironbark Flat. Previously, this area had poor soil, weeds and overgrown vegetation. In late 2020, this precinct was transformed with re-turfing, landscaping and installing a new irrigation system. This project has created a healthy and improved environment for all visitors.
Project stages and timeframes
The Audley Precinct upgrades have been staged to limit impacts on visitation.
Repair and conservation of the historic Audley Boatshed commenced in early 2021, with completion in mid-2021. The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has sought expressions of interest (EOI) for the lease and operation of the boatshed. Once this process has been completed and a new operator is appointed, visitors will again enjoy hiring boats and kayaks and use undercover spaces for picnics in the restored building.
The upgrades to the Ironbark Flat toilets are expected to commence in 2022. Alternative facilities will be provided during the construction stage.
Planning for new accessible toilets at Allambie Flat as well as landscaping improvements is underway. Once approvals have been received, the construction works are expected to start in 2022.
Community engagement and visitor updates
We will keep visitors and the community informed of the progress of these upgrades through regular updates on this webpage and onsite signage.
Activities that will impact the visitor experience will be communicated via alerts on the NPWS Royal National Park visitor webpage.
Protecting park values
In accordance with NSW planning legislation, we will carry out a rigorous environmental assessment of the site with input from relevant specialists. The Audley Precinct is included on the State Heritage Register and its cultural values will be protected
Do you have any questions?
For further information on the project, please send us your question by contacting us or through the feedback form. The project team will provide updates via this webpage..