Audley Precinct upgrade

National Parks and Wildlife Service is improving visitor facilities at Audley in Royal National Park.

Hacking River Audley. Historic boatshed. The Royal National Park, Australia's first National Park. The Audley Precinct in Royal National Park experiences high visitation particularly during peak periods which is increasing each year. The National Parks and Wildlife Service will be undertaking work in the well-loved Audley Precinct in Royal National Park to enhance visitor experiences with improved connectivity, conservation of the natural environment and upgraded visitor facilities. This work has been informed by the 2006 Audley Master Plan and includes:

  • Repair and restoration of the historic 1938 boatshed. The building will also be opened to the public with its interior reconfigured to provide undercover space for visitors alongside the historic boat hire. The work will be completed in 2021.
  • Improvements to the turf and landscaping at Ironbark Flat including irrigation system.
  • The amenity building near the boatshed in Allambie Flat will be upgraded along with improvements to the surrounding landscape.

This project is being delivered as part of the Improving Access to National Parks program.

Project stages and timeframes

During 2020, we have been undertaking site investigation and analysis, detailed design development and approvals.

Landscape upgrades will start at Ironbark Flat (near the Visitors Centre and Dancehall Café) in October 2020 with completion scheduled in December 2020. Figtree Flat car park will be temporarily closed from late October to late November as part of these works.

Boat hire from the Audley Boatshed will be suspended from 30 October 2020 until the completion of conservation works scheduled in mid-2021.

Upgrades to the Allambie Flat amenity building and upgrades of the surrounding landscape will occur during early-mid 2021.

Community engagement and visitor updates

We will keep visitors and the community informed of the progress of this project through regular updates on this webpage and onsite signage.

Activities which will impact on 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, NPWS will carry out 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 email the Royal Area at

If we've missed anything, please send us your question and the project team will provide updates via this webpage.

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