The safety of visitors is the highest priority for the Department. We are working towards remediating Bonnie Vale and reopening the campground.
We need to address three key priorities before reopening the campground:
- appropriate actions to remediate areas affected by asbestos
- consideration of environmental issues including the recent coastal erosion
- protection of Aboriginal cultural heritage and potential archaeological materials.
Pedestrian access from Bundeena to Maianbar, across Cabbage Tree Basin, remains open. Bonnie Vale day picnic area and other facilities remain open.
We will continue to provide updates about this project on this webpage.
Thank you for your understanding and continued support of NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) as we work to reopen the Bonnie Vale campground. This project is part of the Improving Access to National Parks program.
Managing old asbestos at Bonnie Vale
We are working with relevant authorities, including the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and NSW Health on this issue. Specialist contractors have been engaged to monitor and assist in the management of asbestos-containing material as fragments emerge from the soil across the site.
We are developing plans to remediate the campground area with ongoing monitoring and inspections as part of this process.
Upcoming works at Bonnie Vale
Coastal protection works
Bonnie Vale is highly vulnerable to coastal erosion and inundation. Severe weather events earlier in 2020 lead to the creek from Cabbage Tree Basin breaking through the north-western shoreline of the campground. Severe scouring has since occurred and works to protect and stabilise the north-western section of the campground and the western portion of the day use area will be undertaken.
The coastal protection works are scheduled to be undertaking in two stages in order to address the urgent need to protect active foreshore erosion and to mitigate the impacts of the works on peak visitation.
Stage 1 works are focused on the north-western portion of the campground and works are scheduled from 18 December 2020 to 22 January 2021.
Stage 2 works are focused on the western portion of the day use area and are scheduled from 1 February to 12 February 2021. These works will occur outside of the School Holiday period to minimise visitor impacts.
The track between Maianbar and Bonnie Vale through the campground is open to pedestrians. We ask that visitors stay on the track and avoid the work area as heavy machinery will be in use. See the NPWS Visitor page for current alerts.
Boat launching area
We have completed stabilisation of the boat launching area by installing a surface to the entrance area to protect the area from erosion.