Since 2014, National Parks and Wildlife Service has been working towards upgrading the 26km Royal Coast Track between Bundeena and Otford. Strategic funding has been provided by the NSW Government to enable these works to occur.
So far almost 17km of the track has been upgraded, from Bundeena in the north through to Little Garie in the south, providing visitors a spectacular walking experience. Previously, the track was subject to significant erosion from visitation and severe weather events. This erosion led to an uneven track, with some sections up to a half a metre below ground level. New fibre reinforced plastic (FRP) tracks have been installed as well as hardwearing stone for steep sections of the track. The new FRP tracks, which are slightly elevated, enable the landscape and vegetation to be protected, allows local fauna to move freely and provides a clear route for visitors.
Nearly 650 stone steps will be installed at Thelma Head in 2020, with completion of this challenging section of track scheduled for mid-year. A section of the track between Garie Beach and Eagle Rock was completed in March 2020 and work commenced on the Burgh Track near Era in April. The upgrade will continue from Era, past Figure 8 Pools through to Otford over the next 2 years.
Upgrades are also planned for Wattamolla, including improved landscaping, signage and reconfigured parking. The new amenities building was the first stage of this project and was completed in December 2019.
A signage audit was also completed to enable NPWS to deliver updated, engaging and appropriate information along the track.
The work is being undertaken by contractors and NPWS staff including the Major Infrastructure Delivery Unit and Royal National Park Area staff.