Trial Bay Gaol in Arakoon National Park is an iconic tourist destination attracting over half a million visitors each year. The Macleay Coast Destination project will modernise and improve visitor facilities in the surrounding Arakoon and Hat Head national parks to enhance the experience of visitors and locals alike.
The project will significantly improve the Trial Bay and Little Bay precincts, with new nature-based and heritage experiences to encourage visitors to stay for longer and strengthen the region's appeal as a year-round destination.
Have your say on the Macleay Coast Destination draft master plan
Public feedback welcome until 3 February 2023.
Visit the master plan webpage for more information.
What the project involves
The Macleay Coast Destination project will improve the range and quality of experiences on offer in Arakoon National Park and develop visitor facilities that complement the existing historic and cultural significance of the area.
The project will include revitalisation of the Trial Bay campground including new walking tracks, picnic shelters and upgraded access roads, amenities and campsites.
At Little Bay, new family friendly walking and bike paths along with upgraded visitor facilities will reinvigorate this cherished precinct as a favoured location for family gatherings.
The Cardwell Street beach access will become a key attraction for day visitors in the future, with improved parking and facilities.
A coastal walk between Trial Bay and Smoky Cape will provide stunning views over the coastline and meet the increasing demand for bushwalking opportunities. Improvements are also proposed for the Smoky Cape lighthouse precinct to improve access for visitors.
The Macleay Coast Destination project will address ageing infrastructure and increase the appeal of the area for the local community and visitors alike.