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Bonnie Vale campground

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Alerts for Royal National Park: fire bans, upcoming closed areas, upcoming hazard reduction burns

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Updated: 01/11/2014 12:01 AM

“A group of us come here each summer. Bonnie Vale has a really nice atmosphere and it’s the perfect place to introduce the kids to camping.”

Bonnie Vale is a family-friendly campground located between Bundeena and Maianbar at the park’s north end. This popular riverside campground is known for its large sand spit, which makes it a great swimming spot.

Whether you choose to pitch a tent or bring your caravan, you’re sure to have a comfortable stay at Bonnie Vale. The campground is equipped with flush toilets, hot showers and drinking water, so you won’t need to rough it, although all sites are unpowered.

Go fishing at nearby Jibbon Beach, enjoy a barbecue by the sea or hike along Royal National Park’s long list of walking tracks. On weekends, you can even hire a kayak and paddle in the Hacking River.

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Getting there

Getting there:

Bonnie Vale campground is in the Bundeena precinct of Royal National Park. To get there:

From Audley:

  • Drive across Audley Weir and continue along Sir Bertram Stevens Drive for approximately 10km
  • Turn left onto Bundeena Drive and continue to Bundeena township
  • As you enter the town, turn left onto Sea Breeze Lane and follow the signs.

Alternatively, take the ferry from Cronulla to Bundeena wharf. It’s a 15-minute walk along a track to the entrance.

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Vehicle access:

Sealed road - 2WD vehicles - All weather

Parking:

Parking is available at Bonnie Vale campground.
One vehicle only per site. Site 4 doesn't have vehicle parking.

Important info

Number of campsites:

74

Types of camping:

Caravan site, Camper trailer site, Camping beside my vehicle, Don't mind a short walk to tent

Facilities:

  • Gas/electric barbecues
  • Drinking water
  • Picnic tables
  • Hot showers
  • Flush toilets

You should know:

  • Reservations can be made for any arrival within the next 12 months. Find out more about our terms and conditions, and review frequently asked questions about staying in national parks.
  • Bonnie Vale can get busy during school holiday periods
  • Camp fires, wood fire and solid fuel barbecues are not permitted at Bonnie Vale.
  • While caravans are suitable, large motorhomes may have trouble accessing the site.
  • Gates are locked between 8pm and 7am, no vehicle entry or exit between these times
  • Think about car pooling if your destination is Wattamolla, Bonnie Vale or Garie as visitor numbers in these areas often exceed available parking.

Wheelchair access:

Medium

This area can be accessed with some assistance

  • Wheelchair accessible toilets

Fees:

Vehicle entry fee: $11 per vehicle per day. Please note vehicle entrance fees are not included in your accommodation or camping fees. Purchase at the local office or buy an annual pass online.

Camping fees: All campsites - site fee: $28 per night (2-person inclusive). $14 per night per additional adult (16 years+), $7 per night per additional child (5-15 years), infants free (0-4 years).

Book online now:

Use a secure payment gateway to book now.

Alternatively, please contact the Customer Experience Team on 13000 PARKS (13000 72757) to make a booking.

NB: All reservations incur a booking fee of 2.5% in addition to the total amount payable.

Contacts:

Royal National Park visitor centre, Phone: 02 9542 0648

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- Alerts

Royal National Park

fire bans

A total fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Saturday 1 November)
A total fire ban has been declared by the Commissioner of the Rural Fire Service which includes this park. The total fire ban applies on Saturday 1 November for the entire 24 hour period. Total fire ban rules apply. This ban may be extended and any extension will be posted as soon as possible.
Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves including your responsibilities:http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/safety/fire
 
For visitor safety all tracks and trails, with the exception of Lady Carrington Drive, are closed when a Total Fire Ban is in force. The picnic areas will remain open. For information on Total Fire Bans please visit: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.auwww.rfs.nsw.gov.au

upcoming closed areas

Closed areas: Garie Road closure for RMS essential maintenance (Thursday 27 November to Friday 28 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:

  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Garie Beach picnic area, Governor Game lookout
Closed areas: Garie Road closure for RMS essential road maintenance (Monday 17 November to Wednesday 19 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Garie Beach picnic area, Governor Game lookout
Closed areas: Lady Wakehurst Drive closed for essential maintenance (Wednesday 19 November to Friday 21 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Pedestrian access to the southern end of the coast track is unaffected, however, vehicular drop off and pickups from Otford lookout may not be possible. Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Werrong Beach track, The Coast track, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area
Closed areas: Lady Wakehurst Drive closed for essential maintenance (Monday 24 November to Wednesday 26 November)Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) will be doing maintenance on the following roads in Royal National Park which will result in the some road closures:
  • Garie Road closed: Monday 17/11/2014 – Tuesday 18/11/2014 and Thursday 27/11/2014 – Friday 28/11/2014
  • Lady Wakehurst Drive closed: Wednesday 19/11/2014 – Friday 21/11/2014 and Monday 24/11/2014 – Wednesday 26/11/2014
Pedestrian access to the southern end of the coast track is unaffected, however, vehicular drop off and pickups from Otford lookout may not be possible. Please note that Garawarra Farm Road will be kept open during the works. RMS will be posting these closures on the Variable Message System (VMS) units one week prior to closures, and if these closures coincide with any Total Fire Ban days, RMS  will stop work and keep roads open. For more information, please contact Royal area office (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.
Locations affected: Werrong Beach track, The Coast track, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area
Closed areas: MS Sydney to Wollongong bike ride (Sunday 2 November)Access to the south end of Royal National Park along McKell Avenue,Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Lady Wakehurst Drive from Garie to Otford will be closed to general vehicle traffic for the MS City to Wollongong Bike Ride 2 November 2014 7.00am to 3.00pm. Vehicle access to Audley, Wattamolla, Garie and access to the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive from the Audley direction remain open, although some traffic delays may be experienced.
Locations affected: Forest path, Lady Carrington Drive, Couranga walking track, Gunjulla Flat picnic area, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area, Waterfall Flat picnic area
Closed areas: MS Sydney to Wollongong bike ride (Sunday 2 November)Access to the south end of Royal National Park along McKell Avenue, Sir Bertram Stevens Drive and Lady Wakehurst Drive from Garie to Otford will be closed to general vehicle traffic 7.00am to 3.00pm, 2 November 2014, for the MS City to Wollongong Bike Ride. Vehicle access to Audley, Wattamolla and Garie and access to the northern end of Lady Carrington Drive from the Audley direction remains open, although some traffic delays may be experienced.
Locations affected: Forest path, Lady Carrington Drive, Couranga walking track, Gunjulla Flat picnic area, Red Cedar Flat picnic area, Upper Causeway picnic area, Waterfall Flat picnic area

upcoming hazard reduction burns

Hazard reduction burn - The Coast track (Tuesday 4 November to Friday 7 November) Some tracks in the northern part of this park will be closed from Tuesday 4 November until Friday 7 November 2014 due to a hazard reduction burn, unless the closure is otherwise extended or removed.
The National Parks and Wildlife Service, together with the Rural Fire Service NSW and NSW Fire and Rescue, intend to conduct a hazard reduction burn in Royal National Park. The area to be burnt extends from the south east corner of Bundeena, along the southern side of the township to Bundeena Drive and bounded by the Big Marley Fire Trail to the south. It will be adjacent to the residential streets of Bundeena Drive, Liverpool Street, Scarborough Street, Brighton Street, Rymill Place, Bournemouth Street and Beachcomber Avenue. It will be necessary to close some trails during burn operations. These include:

  • Big Marley fire trail
  • Jibbon Point trail and
  • The Coast track from Jibbon Beach and Beachcomber Avenue, Bundeena to Wattamolla.
The area to be burnt is approximately 165 hectares and is scheduled to take place from Tuesday 4 November. The scheduling of the burn is totally dependant on weather conditions so will not be undertaken if conditions are unfavourable. The burn is part of an on-going program to reduce the fuel levels and risk of fire to properties from potential wild fires in the vicinity of Bundeena. It is expected to take three to five days, including mopping up operations. During this time, residents in adjoining areas may experience periods of smoke and ash fall and all tracks and trails will be closed to residents and the general public until the area has been assessed and considered safe.
The risk to properties during the burn is considered to be low, however it is recommended that property owners ensure their properties are well prepared to reduce the risk from embers.
• Remove leaf litter from gutters.
• Remove any items that you may have in the Asset Protection Zone behind your property.
• Ensure that pets are secure within property boundaries and have an area that provides protection for them.
• Close all windows and remove washing from clothes lines on the day of the burn.
• Stay well clear of fire operations during the burn.
• If you have asthma or a respiratory condition we recommend that you stay inside or plan to be away from the area during the day of the burn.
For information on current wild fire and hazard reduction activity visit the RFS website. For further information on the park closure, contact the area office on (02) 9542 0632 or visit the NSW National Parks safety page.


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Bonnie Vale Campground, Royal National Park. Photo: Andy Richards