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Royal National Park

What we're doing

Park management activities

Royal National Park has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents. Here is just some of the work we’re doing to conserve these values:


Understanding landscapes and geology

NPWS is dedicated to preserving the special landscapes and natural assets of Royal National Park. Programs to protect the park’s renowned cliffs, walking tracks, lookouts and myriad other offerings are in place within the park.

Preserving biodiversity

NPWS works to protect biodiversity in all parks, and Royal National Park is no exception. Protecting the park's threatened, vulnerable and endangered species is key to upholding its biodiversity. Ongoing conservation efforts include intensive surveying and data collection, as well as activities to raise visitor awareness where possible. The park aims to introduce interpretive signage to enhance the visitor experience, and understanding of the natural highlights in the area, through education.

Conservation program

BioNet

Uniting technology with the vast collection of information on biodiversity in NSW, BioNet is a valuable database open to any user. From individual plant sightings to detailed scientific surveys, it offers a wealth of knowledge about ecology and threatened species in NSW. 

Managing weeds, pest animals and other threats

Pests and weeds have a significant impact to the ecosystems within Royal National Park. NPWS carries out risk assesments for new and emerging weeds as well as containment of sea spurge to protect biodiversity in this park.

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Containment of sea spurge

A highly destructive coastal weed, sea spurge has spread around Australia since it was first recorded as an invasive species in 1927. On the NSW South Coast, collaborative containment efforts have made major inroads in combatting this weed as it progresses northward.

Historic heritage in our parks and reserves

The iconic Royal National Park is both historic and beautiful, and heritage sites within the park receive ongoing maintenance, upgrades and conservation work. NPWS undertakes routine maintenance and upgrading of all its visitor facilities.

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Audley Dance Hall historic heritage project

This 19th century Royal National Park icon has been restored to its former glory thanks to the NSW National Parks Audley Dance Hall historic heritage project. Undertaken with particular focus on cultural and ecological sustainability, and historic heritage conservation, the project has seen the dance hall once more become a hub of activity within the park.

Developing visitor facilities and experiences

Royal National Park is committed to evaluating, developing and maintaining visitor facilities. The park undertakes regular maintenance of its signage, accommodation, walking tracks and other facilities, ensuring they align with legislation and visitor requirements. Conservation projects are ongoing and ensure the park’s heritage sites are preserved. Car parking processes and facilities are frequently reviewed as well, and facilities maintenance is ongoing.

Conserving our Aboriginal culture

Royal National Park is dedicated to preserving its strong Aboriginal culture. The park's numerous significant sites are maintained in keeping with efforts to protect and preserve its heritage. Members of local Aboriginal communities are engaged as a priority, and cultural site conditions are regularly assessed and recorded. Areas surrounding cultural sites and interpretive signage are upgraded as required.

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Conservation and coastal engravings in Royal National Park

The conservation and coastal engravings project in the Royal National Park is working to preserve one of the region’s finest expressions of Aboriginal culture: the Jibbon Headland Aboriginal engravings. A new boardwalk and viewing platform limit the foot access that was damaging the engravings, while encroaching soil and vegetation are being removed.

Managing fire

NSW is one of the most bushfire prone areas in the world as a result of our climate, weather systems, vegetation and the rugged terrain. NPWS is committed to maintaining natural and cultural heritage values and minimising the likelihood and impact of bushfires via a strategic program of fire research, fire planning, hazard reduction, highly trained rapid response firefighting crews and community alerts.

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Hazard reduction program

Managing fire-prone NSW national parks requires a three-pronged approach, including fire planning, community education, and fuel management. When it comes to fuel like dead wood, NPWS conducts planned hazard reduction activities like mowing and controlled burning to assist in the protection of life, property and community.

Contact

  • in the Sydney and surrounds and South Coast regions
  • Royal National Park is open 7am to 8.30pm but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

  • Park entry fees:

    $12 per vehicle per day. Seasonal ticket booths at Bonnie Vale, Wattamolla and Garie Beach are cash only, as there is no power or mobile connection. Please bring correct change.

    Buy an annual pass.
    • Royal National Park Visitor Centre
      (02) 9542 0648
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily (closed Christmas Day)
    • 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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    • Royal National Park area office
      (02) 9542 0632
      13000 PARKS (1300 072 757) for campground and cottage bookings
      Contact hours: 9am-4:30pm Monday to Friday (closed public holidays)
    • 159 Farnell Avenue, Royal National Park, NSW 2232
    • Fax: (02) 9542 1420
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Wedding Cake Rock, Royal National Park. Photo: David Finnegan