Popular Bonnie Vale campground at Royal National Park has reopened as part of the largest ever visitor infrastructure program rollout in NSW national parks.
NSW Environment Minister James Griffin said the $2.5 million project at the world’s second oldest national park – Royal – will ensure it remains one of Sydney’s favourite parks for generations to come.
“I’m pleased to see this popular camping site reopen after major remediation works and upgrades, and for more people to be able to enjoy our natural environment,” Minister Griffin said.
“It’s part of the NSW Government’s biggest infrastructure investment in national parks’ history, delivering around $450 million on projects to improve access to our precious national parks and boost nature-based tourism across NSW.”
Bonnie Vale is the gateway to southern Sydney’s natural treasures, from the scenic Royal Coast Track, to the spectacular Aboriginal engravings at Jibbon headland and the jewelled waters of Port Hacking’s Simpsons Bay.
Member for Heathcote Lee Evans said Bonnie Vale is now Royal National Park’s must visit campground just a stone’s throw from the Bundeena township.
“I know the community has waited patiently for Bonnie Vale to reopen and now more families will be able to picnic at new shelters and barbecues, and relax on new lawns for a great day out,” Mr Evans said.
“New power outlets at 44 camp sites, a dedicated area for education or community group bookings and fully refurbished shower and amenity blocks have all been added to the site.”
The National Parks and Wildlife Service has also installed interim coastal protection revetment walls to protect the low-lying site from storm surge and coastal erosion.
National parks are a key driver of the visitor economy, generating $18 billion per year in economic activity and supporting over 74,000 jobs in New South Wales.