Two of the most popular visitor precincts in Royal National Park – the historic Audley Boatshed and community facilities at Wattamolla – are getting makeovers as part of a $2 million revitalisation project, thanks to the NSW Government.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) will be restoring the 82-year-old boatshed, providing access to part of the boatshed for undercover space for picnics and constructing a new open pavilion behind the boatshed for small pop-up catering.

The 77-metre long concrete and timber building will get a makeover inside and out as well as new roof sheeting so it can continue to provide boat, kayak and board hire to those wanting to get on the river.

The works will also include new decks in front of the boatshed to allow people to take in the scenic river views and gather in the new covered space.

Once complete, an expression of interest will go out for boat hire operations so that our visitors can once again enjoy the beautiful Port Hacking River.

Landscape improvements at the popular Ironbark Flat picnic area opposite the boatshed are currently underway, with upgrade of amenities at Allambie Flat to follow, making these spaces more comfortable for visitors to relax and enjoy the park.

Wattamolla, another popular visitor precinct in the park that receives up to 3,500 visitors a day in summer, is also continuing with its makeover.

The new amenities building, along with the recently upgraded sewage treatment system, will help to accommodate more visitors to this spectacular community asset.

This work is part of a package of improvements that include better picnic areas, access improvements and a new walking track to Wattamolla Beach that are still to come.”

There will be some restrictions on access in and around the Audley and Wattamolla precincts during renovations. The Audley Visitor Centre and Café will remain open, as will access to Wattamolla Beach and the Royal Coast Track.

Visitors are reminded to please check the NPWS website for updated information on closures and Live Traffic NSW for any road closures.