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Planning for visitors

The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan

Wattamolla, with its freshwater lagoon, waterfall, beach and stunning coastal scenery, is the most popular destination within the Royal National Park, attracting over 300,000 visitors a year. Wattamolla is located along the Royal Coast Track, an iconic 26-kilometre walk along the eastern boundary of the park. This iconic walk attracts over 90,000 people a year, adding to the already high number of visitors to the site.


The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) recognises the potential impact of the high number of visitors on both the environment and visitor enjoyment. A master plan is being developed to look at options to improve the facilities for visitors while protecting this precious environment. The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan considers the site’s natural and cultural values, site constraints and opportunities, and looks at ways to protect Wattamolla’s intrinsic values while improving the visitor experience and minimising risk to visitors.

The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan:
  • explores strategies to manage visitor numbers and their impact on the site during the summer holiday period
  • proposes the introduction of an online booking system that will help ease parking issues and streamline visitor entry during peak times
  • considers options for commercial activities at Wattamolla, including a kiosk, a zip-line and camping opportunities
  • looks at possible walking track extensions and toilet and picnic area upgrades.
Comments on the draft master plan closed on Friday 3 June 2016. NPWS is considering public submissions and preparing the final master plan.

The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan

Wattamolla, with its freshwater lagoon, waterfall, beach and stunning coastal scenery, is the most popular destination within the Royal National Park, attracting over 300,000 visitors a year. Wattamolla is located along the Royal Coast Track, an iconic 26-kilometre walk along the eastern boundary of the park. This iconic walk attracts over 90,000 people a year, adding to the already high number of visitors to the site.


The National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) recognises the potential impact of the high number of visitors on both the environment and visitor enjoyment. A master plan is being developed to look at options to improve the facilities for visitors while protecting this precious environment. The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan considers the site’s natural and cultural values, site constraints and opportunities, and looks at ways to protect Wattamolla’s intrinsic values while improving the visitor experience and minimising risk to visitors.

The Draft Wattamolla Master Plan:
  • explores strategies to manage visitor numbers and their impact on the site during the summer holiday period
  • proposes the introduction of an online booking system that will help ease parking issues and streamline visitor entry during peak times
  • considers options for commercial activities at Wattamolla, including a kiosk, a zip-line and camping opportunities
  • looks at possible walking track extensions and toilet and picnic area upgrades.
Comments on the draft master plan closed on Friday 3 June 2016. NPWS is considering public submissions and preparing the final master plan.

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