Australian Royal National Park - a Call for World Heritage Listing

The Royal National Park, South of Sydney

The Royal National Park

The Royal National Park is located just south of Sydney, New South Wales.

The Royal, as we Australians like to call it, was the first declared Australian National Park way back in 1879.

This was the around the same time as the world famous Yosemite and Yellowstone Parks were created in the USA.

The Royal was placed on the Australian National Heritage List in 2006.

The Royal was created to be the “lungs” between Sydney and Wollongong.


Map of the Royal

Here is a map of the Royal and Garrawarra State Conservation Area, both already on the Australian National Heritage List.
Here is a map of the Royal and Garrawarra State Conservation Area, both already on the Australian National Heritage List.
The Federal Government's announcement of the Australian Heritage Listing in 2006.
The Federal Government's announcement of the Australian Heritage Listing in 2006.

The Area

As you can see, here is a map of the Royal National Park and Garrawarra State Conservation Area.

Clearly indicating it's unique closeness to Sydney.

It is a diverse habitat of flora and fauna species.

Yet it is being encroached upon by development that threatens to not only harm it, but possibly endanger it from receiving a World Heritage Listing.

How can you have a World Heritage Listing when there is an Industrial site next to it, amongst the tributaries of the Hacking River which is the lifeblood of the Royal?

Despite both responsible Councils that share the Royal, Sutherland Shire Council in the north and Wollongong City Council in the south, a recent re-zoning by Wollongong Council has allowed the industrial area to remain.

This area was to have been E3 - Environmental Management and E2 - Environmental Conservation as recommended by the Wollongong Council planners, yet, at the behest of a Councillor of the Australian Liberal Party, he openly supported the industrial zoning at the Council zoning meeting as he had been a customer of the industrial landscaping business for over 35 years.

A conflict of interests, wouldn’t you say?

The Helensburgh Bottleneck

This shows the township of Helensburgh, closest country style town to Sydney, being like a bottle neck between the Royal and Illawarra Escarpment.
This shows the township of Helensburgh, closest country style town to Sydney, being like a bottle neck between the Royal and Illawarra Escarpment.

The Folly

But, as usual, the Council could not see the folly of the Councillor, so he and his fellow political party councillors, along with a couple of the opposition got their way, hence the allowance of the over expanded industrial site into a pristine environmental area.


The Industrial Site Problem.

A scar upon the area of tributaries of the Hacking River, life blood of the Royal.
A scar upon the area of tributaries of the Hacking River, life blood of the Royal.

Surrounds Abound

Industrial areas in the Hacking River Protected Catchment are not really a great idea to have next to an area up for a World Heritage Listing! But obviously not thought of back in the days it was allowed, though the Wollongong City Council did plan it to be E2 - Environmental Conservation in 2009, but was trounced on by two Councillors who had the E2 overthrown to allow this site to be there and seemingly, continued to expand.

Even land speculators, those that bought land outside the legal residential footprint of Helensburgh, the nearby suburb adjacent to the Royal, on the promise that they MAY be able to build a house one day, are also threatening the Royal.

There’s one vocal gambling speculator insisting that his land be allowed for residential subdivision because the place where his land is, is shown on a town subdivision plan way back in the 19th century!!

Well, I guess things change in a couple of centuries!

Hacking River Endangered

The Hacking River, Life Blood of the Royal National Park

The video above gives a good indication of how the Hacking River could be affected with siltation runoff in it's headwaters at Helensburgh.

How that polluted water, could also affect the Royal. Pretty hard to go for a World Heritage Listing when this could cause a "significant" impact to the biodiversity sensitive environment.

Time Lapse - Royal National Park Ride

Time Lapse - Royal National Park Ride

Hang on to your hat, here we go again at a persudo 700 kph ride from Gymea to through the Royal National Park, south of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia and ending up at Bald Hill, Stanwell Park Tops. A distance of about 35k in 5 minutes!!!

Motor bike guys eat your heart out!

Filmed in the special 120 degree widescreen process and special matte black the film is speeded up about 700 times...!!!!

Check out the new road trip of 450k in 19mins from Perisher Valley to Bulli in FULL THROTTLE on Youtube.

Scenic Sites in the Royal and Garrawarra

Kellys Falls, Garrawarra Kelly's Falls Section, major tributary of the Hacking River, life blood to the Royal
Kellys Falls, Garrawarra Kelly's Falls Section, major tributary of the Hacking River, life blood to the Royal
Gills Creek, adjacent to Kellys Falls, and another tributary of the Hacking.
Gills Creek, adjacent to Kellys Falls, and another tributary of the Hacking.
A beautiful bottle brush near the waterfall.
A beautiful bottle brush near the waterfall.
Names from 1946 - 47-  48 and 49, carved into a rock next to Gills Creek. Can't seem to locate this rock again.
Names from 1946 - 47- 48 and 49, carved into a rock next to Gills Creek. Can't seem to locate this rock again.

Unique Sights

A native fungus attached to a tree makes for a beautiful and unusual sight.
A native fungus attached to a tree makes for a beautiful and unusual sight.
Here a local discovers a dead whale washed ashore on the sometimes stormy coast.
Here a local discovers a dead whale washed ashore on the sometimes stormy coast.

Dead Whale

Rare Footage - Ringtail Possum in Daylight

Night Natives and Day Critters

A brush tail possum Mum with a distinctive sign of pregnancy as it feeds.
A brush tail possum Mum with a distinctive sign of pregnancy as it feeds.
Cute.
Cute.
Peron's tree frog. An endangered species.
Peron's tree frog. An endangered species.
Red belly black snake.
Red belly black snake.
A real life goanna wall ornament. You get these guys visiting when you live next to the Royal. Amazingly this guy walked around the outside walls of my house for over 10 mins and never fell off!! I have the video below showing the walk.
A real life goanna wall ornament. You get these guys visiting when you live next to the Royal. Amazingly this guy walked around the outside walls of my house for over 10 mins and never fell off!! I have the video below showing the walk.
Echinda in water which is pretty rare to see. You can see the little fella in action in the video below.
Echinda in water which is pretty rare to see. You can see the little fella in action in the video below.
Blue Tongue Lizard
Blue Tongue Lizard
Blue Tongue, up close and personal. Check out the video below.
Blue Tongue, up close and personal. Check out the video below.

Echinda

Goanna - Walking on Walls

Blue Tongue - Up Close and Personal

Native Birds and Butterflies

Now presenting some of Australia's native birds and butterflies within the area of the Royal National Park and surrounding suburbs.

These are lovely birds, unique to Australia and we have basically come to the back door.

They like my place as I have no cats or dogs to attack them or scare them off. It's wonderful to feed them by hand, but interestingly, they really fight amongst each other for food!

Native Birds and Butterflies

Baby wattle bird in the nest.
Baby wattle bird in the nest.
Corrella... a face full of feathers....
Corrella... a face full of feathers....
Galahs.
Galahs.
Wonga Pigeon, a friendly fat bird that wanders about.
Wonga Pigeon, a friendly fat bird that wanders about.
Satin Bowerbird bower with the blue objects about.
Satin Bowerbird bower with the blue objects about.
Butterflies mating so it seems....
Butterflies mating so it seems....
Rosellas
Rosellas
Brown wood pigeon
Brown wood pigeon
Beautiful butterfly.
Beautiful butterfly.
Last but not least, Mr Kookaburra, eyeing off maybe a morsel of food.
Last but not least, Mr Kookaburra, eyeing off maybe a morsel of food.

Australian Satin Bower Bird Bower Building

Native Birds of Australia

Galahs

Red Browed Firetail Finches

Butterflies

The Wrap Up

So what can you do? Well, just check out the links and spread this Hub around.

Post a support comment.

In the end we may just have saved another part of our Earth for generations to come, so they can see it for real, and not in articles photographs and dvds.

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MPG Narratives 3 years ago from Sydney, Australia

I'm all for the National Park having a World Heritage listing. I grew up having picnics and swimming at the beaches, it's a beautiful spot and should be preserved. Great hub, thanks for highlighting this. Hub shared, pinned and voted up.


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alan2rich 3 years ago from Australia Author

Thank you very much. Hopefully we'll not only get the World Heritage Listing but keep development from affecting the Hacking River.

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