Nine-kilometre section of Coast Track between Garie Beach and Otford to be upgraded

A nine-kilometre section of the Coast Track between Garie Beach and Otford will be upgraded with funds in this month’s state budget.

The budget also jointly funds, with the federal government, a $50 million upgrade of the visitor precinct of Kamay Botany Bay National Park at Kurnell for the 250th anniversary in 2020 of the landing of Captain Cook and the meeting of two cultures.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton announced the allocations.

Ms Berejiklian said the funding was part of a $630 million investment in the state’s national parks estate.

The ongoing upgrade of the Coast Track in Royal National Park will continue with the nine-kilometre section between Garie Beach and Otford the next project.

It will include elevated boardwalks, stone steps and staircases.

Construction is expected to begin in September.

The Burgh Ridge Track, which is the main access to the Figure Eight Pools, will also be upgraded.

At Wattamolla, new visitor facilities, including picnic and barbecue areas, will be built