Private operator to be given exclusive rights to operate Royal National Park transport service

The successful operator would be given exclusive rights to pick up and / or drop off domestic and international visitors at popular attractions such as Audley, the Coast Track and bushwalking trail entry and exit points. Picture: Chris Lane
The successful operator would be given exclusive rights to pick up and / or drop off domestic and international visitors at popular attractions such as Audley, the Coast Track and bushwalking trail entry and exit points. Picture: Chris Lane

A new, exclusive transport service is proposed for visitors to Royal National Park.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) has advertised for expressions of interest for a private operator to operate the service.

The successful operator would be given exclusive rights to pick up and / or drop off domestic and international visitors at popular attractions such as Audley, the Coast Track and bushwalking trail entry and exit points.

The closing date for the expressions of interest (EOI) campaign is July 25.

NPWS said a transport service was required "that will improve the experience of walkers and visitors by providing enhanced access to tracks and trails within RNP and linking to transport access hubs outside of Royal National Park".

The new service will help visitors access the Coast Track. Picture: John Veage

The new service will help visitors access the Coast Track. Picture: John Veage

"Only one licence will be issued on a competitively allocated basis via a tender," NPWS said.

The Royal was described as "one of NSW's most historically unique and picturesque national parks where annual visitation is approaching five million visits annually".

"Royal National Park and the coast track are popular attractions for domestic and international visitors wishing to experience the area's unique landscape, and all on the doorstep of Australia's largest city.

"Recreational pursuits within the park include bush walking, picnicking, cycling, swimming, fishing, camping, photography and boating / canoeing."

NPWS said the objectives of the service were to:

  • Improve access for visitors not utilising private vehicles.
  • Improve access to a wider range of walking opportunities.
  • Provide connectivity between existing public transport nodes and park precincts.
  • Assist in addressing visitor crowding and traffic congestion and reduce environmental impacts by encouraging reduced car use.
  • Enhance the overall visitor experience.

Register for an information session or email park.businesses@environment.nsw.gov.au