Bonnie Vale campground reopens at Royal National Park

The Bonnie Vale campground at Royal National Park has reopened after a $2.5 million refurbishment.

The works include new shelters and barbecues, landscaping and road repairs

NSW Environment Minister James Griffin said the upgrade of the campground next to Bundeena will ensure the RNP remains one of Sydney's favourite parks for generations to come.

Bonnie Vale is the gateway to the Royal Coast Track, the rare Aboriginal engravings at Jibbon headland and the waters of Port Hacking's Simpsons Bay.

Heathcote MP Lee Evans said the upgrade will make Bonnie Vale the Royal National Park's must visit campground.

"I know the community has waited patiently for Bonnie Vale to reopen and now more families will be able to picnic at new shelters and barbecues, and relax on new lawns for a great day out," Mr Evans said.

"New power outlets at 44 camp sites, a dedicated area for education or community group bookings and fully refurbished shower and amenity blocks have all been added to the site."

Important Aboriginal Heritage vales on the site were protected during the remediation process and for the future.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service has also installed interim coastal protection revetment walls to protect the low-lying site from storm surge and coastal erosion.

National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) closed the popular facility in Royal National Park in September 2018, citing health risks associated with an increasing number of fragments of asbestos emerging from the soil, left over from the demolition of the old cabins on the site.

Bonnie Vale has been a popular holiday destination since the 1930s and, up till the 1950s, the area contained more than 170 cabins and 500 campsites.

The cabins were owner-built with wood, steel, and fibro sheeting made from asbestos.

Over time, most of these cabins were demolished, resulting in a legacy of asbestos containing materials in the form of asbestos cement (fibro) buried in the soil across the Bonnie Vale visitor precinct.

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