Royal Coast Track Strategic Management Framework

Description

TRC led a multidisciplinary team to develop a strategy to revitalise and create world class experiences on this 26km walking track along the spectacular coastline in Royal National Park south of Sydney, Australia.

Challenge

The challenge for revitalising the walk was to create sustainable world class experiences of the rugged coastal landscapes, unique flora and fauna and Indigenous history on a track that was degrading, with few campsites, inadequate infrastructure and experiencing high visitor use and impacts.

Results

Our approach was a walk concept centering around a 2-day immersive walk that could be easily added to a Sydney itinerary and walked without the need for camping equipment. The overall improvement of walking tracks and services to deliver this experience would also improve opportunities for local, education and domestic markets.

A track assessment was conducted and detailed track improvement and construction recommendations (taking account of erodible sandstone and boggy conditions) and areas needing priority work provided. Design principles were set out for track works and infrastructure. A business model was provided to guide track development, visitor management and marketing by managers and partners. Concept plans and precedent images were provided for track gateways and on-track visitor nodes for independent and commercial walkers. Upgrading of the track commenced shortly after this project under $2 million of funding provided by the NSW Government.