Summer visitors to Beowa National Park (formely Ben Boyd National Park) on the south coast will be met by spectacular sights beyond the stunning coastal views, with two revamped visitor areas.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) South Coast Director Kane Weeks said works at the popular Bittangabee Bay precinct are now complete with campsite bookings reopening for summertime visits.
“We are very pleased to be able to reopen this precinct following months of work that has resulted in new BBQ shelters, picnic tables, carparking, safer beach access, more and better-defined campsites,” Mr Weeks said.
“The highlight would have to be the new Aboriginal Cultural Camp where works are nearly complete on a communal firepit, barbecue shelter and picnic table, toilets, and five campsites that can be used by Aboriginal visitors.
“All these improvements will help to enhance the visitor experience and improve accessibility for people with low mobility, while protecting the important cultural and natural values of the area.”
Further north the visitor precinct that includes Boyds Tower has also reopened after major works to improve visitor infrastructure.
Mr Weeks said site has undergone a complete transformation with five brand new lookouts, new seating areas and new amenities that can all be accessed by people with limited mobility.
“Improved access from the carpark to the tower and walking track means that for the first time people in a wheelchair can comfortably access the most spectacular lookouts on the headland,” Mr Weeks said.
“Much of this infrastructure was damaged during the 2019–20 bushfires and while we were able to open the area back up, it’s fantastic to see these brand-new facilities ready for visitors to enjoy,” he continued.
“We are delivering on our commitment to improving infrastructure in the state’s national parks, by making this area more comfortable and enjoyable for locals and visitors.”
These two projects totalling around $3 million are part of the largest ever investment in national parks history, with $450 million committed for more than 200 visitor infrastructure projects across the state.
Earlier this year Beowa National Park was renamed in consultation with Indigenous people to celebrate culture and a connection to the ocean and totemic orcas or killer whales.
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