::Royal National Park


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Wattamolla beach viewpoint at Royal National Park, NSW, Australia 2014

The Royal National Park, colloquially the Nasho or the Royal,<ref name=oehhome>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> is a protected national park that is located south of Sydney, New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} national park is situated approximately {{safesubst:#invoke:convert|convert}} south of the Sydney central business district near the localities of Loftus, Otford, and Waterfall.

Founded by Sir John Robertson, Acting Premier of New South Wales,<ref name="environment.gov.au/ahdb/place_id=105893">{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> and formally proclaimed on 26 April 1879, it is the world's second oldest surviving purposed national park (after Yellowstone in the United States),<ref>http://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/royal-national-park/</ref><ref>http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/nationalparks/parkhome.aspx?id=N0030</ref><ref>Mark A. Hamilton,Brad R.Murray, Marc W. Cadotte, Grant C. Hose,Andrew C. Baker, Carla J. Harris, Damian Licar. 2005 "Life-history correlates of plant invasiveness at regional and continental scales" Ecology Letters 8: 1066–1074</ref><ref>Kim Allen Scott, 2011 "Robertson’s Echo The Conservation Ethic in the Establishment of Yellowstone and Royal National Parks" Yellowstone Science 19:3</ref> and the first to use the term "national park" in Australia. Its original name was National Park, but it was renamed in 1955 after Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia passed by in the train on the way from Wollongong during her 1954 tour.<ref name='cultureandrecreation.gov.au/natparks'>{{#invoke:citation/CS1|citation |CitationClass=web }}</ref> It could be argued that the Royal is the oldest gazetted national park because Yellowstone's original gazetting was "public park or pleasuring ground".<ref>The Act approved by the Forty Second Congress on 1 March 1872 set aside certain lands as a "public park or pleasuring ground". At the time Congress approved the Act, the said lands were not referred to as 'national park,' rather 'public Park or pleasuring ground'. Since the lands of Royal National Park were proclaimed as "National Park" on 26 April 1879, Royal National Park is the oldest national park establish under statute law.</ref>

The park was added to the Australian National Heritage List in December 2006.<ref name="environment.gov.au/ahdb/place_id=105893"/>

Royal National Park sections
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