Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project

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Killalea Reserve Enhancement Project


Killalea Reserve is located just over an hour’s drive from Sydney between Shellharbour and Kiama on the South Coast of NSW. It comprises approximately 265 hectares of natural and modified landscapes, and eight kilometres of undeveloped coastline including beaches, headlands, extensive wetlands, estuary mangroves, an offshore island and coastal rainforest remnants. The Reserve also offers two of the best beaches and surfing locations on the NSW South Coast including The Farm and Mystics, listed as a National Surfing Reserve.

Reflections Holiday Parks was successful securing an investment of more than $6.5 million from the NSW Government through the Regional Growth, Environment and Tourism Fund (RGETF). The grant, plus further contribution from Reflections Holiday Parks, will see almost $11 million invested into Killalea Reserve over the next 2 to 3 years, to enhance the facilities for the local community, provide more guest accommodation and contribute to the regional economy.

Revenue generated by Reflections Holiday Parks will go towards the maintenance and upkeep of Killalea Reserve for all to enjoy.

The natural beauty of Killalea has long attracted domestic and international visitors to NSW. Current visitor information indicated that:

  • An average of 16,000 vehicle enter Killalea Reserve per month
  • An average of 28,800 visitors go to Killalea Reserve per month

High visitation rates place significant pressure on the current physical infrastructure and general park environment. Enhancing Killalea Reserve will provide for a pleasant environment for the many existing users and future visitors while ensuring the park remains sustainable for all. The project will respect important aspects including flora, fauna, view corridors and natural environment and Aboriginal cultural heritage.  

Planned enhancements at Killalea Reserve include:

  • A multifunction facility with restaurant/café, outdoor deck and natural amphitheatre for events and cultural activities
  • 15 environmentally sustainable eco-cabins adhering to Environmentally Sustainable Design (ESD) principles where the natural environment is the focus
  • 53 enhanced camping sites with power, potable water and sewer services
  • Recreational and fitness facilities including outdoor fitness equipment, new and enhanced guided walking trails and a nature-play playground.

Killalea Reserve is a vast 260 hectares of pristine coastal land and enhancements as part of the project will have minimal impact on the total footprint of the Reserve. A map of Killalea Reserve indicating the investigation area for the potential location of facilities can be found in the ‘Key Documents’ section of this website.

A desktop analysis of the key environmental factors was undertaken and included mapping the following:

  • Topography
  • Bushfire vegetation
  • Aboriginal heritage sites
  • Types of plant communities
  • Ecological Endangered Communities
  • Areas of weeds and acacia regrowth
  • Key elements of the State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018 including coastal wetlands, littoral rainforests and coastal land uses.

Following the preliminary environmental assessment, high-sensitive areas were identified. No buildings are proposed to be located within the high-sensitive areas. Taking into consideration the topography, an investigation area for the potential location of facilities was identified. 

It is expected the total project will cost approximately $11 million. The funds for the project are a combined NSW Government Grant and contribution from Reflections Holiday Parks. 

The project will benefit the local community and anyone else who uses Killalea Reserve by providing improved amenities and infrastructure and a recreational space which can be utilised by all.

The income stream raised from the new facilities, including the multifunction centre and eco-cabins, will directly benefit local fauna and flora. Reflections Holiday Parks, as the land manager, invests the revenue back into the environmental management of the Reserve.

All feedback received during this early consultation stage will provide us with a greater understanding of what the community values about Killalea Reserve and will help inform the concept plan of enhancements to the reserve.

In March 2020, we will be engaging with key stakeholders and community groups to seek detailed feedback on the enhancement project and proposed location of facilities. Following community engagement, the next stage will involve planning, environmental and heritage assessments and detailed design. 

The project is in the very early stages and progress is dependent on many factors including:

  • Community engagement and finalising the masterplan
  • Environmental studies / detailed investigations

Once construction commences, it will be staged with various elements occurring at different times. To minimise impact on the site, this could take up to two years to complete.