Royal boasts dramatic sea cliffs and caves, golden beaches, rambling inlets and the Port Hacking River. It is home to iconic features, such as the figure-of-eight pools, Palm Jungle and the Bulgo sea caves, which further contribute to the outstanding natural scenery.
Its biodiversity is among the highest in the world, including a host of plant and bird species and a surprising range of landforms.
In 2010 a community group called the 'First National Park' was formed to campaign for Royal National Park, Garawarra State Conservation Area and Heathcote National Park to be World Heritage listed.
The community support for this campaign is growing.
Australia has 17 sites on the list, which is administered by the United Nations. They include Kakadu, Sydney Opera House, the Great Barrier Reef and the Tasmanian wilderness. The Greater Blue Mountains was inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2000.