Royal National Park

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Royal National Park is a national park in New South Wales, Australia, 29 km south of Sydney CBD.

Founded by Sir John Robertson, Acting[2] Premier of New South Wales, and formally proclaimed on 26 April 1879, it is the world's second oldest purposed national park, the first usage of the term "national park" after Yellowstone in the United States. 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[3]. (It could be argued that Royal is the oldest gazetted national park because Yellowstone's original gazetting was "recreation area."[citation needed])

The park was added to the Australian National Heritage List in December, 2006.[2]

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Overview

The park includes the settlements of Audley, Maianbar and Bundeena. There was once a railway line connected to the City Rail Illawarra line but this has now closed. The Sydney Tramway Museum, at Loftus currently runs a tram line on this allotment.

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