Hyams Beach Master Plan - Stage 1 Works

The Hyams Beach Masterplan Stage 1 Works will provide improved open space facilities including a playground, picnic shelters, seating and landscaping in the reserve along Cyrus Street, along with a network of new paths and boardwalks to provide safer pedestrian access, the formalisation of parking along the eastern side of Cyrus Street and a new amenities building near the boat ramp.

Aerial view of Little Hyams Beach

The latest

Hyams Beach Reserve & Cyrus Street is open to the public, along with the new amenities building, park drainage, BBQ shelters & park furniture.
Works remaining prior to Christmas include:
• Road Works & C3 line marking 12-16 December. Road will be temporarily closed.
• Boardwalk 2 (around the tree) & landscaping 12-20 December
The boardwalks, stairs & playground will be constructed in early 2023.

About the project

The current pedestrian, open space and parking upgrades project in Hyams Beach is one of seven Sustainable Tourism Infrastructure Projects to improve infrastructure around some of the City’s most popular tourist destinations. Council successfully obtained grant funding of $5.3 Million under the NSW Government’s Restart NSW Infrastructure Grant for the sustainable tourism infrastructure projects.

Shoalhaven City Council has been working with the Hyams Beach Villagers Association, Community Consultative Body (HBVA CCB), and other community and business representatives on options to improve the impacts of high traffic and visitor numbers to Hyams Beach during peak times.

These works are consistent with the Hyams Beach Draft Masterplan which outlines a general approach to the planning and implementation of streetscaping, open space and traffic/pedestrian improvements in the village.

The current scope of works has been branded as Stage 1 of the Masterplan implementation and includes:

  • Formalise and construct parallel parking adjacent on eastern side of Cyrus St
  • The installation of concrete footpath and raised boardwalk along Cyrus Street, from Aster Street, to the boat ramp access road. This addresses an identified missing link in Council’s Pedestrian and Mobility Plan (PAMP) and provides an accessible safe path of travel for pedestrians
  • Provide recreational park facilities including a new playground, picnics shelters, seating, and landscaping. Access to these facilities to be enhanced with Disability Discrimination Act 1992 compliant pedestrian access
  • Improve the protection of the mature Eucalypts and enhance the existing vegetation
  • New amenities building containing two unisex accessible toilets, funded under Council's capital works program
  • Installation of a raised walkway between Seamans Carpark and the entrance to the bush track
  • New stairs to the boat ramp (subject to available funding)

Seamans Beach Carpark to bush track entrance - Pedestrian walkway upgrade

Council will be installing a raised walkway between Seamans Carpark and the entrance to the bush track as part of the Stage 1 works. The construction of the walkway will commence at the completion of the project works in the North of the village.

Playground replacement - Cyrus Street Reserve, Hyams Beach

Thank you for your input. This consultation has now closed.

In October 2019, Council were successfully awarded grant funding from the NSW Government through the Restart NSW Grant Funding – Sustainable Tourism and Infrastructure Package. Incorporated within this grant was funding to develop a Hyams Beach Masterplan. After considerable community consultation and feedback, the Masterplan was adopted by Council on 21 July 2021. 

An upgrade to the existing playground was identified within the Masterplan and is one of the deliverables of the grant deed.

To ensure the new playground facility meets the current and future community needs of Hyams Beach, we asked the community how you currently use the reserve and what kind of playground equipment you would like to see as part of the playground replacement.