Bones have been found in bushland north of Wollongong in the search for missing man Matthew Leveson.
The discovery was made on Wednesday afternoon, almost a week after police started searching a site in the Royal National Park.
A backhoe used in the searches stopped before police and Mr Leveson's family were called over to an area just off the road near Waterfall.
The bones are thought to be human but forensic testing will need to establish whether they are and whether they belong to Mr Leveson or not.
The Cronulla man went missing in September 2007, after he was last seen leaving ARQ nightclub in Darlinghurst.
Ever since, his parents Mark and Faye Leveson have searched tirelessly to find him.
Mr Leveson's ex-boyfriend Michael Atkins was charged with his murder but was acquitted in 2009.
During an inquest late last year, Mr Atkins led police to the site in the Royal National Park where he said Mr Leveson’s body was.
An intense search in November and another in January failed to find any sign of Mr Leveson.
The recent search started last Monday.
More to come.