If you’re planning to visit the Northern Territory this year, you may have to pay to visit its national parks.
From April 2023, tourists visiting many of the NT’s most breathtaking sites will need to purchase a Parks Pass or pay an entry fee.
NT government minister Selena Uibo said the revenue from entry fees would be vital to protecting the region’s natural wonders.
“It is imperative that we are able to care for, maintain and improve our parks. Camping and walking fees for Territory parks have not been increased in more than 20 years, and increasing fees will help to generate some of the funds required to support our parks,” Ms Uibo said.
“The revenue from fees that will flow to traditional owners in 33 of our parks will provide the opportunity to create jobs on country and develop Aboriginal tourism opportunities.
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“These changes to our parks will protect our spectacular natural landscapes, whilst creating new opportunities to enhance visitor experiences and attract tourists from across the country and the globe.”
The Parks Pass will cost families $25 per day, $75 for two weeks or $150 for an ‘open pass’. Locals will be exempt, but any guests visiting with them will need to purchase a pass.
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The Litchfield, Djukbinj and Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) National Parks are among 50 sites that will require an entry fee.
The NT Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security said “options are still being explored” for an easy way for locals to prove Territorian residency and gain free entry.
Park passes are already in place at Uluru and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, both managed by the federal government.
Travellers will be able to book passes in advance via the NT government’s online booking system.
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