Big hike in NSW National Park fees

The cost of driving a car into a NSW’s most popular National Parks is set to go up by a third from October.

National Parks and Wildlife Service Acting Deputy Chief Executive Mark Peacock says the vehicle charge is one of a range of increases to user fees, the first such increase in seven years.

“These are modest but important increases, essential for maintaining visitor facilities,” he says.

“Camping fees will increase by between 50 cents and $3.50 per day, depending on the level of facilities.”

“The vehicle entry fees will increase by $1 per day except for Kosciuszko National Park where the increase is $2 per day during the ski season.”

Vehicle entry fees currently apply to only 45 of the state’s more than 850 NSW National Parks. 

“Many locations offering a lesser level of visitor infrastructure are free and will continue to be free at this stage.”

“All park entry and camping fees are put back into parks to provide facilities such as picnic tables, walking tracks, barbeques, toilets and even showers and sewage upgrades in some camp ground,”  Mr Peacock says.