Changes to our Parks

Introduction

UPDATE September 2021.

To ensure that Territorians and visitors can continue to enjoy our amazing landscape and that our flora and fauna are protected and lands managed to a high standard, a raft of changes will be introduced to our parks.

  • Camping fees will increase from 1 July 2021, in three stages until July 2023.
  • Walking fees will be introduced on some iconic walks from March 2022.
  • An online booking system will be implemented from March 2022.
  • A Parks Pass will be introduced in the 2022-23 financial year.

The walking fees and online booking system will be implemented on 1 March 2022 even though most feedback from the public is supportive of the initiative. This will allow for the online booking system to be tested in the low season, after what is expected be a return of strong visitor numbers to the Territory and provide confidence for visitors booking and planning their holidays to the Territory.

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The Department manages 85 parks, reserves and protected areas across the Northern Territory with 33 of the areas managed being subject to formal joint management agreements with Aboriginal Traditional Owners.

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and Kakadu National Park are managed by Parks Australia.

There are some changes that will be implemented to the Parks and Wildlife estate and how we do business as initially identified in the Fiscal Strategy Panel’s A plan for budget repair: Final Report, which highlighted unrealised revenue opportunities.

The Government's Root and Branch review, identified opportunities to introduce and increase park and camping fees.

To assist with the changes an online booking system will be implemented from 1 March 2022. At this time walking fees for some multi-day walking trails will also be implemented.

Camping fees will be increased in a staged approach over a three year period with the increase bringing Territory parks and reserves in line with the rest of Australia. The first of these changes will take effect on the 1st of July 2021.

A percentage of the fees that are collected on parks that are jointly managed with traditional owners will continue to be distributed to governing land councils for distribution to traditional owners. Extra revenue for Parks will therefore present an exciting opportunity to grow jobs on country for Aboriginal Rangers or growth for Aboriginal Tourism.

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Last updated: 03 March 2021

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