Changes to our Parks

Camping Fees

Expected increase for stage 1 on 1 July 2021.

Camping fees have not increased in the Northern Territory for over 20 years, in actual fact the last camping fee increase was in the year 2000 when GST was first introduced.

The increase will be phased in over a three year period starting on 1 July 2021. The fees will cover campsite categories A, B and C, with category B and C being merged to simplify campground facility descriptions and bookings.

Category D (which will now be the new category C) campsites are operated by commercial operators and pricing is at their discretion.

The three years phased fee increase for camping is outlined below.

Category A campsite fee increase 2021 – 2023

Classification

Current fee

Fee from

1 July 2021

Fee from

1 July 2022

Fee from

1 July 2023

Adult

$6.60

$10.00

$12.00

$15.00

Child

$3.30

$5.00

$6.00

$8.00

Family

$15.40

$25.00

$30.00

$38.00

Category B (Formerly Category B and C) campsite fee increase 2021 – 2023

Classification

Current fee

Fee from

1 July 2021

Fee from

1 July 2022

Fee from

1 July 2023

Adult

$3.30

$4.00

$6.00

$10.00

Child

$1.65

$2.00

$3.00

$5.00

Family

$7.70

$10.00

$15.00

$25.00

Classifications are outlined below:

  • Adult – A person 18 years of age or over
  • Child – A person aged 5 to 17. Children aged 4 or under are free.
  • Family – A family is classified as 2 adults and 4 children.

Territorians can continue to access parks and reserves for day use completely free.

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To determine the appropriate increase to camping fees, Parks and Wildlife staff have done a comparative analysis on camping and site fees of other jurisdictions around Australia and compared the classifications of what a family is for the purpose of ensuring our family camping rate remained affordable.

Each jurisdiction has a different fee structure with some areas charging a per night rate while others charge a site fee with a maximum number of occupants, making a true apples for apples comparison difficult.

The benchmark cost per night per adult has been developed by averaging the site fee and cost per night fees from across other jurisdictions. Using this method the average cost for a single adult per night is $23.28.

This brings the 3 year phased increase to $15.00 per adult in line with other jurisdictions while still ensuring we are competitive.

It is important to note that some jurisdictions also have entry fees for local residents through the purchase of annual park entry passes, which have not been accounted for in the nightly comparison.

Camping fee comparative analysis

This table is based upon NT Parks and Wildlife category A sites which include showers, toilets, BBQ’s and other facilities.

Jurisdiction

Adult

Child

Family

Site

Note

Northern Territory

$10.00

$5.00

$25.00

-

New pricing as of 1 July 2021.

Western Australia

$17.00

$3.00

-

-

 

Victoria

-

-

-

$62.80

Max 8 People per site regardless of age.

New South Wales

-

$8.50

-

$34.00

Minimum nightly rate of $34 inclusive for 2 people.

Additional adults at $12

South Australia

-

-

-

$32.00

Max 8 people per site regardless of age.

Tasmania

$13.00

$2.50

$16.00

-

Family of 2 adults and 3 children.

Queensland

$6.75

-

$27.00

-

Family of 1 or 2 adults and 3 to 6 children with a maximum of 8 people per site.

Australian Capital Territory

$15.00

-

-

-

Children 15 or under are free.

Comparative analysis table is based on price increase as at 1 July 2021.

Camping fee example by jurisdiction

Jurisdiction

Example 1:

1 adults, 0 children, 1 night

Price difference from NT

Example 2:

2 adults, 4 children, 1 night

Price difference from NT

Northern Territory

$10.00

-

$25.00

-

Western Australia

$17.00

+$7.00

$46.00

+$21.00

Victoria

$62.80

+$52.80

$62.80

+$37.80

New South Wales

$34.00

+$24.00

$68.00

+$43.00

South Australia

$32.00

+$22.00

$32.00

+$7.00

Tasmania

$13.00

+$3.00

$18.50

-$6.50

Queensland

$6.75

-$3.35

$27.00

+$2.00

Australian Capital Territory

$15.00

+$5.00

$30.00

+$5.00

Examples are based on price increase as at 1 July 2021 and assumes children are under 18 years of age. The table above also not include if a park entry/vehicle pass is required.

Age and Family Classifications by jurisdiction

Jurisdiction

Adult

Child

Family

Note

Northern Territory

18+

5-17 years

2 adults, 4 children

Children 4 and under free

Victoria

N/A

N/A

N/A

Site charge only with max 6 people per site.

New South Wales

16+

5-15 years

N/A

Children 4 and under free

South Australia

N/A

N/A

N/A

Max 8 people per site regardless of age.

Tasmania

18+

5-17 years

2 adults, 3 children

Children 4 and under free

Western Australia

16+

6-15 years

N/A

Children 5 and under free

Queensland

18+

5-17 years

2 adults, 6 children

Children 4 and under free

Australian Capital Territory

16+

0-15 years

N/A

No charge for children.

Important information about the changes

A family camping rate

A family rate will ensure a young family can afford to continue to enjoy our parks. The family classification consists of 2 adults having reached the aged of 18 years or over and four children, whereby most other jurisdictions only account for 3 children. The child classification will apply to a child aged 5 years to 17 years old inclusive, with children 4 years of age or younger being free.

Booking a site provides certainty

You will need to book and pay for your campsite before you go and ensure you set up camp in the right spot. If you do accidently set up camp in the wrong spot, you will be required to move when the person who booked that site arrives or if a ranger directs you to. It’s just like booking a seat on a plane.

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Last updated: 14 May 2021

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