Changes to our Parks

Introduction

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 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:

  • increase camping fees in three stages from July 2021 to July 2023
  • introduce walking fees on some iconic walks in Northern Territory parks and reserves in July 2021
  • introduce a Parks Pass in 2022-23 financial year.

To assist with the changes an online booking system will also be implemented in July 2021. 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.

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. It’s 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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