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Park fees rise to meet improved visitor experience

Motor vehicle entry and camping fees in some of the State’s national parks will increase from 6 October 2015 but by generally less than the inflation rate since the last increases. National Parks and Wildlife Service Acting Deputy Chief Executive Mark Peacock said the need to increase camping fees reflects costs associated with maintaining campgrounds for visitor use and ensures parks remain fair in the market place with other tourism and accommodation providers. “These are modest but important increases – vehicle entry fees will increase by $1 per day, except $2 per day for Kosciuszko National Park during the ski season,” Mr Peacock said. Vehicle entry fees apply to only 45 of the state’s more than 850 national parks. Over 800 have free entry. “Camping fees will increase by between 50 cents and $3.50 per day, depending on the level of facilities. “All park entry and camping fees are put back into national parks to provide facilities such as picnic tables, walking tracks, barbeques, toilets and even showers and sewage upgrades in some camp grounds. “The revenue also helps to fund other park management programs such as conservation work, pest weed and fire management. “Annual pass prices will remain the same for the time being. Regular visitors to parks can buy an annual pass and make considerable savings. Annual passes are great value as they allow unlimited entry for 12 or a 24 month period. “There are a number of park use fee exemptions and concessions for pensioners and other special needs groups, with information available on the NSW National Parks website. Visit: