Australia National Parks

June 27, 2015

Planning on visiting one of Australia’s beautiful national parks?

Many of our clients who come to campervan in Australia, visit our National Parks.

With over 500 national parks and over 28 million hectares of land that is designated as national parkland, it’s not surprising to see why so many people wish to visit these unspoiled areas that are home for protected native flora and fauna and a diverse number of animals.

If you’re interested in visiting our national parks, then there are few things that are worth knowing.

We’re often asked if there is one pass that covers all of the National Parks and how much they cost. It’s worth noting that entry requirements, costs (if any) and concessions into the national parks vary depending on which state you are in. Unfortunately there isn’t a pass that provides access to all of the Australian national parks.

For your ease of reference, we have compiled the latest information for each of the seven Australian states and their entry requirements.

1. Northern Territory

There are four regions in this state, each with numerous parks to visit, see details below for more information:

There are no entry fees into any of these national parks, with exception of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park (Ayres Rock) and Kakadu National Park, with the first costing $25 per adult per park, and the latter  costing AU$40 per adult. Although this does allow you three – seven days entry which is normally enough time to fully see each national park.  You can purchase both permits online once you know your number plate which is the easiest way if you have internet access while on the road.  Otherwise you can purchase the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park permit on entry into the park, and the Kakadu National Park from the Bowali information centre.  You must have the national park permit with you at all times while exploring the national parks.

Sunset in the Northern Territory

Sunset in the Northern Territory

There are also 2 locations within the Northern Territory that require a permit which are in very remote areas that an average person on a camper holiday would not visit.

In Territory Parks where camping is permitted, fees vary according to the standard of the campground facilities. Commercial campgrounds are found in many parks.

For more information, visit the Parks and Wildlife Website.

2 & 3. Queensland and Victoria

When you campervan in Australia, and visit Queensland and Victoria you do not pay for entry into National Parks however you do pay for overnight camping in the vast majority of the camps.

Queensland has numerous park locations in and around the following locations:

  • Brisbane
  • Townsville
  • Cape York Peninsula
  • Central Coast
  • Central Highlights
  • Mackay/Proserpine
  • North Queensland
  • Outback Queensland
  • Sunshine Coast
  • West of Brisbane

For more information on the parks in these locations, the Queensland National Parks website provides more in depth details. Please note for the majority of Queensland National Parks you need to book these campsites in advance (on the day if available) as there is no self-registering service at the camps any longer. This can be done by phone or online.

Carnarvon Gorge National Park

View from The Bluff at Carnarvon Gorge NP

Victoria – with over 40 national parks in this state, look at the full list of Victoria national and state parks for more detailed information.  For more information on camping facilities and accommodation fees take a look at Park Fees.

4. New South Wales

46 of the NSW national parks currently charge a vehicle entry fee. For more information on the fees and details of these, follow this link  to find out more.

There are 4 pass options for regular visitors with varying combinations of park entries so in some instances it might be worth looking at paying for an annual pass depending on your travel itinerary. To find out which one might suit you and be most cost effective, take a look at the annual pass fees.

For camping in NSW you’ll need to book your campground in advance, which can easily be done up to 12 months before your arrival.  For more details on campgrounds take a look at the national parks booking site.

5. South Australia

If you’re planning on visiting SA national parks, there are a variety of passes available. Save money by buying a Parks Pass:

  • Multi Park Pass
  • Holiday Park Pass
  • Desert Parks Pass
  • Single Park Pass
  • Kangaroo Island Tour Pass

If you would like to camp in the national parks, most have an additional charge. You are able to buy National Park Passes that incorporate camping together with the vehicle pass. These passes let you camp in any one place for up to five nights at any one time. If you have an entry only pass then camping fees are additional.

Stunning Cape Le Grand NP near Esperance

Stunning Cape Le Grand NP near Esperance

6. Western Australia

Entry to some of WA national parks are free of charge, however some do charge an entry fee. Day entry passes can be purchased at all parks where entry fees apply and more than one park can be visited in the same day using a single day entry pass. For more detailed information you can visit the Western Parks and Wildlife website here  or alternatively when you get in WA, you can speak with an information centre who can organise this for you.

It might also be worth considering a holiday pass which can work out to be a cost effective alternative, it will depend on your travel itinerary.

7. Tasmania

There are fees for Tasmania’s national parks. There are a variety of park passes available best suited to your needs.

The most cost effect pass is the Holiday Pass as this covers entry into all of the national parks for up to two months and includes the use of the Cradle Mt shuttle bus free of charge.

Camping fees are in addition to national park entry fees. For more information you can visit the Parks and Wildlife website.

Please note when you campervan Australia in a state/territory where you obtain an Annual Pass, it does not cover the camping costs which is generally few extra dollars each night, depending on facilities offered. Usually they are pretty cheap and most are unpowered only.

Cradle Mountain National Park

Cradle Mountain National Park


‘When exploring our beautiful national parks, please remember the internationally accepted way of minimising impacts on the places you visit – Leave No Trace!’

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