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Annual pass FAQs

Read our FAQs on buying a NSW national parks annual pass, including how to buy a pass, what concessions are available, and what’s covered.

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How much does it cost to enter a national park?

Motor vehicle entry fees are charged at 45 of the over 870 national parks and reserves managed by NPWS. Parks charging fees are generally those which receive many visitors - view the list of parks which charge motor vehicle entry fees.

Visitors can save on motor vehicle entry fees at these parks by buying an annual pass. A variety of one and two-year passes are available for private motor vehicles with up to 8 seats. The cost depends on which parks you wish to include. Concessions are available for eligible people. Please contact the National Parks Contact Centre to find out more.

Your support directly helps NPWS to:

  • Maintain and improve visitor facilities
  • Protect threatened species and their habitats
  • Conserve historic sites and places of culture significance

Read more about NPWS conservation and heritage activities.

What does an annual pass include?

All Parks Pass: Motor vehicle entry to all NSW national parks and reserves identified on the fee-collecting parks page of this website (including Kosciuszko National Park).

Multi-Park Pass: Motor vehicle entry to all NSW national parks and reserves identified on the fee-collecting parks page of this website, except Kosciuszko National Park. 

Single Country Park Pass: Motor vehicle entry to any 1 designated national park or reserve in country NSW, except Kosciuszko National Park.

Country Parks Pass: Motor vehicle entry to all designated national parks and reserves in country NSW, except Kosciuszko National Park.

What doesn't an annual pass include?

  • Camping and accommodation fees
  • Landing fees for Sydney Harbour National Park islands
  • Landing fees at The Basin, Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Mooring fees at Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park
  • Entry to museums and Discovery centres
  • Discovery tours and activities
  • The Skitube in Kosciuszko National Park
  • Boat landing fees at The Basin in Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park and the islands in Sydney Harbour National Park.

Please read the NPWS annual pass terms and conditions.

Are there parks in NSW that are not covered by an annual pass?

Yes. An annual pass will not provide you with access to the following areas and parks: 

  • Worimi Conservation Lands require a specific vehicle access permit. 
  • Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay is managed jointly by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and the Australian Government Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts.
  • Restrictions apply in the Chowder Bay area of Sydney Harbour National Park

Can I buy an annual pass that's valid for national parks throughout Australia?

No. Each state manages its own park system and can supply information about entry to the parks for which it is responsible. Visit the websites of other park agencies for more information.

What are the parking conditions at Sydney Harbour National Park’s Chowder Bay precinct?

All NPWS annual passes and the NPWS Exemption Card are valid for a maximum of 4 hours per calendar day in the Chowder Bay precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park. Please purchase a ticket from the onsite parking machines to top up your length of stay if you plan to visit for a longer period.

Please note: The Chowder Bay Precinct of Sydney Harbour National Park begins near the top of Chowder Bay Road and ends at the border with Harbour Trust land (before the buildings at Chowder Bay). This section of the park is also referred to as Georges Head. Carparks operated by Sydney Harbour Federation Trust or Mosman Council are not covered by your pass. Please check signs carefully.

How do I display my pass?

Your pass must be fixed to a section of untinted windscreen on the right-hand side of your motor vehicle, where it doesn’t obstruct the driver's vision. For motorcycles, it’s recommended the annual pass be stuck to a registration label holder (available from auto accessory stores) which is affixed to any suitable mounting or bracket at the front-left-hand side of the motorcycle.

Excluded vehicles: Annual passes are valid for privately-used motor vehicles with up to 8 seats. Passes aren’t valid for taxis, hire/rental motor vehicles, buses, or minibuses. For park entry information about these vehicles, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757.

Exemption passes: Exemption passes should be left on the dashboard with the date facing up, so that it’s clearly visible from outside the car. Exemption cards can only be used where the card holder is in the respective car. In some instances, park staff may require photo identification to verify this.

Can I obtain a replacement pass?

If your motor vehicle is being sold or disposed of, or your pass is damaged, you must retain your pass and contact the National Parks Contact Centre to arrange a replacement. Conditions apply. Please note lost, misplaced, or unused passes will not be refunded or replaced.

Can I upgrade my pass?

You can upgrade from any level of annual pass to a pass of greater value by paying the difference in price plus a $8 administration fee. The upgraded pass will expire on the same date as your original pass. To upgrade your pass, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre.

Are concessions available for passes?

Yes – concessions are available for seniors, pensioners, companions (carers) and Aboriginal people attending a significant traditional cultural ceremony. Find out more about concessions.

How do I purchase a pass with a senior discount?

Seniors Card holders are entitled to discounts, with approximately 20% off the full price of an annual pass for a vehicle registered in their name.

As an Aboriginal person, am I exempt from the park entry fee?

Please contact the relevant park office directly so that the relevant person can assist you with your exemption request. Park office contact information can be found in the top right-hand corner of a park page on the website.

Can I renew my annual pass online?

If you’ve previously purchased an annual pass and have received a renewal notice, you can renew your pass online.

When is my pass valid?

Annual passes are valid for one or two years from the date of purchase.  If you purchase your pass over the phone or online, passes are usually received within 10 working days, until then you must display your receipt to access eligible national parks.

Is my annual pass transferable between vehicles and can it be used by other family members or friends?

Passes are issued for individual motor vehicles and aren’t transferable between motor vehicles and can’t be altered.  The pass covers the driver and any passengers in that vehicle. Your pass is valid for family or friends only when they’re driving your car.

Second pass: Second household passes are available to holders of an All Parks Pass for vehicles registered at the same address. This must be verified by presenting a copy of registration for both motor vehicles and proof of purchase for the first All Parks Pass. The cost of second and any subsequent passes is 50% of the full price of an All Parks Pass. These will expire on the same date as the first All Parks Pass.

Changing vehicles: If your motor vehicle is being sold or disposed of, or your pass is damaged, you must retain your pass and contact the National Parks Contact Centre to arrange a replacement. Conditions apply. Please note lost, misplaced, or unused passes won’t be refunded or replaced.

How do I access a park if I’m not using a private vehicle?

For park entry information applying to taxis, hire/rental motor vehicles, buses, minibuses, and student groups, please contact the National Parks Contact Centre.

What happens if I don't display a valid annual or day pass?

You must display a valid vehicle entry day ticket, annual pass, or Exemption Card on your motor vehicle while you’re in the park, or else you may be fined.

Sunset over sea and Ben Boyd National Park. Photo: A Brown/OEH