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NPWS entry pass conditions of use

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) issues 4 types of pass to access fee-charging national parks.

Read more about NPWS entry pass conditions of use

Please read the applicable conditions of use before buying or applying for your pass.

What conditions apply to my pass?

The conditions that apply to your pass will depend on what type of pass it is.

Annual Pass

  • Full price annual passes, including All Parks Pass, Multi Parks Pass, Country Parks Pass and Single Park Passes.
  • Discounted annual passes purchased during Service NSW vehicle registration renewal.
  • Seniors discounted annual passes.
  • Kosciuszko National Park discounted passes.
  • Complimentary annual passes, not including Access Passes or Concession Passes defined below.

Concession Pass

  • All Parks Passes issued for free to eligible pension and DVA card holders.

Day Pass

  • Day based passes, including hourly, same day, 24-hour and multi-day variations.

Access Pass

  • Access Passes list a specific category or purpose for the passes’ use as stated in your confirmation email. Each Access Pass category has unique eligibility requirements. Further information about Access Passes can be found with the local National Parks office.

COVID-19

COVID-19 public health orders may place restrictions on an individual’s movements and the activities they can undertake in public spaces. Compliance with these orders may require the full or partial closures of some NSW national park locations.

Compliance may also result in changes to the availability of park attractions and permitted activities, including being unable to drive into a park or park area for extended periods.

When being issued an entry pass, you accept that due to public health orders and the COVID-19 pandemic generally:

  1. There may be significant or prolonged restrictions on your ability to enter a park or undertake certain activities covered by your entry pass.
  2. No refunds or extensions, including on a pro-rata basis will be offered due to any significant or prolonged restrictions on access or activities.

Conditions of use

Annual Pass

  1. Vehicle type
    This annual pass is only applicable for vehicles with up to eight (8) seats being used for private recreational visits. The pass is not valid for rental cars, buses or mini-buses. This pass is also not valid for any motor vehicle being used for commercial purposes including hire cars, on-duty taxis and rideshare vehicles.

  2. Valid for the nominated vehicle only
    This annual pass can only be used for the nominated vehicle and for the duration as specified. This pass is not temporarily transferable to any other vehicles.

  3. Maintain communication details
    You are required to maintain a contact phone number and a written contact method (email or post) for the duration of the annual pass validity period. You are required to maintain a unique (non-shared) email address in order to receive pass expiry reminder notifications, as well as perform online pass management and receive general pass change notifications. By not maintaining a unique email address, you accept that you will not receive pass expiry reminder notifications.

  4. Transfer or change vehicle details for annual pass
    Pass transfers and vehicle detail changes must meet specific criteria and are reviewed by NPWS. All pass transfer requests will incur a non-refundable administration fee. You may edit your name and contact details free of charge. To transfer or change your vehicle or personal details logon to the manage pass online portal or contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or via email annual.passes@environment.nsw.gov.au

  5. Pass validity
    This annual pass is valid from the time of purchase until the date provided on the confirmation letter/email and allows entry for the nominated vehicle to NSW parks and reserves as specified by the pass type. This does not include access to sites that charge a landing fee or to other fee-charging activities in parks such as camping, NPWS guided tours and museum entry.

  6. Parks and reserves access and closures
    Significant and prolonged restrictions on pass holders’ ability to enter parks and reserves due to a public health, fire, safety, conservation or operational requirement may be required. No refunds or extensions, or refunds or extension on a pro-rata basis will be granted.

  7. Penalty infringement notice
    Failure to comply with annual pass terms and conditions, pass validity period or use of a pass in a park not covered by the pass type will result in a penalty infringement notice or your annual pass being revoked. Definition of included parks for each pass type can be found on the NPWS website.

  8. Purchase of an annual pass is not refundable
    Unused or unwanted annual passes will not be refunded.

  9. Restricted areas
    1. Sydney Harbour National Park – Chowder Bay Precinct
      This pass is not valid in areas managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Please check all local signage to ensure your vehicle is in an eligible NPWS managed area. In NPWS managed areas, this pass is only valid for a maximum of four (4) hours per calendar day. Longer stays require the purchase of a separate pass at the on-site pay machines.
    2. Cape Byron State Conservation Area – Cape Byron Lighthouse Precinct
      This pass is valid for a maximum one (1) hour per calendar day. Longer stays require the purchase of a separate pass at the on-site pay machines.
    3. Worimi Conservation Lands require a specific access permit for motor vehicle entry and beach driving at Stockton Beach.
    4. Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay is not included in this product and is managed jointly by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
    5. Three areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park have separate day vehicle entry fees:
      Halls Peak Campground, Riverside campground and Youdales campground
    6. The Basin in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and the islands in Sydney Harbour National Park both require a per person fee each visit.

Concession Pass

  1. Vehicle type
    This annual pass is only applicable for vehicles with up to eight (8) seats being used for private recreational visits. The pass is not valid for rental cars, buses or mini-buses. This pass is also not valid for any motor vehicle being used for commercial purposes including hire cars, on-duty taxis and rideshare vehicles.

  2. Valid for the nominated vehicle only
    This annual pass can only be used for the nominated vehicle and for the duration as specified. This pass is not temporarily transferable to any other vehicles.

  3. Maintain communication details
    You are required to maintain a contact phone number and a written contact method (email or post) for the duration of the annual pass validity period. You are required to maintain a unique (non-shared) email address in order to receive pass expiry reminder notifications, as well as perform online pass management and receive general pass change notifications. By not maintaining a unique email address, you accept that you will not receive pass expiry reminder notifications.

  4. Transfer or change vehicle details for annual pass
    Pass transfers and vehicle detail changes must meet specific criteria and are reviewed by NPWS. All pass transfer requests will incur a non-refundable administration fee. You may edit your name and contact details free of charge. To transfer or change your vehicle or personal details logon to the manage pass online portal or contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or via email annual.passes@environment.nsw.gov.au

  5. Pass validity
    This annual pass is valid from the time of purchase until the date provided on the confirmation letter/email and allows entry for the nominated vehicle to NSW parks and reserves as specified by the pass type. This does not include access to sites that charge a landing fee or to other fee-charging activities in parks such as camping, NPWS guided tours and museum entry.

  6. Parks and reserves access and closures
    Significant and prolonged restrictions on pass holders’ ability to enter parks and reserves due to a public health, fire, safety, conservation or operational requirement may be required. No refunds or extensions, or refunds or extension on a pro-rata basis will be granted.

  7. Penalty infringement notice
    Failure to comply with annual pass terms and conditions, pass validity period or use of a pass in a park not covered by the pass type will result in a penalty infringement notice or your annual pass being revoked. Definition of included parks for each pass type can be found on the NPWS website.

  8. Purchase of an annual pass is not refundable
    Unused or unwanted annual passes will not be refunded.

  9. Restricted areas
    1. Sydney Harbour National Park – Chowder Bay Precinct
      This pass is not valid in areas managed by the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust. Please check all local signage to ensure your vehicle is in an eligible NPWS managed area. In NPWS managed areas, this pass is only valid for a maximum of four (4) hours per calendar day. Longer stays require the purchase of a separate pass at the on-site pay machines.
    2. Cape Byron State Conservation Area – Cape Byron Lighthouse Precinct
      This pass is valid for a maximum one (1) hour per calendar day. Longer stays require the purchase of a separate pass at the on-site pay machines.
    3. Worimi Conservation Lands require a specific access permit for motor vehicle entry and beach driving at Stockton Beach.
    4. Booderee National Park at Jervis Bay is not included in this product and is managed jointly by the Wreck Bay Aboriginal Community and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment.
    5. Three areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park have separate day vehicle entry fees:
      Halls Peak Campground, Riverside campground and Youdales campground
    6. The Basin in Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park and the islands in Sydney Harbour National Park both require a per person fee each visit.

  10. Vehicle occupancy
    The approved Concession Pass applicant must be travelling in the nominated vehicle for the Concession Pass to be valid. You must have your valid Australian Government Pensioner Concession Card or Veteran’s Card with you at all times as you may be required to confirm your exemption status. Misuse of the Concession Pass may result in its cancellation.

  11. Registration details
    The name or the address on the vehicle registration papers provided must match the applicant’s name or primary residential address.

  12. Right to revoke
    NPWS retains the right to revoke this NPWS Concession Pass at any time before its expiration date by writing to the holder at the email or postal address provided on your NPWS Concession Pass application.

Day Pass

  1. A vehicle registration plate number must be supplied when purchasing a day pass. It’s the customers’ responsibility to ensure vehicle registration details are recorded correctly. Penalties apply for vehicles without a valid pass matching the vehicle details, including as a result of user error.

  2. Day passes are not transferable to any other vehicle.*

  3. Passes are non-refundable.*

  4. This pass is valid from time of purchase until the date and time indicated at the time of transaction. A valid pass does not dismiss any local access restrictions, including park gate closure times or movement instruction by NPWS staff and contractors. All local signage and direction must be followed.

  5. Purchase of a pass does not guarantee access to any particular area or guarantee parking availability. Any pass purchased in advance of arriving at a destination is done so with the risk of an inability to utilise the pass.

  6. The Day Pass product includes all variants of day based national parks passes including hourly, same day, 24 hour and multi-day passes. These conditions apply to all variants of a Day Pass.

  7. This pass is only valid at the park or reserve where the ticket was purchased or as indicated at time of purchase.* This pass does not include access to sites that charge a landing fee and to other fee-charging activities in parks such as camping, Discovery, museum entry and tours.

  8. This pass is only valid for the selected vehicle category. Motorcycle includes 2 and 3 wheeled vehicles with no more than 2 seats. Cars include vehicles with up to eight (8) seats. Buses and minibuses may be subject to additional fees.

  9. Entry to parks and reserves or areas within parks may be restricted due to safety, conservation, or operational requirements. No refunds or extensions or refunds or extension on a pro-rata basis will be granted for any reason including unused time remaining in pass validity

  10. Where requested, day pass tickets must be displayed and clearly visible on the vehicle dashboard.

* Day passes purchased online as part of a camping or accommodation booking are valid for the park or reserve selected at the time of purchase. Transfer or refund queries in connection to booking changes should be directed to 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS).

Access Pass

  1. Valid for the nominated vehicle only
    This access pass can only be used for the nominated vehicle and for the duration as specified. This pass is not temporarily transferable to any other vehicles.

  2. Maintain communication details
    You are required to maintain a contact phone number and a written contact method (email or post) for the duration of the access pass validity period. You are required to maintain a unique (non-shared) email address in order to receive pass expiry reminder notifications, as well as perform online pass management and receive general pass change notifications. By not maintaining a unique email address, you accept that you will not receive pass expiry reminder notifications.

  3. Transfer or change vehicle details for annual pass
    Pass transfers and vehicle detail changes must meet specific criteria and are reviewed by NPWS. All pass transfer requests will incur a non-refundable administration fee. You may edit your name and contact details free of charge. To transfer or change your vehicle or personal details logon to the manage pass online portal or contact the NPWS Contact Centre on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or via email annual.passes@environment.nsw.gov.au

  4. Pass validity
    This access pass is valid from the time of purchase until the date provided on the confirmation letter/email and allows entry for the nominated vehicle to NSW parks and reserves as specified by the pass type. This does not include access to sites that charge a landing fee or to other fee-charging activities in parks such as camping, NPWS guided tours and museum entry.

  5. Parks and reserves access and closures
    Significant and prolonged restrictions on pass holders’ ability to enter parks and reserves due to a public health, fire, safety, conservation or operational requirement may be required. No refunds or extensions, or refunds or extension on a pro-rata basis will be granted.

  6. Penalty infringement notice
    Failure to comply with access pass terms and conditions, pass validity period or use of a pass in a park not covered by the pass type, will result in a penalty infringement notice or your access pass being revoked. Definition of included parks for each pass type can be found at the NPWS website.

  7. Pass type location validity
    Access passes are valid only in the park and in some instances zone within a park, as detailed on the pass confirmation.
    1. Access All Parks: All NSW National Parks
    2. Greater Sydney Access Pass: Cattai, Blue Mountains, Burragorang SCA, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase, Lane Cove, Garigal, Kamay Botany Bay, Sydney Harbour, Bents Basin, Royal, Georges River
    3. Access Multiple Parks: Specific national parks as indicated on pass confirmation, with further limitation to any zones within a park if listed.
    4. Single National Park: Single national park as indicated on pass confirmation, with further limitation to any zones within the park if listed.
    5. Single National Park – Bundjalung NP local residents: Iluka, Woombah and Goodwood Island residents local access permits access only to areas south of Shark Bay Beach 4WD access point within Bundjalung National Park.

  8. Greater Sydney restrictions
    Access Passes issued to the category of ‘Special Needs, Community or Charity groups’ are not valid on weekends and public holidays in the following national parks (standard fees apply at these times): Cattai NP, Blue Mountains NP, Burragorang SCA, Ku-Ring-Gai Chase NP, Lane Cove NP, Garigal NP, Kamay Botany Bay NP, Sydney Harbour NP, Bents Basin SCA, Royal NP, Georges River NP.

  9. Purpose of visit
    This access pass provides motor vehicle entry only for the purpose specified in the application. For club members, volunteers, working parties, businesses and their employees, access is only valid for the purpose and duration of undertaking patrol activities, club business or work activities directly associated with the group. You must pay the relevant park use fee if you are using the area for any other purpose. Misuse of the Access Pass may result in its cancellation.

  10. Group size
    Organised groups of more than 20 people at a time must obtain approval before their visit from the local area office. Activity consent with an additional fee may be required for large groups.

  11. Pass Renewal
    Access passes will not automatically be renewed upon expiry. The pass holder listed on the application is responsible for applying and meeting the eligibility requirements for a new pass.

  12. Right to revoke
    NPWS retains the right to revoke this access pass at any time before its expiration date by writing to the holder at the email address provided on your access pass application.

Your privacy

What happens to your information

The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of the Department of Planning and Environment. NPWS follows the department’s privacy policies and Privacy Management Plan, which can be found on the department’s website.

When you request a parks pass, NPWS may collect your car registration, personal contact, and any concession entitlement details, for the purpose of fee collection and management of vehicle entry fees. It may be shared with other NSW Government agencies, Service NSW or Revenue NSW, for the purpose of pass management or compliance matters.

If during your pass request you choose to make a donation, your contact details will also be shared with the Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife.

You have a right to know what information is held about you. If you wish to access the parking fee information held by NPWS, you can contact us on 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) or parks.info@environment.nsw.gov.au.

For more information about privacy at the department, please contact:

Mailing address: Information Access & Privacy Unit, Locked Bag 5022, Parramatta NSW 2124

Phone: +61 2 9860 1440

Email: privacy@dpie.nsw.gov.au