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NPWS campground fee increase FAQs

Find out more about annual price increases to camping fees at NSW national park fee-collecting locations.

Read more about NPWS campground fee increase FAQs

When do NPWS camping fees increase?

Camping fees increase at fee collecting locations in NSW national parks, at the end of the October long weekend, annually.

Why are the fees increasing?

Revenue raised from camping fees is reinvested back into NSW national parks across the state to improve and maintain facilities and support on-park conservation in these unique environments. Fees are aligned with costs associated with providing and maintaining visitor facilities including picnic tables, walking tracks, barbecues, new and upgraded toilet and shower facilities, upgrades to cabins and cottages, and important services such as sewerage systems and garbage collection.

Revenue also helps to fund other park management programs such as conservation work, pest, weed and fire management.

What happens if I change a booking that I have made at the cheaper rate?

If you're reducing the number of nights or occupants, or cancelling the whole existing booking, your booking is still subject to the terms & conditions you agreed to at time of booking and will not be affected by the increased prices.

Any other changes (such as changing dates, site type, or adding additional nights) to bookings that were made before the announced fee increase will be at the new rate.

Why does the level of fees vary?

NSW national parks offer a wide range of day use and overnight stay options from picnic areas and bike tracks to bush camping or campgrounds providing significant visitor infrastructure.

NPWS has a standardised campground classification process that is used to assess the level of fee at campgrounds. The level of fees reflects the cost of managing the services and visitor facilities provided. Locations offering a lesser level of visitor infrastructure are available at a lower price and in many cases are free and will continue to be free.

Are all NSW national park camping areas affected by this change?

No. Only national park locations that currently charge camping fees may be increasing their rates across all charged occupant types, annually in October.

Why can't I combine my day use fee and camping fee?

The fees are managed separately to ensure that customers are not overcharged, as may be the case with annual pass or exemption pass holders.

I have a commercial tour operating company, do I have to pay the increased rate?


Where can I find more information?

Visit the individual park or campground page on this website.

Junction Pools campground, Barrington Tops National Park. Photo: John Spencer/NSW Government