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Park entry fees and passes FAQs

Read our FAQs on park entry fees, buying and using a NSW national parks annual pass, what's covered and what discounts or concessions are available.

Which parks have entry fees and how much are they

Motor vehicle entry fees are charged at 45 of over 870 NSW national parks and reserves managed by NSW National Park (NPWS). Parks with entry fees are generally our most popular parks with many visitors. 

See the list of parks with vehicle entry fees, and how much it costs when you visit. 

This fee relates to motor vehicles, not to people, so you only need to pay for each motor vehicle you bring into the park (including motorbikes). If you ride a bike or walk, entry is free.

You can buy single-day entry passes or, if you're a regular park visitor, you can save time and money by buying an annual pass.

Single day entry is generally $4, $8 or $12, except in Kosciuszko National Park. A variety of 1 and 2-year passes are available for private motor vehicles with up to 8 seats. The cost ranges from $22 to $190 for a 1-year annual pass, and depends on which parks you wish to include.  

How do my park entry fees help

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.

 

Buying and using your day or annual pass

How do I pay single day vehicle entry fees for NSW parks

If you don't have a valid annual pass, or only visit fee-collecting parks occasionally, you'll need to buy a single-day pass for each day of your visit, when you arrive.

Some parks have entrance booths, self-registration boxes, or coin-operated 'pay and display' machines, so you'll need to bring the right change.

Check the list of parks with vehicle entry fees and their cost per vehicle per day, or call the park ahead of time to check.

What annual passes are available

There are 4 types of NSW National Parks annual passes available:

All Parks Pass: All 45 parks with entry fees, including Kosciuszko National Park

  • 1-year pass $190
  • 2-year pass $335

Multi-Park Pass: All parks with entry fees, except Kosciuszko National Park

  • 1-year pass $65
  • 2-year pass $115

Country Parks Pass: For 34 designated parks in Country NSW. Excludes Sydney area parks and Kosciuszko National Park.

  • 1-year pass $45
  • 2-year pass $75

Single Park Pass: For your choice of any 1 of the designated parks in Country NSW.

  • 1-year pass $22
  • 2-year pass $40

How can I buy an annual pass and when is it valid

NPWS annual passes are valid for 1 or 2 years from the date of purchase. To buy your annual pass:

Phone: Call the National Parks Contact Centre on 1300 072 757. The centre's hours are 9am-5pm every day excluding Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

Online: Choose from our annual pass options and buy online.

Email, fax or post: Download the annual pass order form (Doc 153KB) and return it by email to annual.passes@environment.nsw.gov.au, fax to 02 9585 6831, or post to National Parks Contact Centre, PO Box A290, Sydney South NSW 1232.

In person: Contact a NSW National Parks visitor centre (excludes Maitland Bay Information Centre, Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, Snowy Mountains Cinema, and unmanned visitor centres).

 

How long does it take to get my annual pass

If you buy your annual pass over the phone or online, passes are usually received within 10 working days. You'll need to display your receipt to access eligible national parks, until your receive your annual pass.

If you haven't received your pass after 10 working days, please refer to your receipt for information on how to contact NSW National Parks, or call 1300 072 757.

How do I display my day or annual pass

Please display your day entry ticket on the dashboard of your vehicle, with the date facing up, so that it's clearly visible from outside the car.

Your annual pass must be fixed to a section of un-tinted 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.

Concession or exemption passes: Concession or 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.

Annual pass inclusions, exclusions, restrictions

What does my annual pass include

All Parks Pass:

  • Motor vehicle entry to all 45 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 44 NSW national parks and reserves identified on the fee-collecting parks page of this website. Excludes Kosciuszko National Park.

Single Park Pass:

Country Parks Pass:

Single Park and Country Park passes are valid for parks outside the Sydney area, those surrounded by the Hawkesbury-Nepean River and the Appin-Bulli Road. Excludes Kosciuszko National Park.

What doesn't my 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 NSW parks 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 for motor vehicle entry and beach driving at Stockton Beach in the Worimi Conservation Lands.
  • 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.
  • 3 areas in Oxley Wild Rivers National Park have day vehicle entry fees: Halls Peak campground, Riverside campground and picnic area, and Youdales campground. Fees aren't applicable if you're paying camping fees at these locations.
  • Restrictions apply in the Chowder Bay area of Sydney Harbour National Park.
  • Restrictions apply at the Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct of Cape Byron State Conservation Area.

Is my annual pass 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 restrictions at Sydney Harbour National Park's Chowder Pay precinct

All Parks, Multi-Parks NPWS annual passes and the NPWS Concession Card for eligible pensioners and veterans, 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 on-site 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.

What are the restrictions at Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct

All NPWS annual passes (All Parks, Multi-Parks, Country Parks and Single Park - Cape Byron State Conservation Area passes), and the NPWS Concession Card for eligible pensioners and veterans, are valid for a maximum of 1 hour per calendar day in the Cape Byron Lighthouse precinct of Cape Byron State Conservation Area. Parking is limited to 1 hour per vehicle per day.

Discounts, concessions, exemptions

Is discount or concession park entry available

Discounts and concessions are available only for NPWS annual passes, not for daily park entry fees.

Discount annual passes include:

  • $15 discount on All Parks Pass or Multi-Parks Pass when you renew your NSW vehicle registration online through Service NSW
  • Approximately 20% off the full price of all 4 NPWS annual pass types, if you have a valid Australian Seniors Card

Concession annual passes are available for:

  • Eligible Australian pensioners or veterans cardholders

Read more about eligibility and how to apply for discount and concession annual passes

What exemptions exist for park entry fees

Exemptions may be available for:

  • Aboriginal people attending a significant traditional cultural ceremony
  • Companion Card holders and their carer

Read more about exemptions for Aboriginal people and Companion Card holders.

Replace, upgrade or renew your annual pass

Can I get a replacement annual 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 annual 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.

Can I renew my annual pass online

If you’ve previously purchased an annual pass, and your vehicle registration and address details remain the same, you can renew your pass online up to 30 days prior to the pass expiry date. You can also call 1300 072 757.

If you'd like to receive a reminder when your annual pass is about to expire, simply complete our annual pass renewal reminder form.

Annual pass transfers or use for other vehicles

Can I transfer my pass between vehicles

Annual and day passes are issued for individual motor vehicles. They aren’t transferable between motor vehicles and can’t be altered. The pass covers the driver and any passengers in that vehicle.

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.

Can family or friends use my annual pass

Your annual pass is linked to only 1 vehicle registration number. Your pass is valid for family or friends only when they’re driving, or they're passengers, in your car that's linked to your pass.

What's a second householder 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.

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.

Compliance and penalty notices

What 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.

Why did I get a compliance notice

If you visited 1 of the 45 NSW parks that require vehicle entry fees, and you haven't displayed a valid pass on your vehicle windscreen, you may receive a compliance notice.

What do I do if I get a compliance notice, and have a valid annual or day pass

You'll need to contact NPWS to provide us with proof of your valid pass or ticket. Please follow the instructions on your compliance notice for how to contact NPWS.

If you don't action a compliance notice it may result in a penalty infringement notice, with a minimum penalty of $100 per notice.

Do I need to pay a compliance notice

Yes, if you have no proof that you had a valid day ticket or annual pass at the time. If you did have a valid ticket or pass, you can follow the instructions on your compliance notice to contact NSW National Parks.

How do I pay a compliance notice

If you've received a compliance from any of the parks below, you can pay online or buy an annual pass:

  • Royal National Park
  • Kamay Botany National Park
  • Georges River National Park
  • Bents Basin State Conservation Area
  • Cattai National Park

If you have a compliance notice from any other NSW national park or reserve, please follow the instructions on the compliance notice.

How do I pay a penalty infringement notice

Please follow the steps outlined on the back of your infringement notice, or visit the Revenue NSW website.

Your privacy

What happens to my personal information

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is part of the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH). OEH will only disclose personal information to intended OEH users and external facilitators who deliver our park entry fees and passes.

Personal information collected by OEH is stored securely, and is disposed of according to the OEH Records Management Policy. You have the right to access and change your personal information. For more information visit the OEH privacy policy page.

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