From the 3rd of April 2023, interstate and international visitors will be required to purchase a Parks Pass for entry into 50 of the 85 government-managed parks and reserves in the Northern Territory.

Which national parks are included?

The Northern Territory Government has recently announced that entry fees will soon be introduced for most parks across the Territory.

This will include Litchfield National Park near Darwin, Nitmiluk and Elsey National Parks near Katherine, Karlu Karlu / Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve near Tennant Creek, and Tjoritja / West MacDonnell National Park near Alice Springs.

 

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Ellery Creek Big Hole, Tjoritja NT | Photo thanks to Tourism NT/Laura Bell

 

‘Revenue from fees will be invested back into the protection, maintenance and safety of our parks, and the creation of new visitor experiences,’ said Parks and Wildlife Executive Director, Sally Egan. 

‘These changes mean our parks and reserves are maintained and developed for generations to come, so Territorians and visitors can continue to enjoy the amazing landscapes and native wildlife,’ she said.

33 of the Territory’s parks are co-managed with the Traditional Owners, and a percentage of the fees charged for these jointly managed parks, which is yet to be specified, will be paid to the governing land councils on the Traditional Owner’s behalf. 

Neither Kakadu nor Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks falls under the Parks Pass scheme as they are managed by the federal government and already require their own separate entry fees.

The full list includes 50 of the 85 parks, reserves, and protected areas managed by the NT Government.

How much will the Parks Pass cost?

The cost of the pass will depend on the length of the visit and the number of people visiting. 

A single-day pass will cost individual adults $10 and families $25, a two week pass will cost adults $30 and families $75, while an open pass, which has an unspecified timeframe, will cost individual adults $60 and families $150. 

Territorians won’t be required to pay entry to the parks.

How do I purchase a Parks Pass?

The Parks Pass will be available to purchase through the NT’s new Online Booking System which was introduced earlier this year. Additional fees will still need to be paid for camping and for some of the Territory’s longer walks, including the Jatbula and Larapinta Trails. 

 

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Jatbula Trail, Nitmiluk National Park

 

No word yet whether passes will be available to buy offline, however it doesn’t seem likely.