Entry fees waived for visitors to Commonwealth National Parks
Frequently Asked Questions
Which parks are entry fees being waived for?
Entry fees are being waived for the following national parks managed by Parks Australia:
- Booderee National Park
- Kakadu National Park
- Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
The Australian National Botanic Gardens, Christmas Island National Park, Pulu Keeling National Park and Norfolk Island National Park do not charge entry fees and remain free to visitors.
When will entry fees be waived?
Entry fees will be waived from 16 March to 31 December, 2020.
How do I get a free entry pass?
The quickest and easiest way to get your free Parks Pass (entry pass) is online:
We encourage all visitors to book a park pass online before visiting the park however you can also receive a park pass at the entry gates to Booderee and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks or at the Bowali Visitor Centre in Kakadu National Park.
Please note that visitors arriving at Booderee National Park by boat still need to have a valid park pass.
Why do I need to book a Parks Pass if entry is free?
Visitors still need a Parks Pass when entering these national parks because it is important that park staff can count the number of visitors who are on-site for safety, compliance and reporting reasons. When you book your Parks Pass, Parks Australia will also send you a survey to following your visit to receive your feedback which helps us make the experience of visiting these parks better for everyone.
What should I do if I’ve already purchased a Parks Pass?
If you’ve purchased a Parks Pass that is valid for dates between 16 March – 31 December 2020, (including an annual pass for 2020), you will be eligible for a full refund. Click here to apply for your refund.
If I book a ticket now for a date after 31 December 2020 is it still free?
The entry fee waiver is temporary and tickets booked for dates after 31 December 2020 will attract normal entry fees.
Do I still need to pay camping fees?
Yes. Visitors are still required to pay camping fees.
Learn more about camping at Booderee National Park here.
Learn more about camping at Kakadu National Park here
There is no camping permitted inside Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, but the nearby Ayers Rock Resort at Yulara does offer camping sites. You can learn more about them here.
Do I still need to pay for activities at these parks?
Our national parks deliver many free activities for visitors. To learn more about what’s on at our parks:
Programs, tours and activities run by commercial tour operators and local businesses working within our national parks will still incur fees.
What consideration are we giving to Indigenous communities, staff and visitors with regard to the COVID-19 outbreak?
The safety of our staff, visitors and Indigenous and other communities in and around our parks is our highest priority. Indigenous communities in our national parks are closed to the public. However, we will continue to support these communities and act on the best health advice available. Based on the most up to date medical advice, we’re continuing to encourage visitation to our parks to support local and regional economies that rely on tourism. Indigenous communities are also major beneficiaries of the visitor economy in our parks.
Do I still need to pay for parking at the Australian National Botanic Gardens?
Yes. Parking fees of $3.50 per hour up to a maximum of $14.50 for the day remain in place. Customers of the Botanical Bookshop can park for free in four designated parking spaces near the Visitor Centre. These spaces have a strict 30-minute time limit.
What about other national parks?
Parks Australia manages the Commonwealth National Parks and Reserves only. For information including fees and charges for State and Territory managed national parks visit the following websites: