Camping fees slashed at Victorian national parks

Published: December 16, 2015
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Camping fees at dozens of Victorian campsites have been slashed by $11 per night as the government looks to encourage people to stay at the state’s national parks.

The new fee reductions will affect 55 ‘mid-level’ camping sites, including in the Gippsland Lakes, Kinglake, Great Otway National Park, and Grampians areas … and grey nomads or other travellers who have already booked a spot will be given a refund.

The change, which comes into effect on Friday, will see fees at mid-range campsites reduced from $38.90 to $28 in peak times.

It follows a decision back in April to axe fees at 70 basic campgrounds, which just had pit toilets or no toilets at all.

Environment Minister Lisa Neville told the Herald-Sun the move was about making stays at national parks more affordable, and about increasing visitation rates.

“Those people who have booked and paid in this category of mid-range will be receiving a refund, and I know Parks Victoria are going through a process of refunding about 2600 bookings at the moment,” she said. “People can expect to have that in the mail soon.”

The move is expected to cost the government about $1.7 million in lost fees, but it insists funding for Parks Victoria will not be affected.

There are 680 campgrounds in 133 parks across the state, and fees now apply to about 17% of the sites.

  • Is this a smart move? What is a fair charge for a night’s camping at a ‘mid-range’ national park camping site? Comment below.
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Louise
5 years ago

Yes! please encourage more to do the same.

Colin
5 years ago

Don’t be blind…you pay already for the Parks in your taxes yet Governments still double dip into your pocket and try to get away with it if they can. Fees and more fees and hidden fees is what Governments are about. Don’t be fooled by reductions and think its good…its still double dipping no matter which way you look at it. I know because I used to be employed by one of them to do just that.

Stuw
5 years ago
Reply to  Colin

Taxes pay for maintenance of the park, fees pay for maintenance of the facilities

Colin
5 years ago

Don’t be blind…you pay already for the Parks in your taxes yet Governments still double dip into your pocket and try to get away with it if they can. Fees and more fees and hidden fees is what Governments are about.

Graeme
5 years ago

That’s a start. Now they need to get rid of on line only bookings when the sites are outside of phone reception areas.

Peter McGaw
5 years ago

This is not just a National Park issue, the majority of Victorian National Parks have had camping fees forever. The introduction of horrific camping fees was introduced to many Victorian State and Coastal Parks as well as over the top increases to National Park fees. Has the abolishment of day visitor fees to National Parks created a black hole in Parks Vic budget thus creating an impost to campers ?

Christine Rafter
5 years ago

Queensland has a fee of $5.95 per person per night. We were recently in a number of these parks. ..only saw one couple staying. If you drive in to check the spot out, decide to stay but can only do so online, you are not likely drive your rig out until you have cover then back in to the site.

harry
5 years ago

that fee is still well over what is a fair price, that is a caravan pk price, with few of the facilities

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