Victoria has done an abrupt about turn and reversed its controversial decision to impose camping fees at 70 basic campgrounds around the state.
Campers were up in arms last July when the Napthine Government introduced a $13 a night charge … but that unpopular fee has now been axed.
Anyone who has already booked over the Easter long weekend will get a refund from Parks Victoria.
“You can’t put a price on the beauty of our national parks,” said Environment Minister, Lisa Neville in announcing the change of heart. “We want Victorian families to have an affordable holiday and get a chance to experience our great national parks.”
The Herald-Sun reports that the state’s 500 basic campsites across 70 campgrounds are unserviced and have pit toilets or no toilets at all.
They are found in areas including Mornington Peninsula National Park, Bunyip State Park, Lerderderg State Park, parts of the Great Otway National Park, Lake Eildon, and Mt Baw Baw.
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