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NSW waive vehicle entry fees at national parks
It's free ... but not for long!

Grey nomads who haven’t bought a long-term pass for entry to New South Wales national parks will get the chance to save a few dollars this weekend.

As a way of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the National Parks and Wildlife Act, the state is offering a ‘fee-free weekend’, meaning all vehicle entry fees will be waived for the state’s 46 fee-charging parks.

Sadly, camping fees will still apply.

Environment Minister Rob Stokes said New South Wales had grown its parks system from only 1% of the total state in 1967, to cover 9% of the state, or more than 7 million hectares, today.

Of course, the various fees and charges associated with entry to – and camping in – the various parks have also grown significantly since the National Parks and Wildlife Service was first set up.

The fee-free weekend also coincides with the World Parks Congress, where more than 4000 delegates from around the globe are in Sydney to discuss how to best to manage the world’s protected areas.

  • Will fee-free weekends make any difference to you? Do you think the national park charges are appropriate? Which state or Territory has the best parks fee system in place? Comment below.

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