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Q33 Can I get one pass to visit all National Parks in Australia?

A.  No.

 

Parks are run by the states, and are only national in the sense that they are of national significance.   The only parks administered federally are; Kakadu National Park, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Booderee National Park and Botanic Gardens in the Jervis Bay Territory of Australia, Norfolk Island and Christmas Island National Park, with the entry fees specific to each park and cannot be part of a multi parks pass.   

 

See Park Passes for how to obtain park passes in each state, which parks they apply to and how much they cost.   

 

National Parks in Victoria do not charge entry fees.  This vista in the Grampians was taken soon after a bushfire. 
Northern Territory National Parks do not have entry fees with the exception of Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks.  Costs for Kakadu are $25 per person for fourteen days, and this can be extended.  Cost for Uluru Kata-Tjuta are $25 per person for three days. 

Each state has different options of multi park passes for annual use or for short term (holiday) use.  Most give a discount for concession cards such as Seniors or Pension cards.  In New South Wales those on the Aged Pension can apply for an exemption from entry fees which covers most New South Wales parks.  See details and application form.

 

In states that do charge entry fees to their National Parks, a park pass is convenient as there is no need to try and find the right change for the honesty box envelope, or even think if the park is one that attracts fees. 

 

Some states do not charge entry fees for most parks, however camping fees apply for most campgrounds.

 

Most National Parks in Queensland do not have an entry fee. 
 
A vehicle access permit must be obtained before driving on Bribie Island, Fraser Island, Moreton Island, Cooloola and Minjerribah recreation areas and fees apply.  See Permits page for details.

See also Q13 National Park entry fees Northern Territory 

Above: Purnululu National Park.
 
Only 29 National Parks in Western Australia have entry fees.  Fees for those that do are $12 per car with the exceptions of Monkey Mia near Denham, the Tree Top Walk near Walpole, boat access such as at Geikie Gorge in the Kimberley, and the Dryandra Woodland near Narrogin, where separate fees apply. 
Park entry fees are charged for all National Parks in Tasmania. 
 
To left: The top of Russell Falls in the Mount Field National Park. 
June 2014

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Some National Parks in South Australia charge entry fees.  See Permits page for details.
 
To right: From the top of Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges National Park.
To left: Bald Rock National Park.
 
For parks which charge entry fees, which are the 46 most visited and popular parks, a dailty entry fee applies, unlike other states where a once only entry fee is charged.  See Permits page for details

Q34 Where to stay to visit Kings Canyon - Kings Canyon Resort or Kings Creek Station? 

A.  Kings Canyon Resort is six kilometres from Kings Canyon access road, whereas Kings Creek Station is 33 kilometres away. For this reason, we chose to stay the Kings Canyon Resort to be closer for an early start on the Rim Walk as it commences with a strenuous climb.  The days can be hot, and on days the Bureau of Meteorology predicts to be 36 or above at Yulara, the Kings Canyon Rim Walk closes at 9 am.

 

The Rim Walk was the best walk we took in Central Australia.  Book in for two nights; the first to enable an early morning start, and the second to relax after the big walk.  Both the rim walk and the Kings Creek walk can be done in a day.   

 

Distances are shown in Google Map.  The change from Google Classic maps has removed the waypoints from this linked map. 

 

Kings Canyon Resort to the Kings Canyon access road (point B) 6 kilometres

Kings Canyon access road to the Kings Canyon car park and picnic area 3.5 kilometres

Kings Canyon access road to Kathleen Springs car park access (point D) 17 kilometres

Kings Canyon access road to Kings Creek Station 33 kilometres

 

Where to stay?  With costs being similar, it is your choice as to what sort of experience you want and the distance you prefer to travel.

Kings Canyon Resort campground is a pleasant fully serviced campground, ideally situated to enjoy sunset views to the George Gill Ranges.  Kings Canyon Resort is owned by the international company Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts.

 

Updated prices to 30 March 2016

 

$25.00 per adult - powered site per night

$20.00 per adult - unpowered site per night

Child (6-12 years) $10.00 

$65.00 family powered site - 2 adults and up to 4 children

$55.00 family unpowered site - 2 adults and up to 4 children

Kings Creek Station offers an outback experience with rustic style of camping.  Campfires are permitted.  They conduct camel and quad bike safaris on the station, and a choice helicopter rides over the station, over the George Gill Ranges and Kings Canyon, or as far as other tourist attractions in the area.  Profits go towards their charity "Conways Kids". 

 

Updated prices to 30 March 2016

 

$23.00 per adult - powered site per night

Child (6-12 years) $9.00

$20.00 per adult - unpowered site per night

Child (6-12 years) $8.00

 

$51.00 family powered site - 2 adults plus children under 16 per night

$44.00 family unpowered site - 2 adults plus children under 16 per night

 

A discount is given for Seniors Card.

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A 22 kilometres walk trail across the top of the George Gill Range goes between Kings Canyon and Kathleen Gorge.  It is recommended as a two day one way walk.  There is an additional entry or exit (point C) at Reedy Creek by the Lilla community. 

 

Details of Watarrka walking trails.

 

See out Travelogue of Kings Canyon

Almost there!  Trekkers near the top of the canyon rim at the start of the Kings Canton Rim walk.
The end of the trail.  Walkers on the Kings Creek walk along the floor of the canyon.

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Looking across to the George Gill Range from our caravan site at Kings Canyon Resort Campground
The Kings Canyon Rim walk is well presented with steps and bridges when crossing ravines
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