Bushwalkers and other visitors to NT's national parks are set to be hit with a fee to use the network of parks and pay more to go camping under a controversial revenue raising measure announced by the government.
The Government has released the structure of fees and from July 1 they will introduce an online booking system, walking trail fees of $25 per day up to a maximum of 5 nights for multi-day walks on the Larapinta, Table Top and Jatbula Trail and they will also increase camping fees.
Parks Passes will be introduced next year after the government receives more information and consults with stakeholders on what a Parks Pass in the Territory will look like.
An NT Government spokeswoman said park fees in the Territory had not increased for the past 20 years.
"Fees provide funds for improvements to our parks and reserves," she said.
Previously, all NT Government-run national parks have had free entry for all visitors. However, the Territory's two biggest federally-run tourism drawcards, Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Parks, already have paid permit systems in place.
A spokeswoman for Parks Minister Selena Uibo said NT locals would be exempt from having to pay for short trips to the parks.
"For Territorians making day trips to places such as Litchfield and Nitmiluk, nothing will change," she said.
The head of the Top End's tourism peak body said he feared new national park fees could further burden the region's fragile industry, which is already struggling to adjust to day-by-day changes to hot spots and border closures.
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