Park Pass required at Kakadu from April 2010

Park Pass required at Kakadu from April 2010

From 1 April, visitors to Kakadu National Park will be required to purchase a Park Pass. The Park Pass will cost $25 and is valid for 14 days. Children under 16 and Territorians will not require a park pass.

Park passes will contribute directly to the running costs of the park and will help us maintain the fantastic natural environment and tourism services such as roads, boardwalks, visitor centres and free ranger walks and talks.

Visitors will initially be able to buy their passes at the following agents:

  1. Tourism Top End, Darwin
  2. Bowali Visitor Centre, Park Headquarters
  3. Goymarr (Mary River Roadhouse).

It is best to purchase a park pass before entering the park. Park staff may ask to see the pass, so visitors should carry it at all times. Visitors without a valid pass may be fined.

There will be a paper-based system over the next 12 months. We will phase in electronic ticketing so that visitors can buy their pass on line.

Tour operators:
As a condition of their permit, tour operators will need to ensure that all of their customers (with the exception of children and Territorians) have a valid park pass prior to entering the park.

Tour operators can order their passes from the Parks Australia Darwin Office on (08) 8920 1300. They may pick up the passes in person or request that they be mailed to them.

A five per cent discount will be offered to all tour operators purchasing more than 100 passes through the Darwin office. This will be payable by rebate on a quarterly basis. Tour operators will be able to pay by credit card, direct deposit, and in some cases via invoice.

Alternatively tour operators may purchase smaller numbers of passes from the agents listed above.

Kakadu has been home to Aboriginal people for more than 50,000 years, and during that time the land and their culture have become intertwined. Kakadu National Park is managed jointly by its Aboriginal traditional owners and the Director of National Parks.