Kakadu entry fee

Submitted: Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 21:28
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Just stumbled across this as it has been announced only on the 5th March. As of 1st April it will cost non NT residents $25/head for a 14 day pass to enter Kakadu NP. Plus camping fees on top. See link below for detailsKakdu NP home page
Just to stir things up, perhaps they could charge all overseas visitors and leave it free for Aussie tax payers. But I'm just dreaming!... W
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Reply By: Tim - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 22:04

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 22:04
1st April..... it is a bit of a joke. Very over rated place. If your considering.... don't bother.
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Follow Up By: Member - evren1 (WA) - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 23:04

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 23:04
Libya is over rated mate!
what do you consider as rated?
The big K does does it for me! fees or no fees, compared to the places I've been and the sites I've seen it is one of the most amazing places on the planet and as Aussies we are blessed to have it on our door step!
Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains!

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Follow Up By: Member - Teege (NSW) - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 08:40

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 08:40
Yep, you've got me Evren. World Heritage Listing must mean something. But then there will always be knockers. Each to his own. It reminds me of the travellers you see arriving in an outback town after dark. Setting up their camper, having a little fire and a cool drink. Up at the crack of dawn and gone again. They get home and tell everybody about their fabulous trip. Did 10,000k's in 11 days and saw this town and that town etc.. If you don't take time to smell the roses how can you possibly know?

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Follow Up By: Tim - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 20:54

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 20:54
I knew I was going to cop an ear bashing for saying it but I mean every word of it. Once it becomes an international tourist destination I think it's all down hill. There are already water holes that have been taken off the maps as they are sacred, fair call? Yeah maybe, except commercial operators who pay $$$ are let in there? Something sounds a bit odd there....
Anyway from the posts below I know I am not alone, I didn't come up with Kakadon't but after being there once I know I won't be going back.
I will admit that watching the changing of the tide at Shady Camp on the causeway is unreal but to be fair that's not actually in the park is it?
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Reply By: Yadaki - Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 22:42

Sunday, Mar 07, 2010 at 22:42
I Love Kakadu, April fool joke? I hope not.
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Follow Up By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 08:14

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 08:14
How's this for government logic. You live in NT and get in for free. But also run by the Commonwealth is Booderee NP -200km south of Sydney which stilll costs the residents of NSW entry and camping fees. What else did we expect from the same department which gave us the insulation fiasco?... W
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Reply By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 09:08

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 09:08
Isn't Australia 1 country ? So we have the NT charging Australians to see a part of Australia based on where they live , , Next lets put razor wire fences around each state and charge a fee to cross from 1 state to another , ,,,, Australia 1 country ? Yeah right.
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 11:28

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 11:28
They could argue that people in NT are already paying through their taxes.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 12:52

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 12:52
Rob! So? Does that mean we in Qld can charge a fee to people who come from other states to visit Brisbane or the GoldCoast to see the different wildlife and lifestyle , Charge them a fee because they dont live in Qld and pay taxes in Qld , Yeah right , Australia 1 country ? If it wasnt so serious a problem it would be laughable !
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:41

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:41
I didn't say I agreed with it, but unless it's illegal ...

It's a bit like Queenalnders getting cheaper tickets to the Gold Coast theme parks.
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 14:18

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 14:18
Rob! G/coast theme parks are PRIVATE companys and if you have a good look every state auto club will provide 'cheaper' tickets to own state and interstate attractions ,,, We are talking about an AUSTRALIAN NATIONAL PARK that is to charge a FEE BASED ON AN ADDRESS ,, The principal involved is wrong wrong wrong ,,,,,,, Like the tee shirts that were available several yrs ago " dont rip me off , I'm a local "
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 14:28

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 14:28
Like i said, I don't agree with but on the other hand it appears I am not as disgusted by it as you are.

The question is, if you are so enraged by it, what are you going to do about it, (other than make useless complaints on this forum in the hope that somebody else will do your work for you?)
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 14:51

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 14:51
Rob! You may sit back and think 'all will be well ' , go with the flow , dont give a rats , but nothing ever changes for the BETTER without complaint to begin with. Sit back ,go with the injustice ,let others take the flak , she'll be right. as you say.
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:01

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:01
Blah blah blah,

It's easy to find people who can complain. It's almost impossible to find people who do the work to fix things.

So, are you going to do something about it, or are you going to sit back and expect somebody else to do the work for you?
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:25

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:25
Rob! And you are doing ? Thought so , to damn lazy to even put forward an alternate view.
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Follow Up By: Rob! - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:36

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:36
Alloy

Whinging about an issue, hardly exempts you from the "lazy" brigade.

So, once again, if it bothers you so much, rather than calling people names, do something about it.

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Follow Up By: Davo_60 - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:12

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:12
It is not uncommon up here to have discounts for locals, as it is in other places. I am a Darwin resident and use Kakadu a few times a year, perhaps the locals keep the businesses ticking over during the wet season. One other reason is that locals are more likely to act as the 'tour' guide for visiting friends and family if they don't have to pay. I'm not saying it's right or wrong but it keeps the local community on side.

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Reply By: al - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 10:51

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 10:51
Have to agree kak. most over rated park I have been to , and I have been to a lot of parks a round the world and a round Oz. Now to charge that a mount of money Ha! I deal with a lot of over seas people and I will be telling them not to waste their money and time. If their intention is to keep the numbers down then they will achieve it with this crap. There are much better areas to see in his country.

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Follow Up By: OzTroopy - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:01

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:01
Over rated I would agree with ....

..... but its still probably still worth a look at ... for its natural beauty ... rather than the eco-hype propoganda advertising.
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Reply By: Member - John (Vic) - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:02

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:02
Kakadu is a brilliant part of Australia, I loved my time there last year and would go back tomorrow, no hesitation.

If the $25- is spent on the park and its facilities then thats fine, user pays is always a fair option in my view.
$25- is not a lot of money when compared to the other travel costs we are exposed to, see how far $25- worth of diesel we get you as one small point.

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Follow Up By: Honky - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 16:24

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 16:24
Maybe at $25 per car but if 4 people go in one car it will be $100.
Also if you add camping fees for a few nights than it starts to add up.
Are they going to drop the camping fees?

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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 02:12

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 02:12
lst i checked there were free campin options
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Reply By: get outmore - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:58

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 13:58
lets put things into perspective

$25 wont get you even 3 days in a WA national park and unless things have changed there are free camping options in kakadu that have the same facilitys as the averadge WA nat park for $7.00 per night

so basically for 14 days can cost you less than 2 days and one night at the Bungle Bungles for example
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Follow Up By: Alloy c/t - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:40

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 15:40
'lets put things into perspective' ,,, In WA everybody pays the fee , be it a resident of WA or from NSW/VIC/ QLD ect , so how is it that the NT can justify a fee / extra tax if you will to non residents of the state /territory to visit a NATIONAL PARK ? Justify a tax to visit based on ADDRESS , so should NT charge less or more for Tasmanians ? [ after all in general it costs them more $ to get there in the 1st place] Justify this tax based on the state a person resides in ?.
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Reply By: ob - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 16:27

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 16:27
Just as a matter of interest what proof of address do you need to enter for nix???

Take the case of an overseas visitor who is at present living in NT for an extended period of time and has as their address NT.Would this classify them for free entry??

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Reply By: Member - Warrie (NSW) - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 21:51

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 21:51
Whoops, if you're getting a sense of deja vu it's because thread 75683 a month ago has discussed this topic already. So the free run is over and camping takes another notch up the expense scale and I won't be getting a $25 tax rebate. Surprised a few bagged the Park. We enjoyed it in 05 - the dry and 06 during TC Monica -very wet! Hoping to be back this year... W
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Reply By: Member - Howard (ACT) - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:51

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 22:51
the price could go to $250 each and I couldnt care less
one visit was eneough I wouldnt go back if it was still free (well may be if it was to shoot some of the hundreds of wild pigs we saw but I dont think that is a done thing in Nat parks).
Will be back in the territory in July August this year and Kakadont NP has not even been considered as part of the itinerary.
can think of lots better places in NT to spend my time
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Reply By: tonysmc - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 23:42

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 23:42
I believe that the reason NT residents will not be charge to enter the park is that while many locals go into Kakadu they do not use any of the park provided facilities. It use to be (and I imagine will be again) that if locals are found camping in the park they are charged the full fee like everyone else.

I often use to go to Jabiru to visit friends, however never went touring around the park. Kakadu is unique as it has a town in the middle of it. Also many locals only enter the park to use the boat ramps and roads to access areas that are not actually in Kakadu. As these roads and boat ramps are paid for and maintained by the government and not Kakadu park management, it may be political suicide to charge $25 a head for someone to go out for a fishing, especially if they are not even fishing in the park!

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Reply By: Off-track - Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 23:42

Monday, Mar 08, 2010 at 23:42
I'm sure the last time we went, about 8 years ago, it was around $18 per person? Did they drop the charge for a while?
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Reply By: zolle - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 01:35

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 01:35
A bit off track but this post prompted me to check Uluru which is also $25. I intend just passing through Uluru NP on the Outback Way return run from Queensland and the road goes through the park entry gate. Does that mean I have to pay $50 for 2 of us to pass through? We saw the rock and area a few years back so do not intend to spend time there again.
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 02:17

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 02:17
if you havepermits for the great central road you just show them at the gate and get waved through
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Follow Up By: get outmore - Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 02:32

Tuesday, Mar 09, 2010 at 02:32
if you havepermits for the great central road you just show them at the gate and get waved through
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