Camping and accommodation fees in Victoria’s state and national parks

The Victorian Government is investing $107.2 million to help Victorians enjoy the outdoors. ‘The Great Outdoors Package’ aims to improve camping facilities, walking and driving tracks across Victoria, upgrade 30 existing campgrounds and introduce 30 new campgrounds among other initiatives.

A key initiative in the package is the 50 per cent reduction of camping fees across state and national parks in Victoria.

From 1 July 2019, camping fees across state and national parks in Victoria will be reduced by 50 per cent. The fee reduction does not apply to hard roofed accommodation or other fixed roof options within the Parks Victoria estate, which may include cabins, lodges, huts and cottages. Customers who had already booked to camp from 1 July 2019 will be automatically refunded the reduced fees (50% off). All bookings will be honoured. Customers do not need to contact Parks Victoria to arrange a refund. We will process all refunds as soon as possible and appreciate your patience while we process refunds across the Parks Victoria estate.

The full list of parks where fees have changed can be found here.

For information on ballots, peak season bookings and Advance Bookings and Peak Season Release Dates click here.

For a list of all camping and accommodation pricing, download the 2019-20 fee structure.

Frequently asked questions

When can I book a campsite at the half price rate?

The half price camping fees will take affect from 9am Monday 1 July 2019 on a first in, first served basis.

You can book online at https://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/

Check the on sale dates for summer ballots and peak season bookings at https://parkweb.vic.gov.au/visit/book-your-stay/peak-season-release-dates

How will the reduced fees impact Wilsons Promontory Summer Ballot Process?

Camping during the summer holiday season at the Wilsons Promontory is allocated via an online ballot system.

The half price camping fees will apply for campsite bookings at Wilsons Promontory National Park.

Parks Victoria will open the 19/20 Wilsons Promontory Summer Ballot, with the applied half price fee, at 9am on Monday 1 July and close at 9am on Monday 15 July 2019.

This is not a “first in, first served” process. The ballot is a random selection and all entries are considered equal regardless of when they are submitted during the ballot period, making this peak season booking process as fair and equitable as possible.

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How will the reduced fees impact Cape Conran Summer Ballot Process?

Camping during the summer holiday season at Cape Conran is allocated via an online ballot system.

The half price camping fees will apply for campsite bookings at Cape Conran Coastal Park.

Parks Victoria will open the 19/20 Cape Conran Summer Ballot, with the applied half price fee, at 9am on Thursday 1 August and close at 9am on Thursday 15 August 2019.

This is not a “first in, first served” process. The ballot is a random selection and all entries are considered equal regardless of when they are submitted during the ballot period, making this peak season booking process as fair and equitable as possible.

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How do I receive half price off my booking?

Fees will automatically be reduced in Parks Victoria’s booking system for bookings from 1 July 2019 and beyond. Use the online booking system and the new reduced price will be applied.

What campsites does this apply to?

Camping fees in state and national parks will be halved.

Permanently fixed, roofed accommodation including cabins, lodges or huts are not included in the reduction.

Will concession card holders still receive a 10% discount?

The following concession card holders will continue to receive a 10% discount for overnight camping fees.
Eligible concession cards include:

How do I book? 

Parks Victoria encourages campers to plan and book ahead to ensure they have secured their site.

Bookings can be made online from the 1 July 2019. Visit https://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/ to book.

I have an existing booking for a camp site after 1 July 2019, can I get a refund?

Parks Victoria will manually refund customers. We appreciate your patience while we process refunds.

For a full list of terms and conditions visit: https://www.parkstay.vic.gov.au/terms-and-conditions

I am a tour group operator and I have been charged a rate and passed that on to my clients and now I am eligible for a refund?

Parks Victoria will issue the refund to the permit holder who paid the camping fee. If the camping permit(s) was purchased by the tour operator, then the tour operator will receive the refund.

What happens if the tour group contacts Parks Victoria seeking the refund?

Tour groups should contact their tour provider directly to discuss refunds.

Why wasn’t my campsite available to book this year?

As camping becomes more accessible across the state, campsites may become more popular. Make sure you book your favourite sites early to ensure you don’t miss out.

Are campgrounds going to become overcrowded and underserviced as a result of this?

Campgrounds may become more popular across the state. We will assess capacity and demands at each site to ascertain where future maintenance, upgrades and support may be required.

Over a 4-year period 30 camp grounds will be upgraded and 30 new camp grounds will be established. These upgrades will help reduce campsite visitation pressure.

Why aren’t you halving fees in caravan parks managed by foreshore Committees of Management? 

The Great Outdoors announcement includes half price camping fees in state and national parks.

Caravan parks are managed by local councils, Committees of Management, and private operators and fees are determined by those organisations.

Are there places where I don’t have to pay to camp?

Yes, there are many places where there is no fee to camp. To check where you can camp visit the camping page.

What are the peak/off peak and shoulder periods for camping?

Peak period

Overnight camping from the last Friday in October each year until the end of February of the following year, Melbourne Cup long weekend, December/January school holidays, Labour Day weekend, Easter school holidays, and Anzac Day long weekend (when applicable).

Shoulder period

Overnight camping from 1 November each year until 30 April of the following year (excluding any days where peak season fees apply) and the period between the end of school term three and the beginning of school term four.

Off peak period

Overnight camping from 1 May and finishing on 31 October in each year (excluding any days where peak season or shoulder season fees apply).

Are there any discounts? 

There is a 5% discount for the shoulder period and a 10% discount for the off peak period for camping. Concessions also apply.

Is there a discount for school groups?

Camping fees include special pricing for school groups which applies to primary and secondary school group bookings.

Can I book by phone?

Bookings for camping and accommodation can be made by calling the Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963. The Information Centre is staffed 7 days a week between 8.30 am and 5.30 pm on Monday to Friday, and from 9 am – 5 pm on weekends.

Bookings for school groups and overnight hikes by phone, a phone booking fee will apply.

There is no phone booking fee for means tested concession card holders and Victorian Seniors Card holders.