NATIONAL PARK ENTRY COSTS SLASHED

In uplifting news for touring-minded folk, Tourism Minister Simon Birmingham has announced that entry costs to a number of Australia’s most popular national parks will be temporarily lifted.

Visitors will be able to access Booderee National Park on the New South Wales south coast, as well as Kakadu and Uluru-Kata Tjuta in the Northern Territory, until the end of 2020 without paying for a park pass.

The decision to waive entry costs comes as part of a government stimulus plan aimed to ease the burden caused by lower tourism numbers as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Families would usually pay $65 for a three day parks pass. The plan is supported by a federal government kitty, which will continue to support traditional owners.