Labor Member for Western Victoria, Gayle Tierney today announced that unfair basic camping fees enforced by the previous Coalition Government at Victoria’s camping sites will be scrapped ahead of the Easter break.
The fees imposed under the Coalition made camping expensive for families, affected
school camps and buried Parks Victoria in red tape.
From now on, over 500 basic camping sites over 70 campgrounds in 19 parks throughout regional Victoria will have no fees.
These parks include:
– Great Otway National Park East
– Great Otway National Park West
– Grampians National Park
– Little Desert National Park
– Cobboboonee National Park
“We want Victorian families to have an affordable holiday and get a chance to experience our great national parks,” Ms Tierney said.
The bookings system for these sites will remain in place until 1 July 2015.
Customers who have made a booking between now and 1 July will be refunded automatically by Parks Victoria, but the bookings will still be honoured.
A basic site is defined as unserviced, with minimal ranger patrols and pit or no-pit toilets. From 1 July 2015, these sites will no longer require booking and will be available on a
first- come, first-served basis.
“You can’t put a price on the beauty of our national parks,” Ms Tierney said.
They make our state liveable. Go out and visit one this Easter break and into the future.”
For more information on walks, activities and what’s open to visitors during school holidays and the Easter break, please visit www.parks.vic.gov.au or call 13 1963.