Park Pass for national parks in Western AustraliaOn 21. March 2019 by Cookie
With over 2.5 million km2, Western Australia is the largest federal state in Australia and would be, if it were its own country, the tenth largest in the world (by area). 10% of the state are national parks and other state-protected land areas. If you want to visit some of them, a Park Pass is worth its money.
The national parks are partly financed by entrance fees. Usually it’s 13 AUD per vehicle. The fee is charged at the entrance to the National Park, the entry is valid
- for one day (exception: If you camp in the national park, you can drive in and out on several days)
- in all national parks (exception: Yanchep and Nambung have to be paid seperately).
If you are only driving around for one day, for example as a day trip from Perth, will probably be happy with a single payment. If you travel through Western Australia for several weeks, you might think about a Park Pass.
Park Passes are windshield stickers that entitle the vehicle and its occupants to visit all National Parks in Western Australia for a certain period of time.
There are several versions: The Holiday Pass for one month costs 60 AUD (as of 2020). If you are on holiday and want to travel around a bit, the Holiday Pass is quickly worth it, the flexibility it gives you while travelling is quite good. There are also 5 day ($ 25) and 14 day ($ 40) holiday passes available. The Annual All Parks Pass costs 120 AUD (with discount 75 AUD) and is valid, as the name implies, for a whole year (12 months from purchase).
The passport is either sticked onto the windscreen or printed out and placed behind the windscreen. In any case it must be clearly visible, this will be checked when entering the parks.
Where to buy the Parks Passes?
There are also various places where you can buy a physical pass. A list can be found here – sometimes you can even buy a Park Pass at the rental car pickup. They are also sold in the Visitor Centers in the cities – but be careful: In this case, you have to know your registration number, otherwise they cannot issue the pass.
The Visitor Centers in the National Parks also issue Park Passes. In this case, the one-day fee will be charged at the entrance to the National Park, but it will then be deducted from the purchase price of the pass. There are no additional costs.
We bought our Annual Pass at Yanchep NP. The incredibly friendly lady there at the Visitor Center had some trouble issuing the passport to us because we didn’t have a residential address. There are regional passes that can only be purchased by residents. Knowing that, I had already researched in advance whether a similar requirement was made for the Annual Passes, but had not found any indication of it. The employee finally called the administration of the national parks and asked them, but they couldn’t give her that information either. Her problem was that she had to enter an Australian address during the purchase process – we finally gave her the address of our car storage where the Quokkamobil is stored. So, in a similar situation, it could come in handy to have some kind of address.
What is not included in a Park Pass?
In general only the entrance to the national parks is included. Camping must be paid separately. Usually this is 7-11 AUD per person/night (via Park Stay or directly ask the ranger, depending on the campground).