Fees for Ngarkat Conservation Park

News Release from Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

People can camp out under the stars at Ngarkat Conservation Park at nine different camp sites and enjoy stretching their legs on the eight diverse walking trails.

The newly-refurbished Pertendi Hut interpretive trail is one of eight trails in which visitors can learn about how fire has shaped the park’s landscape.

From October 2013, a park entrance fee of $10 will be introduced to the 270,000-hectare park in the state’s southern Mallee.

The fee will apply to all park visitors (including day visitors and campers) and be in addition to existing camping fees.

The camping fee is currently set at $10 for 2014-15.

Natural Resources South Australia Murray -Darling Basin (NR SAMDB) District Ranger for the Mallee, Paul Gillen, said the park offered visitors a range of experiences, including an extensive network of 4-WD tracks and featuring the iconic Border Track.

Entrance fees contribute to the maintenance of the park.

“We are constantly working to maintain and improve park visitor facilities and services such as interpretive displays, toilets, tracks, trails and camping areas,” Mr Gillen said.

“Park fees also assist more broadly with programs and projects that are not as obvious such as those that are of benefit to the boarder community.”

Activities at the park supported by the fees include:

  • Supporting volunteers who work in the parks; Annual 4WD Association Border Track working bee
  • Feral animal control programs (Ngarkat wild dog baiting program)
  • Fire management actions (such as the annual rolling program for fire breaks and the prescribed burning to help limit large scale fires)
  • Programs to help protect threatened and endangered species such as Mallee fowl and the Mallee emu wren
  • Infrastructure maintenance

Regular visitors to Ngarkat are encouraged to purchase a Parks Pass (12 Months): Single Parks pass (entrance only) $60*

Single Parks pass with camping $120*

In addition, multi passes are available for those who enjoy the outdoors and spend time in many of the great parks within SA:

Multi Parks Pass (entrance only) $90* Multi Parks Pass with camping. $180*

* please check the National Parks website for cuurent Park Passes and fees as they may have changed since this was written.

The passes are available online at www.parks.sa.gov.au or through a parks pass outlet. For more information about Ngarkat Conservation Park please call the Natural Resources Centre Murray Bridge, on phone 8532 9100.