An increase in vandalism and antisocial behaviour at the Carrington Falls camping area, west of Jamberoo, has forced the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service to introduce formal bookings and camping fees.
The service has taken the steps to ensure the camping area in the Budderoo National Park is an enjoyable family destination.
Fees will be $10for two adults plus $5for each additional adult and $3for each child.
Sites are now booked through the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre on 4887 7270.
NPWS area manager Graham Bush said the past two years had seen a disappointing increase in problems in the area.
‘‘We have previously tried to address the problems through increased patrols, formalised camp sites, new fencing, and installing signage to explain the reasons for change, but it hasn’t stopped the problems,’’ Mr Bush said.
‘‘We do thank those visitors who have enjoyed Carrington Falls responsibly over the years and regret that these changes have become necessary.”
The NPWS community-based advisory committee for the region is supportive of the changes.
The chair of the committee, Dr Kevin Mills, said measures were necessary to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors.