AN increase in vandalism and antisocial behaviour at the Carrington Falls camping area has prompted the 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 $10 for two adults plus $5 for each additional adult and $3 for each child.
Sites are now booked through the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre on 4887 7270.
NPWS area manager Graham Bush said the last two years had seen a disappointing increase in problems in the area.
“Most visitors do the right thing but unfortunately there has been a steady increase in vandalism and complaints of offensive behaviour at this small but popular bush camping area,” Mr Bush said.
“The Carrington Falls camping area has been closed for repair after the latest round of vandalism and when it reopens, visitors will find new arrangements in place.”
He said NPWS has previously tried to address the problems through increased patrols, formalised camp sites, new fencing and signage to explain the reasons for change, but it hadn’t stopped the problems.