Port Lincoln national parks' open for business ideas

THE Lincoln National Park and the Neptune Islands Conservation Park could soon be home to new tourism attractions and accommodation.

The state government is calling for ideas for nature-based tourism in the parks, as part of a statewide strategy to boost interstate and overseas visitors. 

The three suggested business opportunities for Eyre Peninsula include establishing eco-accommodation, operating Donnington Cottage or the September Beach campground in the Lincoln National Park or operating a remote island adventure at the Neptune Islands Conservation Park.

Tourism minister Leon Bignell said he would encourage anyone with an innovative idea to take advantage of the initiative.

“We know seven out of 10 South Australians visited a national park in the past 12 months,” he said. 

“This strategy aims to also draw our interstate and overseas visitors to our natural sites through tourism ventures which currently do not exist.”

Suggestions for a total of 18 sites in national parks, gardens and heritage sites around the state were announced last week but new ideas and proposals for the parks – provided they are compatible with the National Parks and Wildlife Act and the Heritage Places Act – can also be submitted.

The Department of Environment Water and Natural Resources and the South Australian Tourism Commission developed the plan which will expand on already successful nature-based tourism attractions like shark cage diving. 

Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation Ian Hunter said he expected the projects to make the state’s “beautiful parks and heritage sites even more attractive places to visit”.

The expressions of interest and proposal period will close on January 31 at 5pm and selected proponents will then be asked to provide more detailed proposals of their ideas.

For more information visit the Parks SA website at www.parks.sa.gov.au/newbusiness