Nature-based Tourism:
New Business Opportunities

Stage Two: Request for Proposal

Eighteen nature-based tourism new business opportunities were released by the Department for Environment and Water in October 2017. Expressions of Interest for these opportunities closed on 31 January 2018 and the process has moved to Stage two.

If you are interested in keeping informed about future opportunities, please register your interest.

Accessible accommodation hub on the Eyre Peninsula

Lincoln National Park

Expand established accommodation facilities to create a scenic and secluded accommodation precinct close to Port Lincoln.


  • Provide accommodation at Donington Cottage.
  • Operate the existing September Beach Campground.
  • Expand the range of accommodation options on the Donington Peninsula through the modification of Donington Cottage or the establishment of additional small scale accommodation, such as cabins.

Site objectives

  • Protect and conserve the natural, cultural and scenic values of the park.
  • Enhance the use, enjoyment and appreciation of the park.
  • Provide jobs and opportunities for local businesses.

Site description

Regional attractions

Lincoln National Park is one of the Eyre Peninsula’s premier attractions.

The Eyre Peninsula comprises stunning landscapes and offers a host of one-of-a-kind experiences. Its 2,300 km of coastline provides some of the best seafood and unique aquatic experiences in the world. Further inland, you’ll find a land of ancient geological formations, expansive salt lakes, and an abundance of native wildlife.

The Eyre Peninsula is serviced by three airports offering daily flights to and from Adelaide in Port Lincoln, Ceduna and Whyalla. Driving from Adelaide to Port Lincoln takes about seven hours.

The Eyre Peninsula is one of the fastest growing tourism regions in South Australia. Tourism from the region contributes $300 million to the regional economy (approximately 7.2% of GDP) and directly employs 1,530 people (5.3% of regional employment).

Local highlights

The entrance to Lincoln National Park is just 12 km from Port Lincoln. The park boasts some of the most scenic coastline in South Australia and attracts approximately 70,000 visitors each year.

Major attractions include a vast sand dune system, rugged offshore islands and secluded white sandy beaches. There are outdoor activities galore, including bushwalking, birdwatching, photography, fishing, swimming, four-wheel-driving, and bush camping.

Donington Cottage is situated in a beautiful coastal setting overlooking Spalding Cove. The cottage currently provides visitor accommodation and is operated by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources. It has car parking, two bedrooms, a living room, kitchen and bathroom. It is connected to mains power and rainwater, and has a gas heater. There is an opportunity for a business to operate the cottage using the existing facilities or by adapting it to suit their preferred business model.

September Beach Campground is located nearby in a sheltered coastal setting. It is a popular campground with basic amenities for campers, including a toilet and 13 unpowered camp sites. Opportunities exist for Donington Beach which also has one unpowered site.

Future potential

The Donington Peninsula accommodation precinct offers a range of enticing new business opportunities for an astute investor. These include providing accommodation at Donington Cottage, capitalising on the existing September Beach Campground, and establishing small-scale accommodation options, such as cabins or glamping style eco-tents on new sites across the peninsula.

Future tourism development within Lincoln National Park will need to comply with the provisions outlined in the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1972 and the Lower Eyre Peninsula Development Plan.

As the park falls within a coastal conservation zone, any future developments must be compatible with the park’s coastal environment. Conserving the park’s coastal features and scenic qualities, providing appropriate public access, and ensuring that future developments are not subject to coastal hazards are priorities for this site.

The coastal conservation zone allows for the development of accommodation that it is:
• A minimum of 100 m from the mean high water mark.
• Not located on a coastal wetland, beach or dune.

Lincoln National Park and September Beach Campground are open to the public at all times. An inspection of Donington Cottage can be arranged for interested businesses.