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.

Eco-lodge on the Eyre Peninsula

Lincoln National Park

Meeting demand for standout accommodation in a high profile tourism region.


  • Partner with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) to identify a suitable site for an eco-lodge in Lincoln National Park.
  • Develop an eco-lodge in Lincoln National Park.

Site objectives

  • Establish an international profile for the Eyre Peninsula and Lincoln National Park as a nature-based tourism destination.
  • Provide jobs and opportunities for businesses.
  • Promote South Australia as a leader in the implementation of eco-sensitive site selection, water sensitive design, greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy.
  • Protect and conserve the natural, cultural and scenic values of the park.
  • Enhance the use, enjoyment and appreciation of the park.

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.

The park overlooks Boston Bay, the largest natural harbour in Australia. This region is renowned for its granite headlands, sheltered bays and scenic offshore islands. On the southern side of the park are the vast, wind-sculpted sand dunes of the Sleaford-Wanna dune system and the pounding surf of the Southern Ocean.

Future potential

This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for an entrepreneurial investor to put their mark on South Australia through the development of an eco-lodge within the park. Expressions of interest are invited for businesses that are genuinely interested in exploring the possibilities in partnership with DEWNR.

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:
• Located on one allotment that is greater than 5 ha in area.
• Comprises a minimum of 11 and a maximum of 50 tourist accommodation units.
• A minimum of 100 m from the mean high water mark.
• Not located on a coastal wetland, beach or dune.

Lincoln National Park is open to the public at all times.

A tour of the park focusing on sites that could be suitable for development can be arranged for interested businesses.