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.

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Homestead on the Coorong

Coorong National Park

Opportunity to complete renovations to Cantara Homestead and to establish it as accommodation and camping node.


  • Put the finishing touches on Cantara Homestead in order to operate the homestead, amenities building and surrounds as an accommodation node.
  • Develop additional accommodation adjacent to the homestead (subject to development approvals).
  • Operate a camping enterprise on land adjacent to the homestead.

Site objectives

  • Protect and conserve the heritage features of the site and surrounding landscape.
  • Enable the continued use, appreciation and enjoyment of the site.
  • Establish the site as a nature-based tourism attraction.

Site description

Regional highlights

Coorong National Park is located along the Limestone Coast - a tourism region with beautiful beaches, stunning coastline, cellar doors, restaurants and cafés. The region contributes $292 million annually to the South Australian economy and receives 550,000 visits each year.

Local highlights

Coorong National Park is one of South Australia’s most iconic national parks. The 130 km long wetland stretches from South Australia’s south-east coast near Kingston to the Murray Mouth. The beaches, camping areas and wetlands attract many visitors and travellers between Adelaide and Melbourne.

Cantara Homestead was built in 1866. The historic homestead sits at the base of sand dunes, protecting it from the wild Southern Ocean a short walk away. To reach the homestead, visitors traverse a causeway between two ephemeral lakes that are part of the Coorong system.

The 289 m2 limestone homestead comprises 15 rooms. The five largest rooms have soaring ceilings and contain original features such as ceiling roses and fireplaces. The building has a gas hot water service, a septic tank and portable gas cylinders. There is a wood combustion heater in the main lounge room. There is a bulk LPG gas tank, several rainwater tanks and numerous sheds on the property. Power is supplied by a reliable solar system, with a backup diesel generator.

Future potential

While not currently open to the public, the building could be adapted for accommodation with some further improvements. There is a cleared area of approximately one hectare adjacent to the homestead that has potential to be used for camping or cabin development. There is also an amenities building adjacent to the homestead which could support camping at the site. The amenities block features toilets, showers and a laundry, and has access for people with limited mobility.

The heritage features of the site are protected under the Heritage Places Act 1993 (SA). Any proposals to alter the site should be compatible with the site's heritage values and will be subject to assessment and approvals.

This site is part of the Ngarrindjeri native title claim and the South Australian Government is currently working with the Ngarrindjeri people towards the development of a treaty. It is possible that this may have implications for this opportunity.

Coorong National Park is open to the public. Cantara Homestead is not currently open to the public.