Nature-based Tourism:
New Business Opportunities


Eighteen nature-based tourism new business opportunities were released by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources in October 2017. Expressions of Interest for these opportunities closed on 31 January 2018

Hospitality services in busy Adelaide parks

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges parks

Combine nature with Adelaide’s sophisticated culinary culture.


  • Provide permanent or mobile hospitality services in one or more of the following parks:
    • Cobbler Creek Recreation Park
    • Shepherds Hill Recreation Park
    • Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park
    • Anstey Hill Recreation Park.
  • Establish interactive culinary activities.
  • Deliver catered arts and cultural events.

Site objectives

  • Complement the nature-based experiences of visitors.
  • Create jobs and business opportunities for local businesses.
  • Avoid any impact on the natural, cultural and aesthetic values of the parks.

Site description

Regional attractions

There are a number of parks across the Adelaide metropolitan region that are calling out for new businesses to establish brand-new culinary experiences.

The parks outlined below are within 10 to 30 km of the Adelaide CBD and are easy destinations for families looking for a fun day out. The parks attract over 300,000 visits per year collectively, and this number is set to increase as news spreads about the multi-use trails and facilities that have received major investment from the South Australian government over the past two years.

Local highlights

We welcome expressions of interest for one or more of the metropolitan parks listed below.

Cobbler Creek Recreation Park offers a wide range of leisure activities, including bushwalking, cycling, mountain biking, and exploring the Kites and Kestrels Playspace with children. The park is already a popular spot with young families as the playspace is located adjacent to the BBQ area, picnic shelters, and public toilets.

The park is an important conservation site for naturelovers as it contains the largest remaining area of the endangered mallee box grassy woodland on the Adelaide plains. The area also contains iron-grass species and a variety of native perennial grasses that keep the area looking lovely throughout every season.

Shepherds Hill Recreation Park offers 360 degree views of the surrounding Adelaide plains, coastline and hills. There are a range of cycling and mountain biking options for the adventurous, and walking trails for those wishing to take in the abundant native wildlife. The park services a local horse riding club and archery club, both of which attract a steady number of visitors.

Onkaparinga River National Park and Recreation Park offer a wide range of attractions and experiences for visitors. The national park protects some of the finest remaining pockets of remnant vegetation in the Southern Adelaide region and is teeming with native wildlife, such as birds, koalas, kangaroos and possums. The recreation park is an important conservation area for fish breeding habitats and hundreds of native plant and animal species.

Activities currently enabled in the parks include fishing in the river, wandering along the wetland boardwalks, cycling along the shared use trails, walking the dog (on a lead), kayaking down the calm waters of the river or just taking in the pristine natural beauty.

Rock climbing and abseiling opportunities are currently available at the Onkaparinga River National Park Rock Climbing Zone for those who have the appropriate training, experience and equipment. Commercial operators must be licenced in order to use the facilities.

There are several formal picnic areas scattered throughout the parks with public toilets, free barbecues, shelters and playgrounds for the children to enjoy. There are also many informal spots for visitors to enjoy a picnic in the tranquil surroundings.

Anstey Hill Recreation Park provides a spectacular backdrop of creeks, ridgetops and views of Adelaide CBD for all to experience and enjoy. Anstey Hill can be explored by bike and on foot using the 25 km network of shared use trails.

Park facilities include the recently upgraded public toilets and grassed areas for picnics with trees for shade and shelters with seating.

Future potential

The parks outlined above are in prime locations for new businesses to establish permanent or mobile hospitality services.

These parks are open to the public at all times.


Register your interest in a site inspection before 5pm, 1 December 2017

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