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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Iconic Victorian residence

Belair National Park

Opportunity to develop a unique accommodation, hospitality or event based enterprise at Old Government House in Adelaide’s most-loved national park.


  • Establish an accommodation or dining enterprise within Old Government House, the outbuildings and gardens.
  • Host events within Old Government House, the outbuildings and gardens.
  • Conduct tours of Old Government House, the outbuildings and gardens.

Site objectives

  • Protect and conserve the heritage features of the site and surrounding landscape.
  • Enable the continued use, enjoyment and appreciation of the site.

Site description

Regional attractions

Old Government House is one of a series of attractions in the Adelaide Hills.

The Adelaide Hills provide much more than a geographic backdrop for the city; they provide much of its food and they are a major wine-growing district with some 50 cellar doors. The region boasts a great range of wineries, craft breweries and cider houses – with something to tempt everyone. Sampling the fresh local produce or enjoying a meal from one of the providores, restaurants or cafés makes for a delightful day trip or luxurious long weekend. There is a string of quaint towns and villages that offer charming streets for exploring by foot and taking in the changing seasonal colours.

Local highlights

Old Government House is an iconic Victorian era building, which was the summer residence of South Australia’s early governors. It is set among heritage gardens and adjacent to the Governor's servants' quarters. Its development in 1860 reflects the British colonial practice of establishing hill stations for expatriate Britons to escape the summer heat.

The 13 room stone building features a dining room, sitting room, bedroom, dressing room, bathroom, plunge pool and study. The servants' quarters are located northeast of the residence and features a hall, lounge, two bedrooms and a kitchen.

The Friends of Old Government House, in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR), currently care for the site and facilitate tours, weddings and events.

Future potential

This iconic Victorian residence in Belair National Park is ideally located for a tourism venture. We welcome proposals that seek to establish heritage accommodation or dining experiences utilising Old Government House, its outbuildings and gardens. Proposals that look to host events or conduct tours are also within scope. We encourage interested businesses to consider maintaining a partnership-based approach with the Friends of Old Government House.

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

Belair National Park business hours are between 8.00 am and 7.00 pm. Old Government House is open to the public on a restricted basis.