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.

Kangaroo Island lighthouse

Flinders Chase National Park

Develop the original Cape Borda lighthouse precinct to offer a range of accommodation options and tourism activities.


  • Develop a unique accommodation experience based on the existing, heritage-listed lighthouse keepers’ cottages.
  • Make approved modifications to the existing heritage buildings.
  • Develop new accommodation within the precinct, in keeping with the heritage features of the site.
  • Conduct tours of the lighthouse precinct and the park, focusing on the site’s wildlife and history.

Site objectives

  • Protect and conserve the heritage features of the site and surrounding landscape.
  • Enable the continued use, enjoyment and appreciation of the park.
  • Conserve the natural and cultural values of the park.

Site description

Regional attractions

Kangaroo Island is one of South Australia’s premier nature-based tourism destinations. It is situated 15 km from the mainland and is accessible by ferry or air, with 30 minute flights between Adelaide and Kingscote, and a 45 minute ferry from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw. To December 2016 the tourism industry contributed $134 million to the Kangaroo Island regional economy and directly provided employment for 500 people.

The island is brimming with native animals and plant species. More than one third of the island is protected by national parks.

Seal Bay Conservation Park on Kangaroo Island’s south coast is the only place in the world where you can walk among Australian sea lions. Remarkable Rocks on the western side of Kangaroo Island in Flinders Chase National Park is another major attraction. Kangaroo Island is a gourmet destination for food-lovers and is particularly well-known for its cheese, wines and fresh seafood.

Local highlights

Cape Borda Lighthouse is perched on cliffs overlooking Investigator Strait within the Flinders Chase National Park on the north western corner of Kangaroo Island. This unique square lighthouse was built in 1858 and is steeped in maritime history.

Activities currently on offer include tours of the lighthouse, walking trails around the park, including the Cliff Top Hike, exploring the picturesque rock garden, enjoying a selfguided nature drive along Shackle Road between Cape Borda Lighthouse and Flinders Chase Visitor Centre and taking advantage of the high aspect to watch for whales and dolphins. The cannon is fired daily on the 12.30 pm tour.

In addition to a range of accommodation options further outlined below, there are a number of visitor facilities. The reception building has a shop, museum, a reading room and several other small rooms. Other buildings on site include a separate office and weather station, large store and generator room, a workshop and garages. The large diesel generator has the capacity to power the site in the event of a power failure.

Flinders Light Lodge is a fully restored lighthouse keeper's residence. It comfortably sleeps up to seven guests in three bedrooms with one queen size bed, four single beds and a trundle bed. There are also comfortable living and dining rooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a bathroom and laundry and a verandah with views of Cape Borda Lighthouse. Heating is provided by a gas heater and there is a ceiling fan for the warmer months.

Baudin Lodge is currently being utilised by Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) staff for accommodation. It consists of four bedrooms, a living area, a dining room, kitchen, sunroom, recently renovated bathroom and laundry. Heating is provided by a wood combustion heater.

Hartley Hut is a prefabricated cabin designed as a relief lighthouse keeper's cottage. It is a one bedroom cottage with combined lounge and kitchen, a bathroom and sleeps up to three guests. Heating is provided by a gas heater.

Woodward Hut is a quaint bunkhouse equipped with two single beds, a small stove, bar fridge, microwave, toaster and kettle. There is a water tank on the outside of the building.

Future potential

Situated within Flinders Chase National Park on Kangaroo Island, Cape Borda Lighthouse is perfectly located to offer visitors a unique range of accommodation offerings.

We welcome expressions of interest that seek to provide accommodation within the heritage-listed lighthouse keepers’ cottages, make modifications to the existing heritage buildings (subject to approvals), develop new accommodation within the precinct or establish tours of the lighthouse and park, focusing on the site’s wildlife and maritime history.

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

Flinders Chase National Park is open seven days a week from sunrise to sunset, except for Christmas Day.

The Cape Borda Visitor Centre is open Friday to Tuesday and open daily during the spring, summer and autumn school holidays.

Lighthouse tours are currently conducted Friday to Tuesday at 11 am, 12.30 pm and 2 pm and daily during the school holidays at 11 am, 12.30 pm, 2 pm, 3.15 pm and 4 pm.