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.

Mountain bike hubs

Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges parks

Service the growing community of cyclists and mountain bikers who are making the most of trails offered across Adelaide’s metropolitan parks.


  • Provide mountain bike and equipment sales, hire, and repair 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.
  • Operate training activities or guided tours.
  • Provide information about the trails.

Site objectives

  • Help establish the Mount Lofty Ranges as a nationally recognised cycling destination by enhancing cycling experiences for visitors.
  • Promote the relationship between health, physical activity and nature.
  • 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 outdoor leisure activities and service the growing community of cyclists and mountain bikers in the region.

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 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 includes a wide range of designated trails and connector tracks and cyclists are welcome to create their own routes by using a combination of both. There are easy, intermediate, advanced or extremely advanced trail options – catering for everyone in the family. There is a total of 15 trails on offer.

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.

There are seven different mountain biking trails on offer. Two are graded easy and are appropriate for children and beginner cyclists. Seven trails are graded intermediate and cater for cyclists with a range of abilities. The park also offers a challenging bicycle jumps track.

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.

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.

Mountain bike options in the parks are graded easy and are suitable for a wide range of participants. Trail surfaces are even and obstacle free – granting lovely views of the river for the whole family. For example, the Wetlands Loop Trail is accessible for families with strollers and small children, and follows the eastern bank of the river for 4.5 km.

Anstey Hill Recreation Park provides a spectacular backdrop of creeks, ridgetops and views of Adelaide CBD for all to experience and enjoy.

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

Anstey Hill can be explored by bike and on foot using the 25 km network of shared use trails. There are eight different designated trails across the easy, intermediate and advanced grades. Track lengths range from the 650 m Little Quarry Loop for people of all abilities, to the popular 6.2 km Yellow-tail Loop.

Future potential

The parks outlined above are in prime locations for new businesses to establish mountain bike shops, supporting services, operate training activities or guided tours and information centres for budding cyclists.

These parks are open to the public at all times.