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.

New garden enterprise

Wittunga Botanic Garden

Launch a brand-new experience in a garden oasis just 15 km from Adelaide’s CBD.


  • Develop and operate a food and beverage enterprise within the Wittunga Botanic Garden.
  • Conduct activities and guided tours in select areas.
  • Facilitate private events, such as weddings.
  • Explore commercial options for Wittunga House.

Site objectives

  • Provide unique cultural, dining or entertainment experiences for visitors
  • Promote the relationship between South Australia’s clean green produce and nature.
  • Create jobs and business opportunities for local businesses.
  • Enhance the natural, cultural and aesthetic values of the garden and increase visitor use and enjoyment.

Site description

Regional attractions

Wittunga Botanic Garden is a hidden oasis in suburban Adelaide, just 15 km from the CBD.

The garden is conveniently located close to the Blackwood business district, with a great range of cafés and shops just a short walk away.

Local highlights

The garden showcases an extensive collection of water-wise plants from Australia and South Africa, as well as an extensive collection of plants from Kangaroo Island and the Fleurieu Peninsula.

The billabong is the perfect place for families to visit with a large lawn area, plenty of shade and opportunities for children to play in nature.

Animal lovers will be drawn to the Butterfly Garden and Bird Garden. The huge variety of indigenous plant species attracts a large number of native bird and animal life and makes the gardens an enticing place to visit.

Future potential

Wittunga Botanic Garden offers a range of new business opportunities. These could include operating a food and beverage enterprise within the garden setting, conducting activities and tours within specific areas, facilitating private events and exploring commercial options for Wittunga House.

Wittunga House is a State Heritage Place. 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.

The Mount Lofty and Wittunga Botanic Gardens are managed by the Board of the Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium, together with the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR).

Should you be offered the opportunity to progress your idea, the expectations of the Board and DEWNR for the establishment of a commercial enterprise within the gardens will be detailed in stage two.