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.

Tourism village on the Yorke Peninsula

Innes National Park

Capitalise on South Australia’s love of the Yorke Peninsula with a large offering of existing tourism facilities.


  • Provide visitor accommodation or other visitor experiences utilising the park’s entrance and historic precinct. This precinct comprises a visitor centre, the Stenhouse Bay Hall, the Stenhouse Bay Campground and the seven existing houses within the Inneston historic village.
  • Modify existing buildings and develop new accommodation facilities within the park’s entrance and historic precinct (subject to approvals).
  • Restore and repurpose ruins within the entrance and historic precinct to suit your business model.

Site objectives

  • Protect and conserve the natural and heritage features of the park.
  • Enhance the enjoyment and appreciation of the park.
  • Create jobs and opportunities for businesses.

Site description

Regional attractions

Innes National Park is located on the south-western tip of the Yorke Peninsula, approximately 300 km from Adelaide. The Yorke Peninsula is a tourism region that continues to grow. Visitation to the region has been consistently above 400,000 people per year since 2001 and visitor expenditure is now over $190 million per annum.

Innes National Park is one of the highest profile attractions on the Yorke Peninsula. The park incorporates the largest area of native vegetation remaining on the Yorke Peninsula and supports abundant wildlife including kangaroos, emus and the reintroduced tammar wallaby.

Over 100,000 people come to the park each year to experience the outstanding coastal scenery, beaches, camping, staying in Inneston historic village, fishing, boating, walking, enjoying nature and surfing.

The Narungga people have lived on Yorke Peninsula for many thousands of years and continue to maintain strong cultural links to the region. The South Australian Government is currently working with the Narungga people on the development of a treaty.

Local highlights

The Innes National Park Visitor Centre is located at the entrance to the park, a short drive from Marion Bay. The building was opened in 2000 and includes a visitor reception area and outdoor entertaining space with commanding views over Rhino’s Head - a large rocky headland. The visitor centre is currently used to provide visitor information. It houses a number of interpretive displays and provides office accommodation to Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) staff. The building has a large car park and includes public amenities which are located adjacent to the main entrance. Staff amenities are available within the main building.

Seven cottages from the original Inneston historic village have been restored to provide an insight into the area’s past. DEWNR currently manages these cottages as self-contained tourist accommodation. Each cottage sleeps between two and 10 persons. The restored cottages are heritage-listed. There are several additional heritage-listed cottages that could be restored or repurposed, depending on the vision of a new enterprise.

Stenhouse Bay Hall is located near the visitor centre and park entrance. It is within walking distance of Stenhouse Bay Jetty. The hall is managed as accommodation for larger groups. It sleeps 28 persons in five bedrooms (two large and three small). Features include a large hall area with adjoining kitchen, separate male and female toilet and shower facilities, an outdoor rotunda and barbeque area. The hall is heritage-listed but could be adapted to suit the goals of a new business enterprise.

Stenhouse Bay Campground is located just inside the entrance to the park and provides a great base for access to the jetty and visitor centre. The campground has 25, predominantly unformed, sites. This area could be expanded to accommodate larger vehicles such as dual axle caravans, motorhomes or group camping. Toilets within the visitor centre are only a short walk away.

There are several residences for park staff within the precinct. One of these, house number four, is included in this expression of interest. This house would be ideally suited as a manager’s residence.

Facilities in each of the buildings within the precinct are summarised in the table below.

Future potential

There are a range of opportunities available within the Innes National Park to further develop the park’s entrance and historic precinct. These include developing the existing accommodation offerings and restoring the historic ruins to support business growth.

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.

The South Australian government is currently working with the Narungga people towards the development of a treaty. It is possible that this may have implications for this opportunity.

Innes National Park is currently open at all times.