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.

World Heritage package

Naracoorte Caves National Park

Operate and expand an existing café and cave tour products within a World Heritage Area.


  • Operate the Caves Café.
  • Make approved modifications to the Caves Café.
  • Undertake adventure caving in approved caves.

Site objectives

  • Protect and conserve the park, flora, fauna and its World Heritage Listed caves.
  • Enable the continued use, appreciation and enjoyment of the site.
  • Enhance the appeal of the park as a nature-based tourism attraction.
  • Create employment and opportunities for businesses in the Naracoorte region.

Site description

Regional attractions

Naracoorte Caves National Park is South Australia’s only World Heritage Site and is one of the prime attractions on the Limestone Coast – a tourism region with beautiful beaches, stunning coastline, cellar doors, restaurants and cafés. The region contributes $292 million annually to the South Australian economy and receives 550,000 visits each year.

Local highlights

Naracoorte Caves National Park protects a cave system containing over 100 known fossil deposits, preserving the bones of amazing megafauna that became extinct roughly 60,000 years ago. Approximately 53,000 people visit the park each year.

The Caves Café is currently operated by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR). It is prominently situated adjacent to the main car park and the Wonambi Fossil Centre. It contains a fully equipped café with kitchen facilities, a 77 m2 indoor dining area and a 66 m2 outdoor dining area. The building has furniture, catering equipment, air-conditioning, ceiling fans, mains power and gas.

Adventure caving is a popular activity which is currently offered by DEWNR. Protocols and tour routes have been established, providing for a safe and challenging experience.

Future potential

This site presents a range of opportunities within South Australia’s only World Heritage Site. Operating the Caves Café, making approved modifications to the facility, and undertaking adventure caving within approved caves are all within scope. While caving routes are restricted, there may also be scope for an operator to incorporate additional experiences such as abseiling.

Naracoorte Caves National Park and the Caves Café are open between 9.00 am and 5.00 pm.