$2 million nature-based tourism boost

The $2 million Experience Nature Tourism Fund will spur investment in nature-based tourism experiences and make South Australia more competitive in luring domestic and international tourists.

Grants from $10,000 to $50,000 will be available for new and improved nature-based tourism products and experiences in or near a national park, reserve, wilderness protection area or marine park.

The Experience Nature Tourism Fund aims to showcase South Australia’s natural landscapes while also encouraging visitors to enjoy and learn more about these important natural and cultural assets to the state.

Applications open at 9am on 5 September 2022 and close at 5pm on 21 October 2022.

Belair National Park, Adelaide Hills

Funding streams

Grants are available via two funding streams:

Stream 1 – Quick Activation Projects, grants from $10,000 to $20,000

Provided for projects that are ready to be activated. These grants could include one-off purchases.

Stream 2 – Innovative Development Projects, grants from $20,001 to $50,000

Provided for bigger projects which may have a longer duration and multiple elements.


Who can apply?

Applications to the Fund are limited to private businesses, not-for-profit organisations and community associations, including:

    Sole traders
    Companies and trusts
    Not-for-profit organisations
    Community and progress associations

What types of projects are eligible?

Examples could include the purchase of equipment for experiences such as snorkelling, kayaking, cultural tours, wildlife viewing, and other ‘pop up’ activities in national parks such as camping. On land adjacent to parks, it could also include new or refurbished off-grid accommodation such as tiny homes, cabins and glamping tents, and infrastructure such as toilets and solar power generation.

Want to know more?

Kangaroo Island Odysseys, Kangaroo Island

Experience Nature Tourism Fund – Program Guidelines

Refer to the program guidelines for further information including eligibility criteria, how to apply, funding limits and project timeframes, as well as the assessment process. 

Experience Nature Tourism Fund – Frequently Asked Questions

We've collated some Frequently Asked Questions about the Fund to assist industry in making an application.

Obtaining in-principle support

Any company, organisation or individual proposing to conduct commercial activities within the parks system requires a licence; and not all activities are permitted in all parks.

Applicants should check the list of activities permitted/not permitted in parks, as well as the relevant park management plan/s to confirm their proposed activity is permitted in the proposed park.

If the project is to operate within a national park, applicants must have in-principle support from the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) prior to commencing an application.

To submit your application to DEW for in-principle support, complete the online form.

To see what information is required in this form, download the template form available at the link below. 

Download template form

Making an application

Applications open at 9.00am Monday 5 September 2022 and will close at 5.00pm Friday 21 October 2022.

Applications will only be received via the online form, which will be available here soon.

Applicants are encouraged to seek their letters of in-principle support from DEW (if required) prior to the Fund opening for applications.

For more information, refer to the Frequently Asked Questions. 

Join our webinar to learn more about the Experience Nature Tourism Fund – it will be held in August, details coming soon.

Contact us

For enquiries about the Fund, contact the South Australian Tourism Commission at: 

[email protected]

For enquiries about a particular park or reserve or the licence requirements associated with operating in a national park, contact the Department for Environment and Water (DEW) at:

[email protected]