$2 million nature-based tourism boost

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

Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000 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 are now closed for 2022 round.

Stay tuned for future round announcements.

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.

Making an application

Applications are now closed for 2022 round.

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in December 2022.

The Experience Nature Tourism Fund will have four rounds over four years, with the next round announced in 2023.

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Grant agreement

The Grant Agreement outlines the conditions of the provision of the funding.

Applicants will be required to agree to grant Terms & Conditions at the time of application stipulating obligations and conditions under which grant funding will be given to eligible applicants. The South Australian Tourism Commission will not be legally obliged to pay any grant monies to an applicant without an approval letter issued by the SATC.

Download grant agreement

Want to know more?

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]