The South Australian Government recognises the huge impact that COVID-19 has had on the tourism sector across regional South Australia.

The Tourism Industry Development Fund is designed to support and stimulate private sector investment in new and improved regional accommodation, and the development of quality tourism product and experiences. It aims to assist in the COVID recovery of regional tourism by encouraging regional operators to improve and diversify so they can attract more visitors and get a higher return on their offering.

Through the South Australian Tourism Commission, the State Government is committing $20 million to the Tourism Industry Development Fund over two years to support regional tourism in South Australia.

One of the key priorities highlighted across all regions in the South Australian Visitor Economy Sector Plan 2030, and the aligned South Australian Regional Visitor Strategy, identified that regional development such as new and refurbished accommodation, and improved tourism products and experiences are key strategic pillars to grow regional tourism. 

The Tourism Industry Development Fund aims to:   

  • Improve tourism infrastructure and experiences that appeal to target markets
  • Grow economic benefit via increased visitor expenditure
  • Create new jobs and develop skills
  • Encourage further development by the private sector in infrastructure and visitor facilities
  • Encourage businesses to working collaboratively
  • Implement sustainable business practices.

The impacts of drought, the 'black summer' bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, have highlighted the urgency for tourism businesses to improve and diversify their offering to remain sustainable and increase visitor demand for their product offering.

Applicants can seek grants from $20,000 to $500,000 (excluding GST) with a maximum of 30 per cent State Government grant of the total project value.

There are two streams in the Tourism Industry Development Fund, outlined below:

  • To develop or enhance tourism infrastructure, facilitate new private sector investment in building new accommodation or refurbishing existing properties within regional South Australia.
  • To support private projects that require infrastructure build or upgrades to better provide a regional tourism experience such as new attractions.
  • To develop new products and/or enhance existing products and visitor experiences within regional South Australia.
  • To support regional products and experiences that align with SATC’s marketing focus such as food and wine, nature and wildlife, cultural, coastal and outback, and soft adventure.


For eligibility and assessment criteria, see the TIDF guidelines to assist in your application. We strongly recommend you also view the FAQ's below. 

Applications close 5.00pm 31 March 2022 or until all funds have been allocated.

Projects will be assessed on an ongoing basis.


All applications must be submitted via the online application form. The South Australian Tourism Commission recommends the use of a modern internet browser such as: Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome or Safari to process your TIDF application.

For any enquiries, please email


An example application form, including response size and attachments, is provided to assist in your application to the Tourism Industry Development Fund. 

For further information, please refer to the TIDF program guidelines, frequently asked questions (in drop-down below) or speak to one of the SATC business support managers via

For information on applicable regions for the Tourism Industry Development Fund, please see the South Australian tourism regions map

For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) about the Tourism Industry Development Fund, see here.

A total of 31 regional tourism development projects have been granted funding under the Tourism Industry Development Fund (as at 28 February 2021).

The 31 projects are spread across South Australia's tourism regions and have a combined project value of more than $20 million and grant amount of $5 million.

Grant recipients include:




Total project worth

Adelaide Hills

Beerenberg – new visitor centre and experiences including interactive learning, cooking classes, a new café and retail area.




Adelaide Hills

Longview Vineyard – development of six new accommodation suites.




Adelaide Hills

Sidewood Restaurant and Cellar Door – expand current kitchen and bar areas, develop a dedicated masterclass room, tasting space, coffee shop and provedore.




Adelaide Hills 

Ambleside Distillers – expansion of existing distillery door and tasting bar to increase total capacity to 150 people.





Novotel Barossa Valley Resort – refurbishment of 45 studio rooms.





Poonawatta Cellar Door – development of a new cellar door.





Browns Barossa Donuts – open facility to make gourmet brioche donuts on site and create space for visitors to experience product and manufacturing process.




Eyre Peninsula

Venus Bay Beachfront Tourist Park – two new 2-bedroom accessible cabins.




Eyre Peninsula

The Greenly Carriage – development of a re-imagined train carriage turned boutique, sustainable holiday accommodation.




Eyre Peninsula

Fowlers Bay Caravan Park - construction of two new two-bedroom eco-friendly cabins



Eyre Peninsula

Australian Wildlife Adventures - purchase of new tour vehicle for new luxury tours, allowing operator to focus on domestic market



Eyre Peninsula

Marina Hotel and Apartments - refurbishment of 11 apartments, redevelopment of the reception area, new entrance canopy and bathroom facilities



Fleurieu Peninsula

Oliver’s Taranga Vineyards – cellar door and wine education hub.




Fleurieu Peninsula

The Vineyard Retreat, McLaren Vale – renovation of existing guesthouse to luxury accommodation catering to those with accessibility requirements.




Fleurieu Peninsula

Victor Harbor Holiday and Cabin Park - installation of two new 2-bedroom cabins, one block of four ensuites and a new waterpark



Flinders Ranges & Outback

The Prairie Hotel – redevelopment including new microbrewery, modernisation of guest bathrooms, and preparation of original underground cellar for tastings.




Flinders Ranges & Outback

Bentley’s Cabin Park Port Augusta – development of 15 new cabins including three with disability access.




Kangaroo Island

Cactus Kangaroo Island – relocation and refurbishment of café and new cooking school experience.




Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel – renovation and refurbishment of 17 rooms, kitchen, restaurant, and landscaping.




Kangaroo Island

Oyster Farm Shop – expansion of existing facility’s infrastructure to increase capacity including a new all-weather oyster bar and tasting room, enhanced product display and landscaping.




Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island Distillery - overhaul and upgrade of existing facility including new distillery shed, tasting experience zone and visitor infrastructure



Limestone Coast

Raidis Estate – upgrade of facilities for experience development to enable year-round offer.




Limestone Coast

Balnaves of Coonawarra – expansion of wine room and outdoor tasting deck.




Limestone Coast

Aloha Accommodation - construction of three luxury self-contained studio apartments



Limestone Coast

Pine Country Caravan Park – accommodation upgrade including construction of three new glamping tents, renovation and upgrade of 17 existing cabins and existing amenities



Limestone Coast

Hollick Estates - refurbishment of existing Hollick House accommodation



Limestone Coast

Apartments on Tolmie - internal and external renovation of four apartment units




Murray River Trails – building a new luxury houseboat for small group tours.





Bellbird Tours – support the upgrade of existing visitor facilities and a new tour vehicle.




Orlando Houseboat - refurbishment of two-bedroom houseboat



Yorke Peninsula

Wallaroo Beachfront Tourist Park – construction of seven new beachfront villas.