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Naracoorte Caves Connection Project

Project Overview

 Naracoorte Caves

The Caves Connection Project brought together local business and community leaders, who proposed new ideas for leveraging greater value from the State’s only World Heritage site, the Naracoorte Caves.

The Project Group developed a Concept Statement which outlines ideas for the next 10 years.  The Concept Statement’s objective is to spark actions to increase the economic and community benefit to Naracoorte through increased visitation, encouraging new infrastructure, new and expanding businesses and jobs.  The Concept Statement is the foundation for future projects for Naracoorte, and potential partnerships - click the link below to view the Concept Statement

Caves Connection Concept Statement(111 kb)

It is a key part of Naracoorte Lucindale Council's economic development plan.

Naracoorte Caves Connection Business Prospectus

A celebration of twenty years of the Wonambi Visitor Centre, and the launch of the Naracoorte Caves Connection Business Prospectus was held at the Naracoorte Caves on Wednesday 5th December 2018.

The  launch of the Naracoorte Caves Connection Business Prospectus by Mayor Erika Vickery OAM noted the importance of the role that Naracoorte Caves plays as a major attraction for leveraging visitor numbers to the Limestone Coast.  Having South Australia’s only World Heritage site on its doorstep is a unique opportunity to grow visitation to Naracoorte.

The Business Prospectus is part of the Naracoorte Caves Connection project which details proposals to increase economic benefit to Naracoorte by promoting increased visitation, and encouraging new infrastructure, commercial development, and to grow businesses, partnerships and jobs.

There are some great opportunities identified in the Business Prospectus, the challenge is to find the one you can turn into a new business or add to your existing business.  Many of the ideas developed can be implemented inexpensively, and  others may require longer term planning and partnering with other businesses, organisations or government.  By making the most of what we have at the Naracoorte Caves, the town can attract more visitors to the overall benefit of Naracoorte business sector.

Many of the ideas developed can be implemented inexpensively, and others may require longer term planning and partnering with other businesses, organisations or government. By making the most of what we have at the Naracoorte Caves, the town can attract more visitors to the overall benefit of Naracoorte business sector.

The Naracoorte Lucindale Council is continuing to implement proposals in the Naracoorte Caves Connection Project Concept Statement.  It is important to understand that Council cannot achieve the proposals in the Concept Statement alone.  Many of the proposals rely on working in partnership with others and local businesses seizing the opportunities in both the Concept Statement and the Business Prospectus.

Attended by local business operators and supporters of the Naracoorte Caves, the night included a walk through the Wonambi Visitor Centre led by local paleontologist Dr Liz Reed. A presentation by Brian Clark, District Ranger of the Naracoorte Caves from 1985 to 2001, who was instrumental in developing the site for tourism including overseeing the Wonambi Visitor Centre project. Nick McIntyre the current site Manager reiterated the importance of the role that Naracoorte Caves plays as a major attraction for leveraging visitors to the Limestone Coast. The Wrattonbully Wine Region Association showcased wines for the evening and spoke about the link between the unique soil in the vineyards, the Naracoorte Caves and the quality of their wine and how the Naracoorte Caves are integral to branding and marketing wine from Wrattonbully.

“It just goes to show how much good faith there was in the project, and how much community support,” Mr Clark said of the eventual creation and unveiling of the Wonambi Visitor Centre in 1998.

Download the Naracoorte Caves Connection Business Prospectus here.(867 kb)

prospectus cover

Erika and Brian caves