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NPWS Commercial Tour Operator Grant Program


The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service Commercial Tour Operator Grant Program takes a strategic partnership approach to develop and enhance nature and culture-based visitor experiences in five iconic destinations across NSW. The Program recognises the important role that commercial tour operators play in delivering national park experiences and growing the visitor economy of NSW.

In supporting commercial tour operators to develop new and enhance existing visitor experiences, NPWS can continue to ensure that NSW national parks deliver outstanding nature and cultural based visitor experiences that attract people to our State's national parks.

The destinations for which grant funding is available are:

  • Far South Coast
  • Greater Sydney
  • Northern Rivers
  • Greater Blue Mountains
  • Australian Alps
  • Newcastle/Hunter
  • Clarence Valley
  • Manning Valley
  • South Coast

Download the list of eligible parks (XLS 104KB).

Key facts

  • Lead applicant must hold a valid Parks Eco Pass.
  • The program is available to small tourism business operators.
  • A total of $180,000 is available.
  • Projects may be a collaboration across a destination and include off-park providers and activities.
  • Grant projects must align with the relevant Experience Development Strategy, local or regional tourism plan.
  • Workshops and webinars will be conducted to develop project concepts.

Key dates - Year 2

Program launch October 2017
Workshops 12 October to 24 October 2017
Applications open 12 October 2017
Applications close 5pm Monday 27 November 2017
Advice to applicants From Monday 4 December 2017
Grant agreement completed and funds transferred From Monday 4 December 2017
Project completed Wednesday 28 February 2019


Information and application

For more information please contact tourism.partnerships@environment.nsw.gov.au

Page last updated: 18 October 2017