Based on the growth targets of the Northern Territory tourism industry strategy 2030, an estimated 3000 additional rooms, across all categories, are required in the Territory.
Investment opportunities range from three to five star hotels in the capital city and regional towns to luxury eco-lodge style accommodation in, or adjacent to, some of our natural heritage attractions such as UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.
Why the Territory
The Territory is a well-established tourism destination offering a range of unique natural and cultural experiences to national and international leisure visitors. Additionally, its diverse economy draws significant corporate travel visitation, and the growing sectors of cruise ships and business events are also driving the visitor economy.
In the year ending September 2019, total visitation to the Territory grew 6.7% to 1.95 million.
The Territory’s tourism industry strategy 2030 sets an ambitious target for the visitor economy of between 2.51 million and 3.03 million visitors by 2030.
A strong forward pipeline of projects across the Territory, continued investment in the tourism industry by government and forecast growth across the visitor economy provides an ideal investment climate.
Darwin, Alice Springs and Yulara (Uluru) airports offer visitors good connectivity with most major Australian capital cities.
Direct international services are anticipated to recommence operations between Darwin and key South East Asian hubs in 2023/24 with connections to North America and Europe.
|Location||Proponent||Development type||Quality / keys||Estimated project cost AUD||Status|
|Lee Point (Darwin)||
NT Government facilitated
|Tourism mixed use commercial||Project defined||Project dependent||Land released to market late 2024|
|Darwin Resort Project (CBD)||Top End Properties||Hotel and private residence||5 star / 190||$120 million||Development Consent Authority approved / investor ready|
|Darwin CBD||N/A||Hotels||3-4 star / 60+||$30 million||Conceptual - private land available for lease or purchase|
|Katherine||NT Government facilitated land release||Tourism mixed use commercial||Project defined||Project dependent||EOI Open|
|Tennant Creek||N/A||Tourism mixed commercial||Project defined||Project dependent||NT Government facilitated business case analysis due by December 2021|
|Jabiru||NT Government / Traditional Owners facilitated||Luxury eco-accommodation||5 star / 100||Project dependent||Conceptual - land identified|
|Watarrka National Park||NT Government / Traditional Owners facilitated||Luxury eco-accommodation catering to guided walking groups||3-4 sites catering for up to 14 walkers on guided tours||Project dependent||EOI Open|
|Tjoritja / West MacDonnell Ranges National Park||NT Government / Traditional Owners facilitated||Luxury eco-accommodation catering to guided mountain biking groups||5+ sites catering for up to 14 riders on guided group tours||Project dependent||EOI to be released to market by mid 2022|
|Elsey National Park||NT Government / Traditional Owners facilitated||Luxury eco-accommodation catering to the self-drive market||Project defined||Project dependent||Conceptual / land to be identified. Subject to release of Parks and Wildlife Commission’s 30 Year Master Plan mid 2022.|
Director, Tourism Investment Attraction
Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet
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