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Roadhouse to Recovery Grant

Daly Waters Pub

Budget 2021 has announced that the Roadhouse to Recovery grant program will continue, with an extension of the remaining $4 million commitment in 2021-22. 

Program details

Funding has been made available to assist remote wayside inns, roadhouses and remote caravan park operators to improve their visitor experience with grants of up to $150,000 in funding to support infrastructure improvements.

Improving amenities and experiences at remote roadhouses to encourage self-drive tourists to stay additional nights in the Territory, by providing capacity for additional accommodation between regional centres.

  • Open to remote wayside inns, roadhouses and remote caravan parks across the Territory
  • Applicants must be listed or have applied to list on the Australian Tourism Data Warehouse (ATDW)
  • Applicants must be a member of a peak body eg Regional Tourism Organisation
  • Applicants must submit a business case that includes:
    • clear identification/evidence of the customer experience ‘problem’, ‘challenge’ or ‘gap’ faced by business and how it might be improved
    • how the funding will resolve the challenge identified and how it links to a Tourism NT strategy eg Destination Management Plan, NT Aboriginal Tourism Strategy 2020-2030

The NT Government will provide $3 for each $1 spent by the eligible business, up to a maximum of $150,000, for example, a $50,000 investment by a business can deliver a $200,000 upgrade. Successful applicants from round one are eligible to apply however priority will be given to new applicants.  Applicants will be able to apply for Visitor Experience Enhancement Program (VEEP) round 5 however will only be able to access funding from one grant program.

For more information you can read the Territory Small Business Roadhouse to Recovery Grant Program Guidelines - Round 2

Applications can be made via 

Timeframes - round 2

19 June 2021Applications open
30 August 2021Applications close - 4pm
September 2021Assessment of applications
October 2021Application outcome is communicated
30 April 2022Projects are to be completed

Grant Recipients - Round 1

A total of 35 regional and remote wayside inn, caravan parks and roadhouse operators across the Territory have received $4 million in grants with 21 projects in the Top End and a further 14 in Central Australia as part of Roadhouse to Recovery round 1.

Top End region grant recipients include:

  • Banyan Farm: Upgrades to ablution block and bistro areas $61,978.00
  • Bark Hut: 50 new powered sites, upgrading two existing ablution blocks, construct two new camp kitchens, twelve new accommodation units and installing a jumping pillow $150,000.00
  • Bitter Springs Cabins & Camping: Upgrades to camp kitchen and ablution block$134,986.20
  • Borroloola Hotel Motel: Upgrades to motel and public ablution block facilities $138,050.00
  • Corroboree Park Tavern: Upgrade and construction of new family accommodation facilities and upgraded security within the camping area $150,000.00
  • Daly River Inn: Upgrade and refit of the bathroom facilities including accessible facilities $80,316.72
  • Daly Waters Pub: Six family units including two with accessibility access $150,000.00
  • Dundee Lodge: Ablution facility rebuild $150,000.00
  • Emerald Springs Roadhouse: A new family cabin accommodation, children’s playground and swimming pool $120,000.00
  • Hi-Way Inn Daly Waters: Redo the flooring in the bar area, increase dining space in the bar and expand the outdoor garden bar area $150,000.00
  • Litchfield Motel: Renovation of all accommodation room bathrooms $139,832.70
  • Litchfield Safari Camp: Family cabins upgrade $40,509.26
  • Mainoru Outstation Store: Upgrade of dining area, campground and family accommodation $120,000.00
  • Mataranka Roadhouse: Increase the footprint of the bakery area including an air-conditioned dining area $145,349.82
  • Point Stuart Wilderness Lodge NT: New children’s playground and jumping pillow $53,498.00
  • Roper Bar Store: Build six new motel rooms with ensuites and new camp kitchen, install 10 solar power sites $117,133.27
  • Territory Manor Motel & Caravan Park: Upgrade restaurant bathroom facilities $60,183.27
  • Timber Creek Hotel: Install two new family cabins $120,000.00 
  • Top Springs Hotel: Family accommodation, camp kitchen, activity centre and amenity block $120,000.00
  • Victoria River Roadhouse: major renovation to the existing roadhouse including upgrade the kitchen to offer a larger family friendly and tour group cafe and dining area, create two new outdoor garden bars and a new amenities block $150,000.00
  • Wirib Store & Tourism Park: upgrades to accommodation, camp kitchen and shared amenities $115,961.68

Central Australian region grant recipients include:

  • Banka Banka West Station and Tourist Park: Upgrade decking on five cabins and refurbish new family style accommodation and commercial kitchen, installation of 12 powered camp sites $148,000.00
  • Barrow Creek Hotel: Accessible access ablution block upgrades, upgrades to outdoor dining area and access paths $120,000.00
  • Dunmarra Wayside Inn: Craft Beer Brewery plus Canning $118,402.20
  • Erldunda Roadhouse: Power upgrades to campsites and upgrades to café display equipment $83,212.80
  • Kings Creek Station: Power upgrade $120,000.00
  • Kulgera Roadhouse: Accommodation room upgrades $119,031.00
  • Outback Caravan Park: Increase dining area, install mini golf, add self-serve cooking area, improve security $150,000.00
  • Renner Springs Desert Inn: Refurbishment of motel rooms and swimming pool $120,000.00
  • Tobermorey Station and Roadhouse: Install two new family cabins $66,726.27
  • Threeways Roadhouse: Install three new family cabins and a new outdoor garden bar $150,000.00
  • Ti Tree Farm Garden & Ti Tree Food Barn: Install two self-catering air conditioned accommodation units $104,616.64
  • Ti Tree Roadhouse: Upgrade camp kitchen, install a children's playground and upgrade accommodation room verandas $74,388.60
  • Tilmouth Well Roadhouse: Accessibility and guest amenity improvements $37,822.67
  • Wycliffe Well Holiday Park (United Petroleum): Restaurant and shop floor retiling and replace ceilings, undertake pool upgrades and bathroom upgrades $120,000.00
Page last updated on 21 June 2021