Wildlife photography safaris, nature photography workshops, extreme Segway tours, and a desert plunge pool are among new tourism experiences that visitors to Central Australia and Kings Canyon can now enjoy.
Just under half a million dollars in government Tourism Infrastructure Development Fund grants has been awarded to tourism businesses in the region to help grow the Northern Territory’s tourism industry.
Photography enthusiasts will benefit from the establishment of a new photography experience in the Central Australia region. Mark Carter Birding and Wildlife in Alice Springs used a $16,311 grant to enable its Nature Photograph Workshop Tour and Photo Safari tours to commence – an experience that was previously unavailable to visitors in the region.
Vanners can ditch their six- or eight-wheeled rigs and opt for two wheels instead when Kings Canyon Resort introduced guided Segway tours with the $100,000 grant it’s received. Segways are two-wheeled, self-balancing, battery-powered electric vehicles for one person, and tours will run from the resort itself to Kings Canyon.
Kings Creek Station will use its $45,455 allocation to move towards its plan to launch Kings Canyon Dreamtime Escarpment – a high-end wilderness and accommodation experience. The money will help install plumbing in its new high-end glamping tents, to build a deck from the rocky escarpment, to install flooring into a cave to turn it into a library, and to build a plunge pool among boulders.
Just over $90,000 will go towards constructing a toilet block at Wanmarra in Watarrka National Park and to erect shade structures.
Ross River Resort will use a $15,000 grant to convert a store room into a walk-in freezer
Other grant recipients include RT Tours Australia, Kathleen Buzzacott of the West MacDonnell Ranges, Yulara’s Wayoutback Australian Safaris, and Batton Hill Bush Camp and Tours.