Public Consultation: growing heritage tourism in SA

Monday 09 September 2019
Public Consultation: growing heritage tourism in SA


The Marshall Liberal Government is seeking the views of heritage and tourism experts as well as the community to develop a vision and shared plan to grow heritage tourism in South Australia, create jobs and stimulate economic activity.

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the consultation is being undertaken to determine how South Australia’s heritage can best be unlocked and leveraged to contribute to growing our visitor economy.

“There is significant potential to unlock South Australia’s heritage places and stories to create experiences that showcase our state’s distinctive history, enhance the unique appeal of SA, and encourage visitors to stay longer and spend more,” said Minister Speirs.

“To guide how this potential is realised the government, in collaboration with key heritage tourism stakeholders, is developing a Heritage Tourism Strategy and Action Plan.

“A number of workshops are being held in partnership with the Tourism Industry Council South Australia across the state this month to gain input from tourism industry, the heritage sector, local government, Traditional Owners, and those with an interest in progressing heritage tourism.

“This input will help inform development of the strategy and action plan. We will also be seeking views via YourSAy where stakeholders can read background resources before providing comment.

“We’re keen to hear views and ideas as well as examples of standout heritage tourism experiences and products – both in South Australia and elsewhere.

“Heritage already underpins many South Australian visitor experiences – such as showcasing Aboriginal cultural heritage, exploring the ruins from our mining heyday, staying in heritage accommodation, visiting a museum, connecting with the ancient past in the Outback, shopping in Hahndorf, paddling river and sea ports, or tasting wines produced from 150-year-old-vines – these are the types of experiences we want to expand on.

“These ideas and opinions will ultimately help us develop a Heritage Tourism Strategy and Action Plan in order to grow heritage tourism and our visitor economy to $12.8 billion by 2030.”

A copy of the draft Strategy and Action Plan will be made available for comment and feedback in early 2020.

How to get involved:

comment and feedback in early 2020.

How to get involved:

  • Visit to read the background resources and then join the online discussion or complete an in-depth questionnaire before Monday 7 October 2019.
  • Email a submission to before Monday 7 October 2019.
  • Attend a 2-hour workshop in Adelaide or in a regional area. Places are limited, so register your interest early at or email