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Various, Northern Territory, Australia




The opportunity

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 December 2019, total visitation to the Territory grew 8.8% to 2 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.

LocationProponentDevelopment typeQuality / keysEstimated project cost AUDStatus
Lee Point (Darwin)

NT Government facilitated

Tourism mixed use commercialProject definedProject dependentLand released to market late 2024
Darwin Resort Project (CBD)Top End PropertiesHotel and private residence5 star / 190$120 millionDevelopment Consent Authority approved / investor ready
Darwin CBDN/AHotels3-4 star / 60+$30 millionConceptual - private land available for lease or purchase
KatherineNT Government facilitated land releaseTourism mixed use commercialProject definedProject dependentEOI closed. Public announcement expected Q1 2022
Tennant CreekN/ATourism mixed commercialProject definedProject dependentNT Government facilitated business case analysis due Q1 2022
JabiruNT Government / Traditional Owners facilitatedLuxury eco-accommodation5 star / 100Project dependentConceptual - land identified
Watarrka National ParkNT Government / Traditional Owners facilitatedLuxury eco-accommodation catering to guided walking groups3-4 sites catering for up to 14 walkers on guided toursProject dependentEOI closed. Public announcement expected Q1 2022
Tjoritja / West MacDonnell Ranges National ParkNT Government / Traditional Owners facilitatedLuxury eco-accommodation catering to guided mountain biking groups5+ sites catering for up to 14 riders on guided group toursProject dependentEOI to be released to market by mid 2022
Elsey National ParkNT Government / Traditional Owners facilitatedLuxury eco-accommodation catering to the self-drive marketProject definedProject dependentConceptual / land to be identified. Subject to release of Parks and Wildlife Commission’s 30 Year Master Plan in mid 2022

Contact details

Claire George
Executive Director Investment Attraction
Investment Territory

Phone: +61 8 8999 5369

Disclaimer: This web page includes information provided by third parties. The information is general in nature and is for information purposes only. The Northern Territory Government makes no representation about the veracity or accuracy of information provided by third parties. You must rely on your own due diligence before proceeding. You should consider seeking independent professional advice.

Updated 17 February 2022