Roadhouse to Recovery Update: New Territory Lodging Options

Other projects in the second round of the $4 million Roadhouse to Recovery grant have been completed with the Purple Mango Cafe & Brewery and Oasis Tourist Park’s new bookable accommodation options open to visitors this dry season.

The Purple Mango Café & Brewery, located 2.7 kilometers off the Arnhem Motorway along the historic Marrakai Track, opened its new bookable en-suite cabins earlier this month and is already seeing a flow constant reservations.

The company received a $150,000 grant under the second round of the Roadhouse to Recovery program to build two new cabins and a comfort station, providing visitors with additional campground accommodation options they currently have.

Oasis Tourist Park in Virginia is perfectly located for visitors wishing to explore nearby Litchfield National Park and has undergone a major makeover, upgrading to a resort-sized pool and installing 10 new cabins, including six poolside cabins from the pool, two deluxe family cabins and two wheelchair accessible cabins.

One of the highest rated and reviewed tourist parks in the region, Oasis Tourist Park also received a $150,000 grant to bolster its accommodation offering which included cabins and motorized sites.

Round two provided $4.9 million to 39 regional and remote hostels, trailer parks and truck stops to complete infrastructure projects and upgrades to improve the guest experience. Ten projects have been completed to date, including improvements to Tobermorey Station Caravan Park, Douglas Daly Holiday Park, Gemtree Roadhouse & Caravan Park and more.

The third round of the Territory Small Business Roadhouse to Recovery Grant program is currently open with $2 million in funding available for drive-focused remote businesses to improve the visitor experience. The Northern Territory Government will contribute $1 for every $1 of the total project value up to $150,000.00. The third round of grants ends July 18, 2022.

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Quote from the Minister of Tourism and Hospitality, Nicole Manison:

“The Roadhouse to Recovery program is a game-changer; it helps businesses across the territory upgrade their facilities, increase bookings and keep our local economy running. »

“This program supports small businesses in remote corners of the territory and keeps local trades on the tools.”

“Territory tourism is heading into its most exciting peak season since the pandemic began and we know that pre-COVID contributed $2.6 billion to the Northern Territories economy.”

“Oasis Tourist Park and Purple Mango Café & Brewery are local favorites and now, thanks to our Roadhouse to Recovery grants, these businesses have new, modern accommodation offerings just in time for the dry season.”

Quotes from Oasis Tourist Park owner/operator Ben Reichstein:

“The Roadhouse to Recovery grant got this exciting Oasis Tourist Park project off the ground. We ended up investing six times the amount of the grant in the work ourselves, using suppliers and trades from 45 different local businesses.

“The new pool and poolside villas are fantastic and have been heavily booked since going live last month.”

Quotes from Purple Mango owner/operator Adam Asanovski:

“We are so pleased with the finished product of our restoration grant and had our biggest bargaining weekend over the Queen’s birthday long weekend. Our new toilet block was excellent for a recent party and has reduced wait times and our cabins are getting more bookings each week and are fantastic!

“There is no doubt that without this support our business could not have grown in this dry season with such early success, the DN Building team delivered in spades and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season can bring.”

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