7 February 2024

Want to escape the concrete jungle? Here are three golden opportunities

| Zoe Cartwright
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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

The newly-built Minnamurra Rainforest Centre. Photo: NPWS.

If you’ve got a passion for retail or hospitality, and love the outdoors, why not combine them?

Unique opportunities to run cafes and retail premises in heritage tourist sites and popular NSW national parks are on offer from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS).

You can go to work every day in some of the state’s most spectacular locations, and they all offer something different.

Ranging from lush rainforest settings to historic villages, the lease opportunities offer operators the chance to provide quality visitor services and experiences at well-known attractions.

The newly built Minnamurra Rainforest Centre in the popular Budderoo National Park, on the NSW South Coast, is suitable for use as a cafe, function and event space.

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The bright, modern building sits in lush rainforest and is a 24-minute drive from Shellharbour.

If fresh mountain air is more your style, in the nearby Southern Highlands the cafe premises within the award-winning Fitzroy Falls Visitor Centre are also available.

The site features a recently fitted out kitchen and is a short walk to the magnificent Fitzroy Falls, and about a 20-minute drive to Kangaroo Valley or Robertson.

The location is a dream come true for avid hikers or nature watchers, and puts you close to some spectacular wineries.

Those with a hankering to “go West, young man” might like the General Store at gold-rush era Hill End.

The Hill End General Store offers food, drink and groceries to tourists and locals. Photo: NPWS.

An hour from both Bathurst and Mudgee, the Hill End General Store is a significant landmark centrally positioned in the township of Hill End, providing supplies and services to the community and its visitors.

Right in the centre of Hill End Historic Site, next to the new Heritage Centre, it offers coffee, meals, groceries, general merchandise and petrol to tourists and locals.

A hub for tourists, the store also features an attached residence.

NPWS Property and Lease Manager Tammy Cootes said all spaces had something special to offer.

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“They’re all in settings that attract visitors for wildlife, birdwatching, the stunning environment or to step back in time,” she said.

“The lease opportunities could appeal to locals or those seeking a chance to live and work in unique locations.

“National parks underpin regional tourism – there are more than 30 million visits to national parks in regional NSW each year.”

NPWS is currently seeking expressions of interest for the lease of each of these unique locations.

For details and further information contact [email protected]

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