Drover's Encounter

Located in the heart of Kapunda, just an hour north of Adelaide, the project is within the iconic Barossa tourism catchment, providing immediate brand recognition, and strong appeal to domestic and international markets. This key location will ensure the project is viable immediately based on domestic visitation estimates and will act as a safeguard for the project in the event of future international travel restrictions.

Drover’s Encounter will be a world-class, authentic destination and visitor attraction. A place where locals and visitors can enjoy culinary, cultural and entertainment experiences discovering the unique heritage of this historic region. Drover’s Encounter will bring to life iconic stories from the region - tales of Cattle King Sir Sidney Kidman, of the Traditional Owners and custodians of this Country who shaped the land, and of the pastoral lives that continue to define the region to this day. A place about locals and for locals, Drover’s Encounter will also revitalise Kapunda as a national and international tourist destination. It will offer family-friendly experiences in the region beyond food and wine. It will establish a new national benchmark for interactive, cultural Australian experiences.

Celebrating Australian and local icons with strong connections to Kapunda, Light Country and the Barossa Valley region.

This experiential visitor centre will showcase storytelling of the iconic Sir Sidney Kidman, Frederick Dutton, Seppelt Family and others, alongside Traditional Owner perspectives and native food experiences.

The land assembled for Drover’s Encounter is at 96-104 Main Street, Kapunda, diagonally opposite Council’s principal office. This site is directly connected to the Historic Copper Mine Site, connecting town to country.

Investment opportunity

Light Regional Council with Alinea Group are pleased to invite interested and qualified parties to register their interest for key opportunities within Drover’s Encounter.

Specifically, Council invites the following groups:

Hospitality partner
Tourism business operators
Accommodation providers and investors
Agricultural businesses & enterprises
Project sponsors
Groups looking to promote their brand and support rural Australian experiences & marketplace
In catalysing the project’s delivery, investors will have the opportunity to shape and tailor the project to:

Showcase their brand, products and story capturing a national and international audience.
Secure a new business operation, either through independent / single elements of the experience, or a fully diversified offering including: tourism, events, entertainment, accommodation, hospitality and education offerings.
Secure long-term and tax effective returns from a collective of new visitor attractions with diverse offerings to maximise both commercial returns and competitive edge.

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Investment sought: A$0


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Project status update

Investment deck available, attracting investors. Between $15M and $20M.

Council's involvement has been to assemble the land and prepare a business model to attract private investors. Council is pursuing private partners and potentially government grants, which will fund the implementation.

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  • Light Regional Council

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