Roadhouse to Recovery Update: New Territory Accommodation Options

NT Government

More projects from round two of the $4 million Roadhouse to Recovery Grant have been completed with the Purple Mango Cafe & Brewery and Oasis Tourist Park new bookable accommodation options open for visitors this dry season.

The Purple Mango Café & Brewery, located 2.7 kilometres from the Arnhem Highway along the historic Marrakai Track, opened their new bookable ensuite cabins earlier this month and are already experiencing a steady stream of bookings.

The business received a $150,000 grant through Round 2 of the Roadhouse to Recovery program to construct two new cabins and an ablution block, offering visitors additional accommodation options to the camping they currently have available.

The Oasis Tourist Park in Virginia is perfectly located for visitors wanting to explore the nearby Litchfield National Park and has undergone a major transformation, upgrading to a resort sized swimming pool and installing 10 new cabins, including six poolside cabins, two deluxe family cabins and two disability accessible cabins.

One of the highest rated and reviewed tourist parks in the region, the Oasis Tourist Park also received a $150,000 grant to boost their accommodation offerings which included the cabins and powered sites.

Round 2 provided $4.9 million to 39 regional and remote wayside inns, caravan parks and roadhouses to carry out infrastructure projects and upgrades to improve the customer experience. To date ten projects have been completed including upgrades at 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 remote, drive focused 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 grant round closes 18 July 2022.

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Quote from Minister for Tourism and Hospitality, Nicole Manison:

“The Roadhouse to Recovery program is a game changer – helping businesses right across the Territory upgrade their facilities, boost their bookings and keep our local economy rolling.”

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

“Territory tourism is heading into its most exciting high-season since the start of the pandemic and we know that pre-COVID, it contributed $2.6 billion to the NT economy.”

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

Quotes from Oasis Tourist Park Owner/Operator Ben Reichstein:

“The Roadhouse to Recovery grant enabled this exciting project at Oasis Tourist Park to get off the ground. We ended up investing six times the grant amount ourselves on the works using suppliers and trades from 45 different local businesses.”

“The new pool and poolside villas are fantastic and have been strongly booked since coming online last month.”

Quotes from Purple Mango Owner/Operator Adam Asanovski:

“We are so happy with the finished product from our roadhouse to recovery grant and had our biggest trading weekend on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend. Our new ablution block was excellent for a recent party and easing 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 into this dry season with such early success, the team at DN Building have delivered in spades and we can’t wait to see what the rest of the season can bring.”

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