CABN Accommodation will transform Myponga Reservoir into an Eco-Tourism Hotspot

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CABN has announced its latest accommodation experience that will transform the iconic South Australian Myponga Reservoir into a never-seen-before Fleurieu Peninsula eco-tourism hotspot – providing a significant boost to the economy and creating local jobs.

In a huge boost for local tourism, the government’s new $10 million Opening the Great Outdoors fund is supporting the construction of up to 12 eco-accommodation CABNs on the southern side of the reservoir reserve.

Premier Steven Marshall said opening Myponga Reservoir for recreational access has reinvigorated nature-based tourism on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

“Opening our reservoirs for recreational access has been an incredibly popular initiative with more than 130,000 people visiting Myponga since it first opened in April 2019, providing an environmental, social and economic boost to the region,” Premier Marshall said.

“These new projects are being made possible thanks to our new $10 million Opening the Great Outdoors fund which is further supporting the nature-based tourism industry and will help create jobs as we continue our strong economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Adelaide has recently been recognised as the world’s third most liveable city as well as the second-ever National Park City and it’s projects like this which will only enhance this reputation.”

Minister for Environment and Water David Speirs said the new accommodation projects would allow visitors to Myponga Reservoir to immerse themselves even further in nature.

“With visitors already able to kayak, fish, cycle, hike and picnic at Myponga, accommodation facilities will be an exciting addition which will create an even better opportunity for visitors wanting to enjoy and explore the reservoir and the scenic Fleurieu Peninsula,” Minister Speirs said.

“By opening the gates at Myponga Reservoir, we have turned the local township from a drive through town, to a drive to town and with these two projects people will now want to stay even longer at Myponga.

“Opening up our reservoirs has more people connecting with nature as well as providing a boost to regional economies and local businesses, who have reported a significant increase in activity.

Importantly, as part of the new project, CABN will contribute to a conservation dividend, which will support priority regional conservation programs, including within the Myponga Reservoir Reserve.

Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the $10 million Opening our Great Outdoors fund will be a significant boost for regional South Australia and is being funded through the Government’s Regional Growth Fund.

“We want to see nature-based tourism or regional accommodation projects which encourage people to travel to regional areas, stimulate local economies and create jobs,” he said.

“This new project at Myponga Reservoir Reserve gets even more people visiting the popular location and together with the recently created Hindmarsh Valley National Park will further enhance the Fleurieu Peninsula’s reputation as an eco-tourism destination.”

CABN as the successful proponent worked through an extensive assessment process with the Department for Environment and Water and SA Water, to ensure the eco-tourism experience proposed within Myponga Reservoir Reserve complemented existing water quality and environmental management measures. These discussions will continue through the planning, construction and operation stages.

CABN, which has received $1 million towards its $2,963,816 project at Myponga, currently has multiple sites in operation, as well as in the Yarra Valley in Victoria and has recently announced plans for further sites in the Adelaide Hills at The Cedars.

CABN Founder Michael Lamprell said CABN will design and build a range of cabins, tours and experiences that will transform the region for visitors and surrounding businesses. He says the opportunity to become stewards of this exceptional part of the world is truly special and will help to educate people on conservation and its benefits.

“We don’t want to operate in the region but rather participate, we are committed to delivering conservation dividends and initiatives that will redefine how people appreciate, respect and contribute to the environment in which they enjoy,” Mr Lamprell said.

“We’re designing a very specific product that is locally designed and manufactured with a high importance on blending in with the environment with a light touch. They will all be tastefully designed in keeping with the quiet nature setting.”

The project will see 12 CABNs and feature an outdoor deck that will be off-grid with solar power, water harvesting and an onsite wastewater system. The project will be located in the southern section of the reservoir reserve to allow for extensive views of bushland and uninterrupted views of the water.

More information about recreational access at South Australia’s reservoir reserves – including conditions of entry – can be found at

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