Adventure seekers and holiday makers will rediscover the fascinating cave formations and breathtaking natural beauty at Wombeyan Caves with a major makeover on the way for the attraction thanks to the NSW Government.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro and Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman today announced $9.6 million from the NSW Government’s Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund to boost nature-based tourism in the local region.

Mr Barilaro said the project will deliver much-needed infrastructure including new cabin accommodation, interpretative signage for caves, new amenities, a new look café and bookable function area.

“For many, Wombeyan Caves brings to mind fond memories of childhood holidays, but this well-loved tourism attraction is due for a modern facelift that will mean families continue to visit and make memories for many years to come,” Mr Barilaro said.

“Local businesses are excited about the prospect of a transformation for this popular attraction with all the infrastructure required to accommodate greater numbers of tourists in the region.

“This makeover will also open up a number of opportunities for corporate tours and group bookings through nature-based tourism activities and events such as concerts within the caves.”

Mrs Tuckerman said the upgrades will provide an improved visitor experience from the moment a tourist enters the park to the second they rest their head on the pillow, importantly, while preserving the unique environmental features of the site.

“These upgrades will allow more people to safely and sustainably enjoy what nature has to offer while also encouraging more overnight stays and return visits, which supports local jobs and businesses that rely on tourism,” Mrs Tuckerman said.

“As well as opening up new opportunities, the precinct will become a nature-based rest stop for travellers on the drive through the Upper Lachlan Shire and help showcase the fantastic management practices of our NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.”

The $300 million Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism Fund is part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the delivery of infrastructure projects that improve the productivity and competitiveness of the state under Restart NSW.

For more information about the Regional Growth – Environment and Tourism fund, which is part of the $1.7 billion Regional Growth Fund, go to http://www.nsw.gov.au/rgetf