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Saturday 18 March 2023

Saluting the best of the best in Australian tourism

From major international operators to single-person businesses, Australia's best of the best in the tourism industry have been honoured at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

In an event held at Doltone House in Pyrmont, the tourism industry celebrated the premier tourism businesses in the country.

“This is the biggest annual celebration of tourism business excellence in Australia - and we have much to celebrate recognising and elevating the very best of what tourism has to offer in this great country of ours,” said Shaun de Bruyn, chairperson, Australian Tourism Awards.
“Each of our award nominees have reached the status of absolute excellence in tourism and business.

“As an industry we are susceptible to many external factors, which has been highlighted over the past several years, but we continue to innovate, collaborate and come back strong. Many of our tourism operators are going from strength to strength, bouncing back after the worst of the pandemic."

There were 75 awards presented across 25 categories with a gold, silver and bronze winner
announced for each category.

Here is the full list of winners:

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism Experience
GOLD- wukalina Walk TAS
SILVER - Spirits of the Red Sand QLD
BRONZE - Angkerle Atwatye - Standley Chasm NT

Cultural Tourism
GOLD - Geelong Gallery VIC
SILVER - The Cedars Hahndorf SA
BRONZE - Venture North Safaris NT
Adventure Tourism
GOLD - The Hike Collective WA
SILVER- Ocean Rafting QLD
BRONZE - Bendleby Ranges SA

New Tourism Business
GOLD - Wildcat Mackay QLD
BRONZE – Sequoia Lodge SA

Tour & Transport Operators
GOLD - Fun Over 50 Holidays QLD
SILVER - The Hike Collective WA
BRONZE - Air Adventure Golf TAS

Major Tour & Transport Operators
GOLD - SeaLink WA
SILVER- Searoad Ferries VIC
BRONZE - Sea World Cruises QLD

Caravan & Holiday Parks
GOLD - BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort QLD
SILVER - BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park TAS
BRONZE - Oasis Tourist Park NT

Hosted Accommodation
GOLD - Bli Bli House QLD
SILVER - Tallawarra Homestead VIC
BRONZE - Redwing Farm SA

Unique Accommodation
GOLD - Jamala Wildlife Lodge CBR
SILVER - Woodhouse Activity Centre SA
BRONZE - Mitchell Grass Retreat QLD

Self-Contained Accommodation
GOLD - The Woods Ocean Grove VIC
SILVER - Tree Chalets WA
BRONZE - Villa Talia TAS

GOLD - Live Ningaloo WA
SILVER - Tasmanian Walking Company TAS
BRONZE - Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort QLD

Tourism Retail and Hire Services
GOLD - Willie Creek Pearls WA
SILVER - Sydney Harbour Kayaks NSW
BRONZE - Uluru Audio Guide NT

Visitor Information Services
GOLD - Mudgee Region Tourism NSW
SILVER - Quilpie Visitor Information Centre, Museum & Gallery QLD
BRONZE - Bendigo Visitor Centre VIC

Business Event Venues
GOLD - Pullman Bunker Bay Resort WA
SILVER - Darwin Convention Centre NT
BRONZE - Peppers Silo Hotel TAS

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services
GOLD - Char Restaurant and The Darwin Club at Admiralty House NT
SILVER - Potager NSW
BRONZE - Mures Tasmania TAS

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries
GOLD - Bangor Vineyard Shed TAS
SILVER - Courabyra Wines NSW
BRONZE - Billson's Brewery VIC

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns
GOLD – ‘Viva Bendigo’ by City of Greater Bendigo VIC
SILVER - MidCoast Council - Destination Barrington Coast NSW
BRONZE - Tourism Tropical North Queensland QLD

Excellence in Food Tourism
GOLD - Coal River Farm TAS
SILVER - CORE Cider House WA
BRONZE - Margan Wines & Restaurant NSW

3-3.5 Star Accommodation
GOLD - Urban Camp Melbourne VIC
SILVER - Broadwater Resort Busselton WA
BRONZE - Magnums Unique Accommodation Airlie Beach QLD

4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation
GOLD - Cape York Peninsula Lodge QLD
SILVER - Ship Inn Stanley TAS
BRONZE - The Byng Street Boutique Hotel NSW

5 Star Luxury Accommodation
GOLD - Mt Hay Retreat NSW
SILVER - COMO The Treasury WA
BRONZE - Eos by SkyCity Adelaide SA

Festivals & Events
GOLD - Outback Queensland Masters QLD
SILVER - Macedon Ranges Autumn Festival VIC
BRONZE – Tumbafest Inc NSW

Major Festivals & Events
GOLD - The Darwin Festival NT
SILVER - Tesselaar KaBloom VIC
BRONZE - Optus Stadium – AFL Grand Final 2021 WA

Tourist Attractions
GOLD – Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience QLD
SILVER – Katherine Outback Experience NT
BRONZE – Willie Creek Pearl Farm WA

Major Tourist Attractions
GOLD - Adelaide Zoo SA
SILVER - National Zoo & Aquarium CBR 
BRONZE - Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary QLD

Image: Bangor Vineyard Shed  

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