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Australian tourism shines at national awards


1 March 2017

Darwin rolled out a warm welcome for the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards last Friday, bringing together outstanding tourism businesses from around the country in a celebration of the quality and diversity of Australian tourism.

The Hon Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, said the continued passion and commitment from the hard-working Australians honoured at the Awards was crucial to further growth and attracting more visitors to Australia.

“2016 was a remarkable year for Australian tourism and, whilst these awards may focus on 26 individual category winners, the whole industry deserves a collective pat on the back for the record-breaking level of performance it has delivered,” said Minister Ciobo.

John O’Sullivan, Managing Director Tourism Australia added that the impressive list of winners confirmed the diversity and depth of talent within Australian tourism.

“Each have wonderful tourism stories to tell and that is certainly something that makes our own job of marketing the country that much easier,” he said.

Mr O’Sullivan also congratulated Harvey Lister on being awarded as an ‘Australian Tourism Legend’.

“I have often said that Harvey Lister is to the events industry what Frank Lowy is to retail - a game changer. From his humble beginnings in regional Qld, to building a global empire via AEG Ogden, he is someone that our industry should be proud of and celebrate,” said Mr O’Sullivan.



Major Tourist Attractions

  • GOLD: Sovereign Hill VIC
  • SILVER: Kakadu National Park NT
  • BRONZE: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service – Freycinet National Park TAS

Major Festivals and Events

  • GOLD: Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers QLD
  • SILVER: Australian Grand Prix Corporation VIC
  • BRONZE: Mandurah Crab Fest WA

Festivals and Events

  • GOLD: Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo QLD
  • SILVER: 2016 National Folk Festival ACT
  • BRONZE: Parkes Elvis Festival NSW


  • GOLD: Tasmanian Walking Company TAS
  • SILVER: Sail Ningaloo – Overnight Sailing Tours WA
  • BRONZE: Fun Over Fifty QLD

Cultural Tourism

  • GOLD: Bendigo Tramways VIC
  • SILVER: Nundle Woollen Mill NSW
  • BRONZE: Venture North Australia NT

Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

  • GOLD/Hall of Fame: Voyages Ayers Rock Resort NT
  • SILVER: Sand Dune Adventures NSW
  • BRONZE: Mossman Gorge Centre QLD

Specialised Tourism Services

  • GOLD: RiverFly 1864 TAS
  • SILVER: Canberra Airport ACT
  • BRONZE: SkyBus VIC

Visitor Information Services

  • GOLD: Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre NT
  • SILVER: Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association WA
  • BRONZE: Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre QLD

Business Events Venue

  • GOLD/Hall of Fame: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel TAS
  • SILVER: Darwin Convention Centre NT
  • BRONZE: Château Élan at The Vintage NSW

Major Tour and Transport Operators

  • GOLD: Ocean Rafting QLD
  • SILVER: Par Avion Wilderness Tours TAS

Tour and Transport Operators

  • GOLD: Fun Over Fifty QLD
  • SILVER: Top Drop Tours WA
  • BRONZE: Uluru Camel Tours NT

Adventure Tourism

  • GOLD: Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures WA
  • SILVER: Tangatours QLD
  • BRONZE: Uluru Camel Tours NT

Destination Marketing

  • GOLD: Reset your senses in Mudgee Region NSW
  • SILVER: Great Eastern Drive TAS
  • BRONZE: Bendigo Art Gallery & Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe VIC

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

  • GOLD: Masons of Bendigo VIC
  • SILVER: Josef Chromy Wines TAS
  • BRONZE: Sandalford Wines WA

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

  • GOLD: Seppeltsfield Estate Winery SA
  • SILVER: Sarina Sugar Shed QLD
  • BRONZE: Pizzini Wines VIC

Caravan and Holiday Parks

  • GOLD: BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park NSW
  • SILVER: BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort QLD
  • BRONZE: BIG4 Beacon Resort VIC

Hosted Accommodation

  • GOLD: The Beach House at Bayside WA
  • SILVER: Cobbold Village QLD
  • BRONZE: Curringa Farm Accommodation TAS

Unique Accommodation

  • GOLD: Taronga Western Plains Zoo NSW
  • SILVER: Pumphouse Point TAS
  • BRONZE: Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, The Horizontal Hotel WA

Self Contained Accommodation

  • GOLD: The Frames SA
  • SILVER: Avalon Coastal Retreat TAS
  • BRONZE: Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate VIC

Standard Accommodation

  • GOLD: Moama on Murray Resort NSW
  • SILVER: Ibis Mackay QLD
  • BRONZE: Ibis Adelaide SA

Deluxe Accommodation

  • GOLD: Yondah Beach House SA
  • SILVER: The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel SA
  • BRONZE: The Observatory, Port Macquarie NSW

Luxury Accommodation

  • GOLD: Saffire Freycinet TAS
  • SILVER: The Playford SA
  • BRONZE: Drift House VIC

New Tourism Business

  • GOLD: Three Capes Track TAS
  • SILVER: COMO The Treasury WA
  • BRONZE: The Wellness Manor VIC

Excellence in Food Tourism

  • GOLD: Margan Wines & Restaurant NSW
  • SILVER: Green Olive at Red Hill VIC
  • BRONZE: Barossa Valley Cheese Company SA

Australian Tourism Legend

  • GOLD: Harvey Lister QLD

Tourist Attractions

  • GOLD: Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre, ACT
  • SILVER: Bruny Island Cruises, TAS
  • BRONZE: Calypso Star Charters, SA