Tourism

Qantas Australian Tourism Awards winners revealed

Australia’s tourism industry got together to party down and celebrate business excellence on Friday, at the 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

The event, which was hosted at the Novotel Sunshine Coast Convention Centre in QLD, saw Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience inducted into the Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for taking the top honours in Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries for the past three years.

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria took home gold for Major Tourist Attraction, as did Saffire Freycinet in 5-Star Luxury Accommodation and Freemantle Prison for Cultural Tourism.

Other winners include Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks for Caravan and Holiday Parks, Beach Huts Middleton for 3-3.5 Star Accommodation, Darwin Convention Centre for Business Event venues and Red Cat Adventures for Adventure Tourism.

Overall there were 75 awards presented across 25 categories.

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk congratulated the award recipients.

“The Australian Tourism Awards is a celebration of adaptability and creativity across the tourism industry, and we’re proud to have welcomed so many industry leaders and innovators to Queensland’s spectacular Sunshine Coast for the Awards this year,” Palaszczuk said.

“It’s been a joy to celebrate a sector that has shown determination and innovation in the face of a global pandemic.”

Qantas Group chief customer office Stephanie Tully added to the Premier’s sentiments.

“As the national carrier, we’re delighted to be celebrating and championing the best of the industry after a particularly tough two years for Australian tourism.

“We’ve seen travel demand rebound strongly this year and we’re really excited to help travellers from home and abroad rediscover this amazing country and support Australian tourism operators to get back to doing what they do best,” Tully added.

Check out the full list of winners below:

BRONZE WINNERS

State

Category

Company

ACT

06. Cultural Tourism

Royal Australian Mint

NSW

01. Major Tourist Attractions

Taronga Western Plains Zoo

NSW

14. Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

Mudgee Region Tourism

NSW

02. Tourist Attractions

Oakvale Wildlife Park

NSW

20. Self Contained Accommodation

Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga

NSW

22. 4-4.5 Star Accommodation

The Byng Street Boutique Hotel

NT

12. Tour & Transport Operators

Uluru Camel Tours

QLD

23. 5 Star Accommodation

InterContinental Hayman Island Resort

QLD

04. Festivals & Events

Isaac Regional Council – Economy and Prosperity Department

QLD

08. Tourism Retail & Hire Services

Pelican Boat Hire

QLD

09. Visitor Information Services

Longreach Visitor Information Centre

SA

15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

The Guardsman

SA

16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Seppeltsfield Wines

SA

19. Unique Accommodation

Woodhouse Activity Centre

SA

24. New Tourism Business

Eos by SkyCity

TAS

10. Business Event Venues

Peppers Silo Hotel

TAS

18. Hosted Accommodation

Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast

TAS

05. Ecotourism

Tasmanian Walking Company

VIC

11. Major Tour & Transport Operators

Searoad Ferries

VIC

03. Major Festivals & Events

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

WA

13. Adventure Tourism

Geronimo Rottnest

WA

17. Caravan & Holiday Parks

Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park

WA

21. 3-3.5 Star Accommodation

SurfPoint Resort

WA

25. Excellence In Food Tourism

The Trustee for Two Feet and A Heartbeat Unit Trust

WA

07. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences

SILVER WINNERS

State

Category

Company

ACT

02. Tourist Attractions

National Arboretum Canberra

ACT

03. Major Festivals & Events

National Gallery of Australia

NSW

16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Heifer Station Wines Pty Ltd

NSW

19. Unique Accommodation

Sierra Escape

NT

06. Cultural Tourism

Venture North Safaris

QLD

01. Major Tourist Attractions

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

QLD

10. Business Event Venues

Empire Apartment Hotel

QLD

11. Major Tour & Transport Operators

Red Cat Adventures

QLD

17. Caravan & Holiday Parks

Julia Creek Caravan Park

QLD

20. Self Contained Accommodation

Pinnacles Resort

SA

13. Adventure Tourism

Bendleby Ranges

SA

05. Ecotourism

Murray River Trails

SA

08. Tourism Retail & Hire Services

Vasse Virgin at Seppeltsfield

TAS

22. 4-4.5 Star Accommodation

MACq 01 Hotel

TAS

24. New Tourism Business

Kittawa Lodge

TAS

25. Excellence In Food Tourism

Coal River Farm

TAS

07. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

wukalina Walk

VIC

15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Alexandra Hotel

VIC

18. Hosted Accommodation

Heytesbury House

VIC

21. 3-3.5 Star Accommodation

Alexandra Hotel

VIC

09. Visitor Information Services

Bendigo Visitor Centre

WA

12. Tour & Transport Operators

The Hike Collective

WA

14. Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

WAITOC

WA

23. 5 Star Accommodation

Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region

WA

04. Festivals & Events

CinefestOZ

GOLD WINNERS

State

Category

Company

QLD

07. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Spirits of the Red Sand

VIC

24. New Tourism Business

Wilsons Promontory Cruises

TAS

12. Tour & Transport Operators

Gordon River Cruises

TAS

11. Major Tour & Transport Operators

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Pty Ltd

WA

20. Self Contained Accommodation

Tree Chalets

QLD

18. Hosted Accommodation

Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat

TAS

19. Unique Accommodation

Pumphouse Point

NSW

17. Caravan & Holiday Parks

Ingenia Holidays South West Rocks

QLD

13. Adventure Tourism

Red Cat Adventures

WA

06. Cultural Tourism

Fremantle Prison

WA

05. Ecotourism

Live Ningaloo

VIC

14. Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

Destination Gippsland

VIC

25. Excellence In Food Tourism

Green Olive at Red Hill

TAS

15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Mures Tasmania

QLD

16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience

SA

21. 3-3.5 Star Accommodation

Beach Huts Middleton

QLD

22. 4-4.5 Star Accommodation

Empire Apartment Hotel

TAS

23. 5 Star Accommodation

Saffire Freycinet

TAS

09. Visitor Information Services

Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre

NT

10. Business Event Venues

Darwin Convention Centre

TAS

08. Tourism Retail & Hire Services

Coal River Farm

VIC

04. Festivals & Events

Ballarat City Council – Ballarat Heritage Festival

QLD

03. Major Festivals & Events

Beef Australia Limited

NT

02. Tourist Attractions

Katherine Outback Experience

VIC

01. Major Tourist Attractions

Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria



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