The best of Australia’s best

The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s top awards for promoting excellence in tourism.

The awards have been running since 1985, and each year a diverse range of tourism businesses enter their state and territory for the chance to be recognised.

More than 200 reach the prestigious status of becoming a national finalist. A total of 76 awards were handed out to Australia’s best tourism operators and organisations on the night.

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Here’s the full list of winners:

Major Tourist Attractions
Gold: Port Arthur Historic Site (TAS)
Silver: The Australian Reptile Park (NSW)
Bronze: Nitmiluk National Park (NT)

Tourist Attractions
Gold: Calypso Star Charters (SA)
Silver: Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure (WA)
Bronze: Cobbold Gorge (QLD)

Major Festivals and Events
Gold: MyState Australian Wooden Boat Festival 2019 (TAS)
Silver: Tesselaar Tulip Festival (VIC)
Bronze: Rome City + Empire at the National Museum of Australia (ACT)

Festivals and Events
Gold: Groundwater Country Music Festival (QLD)
Silver: The Unconformity (TAS)
Bronze: Grazing Down the Lachlan (NSW)

Gold: The Maria Island Walk (TAS)
Silver: Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort (QLD)
Bronze: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park (VIC)

Cultural Tourism
Gold: Venture North Australia (NT)
Silver: Hadley’s Orient Hotel (TAS)
Bronze: Royal Australian Mint (ACT)

Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism
Gold: Nitmiluk Tours and Cicada Lodge (NT)
Silver: Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences (WA)
Bronze: Rainforestation Nature Park – Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience (QLD)

Specialised Tourism Services
Gold: Blue Ginger Picnics (NSW)
Silver: Launceston Airport (TAS)
Bronze: Small World Journeys (QLD)

Visitor Information Services
Gold: Swan Valley Visitor Centre (WA) – Hall of Fame
Silver: Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information Centre (TAS)
Bronze: Canberra and Region Visitor Centre (ACT)

Business Event Venues
Gold: Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre (QLD)
Silver: Adelaide Hill Convention Centre (SA)
Bronze: Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region (WA)

Major Tour and Transport Operators
Gold: Red Cat Adventures (QLD)
Silver: SkyBus (VIC)
Bronze: Pennicott Wilderness Journeys (TAS)

Tour and Transport Operators
Gold: Kimberley Quest (WA)
Silver: Gordon River Cruises (TAS)
Bronze: Tasman Venture (QLD)

Adventure Tourism
Gold: Roaring 40s Kayaking (TAS)
Silver: Red Cat Adventures (QLD)
Bronze: Adventure Bay Charters (SA)

Destination Marketing
Gold: Bendigo Tourism Tudors to Windsors campaign (VIC)
Silver: Orange360 – Extend the Weekend campaign (NSW)
Bronze: Mona Foma – Air Mofo (TAS)

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Gold: Nitmiluk’s Cicada Lodge Restaurant (NT)
Silver: The Tasting Room at Mayura Station (SA)
Bronze: The River Deck (NSW)

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
Gold: Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience (QLD)
Silver: Bangor Vineyard Shed (TAS)
Bronze: Bright Brewery (VIC)

Caravan and Holiday Parks
Gold: BIG4 Hahndorf Resort (SA)
Silver: Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut (QLD)
Bronze: NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park (NSW)

Hosted Accommodation
Gold: Ashdowns of Dover Bed and Breakfast (TAS)
Silver: Heytesbury House (VIC)
Bronze: Holberry House (WA)

Unique Accommodation
Gold: Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure – The Horizontal Hotel (WA) – Hall of Fame
Silver: Sierra Escape (NSW)
Bronze: Jamala Wildlife Lodge (ACT)

Self-Contained Accommodation
Gold: Balingup Heights Hilltop Forest Cottages (WA)
Silver: Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate (VIC)
Bronze: Avalon Coastal Retreat (TAS)

Standard Accommodation
Gold: IBIS Styles Hobart (TAS)
Silver: Leumeah Lodge (ACT)
Bronze: Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville (QLD)

Deluxe Accommodation
Gold: MACq 01 Hotel (TAS)
Silver: Fairmont Resort & Spa Blue Mountains (NSW)
Bronze: Crowne Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters (NT)

Luxury Accommodation
Gold: Cicada Lodge at Nitmiluk Gorge (NT)
Silver: Pullman Bunker Bay Resort Margaret River Region (WA)
Bronze: Alkina Lodge (VIC)

New Tourism Business
Gold: Habitat Noosa (QLD)
Silver: Stillwater SEVEN – Stillwater Restaurant and Seven Room (TAS)
Bronze: Seppeltsfield Road Distillers (SA)

Excellence in Food Tourism
Gold: Two Feet & a Heartbeat (WA)
Silver: Sarina Sugar Shed (QLD)
Bronze: Margan Wines & Restaurant (NSW)

Australian Tourism Legend
John Morse AM

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