See the winners of the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

The 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards celebrates the best tourism businesses across the country over the past year. Which one takes your pick?

The nation’s best of the best in the tourism industry gathered last night in Sydney for the 2022 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards. Held at Sydney’s Doltone House on Darling Island, the tourism industry united to celebrate the premier tourism businesses in Australia to reveal the 2022 Gold, Silver and Bronze national winners at the black-tie gala event. 

It’s Australia’s biggest annual celebration of tourism business excellence, recognising and elevating the best tourism Australia has to offer. The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards celebrates innovation and exceptional standards in tourism.

Australian Tourism Awards 2023 _ Major tourist attraction - Adelaide Zoo
Major Tourist Attraction Gold winner, Adelaide Zoo

Overall, 75 awards were presented across 25 categories, with a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner announced for each category with the most coveted award, Major Tourist Attraction, won by Adelaide Zoo in South Australia for Gold, with the Gold for Tourist Attraction category being awarded to Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience in Queensland. 

In the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism Experience, the Gold was awarded to wukalina Walk in Tasmania. In the Ecotourism category, Gold went to Live Ningaloo in Western Australia. The Cultural Tourism award went to Geelong Gallery in Victoria, and in the Major Festivals & Events category, Gold was awarded to The Darwin Festival in the Northern Territory.

In the accommodation sector, Canberra’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge won Gold in the Unique Accommodation category, whilst Mt Hay Retreat in NSW took Gold for 5 Star Luxury Accommodation. 

Australian Tourism Awards Jamala Giraffe accommodation
Unique Accommodation winner, Canberra’s Jamala Wildlife Lodge

The full list of winners is listed below:

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

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism Experience

GOLD – wukalina Walk TAS
SILVER – Spirits of the Red Sand QLD
BRONZE – Angkerle Atwatye – Standley Chasm NT

wukalina Walk
wukalina Walk in Tasmania
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

Tourist Attractions

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

Australian Tourism Awards 2023 _ Attraction - Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Bundaberg Rum Distillery
Major Tourist Attractions

GOLD – Adelaide Zoo SA
SILVER – National Zoo & Aquarium CBR
BRONZE – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary QLD


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

Major Festivals & Events

GOLD – The Darwin Festival NT
SILVER – Tesselaar KaBloom VIC
BRONZE – Optus Stadium – AFL Grand Final 2021 WA

The Darwin Festival NT
The Darwin Festival
Festivals & Events

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

Tourism Retail and Hire Services

GOLD – Willie Creek Pearls WA
SILVER – Sydney Harbour Kayaks NSW
BRONZE – Uluru Audio Guide NT

New Tourism Business

GOLD – Wildcat Mackay QLD
BRONZE – Sequoia Lodge SA

Australian Tourism Awards 2023 _ New tourism business - Wildcat MacKay
New Tourism Business winner, Wildcat MacKay
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

The Woods Ocean Grove VIC
The Woods Ocean Grove Victoria
Caravan & Holiday Parks

GOLD – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort QLD
SILVER – BIG4 St Helens Holiday Park TAS
BRONZE – Oasis Tourist Park NT

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

Bangor Vineyard Shed TAS 
Bangor Vineyard Shed Tasmania
Business Event Venues

GOLD – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort WA
SILVER – Darwin Convention Centre NT
BRONZE – Peppers Silo Hotel TAS

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

GOLD – ‘Viva Bendigo’ by the 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

Coal River Farm Tasmania
Coal River Farm Tasmania
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

Mt Hay Retreat NSW
Mt Hay Retreat NSW
Visitor Information Services

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

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