These are the winners of the 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

The 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards have been announced. We congratulate all the winners of these prestigious awards that Signature Media has been sponsoring since 2015.

Qantas Australian Tourism Awards is Australia’s biggest annual celebration of tourism business excellence, recognising and elevating the best tourism Australia has to offer. It celebrates innovation and exceptional standards in tourism, and Signature Media is proud to support the initiative as a sponsor of the awards. Read on for the full list of winners.

Overall, 78 awards were presented across 26 categories, with a Gold, Silver and Bronze winner announced for each category with the most coveted award, Major Tourist Attraction, won by the Australian Reptile Park in New South Wales for Gold, with the Gold for Tourist Attraction category being awarded to Katherine Outback Experience in the Northern Territory. 

In the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism Experience, the Gold was awarded to wukalina Walk in Tasmania. In the Ecotourism category, Gold went to Fun Over 50 Holidays. The Cultural Tourism award went to the Royal Australian Mint in the Australian Capital Territory, and in the Major Festivals & Events category, Gold was awarded to the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers in Queensland.

In the accommodation sector, Western Australia’s Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm won Gold in the Unique Accommodation category, whilst The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa took Gold for 5 Star Luxury Accommodation. 

The full list of winners is listed below:

Major Tourist Attractions

GOLD – Australian Reptile Park, New South Wales
SILVER – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Queensland
BRONZE – Zoos Victoria – Melbourne Zoo, Victoria

Australian Reptile Park
© Australian Reptile Park

Tourist Attractions

GOLD – Katherine Outback Experience, Northern Territory
SILVER – Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience, Queensland
BRONZE – d’Arenberg, South Australia

Major Festivals & Events

GOLD – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, Queensland
SILVER – Tesselaar KaBloom, Victoria
BRONZE – Darwin Festival, Northern Territory

Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
© Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

Festivals & Events

GOLD – Lights on the Lake, Australian Capital Territory
SILVER – 2023 Ord Valley Muster, Western Australia
BRONZE – Tumbafest Inc, Victoria

© Lights on the Lake / Dom Northcott

Ecotourism

GOLD – Fun Over 50 Holidays – Immersive Tours and Adventures
SILVER – Sydney by Kayak, New South Wales
BRONZE – National Arboretum Canberra, Australian Capital Territory

© Fun Over 50 Holidays

Cultural Tourism

GOLD – Royal Australian Mint, Australian Capital Territory
SILVER – Fun Over 50 Holidays – Immersive Tours and Adventures
BRONZE – Geelong Gallery, Victoria

© The Royal Australian Mint

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism Experience

GOLD – wukalina Walk, Tasmania
SILVER – Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Queensland
BRONZE – Ngurranga Tours, Western Australia

© wukalina Walk / Jillian Mundy

Tourism Retail and Hire Services

GOLD – Origins Market, Western Australia
SILVER – The Museum Shop at the National Museum of Australia, Australian Capital Territory
BRONZE – Go Adventure Nagambie, Victoria

© Origins Market

Visitor Information Services

GOLD – Canberra and Region Visitors Centre, Australian Capital Territory
SILVER – Mandurah Visitor Centre, Western Australia
BRONZE – Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre, South Australia

© Canberra & Region Visitors Centre

Business Event Venues

GOLD – Darwin Convention Centre, Northern Territory
SILVER – Peppers Silo Hotel, Tasmania
BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Western Australia

© Darwin Convention Centre

Major Tour & Transport Operators

GOLD – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Tasmania
SILVER – Ocean Rafting, Queensland
BRONZE – Searoad Ferries, Victoria

© Pennicott Wilderness Journeys

Tour & Transport Operators

GOLD – Air Adventure Golf, Victoria
SILVER – Swan River Seaplanes, Western Australia
BRONZE – NT Bird Specialists Birding & Photographic Safaris, Northern Territory

© Air Adventure Golf

Adventure Tourism

GOLD – Ocean Rafting, Queensland
SILVER – Bendleby Ranges, South Australia
BRONZE – Balloon Aloft Australia

© Ocean Rafting

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

GOLD – The Tweed Tourism Company, New South Wales
SILVER – Rockhampton Regional Council – Explore Rockhampton, Queensland
BRONZE – BIG Reasons to visit Mandurah – Visit Mandurah, Western Australia

© The Tweed Tourism Company

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

GOLD – Grain of the Silos, Tasmania
SILVER – Potager, New South Wales
BRONZE – CORE Cider House, Western Australia

© Grain of the Silos

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

GOLD – Bangor Vineyard Shed, Tasmania
SILVER – Seppeltsfield Wines, South Australia
BRONZE – Billson’s Brewery, Victoria

© Bangor Vineyard Shed

Caravan & Holiday Parks

GOLD – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, Queensland
SILVER – Alivio Tourist Park Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
BRONZE – NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park Hosted Accommodation, Victoria

© BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

Hosted Accommodation

GOLD – The Dragonfly Inn, Tasmania
SILVER – Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Queensland
BRONZE – Kangaroo Ridge Retreat, Victoria

© The Dragonfly Inn

Unique Accommodation

GOLD – Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, Western Australia
SILVER – Jamala Wildlife Lodge, Australian Capital Territory
BRONZE – Woodhouse Adventure Park, South Australia

© Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm

Self-Contained Accommodation

GOLD – The Woods Ocean Grove, Victoria
SILVER – Tree Chalets, Western Australia
BRONZE – The Granary | Richmond Hill, Tasmania

© The Woods

3-3.5 Star Accommodation

GOLD – Urban Camp Melbourne, Victoria
SILVER – ibis Adelaide, South Australia
BRONZE – Magnums Unique Accommodation Airlie Beach, Queensland

© Urban Camp

4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation

GOLD – Beach Huts Middleton, Victoria
SILVER – Ship Inn Stanley, Tasmania
BRONZE – Cape York Peninsula Lodge, Queensland

© Beach Huts Middleton

5 Star Luxury Accommodation

GOLD – The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa, Queensland
SILVER – Chocolate Gannets, Victoria
BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort, Western Australia

© The Reef House

New Tourism Business

GOLD – On Board, Tasmania
SILVER – NEXUS Airlines, Western Australia
BRONZE – Port River Cruises, South Australia

© On Board

Excellence in Food Tourism

GOLD – Love Lord Howe, New South Wales
SILVER – The Truffle Farm – Home of Australia’s first black Truffle, Tasmania
BRONZE – Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market, South Australia

© Love Lord Howe

Excellence in Accessible Tourism

GOLD – Adelaide Fringe, South Australia
SILVER – Accessible Accommodation
BRONZE – Katherine Outback Experience, Northern Territory

© Adelaide Fringe

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