See the list! NSW Tourism Award Winners Announced

Congratulations to all the incredible winners of the 2022 NSW Tourism Awards. Now in its 32nd year, these esteemed awards recognise excellence, innovation and exceptional customer service across the tourism industry.

The NSW Tourism Awards were presented in partnership with the NSW Government and Destination NSW and sponsored by Signature Media with the winners to represent NSW at the prestigious Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Sydney on Friday 17 March 2023.

Gold, Silver and Bronze winners were named in categories ranging from Ecotourism and Adventure Tourism to Wineries, Restaurants and Accommodation. See the full list below.

Kayaking past the Sydney Opera House in summer
Kayaking past the Sydney Opera House in summer © Destination NSW

2022 NSW Tourism Award Winners

Major Tourist Attractions

Gold: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Silver: The Australian Reptile Park, Somersby
Bronze: The Big Banana Fun Park, Coffs Harbour

Tourist Attractions

Gold: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Port Macquarie
Silver: Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary
Bronze: Aussie Ark, Barrington Tops

Major Festivals and Events

Gold: Bluesfest Byron Bay
Silver: GLOW at Sydney Zoo

Festivals and Events

Gold: Tumbafest Inc, Tumbarumba
Silver: Bathurst Winter Festival
Bronze: The Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival


Gold: Sydney by Kayak, Lavender Bay
Silver: Vision Walks – Eco Tours, Byron Bay
Bronze: Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads

Cultural Tourism

Gold: Local Sauce Tours, Sydney
Silver: Old Dubbo Gaol
Bronze: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Port Macquarie

Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Gold: Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, Coffs Harbour
Silver: Bundyi Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga
Bronze: Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, Coffs Harbour

Tourism Retail & Hire Services

Gold: Sydney Harbour Kayaks, The Spit Bridge, Mosman
Silver: Ask Roz Blue Mountains

Visitor Information Services

Gold: Mudgee Region Tourism
Silver: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre
Bronze: Eden Visitor Information Centre, Sapphire Coast

Business Event Venues

Gold: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains by MGallery
Silver: Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Tour and/or Transport Operators

Gold: Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads
Silver: Beyond Ballooning, Lovedale
Bronze: Blue Mountains Stargazing

Campaigns, catering and caravan parks

Adventure Tourism

Gold: Balloon Aloft, Hunter Valley, Camden Valley, Mudgee and Byron Bay
Silver: Sydney Harbour Kayaks, The Spit Bridge, Mosman
Bronze: Beyond Ballooning, Lovedale

Tourism Marketing and Campaigns

Gold: MidCoast Council: Destination Barrington Coast
Silver: Shoalhaven City Council, Tourism
Bronze: The Tweed Tourism Company

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Gold: Potager, Carool
Silver: Bent on Food, Wingham
Bronze: Antica Australis, Carcoar

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Gold: Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba

Caravan and Holiday Parks

Gold: North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point
Silver: NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort, Central Coast
Bronze: BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park

Hosted Accommodation

Gold: Blueberry Hills on Comleroy, Kurrajong
Silver: Belle Bois, Capertee Valley
Bronze: Amaroo Valley Springs, Kurrajong

Unique Accommodation

Gold: Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Silver: Glenayr Farm Mudgee
Bronze: Berger Houseboat Holidays, Tweed Heads

Self-Contained Accommodation

Gold: Bandalong Cottages, Mudgee
Silver: Peppertree Hill, Mudgee
Bronze: Mt Warning Estate, Dum Dum

4 – 4.5 Star Accommodation

Gold: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel, Orange
Silver: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains by MGallery
Bronze: Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Mosman

5 Star Accommodation

Gold: Mt Hay Retreat, Berry
Silver: Kalinya Estate, Bargo

Excellence in Tourism

New Tourism Business

Gold: Italian Cooking Experience with Stefano Marvello, Bowral
Silver: Navigate Expeditions, Sapphire Coast
Bronze: Evamor Valley, Mudgee

Excellence in Food Tourism

Gold: Margan Wines & Restaurant, Broke
Silver: Food I Am, Wagga Wagga
Bronze: Country Food Trails, Orange

Excellence in Accessible Tourism*

Gold/Hall of Fame: Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga
Silver: Cocky Guides, Sydney
Bronze: Sea Horse Diamond Beach

Local Government Award for Tourism*

Gold: MidCoast Council: Destination Barrington Coast
Silver: Central Coast Council – Destination Central Coast

Dean Gorddard Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual*

Winner: Donna Carrier

Judges’ Tourism Star Award*

Joint Winners: Glenayr Farm, Mudgee and Love Lord Howe

*Does not progress to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

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