2015 Winners

'Winning an industry award at state level has provided the business and the staff  formal recognition of the achievement of goals. Winning is not just about receiving the award, but more about the process and the paths travelled to achieve well thought out goals. That process requires collaboration and co-operation from a team of dedicated and passionate individuals. We were elated to achieve success at state level which afforded us an opportunity to really raise the bar higher and compare our business with other businesses across the country. With so many fantastic tourist experiences Australia wide the competition to achieve excellence was/is very strong, so realistically we felt coming into this arena for the first time, it would be unlikely we would have reached high enough to even get to national level, which we considered a great achievement in its self.'
Moama on Murray Resort, 2015 NSW Gold Winner and 2015 Australian Tourism Awards Gold Winner – Standard Accommodation


Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 NSW Tourism Awards
 

Major Tourist Attractions
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Gold and Hall of Fame: Taronga Zoo Sydney, Sydney and Surrounds
Taronga Zoo Sydney have been inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year.

Silver: Featherdale Wildlife Park, Sydney and Surrounds


Tourist Attractions
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Gold: Cape Byron State Conservation Area, North Coast 
Silver: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Central NSW
Bronze: Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest, North Coast
Highly Commended: Australian Reptile Park, Central Coast



Major Festivals and Events

Gold: Byron Bay Bluesfest, North Coast
Silver: Tamworth Country Music Festival, Inland NSW
Bronze: Vivid Sydney, Sydney and Surrounds


Festivals and Events
Sponsored by Foresty Commission

Gold: Boggabri Drovers Campfire, Inland NSW

Silver: Sydney Country Music Festival, Sydney and Surrounds 
Bronze: Parkes Elvis Festival, Central NSW
Highly Commended: Twilight at Taronga, Sydney and Surrounds 


Ecotourism
Sponsored by Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Gold: Tri State Safaris, Inland NSW

Silver: Oz Whale Watching - Sydney Princess Cruises, Sydney and Surrounds


Cultural Tourism
Sponsored by Art Gallery NSW

Gold: QStation, Sydney and Surrounds

Silver: Nundle Woollen Mill, Inland NSW
Bronze: Old Dubbo Gaol, Inland NSW
Highly Commended: Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road, Central Coast


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Gold: Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron State Conservation Area, North Coast
Silver: Sand Dune Advenutes, The Hunter


Adventure Tourism
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

Gold: TreeTops Central Coast, Central Coast

Silver: Tri State Safaris, Inland NSW
Bronze: Life's an Adventure, Blue Mountains
Highly Commended: Let's Go Surfing, Sydney and Surrounds


Specialised Tourism Services
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

Gold: Flash Camp, North Coast

Silver: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, North Coast 
Bronze: State Forests of the Coff Coast, North Coast 
Highly Commended: JC Travel Professionals, Sydney and Surrounds


Tourism Education and Training
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

Gold and Hall of Fame: Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School have been inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year.
Silver: TEACH Wollongbar TAFE, North Coast

Bronze: Sydney TAFE Tourism and Hospitality, Sydney and Surrounds

Visitor Information Services
Sponsored by Aurora Research & Development

Gold: Dubbo Visitor Information Centre, Inland NSW
Silver: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, Central NSW
Bronze: Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres, North Coast
Highly Commended: Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre, Central Coast


Destination Marketing
Sponsored by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Gold: UNSPOILT South Coast Marketing Campaign, South Coast 
Silver: Broken Hill For Real, Inland NSW
Bronze: Wild About Whales: 2014 Campaign, Sydney and Surrounds
Highly Commended: Visit NSW State Forests, The Hunter


New Tourism Business
Sponsored by Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority

Gold: Halcyon House, North Coast

Silver: Balranald Discovery Centre, Inland NSW 
Bronze: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, North Coast


Business Event Venues
Sponsored by Business Events Sydney

Gold: Chateau Elan at The Vintage, The Hunter

Silver: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains
Bronze: Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley, Hunter Valley


Major Tour and Transport Operators
Sponsored by Qantas

Gold: AAT Kings NSW, Sydney and Surrounds


Tour and Transport Operators
Sponsored by Qantas

Gold: Oz Whale Watching - Sydney Princess Cruises, Sydney and Surrounds

Silver: Life's an Adventure, Blue Mountains
Bronze: Outback Geo Adventures, Inland NSW

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
Sponsored by Qantas

Gold: The Observatory Port Macquarie, North Coast


Excellence in Food Tourism
Sponsored by Sydney Weekender

Gold: Margan Wines & Restaurant, The Hunter

Silver: Bent on Food, North Coast


Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Sponsored by Sydney Weekender

Gold: Bent on Food, North Coast

Silver: The D'Vine Group, Central Coast
Bronze: Leura Garage Restaurant, Blue Mountains


Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
Sponsored by Sydney Weekender

Gold and Hall of Fame: Margan Wines, The Hunter

Margan Wines have been inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year.
Silver: Flyfaire Cellar Door and Cafe, Murray


Caravan and Holiday Parks
Sponsored by Caravan & Camping Industry Association NSW

Gold: BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, Murray

Silver: Halifax Holiday Park, Central Coast
Bronze: BIG4 Sunshine South West Rocks, North Coast
Highly Commended: BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster Tuncurry, North Coast


Backpacker Accommodation - State Category Only
Sponsored by Australian Business Consulting & Solutions 
Please note; winners from this category do not proceed to the Australian Tourism Awards

Gold: Railway Square YHA, Sydney and Surrounds

Hosted Accommodation
Sponsored by Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Gold: Eldee Station, Inland NSW
Silver: Mollymook Beach Waterfront, South Coast
Bronze: Telegraph Retreat Luxury Cottages, North Coast


Unique Accommodation
Sponsored by Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Gold: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Inland NSW
Silver: Flash Camp, North Coast
Bronze: Byron Bay Cottages Cape Byron State Conservation Area, North Coast


Self Contained Accommodation
Sponsored by Australian Business Consulting & Solutions

Gold: Lilypad Luxury Cabins, North Coast


Standard Accommodation
Sponsored by TimeTarget

Gold: Moama on Murray Resort, Murray

Silver: The Old Vic Inn Historic Guesthouse, Central NSW
Bronze: Atura Blacktown, Sydney and Surrounds


Deluxe Accommodation
Sponsored by TimeTarget

Gold: The Observatory Port Macquarie, North Coast

Silver: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, Blue Mountains
Bronze: Apartments Inn Byron, North Coast


Luxury Accommodation
Sponsored by TimeTarget

Gold and Hall of Fame: Chateau Elan at The Vintage, The Hunter

Chateau Elan at The Vintage have been inducted into the NSW Tourism Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year.
Silver: Mountain Whispers Luxury Accommodation, Blue Mountains 


Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to NSW
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Winner: Ron Cregan


2015 People's Choice
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Winner: TreeTops Central Coast, Central Coast