2016 Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 NSW Tourism Awards

Gold Winners from nationally aligned categories will progress to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Darwin on 24 February 2017.

Major Tourist Attractions
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Gold: BridgeClimb Sydney, S
ydney
Silver: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney
Bronze: Australian Reptile Park, Central Coast

Tourist Attractions
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Gold: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Country NSW
Silver:  Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest , North Coast
Bronze: Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, North Coast

Major Festivals and Events
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

Gold: Byron Bay Bluesfest, North Coast
Silver: Tamworth Country Music Festival, Country NSW

Bronze: Hunter Valley Steamfest, The Hunter

Festivals and Events
Sponsored by NRMA

Gold: Parkes Elvis Festival, Country NSW

Silver: Boggabri Drovers Campfire, Country NSW
Bronze: Deni Ute Muster, Murray


Ecotourism
Sponsored by Forestry Corporation

Gold: Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks, North Coast

Silver: Tri State Safaris, Outback NSW
Highly Commended: Region X - Unspoilt Experiences Batemans Bay, South Coast

Cultural Tourism
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

Gold: Nundle Woollen Mill,
Country NSW
Silver: Cultural Heritage and Tourism, City of Parramatta, Sydney
Bronze: Old Dubbo Gaol, Country NSW
Highly Commended: Sydney Outback Wilderness & Aboriginal Explorer Tour and Cruise, Sydney 

Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism
Sponsored by Qantas

Gold: Sand Dune Adventures, The Hunter
Silver: Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming, North Coast
Highly Commended: Sydney Outback Wilderness & Aboriginal Explorer Tour and Cruise, Sydney

Specialised Tourism Services

Gold: Ask Roz, Blue Mountains
Silver: Booking Boss, Sydney

Visitor Information Services
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Gold: Southern Highlands Welcome Centre, Country NSW
Silver: Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, North Coast
Bronze: Albury Visitor Information Centre, Murray
Highly Commended: Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre, Country NSW

Business Event Venues
Sponsored by Business Events Sydney

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

Chateau Elan at The Vintage have been inducted in the Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year. 
Silver: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery by Sofitel, Blue Mountains
Bronze: Luna Park Sydney, Sydney
Highly Commended: The Star Event Centre, Sydney


Major Tour and Transport Operators
Sponsored by Qantas

Gold and Hall of Fame: 
AAT Kings NSW, Sydney
AAT Kings NSW have been inducted in the Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year. 
Highly Commended: Captain Cook Cruises, Sydney

Tour and Transport Operators
Sponsored by Qantas

Gold: Beyond Ballooning, The Hunter

Silver: Outback Geo Adventures, Outback NSW
Bronze: Tweed Endeavour Cruises, North Coast
 

Adventure Tourism

Gold: Lets Go Surfing Australia, Sydney
Silver: Tri State Safaris, Outback NSW
Bronze: Beyond Ballooning, The Hunter

Destination Marketing

Gold: Reset your senses in Mudge Region, Country NSW
Silver: Wild About Wales, NSW Coastal Regions
Bronze: Destination Southern Highlands, Country NSW
Highly Commended: Sydney OutbackSydney
Highly Commended: UNSPOILT South Coast Marketing Campaign, South Coast

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Sponsored by Tourism Australia

Gold: 
Cupitt's Kitchen, South Coast
Silver: Margan Wines and Restaurant, The Hunter
Bronze: Bent on Food, North Coast

Highly Commended: Legends Grill at The Vintage, The Hunter

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
Sponsored by Tourism Australia

Gold: 
Cupitt's Winery and Brewery, South Coast
Silver: Hungerford Hill Wines, The Hunter

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

Gold and Hall of Fame: BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, Murray

Big4 Deniliquin Holiday Park have been inducted in the Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year. 
Silver: Merimbula Beach Holiday Park, South Coast 
Bronze: BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster Tuncurry, North Coast

Hosted Accommodation

Gold: Eldee Station, Outback NSW
Silver: Telegraph Retreat Cottages, North Coast
Bronze: Noonaweena, Central Coast


Unique Accommodation
Sponsored by Sydney Weekender

Gold and Hall of Fame: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Country NSW
Targonga Western Plains Zoo have been inducted in the Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year. 
Silver: Thou walla Sunset Retreat, The Hunter

Self Contained Accommodation
Sponsored by Sydney Weekender

Gold: Lilypad Luxury Cabins, North Coast
Silver: SeaHorse Diamond Beach, North Coast
Bronze: Lakeview Luxury Cabins, Country NSW


Standard Accommodation
Sponsored by Sydney Weekender

Gold: Moama on Murray Resort, Murray

Silver: Boogie Woogie Beach House, North Coast
Bronze: Royal National Park Cottages, Sydney


Deluxe Accommodation

Gold: The Observatory Port Macquarie, North Coast
Silver: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains - MGallery By Sofitel, Blue Mountains
Bronze: Crowne Plaza Terrigal, Central Coast


Luxury Accommodation

Gold: The Darling Hotel, Sydney
Silver: Halcyon House, North Coast
Bronze: Mountain Whispers, Blue Mountains


New Tourism Business

Gold: Rees international, North Coast
Highly Commended: Emerald & Aqua, South Coast


Excellence in Food Tourism
Sponsored by NRMA

Gold and Hall of Fame: Margan Wines & Restaurant, The Hunter

Margan Wines and Restaurant have been inducted in the Hall of Fame for winning this category for the third consecutive year
Silver: Bent on Food, North Coast www.bentonfood.com.au
Bronze: Food I Am, Riverina http://foodiam.com.au 

Tourism Education and Training
Sponsored by Sydney Airport

Gold: TEACH at Wollongbar TAFE, North Coast
Silver: Sydney TAFE Tourism and Hospitality, Sydney and Surrounds

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to NSW
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Winner: Cameron Arnold

2016 People's Choice
Sponsored by Destination NSW

Winner: Australian Reptile Park, Central Coast