2018 Finalists

2018 Finalists

Major Tourist Attractions

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney (Sydney Metro)
Featherdale Wildlife Park (Sydney Metro)

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Tourist Attractions

Club Catalina Country Club (Southern NSW)
Forestry Corporation of NSW - Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest (North Coast)
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (North Coast)
Mayfield Garden (Country & Outback)
Oakvale Wildlife Park (Sydney Surrounds North)
Outback Astronomy (Country & Outback)
Rich River Golf Club (Riverina Murray)
Siding Spring Observatory (Country & Outback)


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Major Festivals and Events

Destination NSW – Vivid Sydney (Sydney Metro)
Splendour in the Grass 2017 (North Coast)
Tamworth Regional Council - Tamworth Country Music Festival (Country & Outback)


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Festivals and Events

Australian Celtic Festival (Country & Outback)
Canowindra International Balloon Challenge (Country & Outback)
Deni Play on the Plains Festival -  Deni Ute Muster (Riverina Murray)
Lismore City Council - Eat the Street Lismore (North Coast)
Parkes Shire Council - 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival (Country & Outback)
Woolgoolga and Northern Beaches Chamber of Commerce - Woolgoolga Curryfest (North Coast)


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Ecotourism

Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks (North Coast)
Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay (North Coast)
Jetty Dive Centre (North Coast)
Port Macquarie Koala Hospital (North Coast)
Tweed Eco Cruises (North Coast)
Wolgan Valley Eco Tours (Country & Outback)


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Cultural Tourism

Bunker Cartoon Gallery (North Coast)
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail (North Coast)
Nundle Woollen Mill (Country & Outback)
Old Dubbo Gaol (Country & Outback)
Port Macquarie Museum (North Coast)
Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park Manly (Sydney Surrounds North)
Tribal Warrior (Sydney Metro)


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Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

The Giingan Experience by Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation (North Coast)
Bundyi Cultural Tours (Riverina Murray)
Sand Dune Adventures (Sydney Surrounds North)

Tribal Warrior (Sydney Metro)
Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours (North Coast)


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Specialised Tourism Services

Arts Mid North Coast - Mid North Coast...the Creative Coast (North Coast)
Ask Roz (Sydney Surrounds North)
Birkenhead Point Brand Outlet (Sydney Metro)
South Coast Nannies (Sydney Surrounds South)
The Age of Fishes Museum (Country & Outback)


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Visitor Information Services

Albury Visitor Information Centre (Riverina Murray)
Bathurst Regional Council - Bathurst Visitor Information Centre (Country & Outback)
Dubbo Regional Council - Dubbo Visitor Information Centre (Country & Outback)
Mudgee Region Tourism - Mudgee Region Visitor Information Services (Country & Outback)
Orange Visitor Information Centre (Country & Outback)
Parkes Visitor Information Centre (Country & Outback)
Yass Valley Council - Yass Valley Information Centre (Southern NSW)


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Business Event Venues

Elements of Byron (North Coast)
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel (Sydney Surrounds North)
Hyatt Regency Sydney (Sydney Metro)
Luna Park Sydney – Luna Park Venues (Sydney Metro)
Spirit Fleet Boat Charters (Sydney Metro)


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Major Tour and/or Transport Operators

Moonshadow - TQC Cruises (Sydney Surrounds North)

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Tour and/or Transport Operators

Beyond Ballooning (Sydney Surrounds North)
Dave's Travel & Events Group (Sydney Metro)
Port Stephens 4WD Tours (Sydney Surrounds North)

Spirit Fleet Boat Charters (Sydney Metro)

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Adventure Tourism

Beyond Ballooning (Sydney Surrounds North)
Let’s Go Surfing Australia (Sydney Metro)
Oz Jet Boating (Sydney Metro)
Sand Dune Adventures (Sydney Surrounds North)
TreeTops Sydney - The Hills (Sydney Metro)
WATSSUP Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling (Sydney Metro)


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Destination Marketing

Clarence Valley Council - My Clarence Valley (North Coast)
Edward River Council - Visit Deni Destination Campaign (Riverina Murray)
Coffs Harbour City Council - Destination Coffs Coast (North Coast)
Mudgee Region Tourism - Let's Skip Town Together Mid-Week (Country & Outback)
Parkes Shire Council - Parkes, Be Out There Campaign (Country & Outback)
Shoalhaven City Council - 100 Beach Challenge Campaign (Sydney Surrounds South)


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Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Bannisters by the Sea – Rick Stein at Bannisters (Sydney Surrounds South)
Bent On Food (North Coast)
Cupitt’s Kitchen (Sydney Surrounds South)
Margan Winery & Restaurant (Sydney Surrounds North)
Potager - A Kitchen Garden (North Coast)
The River Deck (Riverina Murray)


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Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Cupitt's Winery and Brewery (Sydney Surrounds South)
Heifer Station Wines - Heifer Station Cellar Door (Country & Outback)
Tumut River Brewing Co (Riverina Murray)
Urban Winery Sydney (Sydney Metro)


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Caravan and Holiday Parks

BIG4 Karuah Jetty Holiday Park (North Coast)
BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry (North Coast)
DC on the Lake (Riverina Murray)
Great Aussie Holiday Park (Riverina Murray)
NRMA Port Macquarie Breakwall Holiday Park (North Coast)
Reflections Holiday Parks Seal Rocks (North Coast)
Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Kingscliff Beach (North Coast)


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Hosted Accommodation

Blueberry Hills on Comleroy (Sydney Surrounds North)
Eldee Station (Country & Outback)
Mountain Whispers The MW Collection (Sydney Surrounds North)
Noonaweena (Sydney Surrounds North)


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Unique Accommodation

Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park Manly (Sydney Surrounds North)
Sierra Escape (Country & Outback)
The Residences Centennial Park (Sydney Metro)


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Self Contained Accommodation

Kirsten Serviced Accommodation (Country & Outback)
Lakeview Luxury Retreat (Country & Outback)
Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel (North Coast)
Morvern Valley Farm Stay (Southern NSW)
Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga (North Coast)


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Standard Accommodation

Heritage Hotel Motel Dorrigo (North Coast)
Lodge Outback Motel (Country & Outback)
Manera Heights Apartments (Country & Outback)
Shearing Shed Motor Inn (Country & Outback)


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Deluxe Accommodation

Bannisters by the Sea, Mollymook (Sydney Surrounds South)
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel (Sydney Surrounds North)
Lake Crackenback Resort & Spa (Southern NSW)
Quest Griffith (Riverina Murray)
Sails Port Macquarie by Rydges (North Coast)
The Parkview Hotel Mudgee (Country & Outback)


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Luxury Accommodation

CIRCA 1936 (Riverina Murray)
Elements of Byron (North Coast)
Mt Hay Retreat (Sydney Surrounds South)


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New Tourism Business

Blue Ginger Picnics (North Coast)
Open Air Picnics (North Coast)


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Excellence in Food Tourism

Bent On Food (North Coast)
Cupitt's Winery, Brewery, Fromagerie and Kitchen (Sydney Surrounds South)
Food I Am (Riverina Murray)
Margan Winery & Restaurant (Sydney Surrounds North)
Orange Ex-Services' Club - The Greenhouse of Orange (Country & Outback)
Sydney Fish Market (Sydney Metro)
Tasting Plate Tours (North Coast)
The Cheesemaking Workshop & Deli (North Coast)


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Tourism Education and Training*

TEACH at TAFE NSW Wollongbar (North Coast)
Western Sydney University -  Bachelor of Tourism Management (Sydney Metro)


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*Indicates category is not offered as direct entry to the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards