Congratulations to our 2011 NSW Tourism Award Finalists

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More than 140 individual tourism operators across 30 categories have been selected as finalists in the 2011 NSW Tourism Awards. This includes the prestigious individual awards for Young Achiever, Outstanding Contribution to Tourism for both State and Regional operators. From the finalists Gold winners together with Silver and Bronze runners up will be announced at the Awards Ceremony and Dinner at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on Thursday 17 November 2011. The event will publicly recognise and showcase the finest tourism product across the State.

Entries received this year were of very high-calibre and we would like to congratulate all entrants and finalists.

1. Major Tourist Attractions

Blue Mountains National Park (Blue Mountains)

BridgeClimb Sydney (Sydney)

Cape Byron State Conservation Area (North Coast)

Featherdale Wildlife Park (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Nan Tien Temple (South Coast)

Taronga Zoo (Sydney)


2. Tourist Attractions

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (Central Coast)

Junee Licorice Factory (Riverina)

Mogo Zoo (South Coast)

Tabatinga Family Fun Centre – Coffs Harbour (North Coast)

Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Central NSW)

The Magic of Jenolan (Blue Mountains)


3. Major Festivals and Events

2011 Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia Port Macquarie (North Coast)

Bluesfest Byron Bay (North Coast)

Sydney Royal Easter Show (Sydney)


4. Festivals and Events

Carols in the Caves (Blue Mountains)

Christmas Lights Spectacular (Hunter)

Countrylink Parkes Elvis Festival (Central NSW)

Deniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival (Riverina)

NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Old Bar Beach Festival (North Coast)

Scheyville Centenary Celebration (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)


5. Ecotourism

Ancient Underworld (Blue Mountains)

Blue Mountains Discovery (Blue Mountains)

Dorrigo National Park (North Coast)

Lane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)

Strickland State Forest (Central Coast)


6. Heritage and Cultural Tourism

Avoca Beach Picture Theatre (Central Coast)

Bathurst Goldfields (Central NSW)

Bells Milk Bar & Museum (Outback NSW)

Blue Mountains Walking Tracks (Blue Mountains)

Glasshouse (North Coast)

Hawkesbury Regional Museum (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Sydney Harbour YHA and the Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre (Sydney)

Written in Stone (Blue Mountains)


7. Indigenous Tourism

Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery (North Coast)

Sculptures in the Scrub (New England NW)


8. Specialised Tourism Services

Age of Fishes Museum (Central NSW)

Bentonu – incorporating Bent on Food/Bent on Life (North Coast)

Newcastle Airport (Hunter)

Spa Sublime (Blue Mountains)

Tuross Boatshed & Café (South Coast)

Two Eight Two Eight, Gulargambone (Central NSW)

Vision Valley Conference and Recreation Centre (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)


9. Visitor Information and Services
The Rod Murdoch Memorial Award

Bathurst Visitor Information Centre (Central NSW)

Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre (North Coast)

Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres (North Coast)

Lithgow Visitor Information Centre (Blue Mountains)

Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

The Next Revolution Visitor Services 2.0 (South Coast )


10. Meetings and Business Tourism

Ballina Beach Resort & Conference Centre (North Coast)

Mercure Kooindah Waters (Central Coast)

Novotel Wollongong Northbeach (South Coast)

Old Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa (North Coast)

The Carrington Hotel (Blue Mountains)


11. Major Tour and/or Transport Operators

AAT Kings Sydney Day Tours (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Gray Line (Sydney)

Moonshadow Cruises (North Coast)

Northern Highland Travel (Hunter)


12. Tour and/or Transport Operators

Activity Tours Australia – Hunter Valley Tour (Hunter)

Blue Mountains Trolley Tours (Blue Mountains)

Helicopter Scenic Flights/South Solitary Island Heli Tours (North Coast)

Kangarrific Tours (Hunter)

Life’s An Adventure (Blue Mountains)

Royal Coast Walks (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Soulquest (South Coast)

Tri State Safaris (Outback NSW)


13. Adventure Tourism

Adventure Underground (Blue Mountains)

Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures (Central Coast)

Life’s An Adventure (Sydney)

Treetop Adventure Park (Central Coast)

Tri State Safaris (Outback NSW)

Yuraygir Coastal Walk (North Coast)


14 .Tourism Marketing

Blue Mountains Ed (Blue Mountains)

Greater Port Macquarie Tourism & Events (North Coast)

Manning Valley Tourism (North Coast)

New England North West Drive Company (New England NW)

The Legendary Pacific Coast (North Coast)

The NSW Caravan & Camping Holiday and Touring Guide 2011 (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

We Love the Gong (South Coast)


15. Tourism Education & Training

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School (Blue Mountains)

TAFE NSW – North Coast Institute, Tourism Education and Training (North Coast)

Travel 21fiftythree (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)


16. Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Bent on Food (North Coast)

Byron Beach Café (North Coast)

Chisolm’s (Blue Mountains)

Cupitt’s Winery & Restaurant (South Coast)

Dish Café (Central NSW)

Glenorie Bakery Café/Deli (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Margan Restaurant (Hunter)

The Corner Restaurant Café (North Coast)


17. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries

Silos Estate (South Coast)

Wyndham Estate Winery (Hunter)


18. Tourist and Caravan Parks

BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park (Riverina)

BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park (North Coast)

BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park (North Coast)

Halifax Holiday Park (North Coast)

Lane Cove River Tourist Park (Sydney)

Norah Head Holiday Park (Central Park)


19. Backpacker Accommodation

Sydney Harbour YHA (Sydney)


20. Hosted Accommodation

Eldee Station (Outback NSW)

Honeycomb Valley Farm (North Coast)

Mollymook Beach Waterfront (South Coast)

Ossian Hall Valley Retreat (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)


21. Unique Accommodation

All Seasons Houseboats (The Murray)

Banjos Bushland Retreat (Hunter)

Clarence River Wilderness Lodge (North Coast)

Old Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)

Somewhere Unique – An Escape for 2 in the Hunter (Hunter)

The Bower at Broulee (South Coast)


22. Standard Accommodation

Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour (Sydney)

Scone Motor Inn (Hunter)

The Carrington Hotel (Blue Mountains)

The Old Vic Inn Historic Guesthouse (Central NSW)

Vacation Village (North Coast)


23. Deluxe Accommodation

Chifley Eastern Creek (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Chifley Penrith (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)

Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour (Sydney)

Hermitage Lodge (Hunter)

Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel (North Coast)

Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Resort (Blue Mountains)

Shoal Bay Resort & Spa (North Coast)

Tathra Beach House Apartments (South Coast)

The Castlereagh Boutique Hotel (Sydney)

The Observatory Port Macquarie (North Coast)

The Vintry Country House and Vineyard (Hunter)


24. Luxury Accommodation

Chateau Elan Hunter Valley (Hunter)

Sheraton on the Park (Sydney)


25. New Tourism Development

Clarence River Way Project (North Coast)

Corowa Whisky and Chocolate Venue (Riverina)

Eco Extreme Jervis Bay (South Coast)

Ex HMAS Adelaide Artificial Reef, Central Coast, New South Wales (Central Coast)

Savannah Visitor Plaza and Free Access Area at Taronga Western Plains Zoo (Central NSW)

Sculptures in the Scrub (New England NW)

Tandara (Sydney)

Trainworks (Greater Sydney and Surrounds)


26. Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

Beachcomber Holiday Park (South Coast)

Lane Cove River Tourism Park (Sydney)

Old Leura Dairy (Blue Mountains)

Silos Estate (South Coast)


30. Tourist Pubs

Gol Gol Hotel (The Murray)

Morundah Hotel (Riverina)

Shoal Bay Country Club Hotel (North Coast)

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