Winners announced at the 2018 Country & Outback Regional Tourism Awards

 Image credit: Andrew Murray

Image credit: Andrew Murray

Leading regional tourism businesses, events, and visitor experiences from Oberon to Broken Hill and north to the Queensland border were recognised at the 2018 Country & Outback Regional Tourism Awards in Orange on Saturday night.

Winners in 15 categories were announced at the gala awards ceremony from finalists including tourism businesses, local councils, events, restaurants, wineries and accommodation providers. More than 120 industry representatives were in attendance to see who would take home the coveted awards.

In association with the gala, Destination Country & Outback hosted the inaugural Country and Outback Tourism Forum on Friday. A half-day event for networking and business development, it saw more than 65 of the region’s tourism operators and event organisers engage in sessions with experts on topics including destination management, remote working, digital media, and business events.

 

2018 Country & Outback Regional Tourism Award winners

 

Tourist Attractions

Gold: Mayfield Garden, Oberon

Silver: Outback Astronomy, Broken Hill

 

Major Festivals and Events

Gold: Tamworth Country Music Festival, Tamworth

 

Festivals and Events

Gold: Parkes Elvis Festival, Parkes

Silver: Canowindra Balloon Challenge, Canowindra

Finalist: Orange F.O.O.D Week, Orange

Finalist: Australian Celtic Festival, Glen Innes

 

Ecotourism

Gold: Wolgan Valley Eco Tours, Wolgan Valley

 

Cultural Tourism

Gold: Nundle Woollen Mill, Nundle

Silver: Old Dubbo Gaol, Dubbo

 

Specialised Tourism Services

Gold: The Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra

 

Visitor Information Services

Gold: Mudgee Region Tourism, Mudgee

Silver: Bathurst Regional Council, Bathurst

Bronze: Liverpool Plains Visitor Information Centre, Willow Tree

Finalist: Dubbo Regional Council, Dubbo

Finalist: Orange Visitor Information Centre, Orange

Finalist: Parkes Visitor Information Centre, Parkes

 

Destination Marketing

Gold: Mudgee Region Tourism, Mudgee

Silver: Parkes Shire Council, Parkes

 

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Gold: Heifer Station Wines Pty Ltd 

Finalist: Blue Wren Wines, Mudgee

 

Hosted Accommodation

Gold: Eldee Station, Broken Hill  

 

Unique Accommodation

Gold: Sierra Escape, Mudgee

 

Self-Contained Accommodation

Gold: Lakeview Luxury Retreat, Orange

Silver: Kirsten Serviced Apartments, Mudgee

 

Standard Accommodation

Gold: Manera Heights Apartments, Dubbo 

Silver: Shearing Shed Motor Inn, Dubbo

Bronze: Lodge Outback Motel, Broken Hill

 

Deluxe Accommodation

Gold: The Parkview Hotel, Mudgee

 

Excellence in Food Tourism

Gold: Orange Ex-Services’ Club, Orange

Finalist: Wayward Trails Pty Ltd, Arding

 

Category winners from the Regional Tourism Awards will now gain finalist status upon entering the NSW Tourism Awards to be held in Sydney later this year.

Belinda King