Aussie awarded tours and destinations to check out in 2013

Wondering where to go in Australia in the new year? Think you’ve seen and done it all?

Well it might just be worth checking out the destinations that won out in the recent tourism awards held around the country in November 2012. We’re also pretty proud to announce that some are also connected with VIP Backpackers! See the ** signs. Woo hoo!!

Here’s 5 of the award winners from each state. Click the links for full details.

South Australian
Aboriginal Cultural Tours – Adjahdura Land, Yorke Peninsula – best Indigenous Tourism
** Adventure Bay Chartersbest Adventure Tourism
Adelaide Convention Bureau – ‘Destination SA’ – best Tourism Marketing
BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park – best Tourist and Caravan Parks
Sinclair’s Gully – Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
NSW Tourist Attractions – Blue Mountains National Park – Katoomba (Blue Mountains), Sydney Tower Eye (Sydney)
Tourist Attractions – Cape Byron State Conservation Area – Byron Bay (Ballina), The Magic of Jenolan – Jenolan Caves (Bathurst), Mogo Zoo (Mogo, Bega)
Major Festivals and Events – 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival (Tamworth), The 23rd Annual Bluesfest Byron Bay (Ballina), Sydney Royal Easter Show – Sydney Olympic Park (Strathfield)
Ecotourism – Jenolan Caves – Ancient Underworld – Jenolan Caves (Bathurst), Life’s An Adventure (Blue Mountains), Sydney Coast Walks (Cronulla)
Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Jenolan Caves – Written In Stone – Jenolan Caves (Bathurst), Blue Mountains Walking Tracks – Katoomba (Blue Mountains), Glasshouse Port Macquarie (Port Macquarie)

Australia Zoo (Major Tourist Attractions)
Audi Hamilton Island Race Week (Major Festivals and Events)
Ocean Rafting (Two awards received for Tour and/or Transport  Operators, and Adventure Tourism)
SkyPoint Climb (New Tourism Development)
Reef HQ Aquarium (Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism)

Major Tourist Attractions – Port Arthur Historic Site
Tourist Attractions – Bruny Island Cruises
Major Festivals & Events – The Taste Festival
Ecotourism – Bruny Island Cruises, Bay of Fires Lodge Walk
Adventure Tourism – The Maria Island Walk, Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

V/Line: Major Tours and/or Transport
** Habitat HQ : inducted into the Hall of Fame Award for Backpacker Accommodation
** Great Ocean Road Surf Tours: Adventure Tourism
** 12 Apostle Helicopters: Tour and Transport Operators
Moonraker Dolphin Swims: Ecotourism Award

Northern Territory
Major Tourist Attractions: Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
Tourist Attractions and Tour and/or Transport Operators: Uluru Camel Tours
Indigenous Tourism: RT Tours
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services: Daly Waters Historic Pub
** Backpacker Accommodation: Haven Backpacker Resort

Western Australia Tourist Attractions: Rottnest Island, Kings Park and Botanic Garden, The Bell Tower
Major festivals and events: Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash, Fremantle Street Arts Festival, Taste Great Southern
Ecotourism: Out of Sights Tours, Eco Beach Broome, Alek and Gina’s Ningaloo Ecology Cruises Glass Bottom Boat
Indigenous Tourism: Uptuyu Adventures, Kooljaman at Cape Leveque, Gwoonwardu Mia – The Gascoyne Aboriginal Heritage and Cultural Centre Inc
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators: Rottnest Express, Outback Spirit Tours, ADAMS Coachlines


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