Winners and Awards
Sir David Brand Award for TourismSponsored by City of Perth
An adventure experience straight from the pages of National Geographic, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures allows visitors to explore one of the most remote and majestic regions in Australia. The range of tours are for the true adventurers, taking people way off the beaten track and deep into the red heart of the Kimberley. Travelling by land, sea and air our tours visit a number of amazing sites, including Beagle Bay, Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Buccaneer Archipelago and Horizontal Falls. Jet boating, heli-fishing, swimming with sharks, sea-plane landings, plus more!
CATEGORY 1 – Major Tourist AttractionsSponsored by The Sunday Times
Gold - Whiteman Park
Located on the doorstep of the Swan Valley, Whiteman Park is one of the largest metropolitan recreation and conservation parks in the world. Covering 4,000 hectares, the Park is a place to enjoy life’s simplest pleasures – walking on peaceful paths, playing with the kids or simply delighting in the calmness of our unspoilt natural heritage.
Silver - Rottnest Island
Bronze - Perth Zoo
CATEGORY 2 – Tourist AttractionsSponsored by Hello Perth
Gold - Willie Creek Pearls
Centred around pearling, aquaculture and the stunning natural environment of Western Australia’s far north-west coastline, Willie Creek Pearl Farm attracts tens of thousands visitors each year. Getting to the farm is half the fun, you can visit as part of a coach tour from Broome or alternatively take a helicopter! Willie Creek Pearl Farm offers two-hour pearling tours including a live pearl seeding demonstration, harvesting of a pearl, education about pearl production, a cruise on Willie Creek and an aquaculture display. There’s also a jewellery showroom and a restaurant with spectacular views overlooking the water.
Silver - Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
Bronze - Busselton Jetty
CATEGORY 3 - Major Festivals & EventsSponsored by The Sunday Times
Gold - Mandurah Crab Fest
Crab Fest is the Mandurah's largest annual tourism campaign, in its 18th year, this free two day event in March attracted 120,000 attendees over the 2016 weekend, comprising of a mix of locals, intrastate, interstate and international visitors.
Silver - 2016 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro
CATEGORY 4 – Festivals and EventsSponsored by What's On Group
The multi-award winning Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster has proven its strength is in its variety of events that appeal to a wide-ranging audience. From a true outback station tour; to an indigenous corroboree; thrilling Rodeo action; comedy festivals; a diamond scavenger hunt; to a black tie gala dinner and concert overlooking Lake Kununurra.
CATEGORY 5 – EcotourismSponsored by Department of Parks & Wildlife
Gold - Sail Ningaloo
Sail Ningaloo offers live-aboard tours exploring the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. This owner operator eco tourism business offers innovative three, five and nine night tours aboard the luxury sailing catamaran ‘Shore Thing’. Tours provide an exclusive and personalised eco-tourism experience sailing and exploring pristine coral reef systems.
Silver - Three Islands Whale Shark Dive
Bronze - Ningaloo Discovery
CATEGORY 6 - Cultural TourismSponsored by National Trust Australia WA
Gold - Fremantle Prison
Fremantle Prison is a World Heritage listed Western Australian tourist attraction delivering a diverse range of unforgettable visitor experiences. Visitors can ‘step inside and do time’ with Fremantle Prison’s experienced Guides on a range of fascinating tours highlighting the daily life of convicts and prisoners. In addition to tours, Fremantle Prison also features free museum displays, an award winning gift shop, on site café and themed exhibitions in the Prison Gallery.
Bronze - National Anzac Centre
CATEGORY 7 - Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander TourismSponsored by WAITOC and Qantas
Gold - Ngurrangga Tours
Currently promoting Aboriginal cultural tourism and specialising in teaching the public about the heritage and culture from Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi traditional country/boundary. Ngurrangga Tours focuses on teaching song lines, sacred and significant sites, bush medicine and food as well as rock art.
Silver - Uptuyu Adventures
CATEGORY 8 - Specialised Tourism ServicesSponsored by Guru Productions
Gold - Willie Creek Pearls
Willie Creek Pearls provides a unique opportunity to unlock one of nature’s most beautiful mysteries, the creation of the Australian South Sea Pearl. Farm visitors learn about pearl production and are then able to enjoy a retail experience enhanced by the knowledge they have gained. The start to finish journey includes a demonstration of seeding an oyster, pearl harvesting and a cruise to view seeded pearl shells in their natural environment.
Silver - Exmouth Holidays
Bronze - Vasse Virgin
CATEGORY 9 – Visitor Information and ServicesSponsored by RAC Parks & Resorts
The MRBTA manages four accredited, award-winning Visitor Centres in Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River and Augusta and combined with our various cave and lighthouse attractions, come into contact with over 1.1 million visitors annually. In addition to this, MRBTA offers a number of online and offline tools to support the needs of visitors who do not use the visitor centres or attractions.