Winners and Awards
CATEGORY 6 - Heritage & Cultural TourismSponsored by National Trust Australia WA
Gold - The Bell Tower
One of the most important cultural buildings in Australia, The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, is located on the Swan River in the Perth CBD. Opened in December 2000 as the State’s millennium project, over one million visitors have experienced this outstanding heritage attraction. Purposefully built to house and showcase the history of the bells given by London and dating back to the 14th Century The Bell Tower has informed and fascinated local, interstate and international visitors. The Bell Tower is a unique blend of the old and new…it is truly interactive must do experience.
Silver - Rottnest Island
Bronze - Fremantle Prison
CATEGORY 7 - Indigenous TourismSponsored by WAITOC
Gold - Koomal Dreaming
Koomal Dreaming is an Aboriginal owned and operated business offering cultural experiences throughout the Cape to Cape region. Visitors have the opportunity to experience life through the eyes of the traditional owners, taste native foods, learn bush medicine, meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of Wardandi and Bibbulman people since time began. Josh (Koomal) Whiteland is a Wardandi / Noongar man who has been working in tourism and education for over ten years. A talented musician with close connection to traditional lands and a strong relationship with local people, Josh is passionate about his culture.
Silver - Uptuyu Adventures
Bronze - Brian Lee Tagalong Tours
CATEGORY 8 - Specialised Tourism ServicesSponsored by Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA
Gold - Vasse Virgin
asse Virgin’s journey began 18 years ago on a sheep farm in Kojonup where the Louis and Edwina Scherini’s children were diagnosed with extreme skin sensitivity. Inspired to find a natural alternative, the Scherini’s developed handmade olive oil skin care products designed for use on all skin types. Through word-of-mouth the products received strong customer demand and the company first opened its doors in 2006 in the country town of Margaret River. Now encompassing a gourmet food range, a visit to the Soap Factory is an experience you will not easily forget.
Silver - Chocolate Drops
Bronze - Crystal Swan
CATEGORY 9 - Visitor Information and ServicesSponsored by Ascert Australia
Geographe Bay Tourism Association (GBTA) is a multi-faceted industry owned and operated tourism association in the Geographe Bay and Margaret River Wine Region of Western Australia, located three hours south of Perth. The GBTA represents 420 member businesses spread across the towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Margaret River, Yallingup, Cowaramup and Augusta. The Association exists to attract visitors to the region and facilitate their dispersal once in destination. This is achieved by delivering destination marketing initiatives and operating two Level 1 Accredited (NTAP) visitor centres at Busselton and Dunsborough.
Silver - Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre
Bronze - Fremantle Visitor Centre
CATEGORY 10 - Meetings and Business TourismSponsored by Perth Convention Bureau
One of Australia’s most iconic holiday destinations is also the ideal destination for business events. Perfectly positioned where the outback meets the ocean, this award-winning Resort is the only Broome resort overlooking the famous Cable Beach. Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa provides the ultimate setting for world-class conferences, incentives, meetings and business events. Whether it’s a conference for 200 delegates, a Pearling Masters Dinner, or cocktails on the Okari Deck against the backdrop of a magnificent Indian Ocean sunset – you won’t find a more breathtaking or unforgettable venue for your next corporate event.
CATEGORY 11 - Major Tour & Transport OperatorsSponsored by Budget Car & Truck Rentals
Gold - ADAMS
A wholly Western Australian owned company operating with over 26 years’ experience ADAMS is proudly regarded as Western Australia’s leading tour operator. Renowned for our custom-designed fleet of 5-star touring vehicles, visiting many of Western Australia’s premier and iconic attractions in superb comfort is made easy. Our driver guides are an elite group of highly trained environmentally aware professionals with more than 26 years’ experience. They share their experience and stories of Western Australia with you to ensure every tour is an experience you’ll come back for.
Silver - APT
Bronze - Kimberley Wild Expeditions
CATEGORY 12 - Tour & Transport OperatorsSponsored by Tourism Council WA
Gold - Top Drop Tours
Top Drop Tours create unique and authentic tours showcasing Margaret River’s world class wine. Just as a sommelier matches wine with food, Top Drop Tours carefully design each tour to match the specific wine styles that their guests enjoy. Their bespoke small group and private tours feature personalised service, exclusive experiences and flexible itineraries designed on a daily basis to meet the needs of their guests. Their tours are sought by tourists through to internationally renowned wine critics. If you’re visiting Margaret River in search of great wine – tour with the people who are passionate about every drop!
Silver - Triple J Tours
Bronze - Country Escapes in WA Tours
CATEGORY 13 - Adventure TourismSponsored by Lion
Gold - Southern Skydivers
Southern Skydivers is WA’s Premier Drop Zone, offering tandem skydive experiences from 10,000ft, 14,000ft and 15,000ft in the Margaret River Wine Region, South West Western Australia. This innovative tourism business offers a unique tandem skydive experience for travellers visiting the region, overhead beautiful Geographe Bay, and landing on the beaches of the Busselton foreshore. Southern Skydivers’ experienced team are proud of our 100% safety record, our good reputation with the local community, and our ongoing contribution to tourism in the Margaret River Region.
Silver - Skydive Jurien Bay
Bronze - Sail Ningaloo
CATEGORY 14 - Destination MarketingSponsored by Countrywide Publications
Australia’s North West Tourism is the peak tourism marketing body for the Pilbara and Kimberley regions of Western Australia. The Characters of the Kimberley campaign presents a point of difference to our target market as its using the regions people to tell the story of the landscape. It centred on a competition to win a truly extraordinary ten-day trip for two to the Kimberley. We created stunning videos of each Character which struck a cord with many and inspired people to visit the Kimberley and its Characters themselves.
Silver - Perth City - Get to Know Me
CATEGORY 16 - Tourism Restaurants & Catering ServicesSponsored by Tourism Council WA
Relaxing at Sunset Bar & Grill with the sun setting over the Indian Ocean as the camel trains ascend from the beach is a truly memorable experience. Sunset Bar & Grill provides unparalleled views over Cable Beach and is a ‘bucket list’ attraction for visitors to the Kimberley region. Sunset cocktails can be complemented by our casual bar menu or you can enjoy an a la carte dinner from our grill menu. Breakfast is served daily with a full buffet offering fresh fruits, cereals, pastries, all of your favourite hot selections, juices, tea & coffee.