Winners and Awards
CATEGORY 25 – New Tourism DevelopmentSponsored by Small Business Development Corporation
The Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre is an exciting new tourism product for Australia’s South West and the State. It represents a multi-million dollar investment by the State Government into eco-tourism and is comprised of three sites; The Tree Top Walk – Walpole, Swarbrick Art Loop – Mount Frankland South National Park; and the newly completed $2 million Mount Frankland Wilderness Lookout, arrival shelter and visitor facilities – Mount Frankland National Park. The centre focuses on different perspectives of the vast, natural and wild landscapes of the Walpole Wilderness to create inspiring visitor experiences. After ten years in the making and with the completion of the final site in February this year, the Walpole Wilderness Discovery Centre demonstrates the unique blending of renowned product with the new to create A jewel in the crown for nature based tourism in the south west.
Silver - The Terrace Hotel
Bronze - Kingfisher Tours
CATEGORY 26 – Qantas Award For Excellence in Sustainable TourismSponsored by Qantas
Gold - Rottnest Island
The Rottnest Island Authority (RIA) has a strong focus on sustainability, with a vision to be a model of ethical tourism based on financial, environmental and social sustainability. · low-traffic bicycle-friendly roads, wind turbine, extensive woodland restoration program · around 33% of the Island’s power is generated by the wind, saving some 1100 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year; future activities to be low-impact and sustainable; curriculum-based education and interpretation programs encourage conservation behaviour; successful adaptive re-use of heritage structures and historic buildings; the RIA has made significant advances towards financial sustainability; has invested in sustainable visitor research ; and achieved Bronze EarthCheck Certification in the past year.
CATEGORY 27 – Local Government Award for TourismSponsored by WA Local Government Super
Gold - City of Swan
The City of Swan has established a well-defined and strategic role that uniquely integrates visitor servicing with regional marketing, product development and interpretive infrastructure. Our innovative ‘Adding Value through Tourism’ program has resulted in the delivery of high quality tourism infrastructure, services and facilities including management of the award-winning Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail and T-QUAL accredited Swan Valley Visitor Centre. The City of Swan’s activities, implemented in partnership with local, state and federal tourism agencies, have significantly contributed to the growth of the Swan Valley – today Western Australia’s most visited wine region, servicing about 2.1 million visitors per annum – and set benchmarks for local government involvement in tourism in Western Australia.
Silver - City of Fremantle
Bronze - Shire of Irwin
CATEGORY 28 – Excellence in Food TourismSponsored by Tourism WA
Gold - Bushfood Factory and Cafe
The Bushfood Factory and Cafe is without doubt the most exciting food experience in Western Australia and will be remembered as the attraction not to be missed. This unique jewel encompasses all aspects of Australian native food herbs and fruits, from the plantation to the table. As a visitor, you will be overwhelmed by the extensive product range created with these bush foods. All your senses will be put to contribution whilst participating in a guided tour or enjoying an innovative modern cuisine featuring these amazing Australian food marvels. Activate your taste buds and learn about Australian natural food sensations.
Silver - Eat Drink Perth
Bronze - Lobster Shack
Sir David Brand Award for TourismSponsored by City of Perth
Kings Park is Western Australia’s premier tourist destination. A large inner-metropolitan park, it showcases the Western Australian Botanic Garden, many important memorials, landscaped parkland and a significant area of remnant bushland. Kings Park is an iconic part of Western Australian life; a place of inspiration, relaxation, recreation and wonder; something we proudly share with interstate and overseas visitors. And share it we do – over 6 million people visit the Park every year. The Botanic Gardens and Parks Authority manages Kings Park and Botanic Garden to ensure the conservation of native biological diversity and cultural heritage icons, while providing a unique tourist destination.
Sir David Brand MedalSponsored by
Gold - Pat Strahan
Sir David Brand Young Achiever MedalSponsored by
Gold - Genevieve Whisson
FACET Golden Guide AwardSponsored by
Gold - David Bomba
Dr Dave, aka The Adventure Doctor, is the inspiration and driving force behind WA’s leading ecotourism business – Out of Sight Tours. His personal tagline is: “Have the experience of a lifetime!” It is a philosophy that underpins his entire guiding ethos. He aims to deliver distinctive and memorable experiences. His guiding approach is based on inspiring a love of the natural world, revealing the amazing biodiversity of WA’s landscape, and sowing the seeds for ongoing sustainable development. Dr Dave’s personal guiding vision is to improve industry recognition of the role that professional guides play in shaping the visitor experience.