Winners and Awards
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.
Silver - Exmouth Visitor Centre
CATEGORY 10 - Business Event VenuesSponsored by Perth Convention Bureau
Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough is an iconic beachfront hotel overlooking Scarborough Beach. The hotel's team of experienced event coordinators and chefs can provide tailored event services to meet all your needs. Our extensive facilities include two large ballrooms and 24 meeting rooms that can accommodate as many as 680 delegates and multiple breakout streams.
Silver - Joondalup Resort
Bronze - Hyatt Regency Perth
CATEGORY 11 - Major Tour & Transport OperatorsSponsored by Budget Car & Truck Rentals
Gold - ADAMS
A wholly Western Australian owned company operating with over 10 years’ experience ADAMS (and subsidiary ADAMS Pinnacle Tours with over 35 years' operation) is proudly regarded as Western Australia’s leading tour operator. Renowned for their custom-designed fleet of 5-star touring vehicles, visiting many of Western Australia’s premier and iconic attractions in superb comfort is made easy.
Silver - Rottnest Express
Bronze - Rottnest Fast Ferries
CATEGORY 12 - Tour & Transport OperatorsSponsored by ADAMS Group
Gold - Top Drop Tours
Top Drop Tours is a family owned tour operator based in Margaret River, specializing in small group tours. Top Drop Tours consists of two owners working full time and four casual employees. Top Drop Tours have been in operation since 2010 and have received multiple awards in this category at both the WA Tourism Awards and Australian Tourism Awards.