Winners and Awards
CATEGORY 30 - Backpacker AccommodationSponsored by Tourism Council WA
Gold - Kangaroo Inn
Kangaroo Inn is one of Australia’s best value backpackers, providing the comforts of home, the luxuries of a hotel and all at a backpacker’s price. Located in the heart of Perth’s CBD, we are proudly Australian owned and operated. We offer a variety of shared and private room options to suit most travellers, whether they be travelling alone, as a couple, family or group. We offer our guests luxury 4 star hotel grade mattresses for a blissful nights rest as well as extensive common facilities including clean and modern shared bathrooms, free WiFi, home theatre and self service kitchen.
FACET Golden Guide AwardSponsored by Department of Parks & Wildlife
Gold - Brian Lee - Tagalong Tours
Brian Lee is a Bardi Aboriginal man, a Traditional Custodian of the area where he operates his Tagalong Tours, on the Dampier Peninsula (Ardi) north of Broome. He is one of the Kimberley’s most colourful characters, a natural storyteller, a charismatic and entertaining tour guide with a deep connection to country. Brian’s tours provide an opportunity for visitors to learn first-hand about Aboriginal culture and give a captivating insight into Brian’s connection to country and family history.
Sir David Brand Young Achiever MedalSponsored by
Gold - Chris Nunn - Adventure World
A member of the Adventure World leadership team with significant and impactful contributions to the tourism industry. Chris is an exceptional Team Member who leads by example. His commitment to business improvements in order to benefit the visitor experience is exemplary.
Sir David Brand MedalSponsored by
Paul King, Managing Director of Seashells Hospitality Group, has been a passionate member and fierce advocate of Western Australia’s tourism and hospitality industry for more than 40 years. Paul has always strived for industry improvement, innovation and collaboration. He has been instrumental in driving positive change for tourism, and in particular Indigenous, regional and heritage tourism. He has been a Chairman and committee member of a number of organisations including Chairman of Tourism Council of WA from 2008 to 2012, overseeing massive change, increasing its influence as a lobbyist and a financially secure and sustainable tourism organisation.
Sir David Brand Award for TourismSponsored by City of Perth
Gold - Sandalford Wines
Sandalford Wines is one of Western Australia’s oldest, largest and most distinguished producers of premium wine with a history in the Swan Valley linked to the time of European settlement in the state, whilst also being a pioneer of the world famous Margaret River wine region. In addition Sandalford operates one of the most diverse wine tourism facilities in Australia with offerings including restaurants, cellar doors, tours, functions and banquets and of course concerts for up to 16,000 people per event. This year, Sandalford celebrates its 175th Anniversary.
CATEGORY 1 – Major Tourist AttractionsSponsored by The Sunday Times
Gold - Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is a state asset, contributing an estimated $170 million annually. Our major difference to competitors in this category is our location offshore – which contributes substantially to the cost of staff; food and other supplies; travel, etc. Rottnest Island is a unique/diverse experience from any other ‘Island Holiday’ or ‘Holiday Getaway’ destination. Rottnest is a pristine natural environment and a uniquely preserved historical settlement which is located less than a 30minutes from Fremantle, allowing people to discover a different experience when they visit/explore the island.
Silver - Fremantle Prison
Bronze - The Bell Tower
CATEGORY 2 – Tourist AttractionsSponsored by Hello Perth
Gold - Ocean Park Aquarium
The Ocean Park Aquarium, located in Shark Bay WA, is an exciting ecotourism venture that gives visitors the opportunity to see and learn about the wonders of the marine environment. Customers are taken on a highly educational guided tour of the facility with a Marine Scientist, where they will meet local marine creatures such as sea snakes, sharks, stonefish, stingrays and many more and learn about they’re respective importance within the local ecosystem. Ocean Park is entirely solar powered, produces its own fresh water and is a centre for conservation, scientific research and rehabilitation
Silver - Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Bronze - Whiteman Park
CATEGORY 3 – Major Festivals and EventsSponsored by The Sunday Times
The 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is an ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) surfing tournament and the second stop on the ASP World Championship Tour. The event is attended by the worlds best 36 Male Surfers and 18 Women’s surfers including world champions such Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore. The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro attracts spectators from around the world to Margaret River and heavily promotes the region through local, national and international media and marketing channels (including live TV and online broadcast accessed by millions worldwide).
Silver - Rottnest Channel Swim
Bronze - Velofest Western Australia
CATEGORY 4 – Festivals and EventsSponsored by Arthur J Gallagher
Since inception in 2001 the Ord Valley Muster has continued to showcase the East Kimberley as a unique and special destination. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ord Valley, Lake Kununurra, surrounding gorges, national parks and stunning reserves, the Muster rewards visitors with its array of extraordinary and distinctive experiences. Commencing as a 5 day affair, the Muster has gradually grown to become a 10 day festival featuring over 30 events including the multi-award-winning Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience. There is no better time to be in the East Kimberley than during this vibrant event.
Silver - Taste Great Southern
Bronze - City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks
CATEGORY 5 - EcotourismSponsored by Department of Parks & Wildlife
Gold - Out of Sight Tours
Out of Sight Tours is Western Australia’s leading ecotourism company. Their multi-award winning four wheel drive tours to West Cape Howe, the southern-most point of WA, have been described as “jaw-dropping”, “awe inspiring”, and simply “Out of Sight!”