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Lifestyle : NSW Tourism Awards 2011
1HERSA1 V002 travel nsw tourism awards special report And the winners are . . . From the outback to the sea, excellence and innovation have been rewarded. Top spots . . . clockwise from top left, a Sumatran tiger at Taronga Zoo; Bells Milk Bar, Broken Hill; Jenolan Caves; the NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow; Avoca Beach Picture Theatre. Photos: Edwina Pickles; Brendan Esposito; Aaron Brown MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WINNER Taronga Zoo, Sydney. SILVER BridgeClimb, Sydney. BRONZE Cape Byron State Conservation Area, north coast. OTHER FINALISTS Featherdale Wildlife Park, Doonside, greater Sydney; Nan Tien Temple, Berkeley, Wollongong, south coast; Blue Mountains National Park, Blue Mountains. TOURIST ATTRACTIONS WINNER The Magic of Jenolan, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains. SILVER Mogo Zoo, Mogo, south coast. BRONZE Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, Glenworth, central coast. OTHER FINALISTS Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, central NSW; Junee Licorice Factory, Junee, Riverina; Tabatinga Family Fun Centre, Coffs Harbour. MAJOR FESTIVALS AND EVENTS WINNER Bluesfest Byron Bay, north coast. SILVER Sydney Royal Easter Show, Sydney. BRONZE 2011 Urban Hotel Group Ironman Australia, Port Macquarie, north coast. FESTIVALS AND EVENTS WINNER NSW Caravan, Camping, RV and Holiday Supershow, greater Sydney. SILVER Christmas Lights Spectacular, Hunter. BRONZE Deniliquin Ute Muster and Play on the Plains Festival, Riverina. OTHER FINALISTS CountryLink Parkes Elvis Festival, central NSW; Carols in the Caves, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains; Old Bar Beach Festival, Old Bar, north coast; Scheyville Centenary Celebration, Scheyville, greater Sydney. ECOTOURISM WINNER Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Sydney. SILVER Ancient Underworld, Blue Mountains. BRONZE Dorrigo National Park, north coast. OTHER FINALISTS Blue Mountains Discovery, Blue Mountains; Strickland State Forest, central coast. HERITAGE AND CULTURAL TOURISM WINNER Written in Stone, Blue Mountains. SILVER Blue Mountains Walking Tracks, Blue Mountains. BRONZE Avoca Beach Picture Theatre, Avoca Beach, central coast. OTHER FINALISTS Hawkesbury Regional Museum, greater Sydney; Sydney Harbour YHA and The Big Dig Archaeology Education Centre, Sydney; Bells Milk Bar & Museum, Broken Hill, outback NSW; Bathurst Goldfields, central NSW; Glasshouse, Port Macquarie, north coast. INDIGENOUS TOURISM WINNER Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery, Coffs Harbour, north coast. SILVER Sculptures in the Scrub, New England. SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICES WINNER Newcastle Airport. SILVER Bentonu -- incorporating Bent on Food/Bent on Life, Wingham, north coast. BRONZE Spa Sublime, Katoomba, Blue Mountains. OTHER FINALISTS two eight two eight, Gulargambone, central NSW; Vision Valley Conference and Recreation Centre, greater Sydney; Age of Fishes Museum, Canowindra, central NSW; Tuross Boatshed & Cafe, Tuross Head, south coast. VISITOR INFORMATION AND SERVICES WINNER Greater Port Macquarie Visitor Information Centre, north coast. SILVER Lismore and Nimbin visitor information centres, north coast. BRONZE The Next Revolution: Visitor Services 2.0, south coast. OTHER FINALISTS Penrith Valley Visitor Information Centre, greater Sydney; Lithgow Visitor Information Centre, Blue Mountains; Bathurst Visitor Information Centre, central NSW. MEETINGS AND BUSINESS TOURISM WINNER Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, north coast. SILVER Mercure Kooindah Waters, Wyong, central coast. BRONZE Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains. OTHER FINALISTS Novotel Wollongong Northbeach, south coast; The Carrington Hotel, Blue Mountains; Ballina Beach Resort & Conference Centre, north coast. MAJOR TOUR AND/OR TRANSPORT OPERATORS WINNER Moonshadow Cruises, Nelson Bay, north coast. SILVER AAT Kings Sydney Day Tours, greater Sydney. BRONZE Northern Highland Travel, Hunter. OTHER FINALISTS Gray Line, Sydney. TOUR AND/OR TRANSPORT OPERATORS WINNER Tri State Safaris, outback NSW. SILVER Activity Tours Australia, Hunter. BRONZE Life's an Adventure, Blue Mountains. OTHER FINALISTS SoulQuest, south coast; Royal Coast Walks, greater Sydney; Helicopter Scenic Flights/South Solitary Island Heli Tours, Coffs Harbour, north coast; Blue Mountains Trolley Tours, Blue Mountains; Kangariffic Tours, Hunter. ADVENTURE TOURISM WINNER Tri State Safaris, outback NSW. SILVER Adventure Underground, Blue Mountains. BRONZE Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures, central coast. OTHER FINALISTS TreeTop Adventure Park, Ourimbah, central coast; Yuraygir Coastal Walk, north coast; Life's an Adventure, Sydney. TOURISM MARKETING WINNER The Legendary Pacific Coast, north coast. SILVER New England North West Drive campaign, New England. BRONZE The NSW Caravan & Camping Holiday and Touring Guide 2011, greater Sydney. OTHER FINALISTS We Love the Gong, south coast; Greater Port Macquarie Tourism & Events, north coast; Blue Mountains Ed, Blue Mountains; Manning Valley Tourism, north coast. TOURISM EDUCATION AND TRAINING WINNER Travel 21fiftythree, greater Sydney. SILVER Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School, Blue Mountains. OTHER FINALISTS TAFE NSW -- North Coast Institute, north coast. TOURISM RESTAURANTS AND CATERING SERVICES WINNER Margan Restaurant, Hunter. SILVER Byron Beach Cafe, Byron Bay, north coast. BRONZE The Corner Restaurant Cafe, Port Macquarie, north coast. OTHER FINALISTS Chisolm's, Jenolan Caves, Blue Mountains; Dish Cafe, Parkes, central NSW; Bent on Food, Wingham, north coast; Cupitt's Winery & Restaurant, Ulladulla, south coast; Glenorie Bakery cafe/ deli, Glenorie, greater Sydney. TOURISM WINERIES, DISTILLERIES AND BOUTIQUE BREWERIES WINNER Wyndham Estate Winery, Dalwood, Hunter. SILVER Silos Estate, Berry, south coast. TOURIST AND CARAVAN PARKS WINNER BIG4 North Star Holiday Resort & Caravan Park, Hastings Point, north coast. SILVER Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Sydney. BRONZE BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park, Riverina. OTHER FINALISTS BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park, north coast; Halifax Holiday Park, north coast; Norah Head Holiday Park, central coast. BACKPACKER ACCOMMODATION WINNER Sydney Harbour YHA. HOSTED ACCOMMODATION WINNER Mollymook Beach Waterfront, Mollymook, south coast. SILVER Ossian Hall Valley Retreat, Colo, greater Sydney. BRONZE Eldee Station, Broken Hill, outback NSW. OTHER FINALISTS Honeycomb Valley Farm, Nabiac, north coast. UNIQUE ACCOMMODATION WINNER Somewhere Unique -- An Escape for 2 in the Hunter, Hunter. SILVER All Seasons Houseboats, Mildura, the Murray. BRONZE Banjos Bushland Retreat, Vacy, Hunter. OTHER FINALISTS Clarence River Wilderness Lodge, Tabulam, north coast; Old Leura Dairy, Blue Mountains; the Bower at Broulee, south coast. STANDARD ACCOMMODATION WINNER Scone Motor Inn, Hunter. SILVER Ibis Sydney Darling Harbour, Sydney. BRONZE The Old Vic Inn Historic Guesthouse, Canowindra, central NSW. OTHER FINALISTS The Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, Blue Mountains; Vacation Village, Port Macquarie, north coast. DELUXE ACCOMMODATION WINNER Macquarie Waters Boutique Apartment Hotel, Port Macquarie, north coast. SILVER The Observatory, Port Macquarie, north coast. BRONZE Shoal Bay Resort & Spa, north coast. OTHER FINALISTS Chifley Hotel Penrith, greater Sydney; Tathra Beach House Holiday Apartments, Tathra, south coast; The Vintry Country House and Vineyard, Pokolbin, Hunter; Mountain Heritage Hotel & Spa Retreat, Katoomba, Blue Mountains; Chifley Hotel Eastern Creek, greater Sydney; Hermitage Lodge, Pokolbin, Hunter; Four Points by Sheraton Sydney, Darling Harbour, Sydney; the Castlereagh Boutique Hotel, Sydney. LUXURY ACCOMMODATION WINNER Sheraton on the Park, Sydney. SILVER Chateau Elan, Rothbury, Hunter. NEW TOURISM DEVELOPMENT WINNER Tandara, Sydney. SILVER Savannah Visitor Plaza and free access area at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo, central NSW. BRONZE Corowa Whisky and Chocolate venue, Corowa, Riverina. OTHER FINALISTS Sculptures in the Scrub, New England; Ex-HMAS Adelaide Artificial Reef, central coast; Trainworks, Thirlmere, greater Sydney; Eco Extreme Jervis Bay, south coast; Clarence River Way project, north coast. QANTAS AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN SUSTAINABLE TOURISM WINNER Lane Cove River Tourist Park, Sydney. SILVER Old Leura Dairy, Leura, Blue Mountains. BRONZE Silos Estate, south coast. OTHER FINALISTS Beachcomber Holiday Park, Potato Point, south coast. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO TOURISM BY AN INDIVIDUAL WINNER Jon Hutchison, Sydney. OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO REGIONAL TOURISM WINNER Lori Modde, outback NSW. YOUNG ACHIEVER IN TOURISM AWARD WINNER Ollie Philpot, central coast. OTHER FINALISTS Sweeby Bryan, north coast; Joshua James Elliott, Snowy Mountains; Ollie Ansell, Sydney; Mark Boyd, Blue Mountains. TOURIST PUBS WINNER Shoal Bay Country Club Hotel, Shoal Bay, north coast. SILVER Morundah Hotel, Morundah, Riverina. BRONZE Gol Gol Hotel, Gol Gol, the Murray. 2 SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2011 THE SUN-HERALD
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