2016 State Tourism Award Winners!

We have had a gala season of celebration in our industry of the state tourism awards recognising amazing tourism experiences and services across the country. Tilma Group was fortunate to attend the Queensland and New South Wales awards ceremonies, with our country girls in heels, hairdos and makeup, to celebrate the wins of clients we helped with their award applications

State tourism awards bestow a number of benefits on the winners:  

  • Increased credibility for their commitment to excellence and achievements;
  • A business “check-up” resulting in improvements to operations;
  • A strong boost to workplace pride and staff morale throughout the company;
  • Mentions in the media’s coverage of the awards; and
  • Entrance to the National Tourism Awards!

Learn more about how Tilma Group helps clients create professional award submissions: email us at admin@tilmagroup.com.au for a FREE copy of our toolkit on how to write an award-winning tourism award submission.

See you all in Darwin, at the national awards ceremony, the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, Friday 24 February! We look forward to meeting you there!

Here are the state and territory tourism award winners:

New South Wales 

Photos: NSW awards; program; Linda Tillman, Natalie Bramble-Dunkley and Lisa Cameron

Major Tourist Attractions - BridgeClimb Sydney
Tourist Attractions - Taronga Western Plains Zoo
Major Festivals and Events - Byron Bay Bluesfest
Festivals and Events  - Parkes Elvis Festival
Ecotourism - Byron Bay Eco Cruises & Kayaks
Cultural Tourism - Nundle Woollen Mill
QANTAS Award for Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism - Sand Dune Adventures
Specialised Tourism Services - Ask Roz
Visitor Information Services - Southern Highlands Welcome Centre
Business Event Venues - Château Élan at The Vintage - Hall of Fame
Major Tour and Transport Operators - AAT Kings NSW - Hall of Fame
Tour and Transport Operators - Beyond Ballooning
Adventure Tourism - Let's Go Surfing Australia
Destination Marketing - Reset your senses in Mudgee Region
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services - Cupitt's Kitchen
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries - Cupitt's Winery and Brewery
Caravan & Holiday Parks - BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park - Hall of Fame
Hosted Accommodation - Eldee Station
Unique Accommodation - Taronga Western Plains Zoo - Hall of Fame
Self Contained Accommodation - Lilypad Luxury Cabins
Standard Accommodation - Moama on Murray Resort
Deluxe Accommodation - The Observatory Port Macquarie
Luxury Accommodation - The Darling Hotel
New Tourism Business - Rees International
Excellence in Food Tourism - Margan Wines & Restaurant - Hall of Fame
Tourism Education and Training - TEACH at Wollongbar TAFE
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to NSW - Cameron Arnold
People's Choice Award - Australian Reptile Park



Photos: Team Tilma at the Qld awards; Lisa Cameron and Kushla Gale with Borobi, the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games mascot - a dream job for Lisa; Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers winning; Linda Tilllman with Tourism Councillor Geoff MacDonald of Toowoomba Regional Council.

Tilma Group clients included Whitsunday Escape Bareboat Holidays (Unique Accommodation Silver), Cape Trib Beach House (Standard Accommodation Bronze), Bookeasy and a number of clients through mentoring for QTIC.

Major Tourist Attractions - Australian Age of Dinosaurs
Tourist Attractions - Cobbold Gorge Tours
Major Festivals and Events - Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers
Festivals and Events - Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo
The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism - Fun Over Fifty
Cultural Tourism - Kinnon & Co
Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism - Mossman Gorge Centre
Specialised Tourism Services - Tourism Lounge at Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre Gold Coast
Visitor Information and Services - Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre
Business Event Venues - Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators - Ocean Rafting
Tour and/or Transport Operators - Fun Over Fifty
Adventure Tourism - Tangatours
Destination Marketing - Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services - Ochre Restaurant & Catering
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries - Sarina Sugar Shed
Caravan and Holiday Parks - BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort
Hosted Accommodation - Cobbold Village
Unique Accommodation - Cruise Whitsundays - Reefsleep
Self-Contained Accommodation - Pinnacles Resort
Standard Accommodation - Ibis Mackay
Deluxe Accommodation - NEXT Hotel Brisbane
Luxury Accommodation - RACV Royal Pines Resort
Excellence in Food Tourism - Sarina Sugar Shed
Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group - Moreton Bay Region - Tourism and Events Volunteers
Young Achievers Award - Nikki Dudley of Nikki Dudley Freelancing
The Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - Oatley Family

Northern Territory 

Major Tourist Attractions - Kakadu National Park
Tourist Attractions - Curtin Springs
Festivals and Events - Uluru Camel Cup
Ecotourism - World Expeditions
Cultural Tourism - Venture North Australia
Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism - Voyages Ayers Rock Resort
Specialised Tourism Services - More Than A Room
Visitor Information Services - Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre
Business Event Venue - Darwin Convention Centre
Major Tour and Transport Operators - AAT Kings NT
Tour and Transport Operators - Uluru Camel Tours
Adventure Tourism - Uluru Camel Tours
Destination Marketing - Tourism Central Australia
Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services - AAT Kings Uluru Sunset BBQ
Caravan and Holiday Parks - BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park
Hosted Accommodation - Glen Helen Homestead Lodge
Unique Accommodation - Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel
Self-Contained Accommodation - Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
Standard Accommodation - Palms City Resort
Deluxe Accommodation - Lasseters Hotel
Luxury Accommodation - Cicada Lodge
New Tourism Business - The Purple Mango Brewery
Excellence in Food Tourism - Crazy Acres
George Dunne Award Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - Tony Clementson


Australian Capital Territory 

Tilma clients included Yarrangobilly Caves House (NSW NPWS) (Unique Accommodation Commendation).

Tourist Attractions - Questacon – The National Science and Technology Centre
Major Festivals and Events - National Museum of Australia – Encounters Exhibition
Festivals and Events - 2016 National Folk Festival
Cultural Tourism - Royal Australian Mint
Specialised Tourism Services - Canberra Airport
Business Event Venues - National Convention Centre Canberra
Destination Marketing - 3inFun Tourism Marketing Partnership Program – Experience Canberra
Unique Accommodation - Jamala Wildlife Lodge  
Deluxe Accommodation - East Hotel
Luxury Accommodation - Hyatt Hotel Canberra – A Park Hyatt Hotel
New Tourism Business - Little National Hotel
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - Prof Graham Durant AM, Questacon
Tourism Education and Training - Canberra Institute of Technology
Tourism Visitor Education - Royal Australian Mint
Markus Gibson-Huck Young Achiever Award - Kate Landford, Questacon.
Visitor Experience Award - Royal Australian Mint
International Ready - ExperienceAIS, Australian Sports Commission


Major Tourist Attractions - Sovereign Hill
Tourist Attractions - Creswick Woollen Mills
Major Festivals and Events - Australian Grand Prix Corporation
Festivals & Events - Queenscliff Music Festival
Ecotourism - Peninsula Hot Springs
Cultural Tourism - Bendigo Tramways
Qantas Awards for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism - Worn Gundidj @Tower Hill
Specialised Tourism Services - SkyBus
Visitor Information Services - Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centre Network
Business Event Venues - Holmesglen at Eildon
Major Tour & Transport Operators - Bunyip Tours
Tour & Transport Operators - Global Ballooning Australia
Adventure Tourism - Auswalk Walking Holidays
Destination Marketing - Bendigo Art Gallery & Twentieth Century Fox present Marilyn Monroe
Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services - Masons of Bendigo
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries - Pizzini Wines
Caravan & Holiday Parks - BIG4 Beacon Resort
Hosted Accommodation - Harmony Bed and Breakfast
Unique Accommodation - All Seasons Houseboats
Self-Contained Accommodation - Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate
Standard Accommodation - Cave Hill Creek
Deluxe Accommodation - Royal Mail Hotel
Luxury Accommodation - Drift House
New Tourism Business - The Wellness Manor
Excellence in Food Tourism - Green Olive at Red Hill
Tourism Education and Training - Melbourne Tourism Industry Leaders Program
Local Government Award for Tourism - Nillumbik Shire Council
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - John McGaw, Destination Melbourne
Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers -Puffing Billy Railway
Young Achievers Award - Andrew Cyples, Queen Victoria Market
RACV People's Choice Favourite Metro Attraction - Melbourne Zoo
RACV People's Choice Favourite Regional Attraction - Sovereign Hill

Western Australia

Major Tourist Attractions – Whiteman Park
Tourist Attractions – Willie Creek Pearls
Major Festivals & Events – Mandurah Crab Fest
Festivals & Events – Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
Ecotourism - Sail Ningaloo
Cultural Tourism – Fremantle Prison
Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism Ngurrangga Tours
Specialised Tourism Services –Willie Creek Pearls
Visitor Information Services – Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Business Event Venues – Rendezvous Hotel Perth Scarborough
Major Tour & Transport Operators – ADAMS
Tour & Transport Operators –Top Drop Tours
Adventure Tourism – Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures
Destination Marketing – Margaret River Busselton Tourism Association
Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services –Sandalford Wines
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries – Sandalford Wines
Caravan & Holiday Parks– Denmark Ocean Beach Holiday Park
Hosted Accommodation – The Beach House at Bayside
Unique Accommodation - Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, The Horizontal Hotel
Self-Contained Accommodation – Cape Howe Cottages
Standard Accommodation – The Murray Hotel
Deluxe Accommodation – Seashells Mandurah
Luxury Accommodation – Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
New Tourism Business – COMO the Treasury at the State
Excellence in Food Tourism – Vinofood - The Lake House Denmark
Excellence in Chinese Tourism – Sandalford Wines
Tourism Education & Training – Crown College Perth
Local Government Award for Tourism – City of Albany
FACET Golden Guide Award – Rusty Creighton – Two Feet & a Heartbeat & Segway Tours
Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal – Emma Went – The Bell Tower
Sir David Brand Medal – Clive Johnson
Sir David Brand Award for Tourism – ADAMS


South Australia

Major Tourist Attractions - Adelaide Central Market
Tourist Attractions - Calypso Star Charters
Major Festivals & Events - Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016
Festivals and Events - Sounds by the River
Ecotourism - Seal Bay
Cultural Tourism - Adelaide Oval Tours & Museums
Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism - Aboriginal Cultural Tours - South Australia
Specialised Tourism Services - Getaways SA
Visitor Information Services - Tourism Kangaroo Island
Business Event Venue - National Wine Centre of Australia
Major Tour and Transport Operator - Wrightsair
Tour and Transport Operators - Adelaide Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours
Adventure Tourism - Calypso Star Charters
Destination Marketing - Adelaide…Be Surprised - Adelaide Convention Bureau
Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services - The Tasting Room – Mayura Station
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries - Seppeltsfield Estate Winery
Caravan & Holiday Parks - BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park
Hosted Accommodation - Mulberry Lodge Luxury Country Retreat
Unique Accommodation - Griffens Marina Blanchetown
Self Contained Accommodation - The Frames
Standard Accommodation - ibis Adelaide
Deluxe Accommodation -Yondah Beach House
Luxury Accommodation - The Playford
New Tourism Business - Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval
Excellence in Food Tourism - Barossa Valley Cheese Company
Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - Deb Alexander
South Australian Tourism Student of the Year - Stephanie Murgatroyd
Tourism Education and Training - TAFE SA
South Australian Taxi Drivers of the Year - Navjot Singh Randhawa & Karl Mibus
Premier’s Award for Service Excellence - Adelaide Oval Tours & Museums


Best Major Tourist Attraction - Freycinet National Park
Best Tourist Attraction - Bruny Island Cruises
Best Major Festival and Event - Salamanca Market
Best Festival and Event - The Falls Music & Arts Festival
Best Ecotourism - Tasmanian Walking Company
Best Cultural Tourism - Cascades Female Factory
Best Specialised Tourism Service - RiverFly 1864
Best Information Service - Wonders of Wynyard Exhibition and Visitor Information and Centre
Best Business Event Venue - The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel
Best Major Tour and Transport Operators - Par Avion Wilderness Tours - Hall of Fame
Best Tour and Transport Operators - Jump Tours
Best Adventure Tourism - Maria Island Walk
Best Destination Marketing - Great Eastern Drive
Best Tourism and Restaurant Catering Services - Josef Chromy Wines - Hall of Fame
Best Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries - Josef Chromy Wines
Best Caravan and Holiday Parks - BIG 4 St Helens Holiday Park
Bested Hosted Accommodation - Curringa Farm Accommodation - Hall of Fame
Best Unique Accommodation - Pumphouse Point
Best Self Contained Accommodation - Avalon Coastal Retreat
Best Standard Accommodation - Sandpiper Ocean Cottages - Hall of Fame
Best Deluxe Accommodation - The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel - Hall of Fame
Best Luxury Accommodation - Saffire Freycinet
Gustav Award for New Tourism Business - Three Capes Track
Excellence in Food Tourism - Bruny Island Cheese Co
People’s Choice Award - Hide-Away Cottage Retreat
Tasmanian Tourism Champion - Peter Mooney
Tourism Ministers Young Achiever Award - Greg Irons

For a FREE copy of our toolkit on how to write an award-winning tourism award submission, email us at admin@tilmagroup.com.au.

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