Queensland Tourism Awards 2019

We are a lucky bunch in Queensland, with some of the most spectacular destinations and experiences right on our doorstep. For the past 34 years, the Queensland Tourism Awards have been recognising the outstanding achievements of tour operators across our beautiful state. Here are a few of the fabulous operators who took home gold at the annual gala ceremony last night…

Habitat Noosa

Habitat Noosa on the Sunshine Coast took out gold in the New Tourism Business category, and we can see why! This gorgeous glamping spot is the perfect place to reconnect with nature without roughing it. You can even leave the camp oven at home with CootharaBAR Bistro just a stone’s throw away. See more of Kay’s visit here.

Red Cat Adventures

Red Cat Adventures won gold in both the Major Tour and/or Transport Operators category and the Adventure Tourism category, and we can see why! Aboard the Red Cat Adventures’ Thundercat, you can see the very best of the Whitsundays all in a day. Click here to learn more.

Tasman Venture

If you have always dreamed of seeing migrating humpback whales, you can’t go past Tasman Venture, the winners of gold in Tour and/or Transport Operators category. Tasman Venture operates out of Hervey Bay during mid-July to early November. See more of Mel’s adventure here.

Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Out west in Winton, you can find the gold winner of the Major Tourist Attractions category. A tour around the Australian Age of Dinosaurs is guaranteed to be a fantastic experience for all. The Museum is home to the largest collection of Australian dinosaur fossils in the world, as well as an impressive canyon filled with life-sized bronze dinosaurs. You can find more of Kay’s visit here.

Calile Hotel

The Calile Hotel on James Street in Fortitude Valley is Brisbane’s first urban resort and the gold winner of the Luxury Accommodation category. It’s no surprise that this spectacular hotel won gold, with its divine contemporary design, Greek restaurant and impressive amenities. For those particularly bold and in need of a bit of a pep, you can even get a vitamin infusion in the Hotel’s wellness medispa, Kailo.


Major Tourist Attractions

1st / Gold Australian Age of Dinosaurs

2nd / Silver Australia Zoo

3rd / Bronze Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Tourist Attractions

1st / Gold Cobbold Gorge

2nd / Silver Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience

3rd / Bronze Paronella Park

Major Festivals and Events

1st / Gold Noosa Triathlon Multi Sport Festival

2nd / Silver Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival

3rd / Bronze Cooly Rocks On

Festivals and Events

1st / Gold Groundwater Country Music Festival

2nd / Silver Mount Isa Mines Rodeo

3rd / Bronze Birdsville Big Red Bash

The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism

1st / Gold Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

2nd / Silver Fun Over Fifty

3rd / Bronze Paronella Park

Cultural Tourism

1st / Gold Paronella Park

2nd / Silver Fun Over Fifty

3rd / Bronze Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

Highly Commended The Gulflander

Qantas Award for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

1st / Gold Rainforestation Nature Park- Pamagirri Aboriginal Experience

2nd / Silver Minjerribah Camping

3rd / Bronze Spirits of the Red Sand

Highly Commended Jellurgal Aboriginal Cultural Centre

Specialised Tourism Services

1st / Gold Small World Journeys

2nd / Silver Local Tickets Pty Ltd

3rd / Bronze Whitsunday Coast Airport

Visitor Information and Services

1st / Gold Julia Creek Visitor Information Centre

2nd / Silver The Mackay Region Visitor Information Centre

3rd / Bronze Hervey Bay Visitor Information Centre

Highly Commended Cunnamulla Fella Visitor Information Centre

Business Event Venues

1st / Gold Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

2nd / Silver Empire Apartment Hotel Conference Centre

3rd / Bronze RACV Royal Pines Resort

Major Tour and/or Transport Operators

1st / Gold Red Cat Adventures

2nd / Silver Ocean Rafting

3rd / Bronze Cruise Whitsundays

Tour and/or Transport Operators

1st / Gold Tasman Venture

2nd / Silver Pterodactyl Helicopters

3rd / Bronze Ocean Safari

Adventure Tourism

1st / Gold Red Cat Adventures

2nd / Silver Whitsunday Jetski Tours

3rd / Bronze Ocean Rafting

The Richard Power Award for Destination Marketing

1st / Gold Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers

2nd / Silver Destination Gold Coast 2019 Family Campaign

3rd / Bronze Discover Ipswich – Humans Wanted Campaign

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

1st / Gold The Windmill Cafe Bargara

2nd / Silver Dracula’s Gold Coast

3rd / Bronze Noosa Beach House Restaurant & Bar

Highly Commended Northerlies Beach Bar and Grill

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

1st / Gold Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience

2nd / Silver Sarina Sugar Shed

3rd / Bronze Sirromet Winery

Caravan and Holiday Parks

1st / Gold Ingenia Holidays Cairns Coconut

2nd / Silver BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort

3rd / Bronze BIG4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Hosted Accommodation

1st / Gold Cobbold Village

2nd / Silver The Country House at Hunchy

3rd / Bronze Bli Bli House Riverside Retreat

Unique Accommodation

1st / Gold Cumberland Charter Yachts

2nd / Silver Gilberton Outback Retreat

3rd / Bronze Cruise Whitsundays – Reefsleep

Self Contained Accommodation

1st / Gold Saltbush Retreat

2nd / Silver RACV Noosa Resort

3rd / Bronze Ravensbourne Escape – Tranquility Luxury Studio

Standard Accommodation

1st / Gold Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

2nd / Silver Ibis Mackay

3rd / Bronze No bronze awarded

HALL OF FAME Grand Hotel and Apartments Townsville

Deluxe Accommodation

1st / Gold Empire Apartment Hotel Rockhampton

2nd / Silver Ridgemill Escape – Cabins in the Vineyard

3rd / Bronze Novotel Surfers Paradise

Luxury Accommodation

1st / Gold The Calile Hotel

2nd / Silver RACV Royal Pines Resort

3rd / Bronze W Brisbane

New Tourism Business

1st / Gold Habitat Noosa

2nd / Silver Mary Valley Rattler

3rd / Bronze Les Wilson Barramundi Discovery Centre

Excellence in Food Tourism

1st / Gold Sarina Sugar Shed

2nd / Silver No Silver awarded

3rd / Bronze No Bronze awarded

Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group

1st / Gold Queensland Air Museum

2nd / Silver Moreton Bay Region Visitor Information Centres

3rd / Bronze Airlie Beach Volunteer Cruise Ship Ambassador Program

Young Achievers Award

Robert Irwin

The Marie Watson-Blake Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

David Elliott

RACQ People’s Choice Award – Experience & Services

Australia Zoo

HALL OF FAME Paronella Park

RACQ People’s Choice Award – Accommodation

RACV Royal Pines Resort


Royal Pines Resort

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