Awards . Winners

2016 Tourism Award winners

Category 01 Major Tourist Attractions

Adelaide Central Market

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Adelaide Central Market officially opened in 1869 and started its humble beginnings with only a handful of stalls; and now at 147 years of age, is reportedly one of the largest undercover markets in the Southern Hemisphere. With now over 70 stalls, the Market is South Australia’s most visited tourist attraction with 8.5 million visitors passing through each year. With a vast array of charming stalls and incredible produce, it is no surprise the Market is known as the 'Heart and Soul of Adelaide' to both locals and visitors.

Bronze

SKYCITY Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Central Market

Category 02 Tourist Attractions

Calypso Star Charters

Supported by Adelaide Casino

Based in Port Lincoln, Calypso Star Charters operate Advanced Eco Certified ‘Shark Cage Diving’ and ‘Swim with the Sea Lion’ tours off the Eyre Peninsula. The company gives people the chance to see Great White Sharks and Australian sea lions up close in their natural habitat while providing an educational component as well as a personal challenge for many guests. Guests travel from across the globe to Port Lincoln to participate in these tours, creating memories that last a lifetime.

Silver

Blinman Heritage Mine

Calypso Star Charters

Category 03 Major Festivals & Events

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016

Supported by Big Screen Video

Adelaide Cabaret Festival, now in its 17th year, is Adelaide’s major winter festival and is the largest cabaret festival in the world. It highlights the best local, national and international artists through a program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances. The 2016 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, under the custodianship of Co-Artistic Directors Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect, was a resounding success. The program included more than 150 performances featuring 42 international and 383 Australian artists including 182 South Australian artists, six world premieres, eight Australian premieres and 13 Adelaide exclusives.

Gold

Santos Tour Down Under

Silver

Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Semaphore Street Fair

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2016

Category 04 Festivals and Events

Sounds by the River

Supported by Tourism Australia

Sounds by the River has become a signature destination event for the Murray River, Lakes and Coorong region for the past seven years. It was created to profile this region, providing an outdoor concert backdrop like no other. Presented at the picturesque Mary Ann Reserve at Mannum, the 2016 event provided entertainment for a diverse market with a focus on heritage rock and the resurgence of the 70s and 80s to a younger demographic. The event was headlined by Jimmy Barnes and featured special guests, including Noiseworks and The Angels. The event was a great success, creating widespread economical and tourism opportunities for the local and business community.

Silver

Ceduna Oysterfest

Loxton Christmas Lights Festival

Unley Gourmet Gala

Bronze

Gaol Blues

Yorke Peninsula’s Saltwater Classic 2016

Sounds by the River

Category 05 Ecotourism

Seal Bay

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission 

Seal Bay has been home to an Australian sea lion population for thousands of years, offering one of the State’s most exceptional nature-based experiences. It is the only place in the world where visitors can walk on a beach amongst a breeding colony of endangered Australian sea lions. You will see pups play, bulls fight for supremacy and resting mothers suckle their young. Visitors are treated with incredible views of the rugged coastline, sea lion colony, untouched dune system and pristine sandy beach. Seal Bay provides a truly unique experience, complimented by knowledgeable and informative guides and tour information.

Silver

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Canoe the Coorong

Fowler’s Bay Eco Tours - Whale Watching Cruises

Seal Bay

Category 06 Cultural Tourism

Adelaide Oval Tours & Museums

Supported by Adelaide Casino

Adelaide Oval Tours take visitors on a journey through the celebrated years of Adelaide Oval, since its foundation as a Cricket ground in 1872 to a sport and recreation ground at the turn of the century. From centenary celebrations, royal tours and patriotic displays through to highland games, military tattoos and rock concerts – Adelaide Oval has been a destination for sport, celebration and culture. Visitors experience living history through the iconic scoreboard, embedded museums and ivy enveloped archways blended seamlessly with world-class architecture. Adelaide Oval Tours step into the past and look into the future of this celebrated icon.

Silver

Adelaide Gaol

Bronze

Ayers House Museum

Adelaide Oval Tours & Museums

Category 07 Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Aboriginal Cultural Tours - South Australia

Supported by Qantas Airways

Aboriginal Cultural Tours SA offers Outbush and Coastal Aboriginal experiences of Yorke Peninsula, Clare Valley, Mid North, Burra region and Southern Flinders Ranges. The tours provide a unique insight into one of the world’s oldest living cultures, allowing visitors to walk together in the footsteps of its ancestors. See and touch the past. Share dreaming and creation stories that bring the landscape to life. Connect with nature and the environment. With each tour, guests gain a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, traditions and beliefs - from coast to vines to giants in ancient lands.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours - South Australia

Category 08 Specialised Tourism Services

Getaways SA

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council

Getaways SA provides a one stop shop for ultimate tourism experiences throughout South Australia. The business incorporates all facets of the holiday experience including accommodation, touring, 24-hour telephone reservation service, live online booking facility and seven days a week check-in and booking office. The family owned and operated business has been operating for 21 years, now employs 30 staff and been awarded over 47 awards. Getaways SA provides outstanding and personalised service for customers, ensuring they feel like VIPs.

Gold

Active Education

Harbour Town Adelaide

Proud Mary

Silver

Floating Melodies

National Wine Centre of Australia

Getaways SA

Category 09 Visitor Information Services

Tourism Kangaroo Island

Supported by the Local Government Association of South Australia

Tourism Kangaroo Island has been delivering quality visitor information services on Kangaroo Island for the last 20 years. The organisation is membership based and represents approximately 95% of all tourism operators in the region. It runs the only accredited visitor information centre, the number one ranked Google consumer website and one of the most successful regional social media platforms in South Australia. Tourism Kangaroo Island is dedicated to its new, existing and potential visitors, ensuring they are provided with information that promotes and enhances the complete visitor experience.

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Yankalilla Bay Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Kangaroo Island

Category 10 Business Event Venue

National Wine Centre of Australia

Supported by South Australian Tourism Industry Council

Situated on the edge of Adelaide's stunning Botanic Gardens, the National Wine Centre of Australia combines eye-catching architecture with smooth functionality to create an exciting tourism attraction, showcasing the Australian wine industry. The Centre is a superb venue for any event, with a choice of six rooms designed to accommodate 10 to 1,000 people. It also provides a range of tourism initiatives to educate locals, interstate and international visitors on Australia’s fine wine industry, including guided tours, an interactive educational space known as the Wine Discovery Journey and the largest wine tasting experience in Australia in the centre’s Wined Bar.

Silver

Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Hilton Adelaide

National Wine Centre of Australia

Category 11 Major Tour and Transport Operator

Wrightsair

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission 

Wrightsair is a 20 year old major scenic flight tourism operator in South Australia. Founder and director, Trevor Wright is passionate about offering domestic and overseas visitors a unique, outback Australian travel experience. Their fleet of aircraft with experienced pilots, fly the traveller from the iconic town of William Creek, with its historic tin shed hotel, over awe inspiring landscapes, including the majestic Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre and Anna Creek Painted Hills 365 days a year. With a mission statement of ‘comfort, experience and safety always’, Trevor has built an experienced team who share his passion for outback aviation and a commitment to providing exceptional experiences.

Wrightsair

Category 12 Tour and Transport Operators

Adelaide Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons takes the paranormal experience to a new level and is quickly developing a reputation for delivering some of the creepiest experiences in South Australia. The business conducts a variety of amazing experiences from iconic sites, including the criminally insane Z Ward, the Old Adelaide Gaol and Old Tailem Town. Short two-hour ghost and dark history tours are also offered, along with long ghost hunts and the in-demand paranormal investigations. Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons operate under the simple motto ‘Keeping it Real’, offering a truly unique experience in South Australia.  

Silver

AmazeTour

Chook’s Little Winery Tours

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Proud Mary

Reef Encounters Fishing Charters

Segway Sensation SA

Spirit Australia Cruises

Bronze

Chinta Air Tours

Adelaide Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Calypso Star Charters

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources

Calypso Star Charters is a significant adventure tourism business in Port Lincoln, offering two of the most exciting outdoor adventure marine tourism experiences in the world – Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving and Swimming with Sealions. As a significant contributor to the local economy, guests travel from across the globe to participate in these memorable tours. Calypso Star Charters offer three outdoor adventure tourism products that involve visitor participation and a personal challenge: a full day Shark Cage Diving tour that operates all year round, a half-day Swim with the Sealions tour from September to May and a Twilight Shark Cage Diving tour available between October and April.

Silver

Surf & Sun

Calypso Star Charters

Category 14 Destination Marketing

Adelaide…Be Surprised - Adelaide Convention Bureau

Supported by Adelaide Casino

The Adelaide Convention Bureau is the peak organisation for developing and positioning Adelaide as a leading convention, conference, incentive travel and business events destination to national and international markets. It represents over 200 members from the hospitality, business events and tourism sector, including venues, hotels, airlines and tour operators. Through direct marketing and business development activity, the Adelaide Convention Bureau focuses on the specialty strengths of South Australia to secure business events which deliver significant benefits, such as economic impact, business generation, knowledge exchange and professional and social legacies. 

Silver

Destination Riverland

Adelaide…Be Surprised - Adelaide Convention Bureau

Category 15 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

The Tasting Room – Mayura Station

Supported by Restaurant & Catering

The Tasting Room is a boutique restaurant located on-farm at Mayura Station in South Australia’s Limestone Coast. Showcasing Mayura’s award-winning 100% Full-blood Wagyu Beef, The Tasting Room offers the ultimate in paddock-to-plate dining. Produced on some of the Limestone Coast’s richest grazing land, Mayura Wagyu is regarded as world-class. Guests of The Tasting Room can enjoy an interactive and informative dining experience at the Chef’s Table, conversing with their Chef as he expertly prepares and cooks prime-cuts of premium Wagyu beef. Dining at The Tasting Room is a culinary experience not to be missed.

Silver

1802 Oyster Bar + Bistro

Botanic Gardens Restaurant

Leonards Mill Restaurant

Windy Point Restaurant 

Bronze

Coopers Alehouse Wallaroo

Pike & Joyce Wines

The Tasting Room – Mayura Station

Category 16 Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Seppeltsfield Estate Winery

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

With a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is an iconic Australian wine estate in the Barossa Valley. Much more than a winery, Seppeltsfield offers wine tastings and heritage tours, as well as regional food and art experiences to enhance the guests’ experience and rekindle the charm of the Seppeltsfield village. The estate is famed for its Centennial Collection – an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to current year, and also remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old, single vintage wine each year.

Silver

Dudley Wines

Elderton Wines

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard

Penfolds

Pike & Joyce Wines

Turkey Flat Vineyards

Bronze

Hugh Hamilton Wines

Seppeltsfield Estate Winery

Category 17 Caravan & Holiday Parks

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Supported by South Aussie with Cosi

Located behind the sand dunes at West Beach, BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park offers a full range of tourist park accommodation from powered and ensuite sites, to onsite vans, deluxe self-contained cabins and eco tents. As an innovative leader in the tourist park market, BIG4 accommodation is complemented by first rate facilities, entertainment options and surrounding recreational activities, including the new lagoon style pool, Splash Zone water play area, jumping pillows and go-karts. The parks beach views, high level customer service and close proximity to the Adelaide CBD ensures for high occupancy year after year.

Gold

Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park

Silver

Ceduna Shelly Beach Caravan Park

Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park

Wallaroo North Beach Tourist Park

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Category 18 Hosted Accommodation

Mulberry Lodge Luxury Country Retreat

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission 

Mulberry Lodge is a hosted country retreat, set in two acres of beautiful mature gardens, offering a luxurious and indulgent escape to the beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula. Nestled among the vines of the McLaren Vale wine region, on the edge of the historic township of Willunga, Mulberry Lodge is the perfect destination to relax and rejuvenate. Mulberry Lodge provides guests with dedicated hospitality, complete tranquillity, stunning rural vistas and easy access to over 60 cellar doors, award winning restaurants and some of South Australia’s finest beaches.

Mulberry Lodge Luxury Country Retreat

Category 19 Unique Accommodation

Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Supported by Woof Media

Griffens Marina offers Blanchetown's only houseboat hire exclusively from a private and secluded marina, nestled below ancient limestone cliffs. Only 90 minutes from Adelaide, Griffens Marina is a very popular self-drive houseboat holiday destination in the Riverland. Specialising in the affordable small group and family market, each houseboat has features that set them apart. Located on a stunning stretch of the Murray River renowned for its majestic cliffs, red gum lined banks and superb scenery, visitors will enjoy peace and tranquillity as they slowly cruise along one the world's greatest waterways.

Silver

Majestic Minima Hotel

Bronze

Almerta Station

Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Category 20 Self Contained Accommodation

The Frames

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council

The Frames is a Riverland experience in ultra-luxury, self-contained accommodation. A family business opened in 2014, exhibiting the latest and finest luxury design and appointments, including three opulent private and individual residences, exquisitely tailored to help couples rejuvenate and relax. The Frames refer to signature decks which shape the view of the famous Murray River at the gentle river crossing of Paringa in South Australia. Nothing to distract. Nothing left wanting. The very best of everything. Each residence is large, open and offers inside and outdoor privacy. Each with their own private pool, spa and sauna.

Gold

Adelaide Luxury Beach House

Silver

Coorong Waterfront Retreat

Sea Dragon Lodge

The Frames

Category 22 Standard Accommodation

ibis Adelaide

Supported by Aon

ibis Adelaide is the first purpose-built branded premium economy hotel to open in Adelaide. Displaying an innovative and modern design, the $70 million hotel was developed by Hines Property Group in 2014 and is managed by French company AccorHotels. Located in the Adelaide CBD, ibis Adelaide offers an obsessive customer service culture. It features 311 contemporary accommodation rooms spread over 16 levels, meeting rooms, state-of-the-art gymnasium with an adjoining outdoor terrace, laundry facilities and a dedicated bar and restaurant area with balconies that overlook Adelaide’s busy Grenfell Street.

Gold

cu@wallaroo

Silver

Clare Valley Motel

Woodhouse Activity Centre

ibis Adelaide

Category 22 Deluxe Accommodation

Yondah Beach House

Supported by Barossa Valley Brewing

Yondah Beach House is the perfect beach hideaway. Set on 300 secluded oceanfront acres, this gorgeous 4.5-star architect-designed beach house is only three hours from Adelaide. Featuring panoramic views to Kangaroo Island, this pet-friendly beach house sleeps 6-8 guests in three spacious bedrooms, each with its own designer bathroom. All the creature comforts are provided, including SmartTV and free NBN satellite internet. Guests can enjoy the spring flowers, birds and kangaroos, stroll along the clifftops to spot whales and seals or simply bask on a beautiful sandy beach of their very own.

Gold

Wallaroo Marina Apartments

Bronze

Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Yondah Beach House Hall of Fame winner

Category 23 Luxury Accommodation

The Playford

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Redefining opulence, The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel offers 5 star luxury accommodation, modern Australian cuisine and Adelaide's cultural boulevard at your doorstep. Offering the perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury, the stunning Art Nouveau ambience flows through the 182 spacious guestrooms, individually appointed studio spa suites and distinctive ‘New York’ loft suites. Recognised for its outstanding personalised service and exquisite cuisine, the hotel is also home to the award-winning Playford Restaurant.

Silver

Mayfair Hotel

The Playford

Category 24 New Tourism Business

Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval

Supported by SA Life TV - Channel 7

Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb takes guests to new heights at the world-class Adelaide Oval, located in the heart of the city. Adelaide's newest exhilarating adventure, opened in April 2016, offering thrill seekers the opportunity to travel along the impressive roofline of Adelaide Oval as they soak up 360 degree views of the city and beyond. Climbers can sit in the world's first rooftop stadium seats or test their nerve at the lean out point, 50 metres above the southern goal square. Each two hour RoofClimb adventure hosts up to 14 people and is led by specially trained RoofClimb Leaders. 

Silver

Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard

Small Batch Wine Tours

Walk the Yorke

Bronze

Neagles Retreat Villas 

Commonwealth Bank RoofClimb Adelaide Oval

Category 25 Excellence in Food Tourism

Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Supported by Eat Local SA

The Barossa Valley Cheesecellar, located in the heart of Angaston, is the passion and brainchild of Victoria McClurg. The Cheesecellar is a food provedore and incubator, with an abundance of local produce and experiences that enables visitors to immerse themselves in the world of cheese. Customers are taught to understand the differences between brie and camembert with a ‘taste off', learn how to cook halloumi, benchmark their palate and experience an array of cheese parings with wine, ciders and tea. Having launched in 2003, the Cheesecellar has since become an integral part of the tapestry in the Barossa. 

Silver

Central Market Tours

Red Cacao

Bronze

Adelaide Central Market

Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Category 26 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Deb Alexander

Supported by Qantas Airways

Having grown up along the Murray River, Deb Alexander exudes great passion towards her home town and regional tourism on the whole. Deb has built an outstanding reputation in the delivery of both commercial and community regional events and has dedicated countless volunteer hours to tourism committees and boards. Her first taste of tourism came when she worked for the Grand Prix Events Team in Adelaide prior to returning to the Murray River. In 1993, Deb started making her first major contribution to South Australian tourism when her and her husband redeveloped the first Swan Reach Hotel and then Mannum’s Pretoria Hotel. Now in its 8th year, Deb has been the driving force behind the successful Sounds by the River concert, now attracting 5,000 people annually and injecting millions of dollars into the local community. Deb has also assisted in the development of the Women of the River exhibition and was a key player in the 2015 Chowilla Station 150 years’ celebration. Deb is a well-respected and successful business woman. Her involvement within the tourism industry, now spanning over two decades, represents her commitment as a tourism activist and advocate, and her undeniable enthusiasm towards the State’s tourism industry.

Deb Alexander

Category 27 South Australian Tourism Student of the Year

Stephanie Murgatroyd

Supported by SKAL International Adelaide

Stephanie Murgatroyd is a student at Flinders University studying a Bachelor of International Tourism, specialising in Festival and Event Design and Management. Stephanie has been involved in the tourism industry for the past five years, working across a wide range of events including the Credit Union Christmas Pageant and Australia Day in the City Parade and Concert. She has also worked across local councils, Government, not-for-profit and private sectors. With a great passion for travel, Stephanie has become a seasoned traveller and visited Cambodia in September as part of a scholarship she was awarded. She is also a Student Ambassador at Flinders University and works with the Flinders University Student Association, demonstrating her dedicated engagement with the university and its students.

Stephanie Murgatroyd

Category 28 Tourism Education and Training

TAFE SA

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council 

TAFE SA is the largest provider of Vocational Education and Training in South Australia, delivering more than 1,000 courses to an average of 80,000 students per year at their campuses across the State. TAFE SA offers training across more than 80 activity and industry-related areas with a wide range of quality courses and flexible study options to suit the personal needs of their clients. TAFE SA plays a major role in the development of South Australia’s future workforce with 90% of students employed or undergoing further study after having graduated from their degree.

TAFE SA Hall of Fame winner

Category 30 South Australian Taxi Drivers of the Year - Joint Winners

Navjot Singh Randhawa & Karl Mibus

Supported by the Taxi Council South Australia

Navjot Singh Randhawa

Always wearing a warm smile, Navjot delivers a level of service that makes his passengers feel like their travelling in his car, rather than a taxi. Heralded ‘everything you’d wish for in a driver’, Navjot has become a regular driver of choice among the numerous passengers who nominated him for this award.

Karl Mibus

His friendly nature, sense of humour and dedication to service excellence drew numerous nominations for this much-loved Barossa Valley cabbie. Karl, or ‘KJ’ as he’s known to his regulars, is more than a taxi driver—he’s a tour guide for many visitors to the area.

Runner up:

Haider Ali Shah

Navjot Singh Randhawa & Karl Mibus

Category 31 Premier’s Award for Service Excellence

Adelaide Oval Tours & Museums

Adelaide Oval Tours take visitors on a journey through the celebrated years of Adelaide Oval, since its foundation as a Cricket ground to a sport and recreation ground at the turn of the century. With a commitment to deliver outstanding customer service, Adelaide Oval aim to ensure their passion for service excellence is instilled in their volunteer tour guides, and implemented through rigorous training program, ongoing development initiatives, regular views and research. The team at Adelaide Oval encourage customer feedback and are constantly seeking new ways to improve their engagement, ensuring service excellence is experienced by all patrons.

This special award recognises the finalist across all categories who has demonstrated the most outstanding customer service experience as part of their submission and site visitation.

Adelaide Oval Tours & Museums

2015 Tourism Award winners

Category 01 Major Tourist Attractions

Adelaide Oval

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission 

Adelaide Oval has long been one of Australia’s most recognisable and prestigious venues.  Its prominent location as the centrepiece of the Adelaide CBD’s revitalised riverbank precinct and its stunning panoramic views over the city, the Oval’s hallowed turf and St Peter’s Cathedral, makes Adelaide Oval an irresistible destination.  Known the world over as a beautiful and historic sporting venue, the Oval attracts visitors in their thousands from within South Australia, interstate and overseas. Along with sports fans, the Oval has enormous appeal to visitors with an interest in history, culture, food and wine, as well as a large contingent of business travellers.

Gold              

Adelaide Casino

Seal Bay Conservation Park

Calypso Star Charters

Silver           

Cleland Wildlife Park

Mount Lofty Summit

Bronze         

Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Oval

Category 02 Tourist Attractions

Adventure Bay Charters

Supported by Woof Media

Adventure Bay Charters has established itself as one of South Australia’s leading tourism businesses.  Adventure Bay Charters passion, drive and innovation has contributed significantly to the South Australian tourism industry, the Port Lincoln economy and raised the profile of water-based wildlife attractions in Australia.  Their tours ‘swim with the sea lions’ and ‘swim with the great whites’ are entertaining, educating and models for the future of nature based tourism.  The staff are committed to making Adventure Bay Charters a stand out tourist experience. 

Adventure Bay Charters

Category 03 Major Festivals & Events

2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Supported by Big Screen Video

The Clipsal 500 Adelaide, The Race That Rocks, is Australia’s largest domestic ticketed motor sport event. Since 1999, the event has retained its status as a hallmark event for SA welcoming over 3 million patrons including over 195,000 interstate and international visitors and has generated over $450 million in economic benefit for the State.  In 2015, 285,600 patrons experienced new and exciting on and off track attractions including the Stadium Super Trucks and the Nova Deck, along with a bumper concert line up including Adelaide’s very own rock legends Cold Chisel.

Silver

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Bronze

Santos Tour Down Under

Semaphore Street Fair

2015 Clipsal 500 Adelaide Hall of Fame winner

Category 04 Festivals and Events

Sounds By The River

Supported by Renniks Hire

The 2015 Sounds By The River event was held at the picturesque Mary Anne Reserve at Mannum on the banks of the Murray River.  Sounds By The River was established in 2009, with its focus to encourage visitors to Mannum and give them the opportunity to experience the vibrancy and life of the Murray River.It is now a successful annual summer event that entertains, assists in raising awareness of river communities, while showcasing one of South Australia’s most iconic waterways.  The outdoor event enables patrons to experience beautiful and intimate surroundings with family and friends, while enjoying entertainment from some of the best talent in the Australian music industry.

Silver            

Double Shot Coffee Fiesta

Gorgeous Festival

Bronze          

Loxton Christmas Lights Festival

Festival Fleurieu

Sounds By The River

Category 05 Ecotourism

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden was established to research, conserve and promote a wider appreciation of Australia's arid zone flora. It provides an opportunity for visitors to enjoy a taste of Australia's arid heart through experiences such as garden walks, beautiful local food and wine, gift and native plant shopping, functions and much more.  Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden has become one of the region’s most popular tourist attractions. Come and hear, smell, feel, learn and experience the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden.

Silver

South Australian Whale Centre

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

Category 06 Cultural Tourism

Adelaide Oval Tours

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Adelaide Oval has long been one of Australia’s most distinguishable and prestigious venues.  Its prominent location as the centrepiece of the Adelaide CBD’s revitalised riverbank precinct, along with stunning panoramic views over the city, the Oval’s hallowed turf, St Peter’s Cathedral and beyond, makes Adelaide Oval an irresistible destination.  In 2014, the completed $535 million redevelopment transformed Adelaide Oval into an exemplary modern stadium, while retaining its considerable history and charm.  Adelaide Oval Tours and Museums offer visitors outstanding experiences from embedded exhibitions around the ground, to guided tours going behind the scenes of the iconic stadium.

Bronze          

Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway

Adelaide Oval Tours

Category 07 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Aboriginal Cultural Tours - South Australia

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Aboriginal Cultural Tours offers out bush and coastal Aboriginal experiences, led by knowledgeable Aboriginal guides, who care about their country, live on their country, and know their country intimately.  Visitors are offered a unique insight into the world's oldest living culture by walking together in the footsteps of its ancestors.  See and touch the past. Share Dreaming stories that bring the landscape to life. Connect with nature and the environment.  With each tour, guests gain a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, traditions and beliefs - from coast and vines to giants in ancient lands.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours - South Australia Hall of Fame winner

Category 08 Specialised Tourism Services

Getaways SA

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council

Getaways SA provides a one stop shop for the ultimate tourism experiences throughout South Australia.  The business incorporates all facets of the holiday experience including accommodation, touring, 24 hour telephone reservation service, live online booking facility and a seven day a week check-in and booking office.  Getaways SA is family owned and operated and has grown over 20 years to employ 29 staff and has won over 45 awards.  The business and its staff strive to provide an outstanding, personalised service for customers so they all feel like VIPs.

Gold               

Harbour Town Adelaide

Bronze          

Floating Melodies

Getaways SA

Category 09 Visitor Information Services

Barossa Visitor Centre

Supported by Big Screen Video

The Barossa Visitor Centre is a nationally accredited Visitor Centre in South Australia’s famous wine region, the Barossa.  It is one of the busiest in the State with approximately 68,000+ enquiries per year, it employs eight staff and 13 volunteers and is conveniently open seven days a week including public holidays.  Located in the main street of Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa, the Centre prides itself on offering much more than the traditional Visitor Information Centre model and offers a wide range of visitor services and facilities to promote longer stays and greater spend in the region.

Gold               

McLaren Vale &Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre

Silver            

Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre

Bronze           

South Australian Whale Centre

Barossa Visitor Centre

Category 10 Business Event Venue

Mount Lofty House

Supported by Adelaide Casino

Only 15 minutes from Adelaide, Mount Lofty House is an unexpected and iconic jewel of the Adelaide Hills.  Overlooking Piccadilly Valley and surrounded by a botanical garden, this former private residence, built in 1852, has kept an intimate and romantic atmosphere in a boutique hotel environment.  Mount Lofty House offers guests an otherworldly and timeless sensory immersion where they can relax and escape.  Mount Lofty House is also a leading events, business conference and wedding location, offering bespoke events and creating lasting memories and valuable experiences that will stand the test of time.

Bronze

Adelaide Oval Functions & Events

Mount Lofty House

Category 12 Tour and Transport Operator

Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Adelaide's Haunted Horizons conduct various types of tours at iconic destinations around South Australia. These include the creepiest ghost tours at some of the scariest locations in the State, Z Ward and Old Tailem Town.  Tours focus on hauntings, crime and dark history, as well as extended paranormal investigations and overnight ghost hunts at some venues.  But these tours aren't your standard ghost tours - Adelaide's Haunted Horizons proudly keep things real - so guests who experience something weird on the tours, can walk away wondering. But their real concern is when the guides start to tremble too...

Bronze          

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Calypso Star Charters

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Based in Port Lincoln, Calypso Star Charters have a 25 year history of providing year round, safe, exciting and sustainable shark cage diving at The Neptune Island Marine Park.  Since introducing one day charters in 2007 over 40,000 people have come face to face with the Great White Sharks with Calypso Star Charters.  The company also offers half day ‘Swim With The Sea Lions’ tours from September to May and introduced a Twilight Shark dive tour in 2014.  The family owned business employs over 23 people and is proudly Advanced Eco Certified and has a long association with the CSIRO.

Gold               

Adventure Bay Charters

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Silver             

Coastal Skydive

Calypso Star Charters

Category 14 Destination Marketing

Peterborough Tourism

Supported by Adelaide Casino

Peterborough, a country town in the Southern Flinders Ranges, set the ambitious goal to increase annual visitor numbers by 30 per cent.  In January 2015, Peterborough Tourism launched a Heritage Rail Trail from Broken Hill to Peterborough and on to Port Pirie – uniting a single and highly persuasive tourism offering.  Major cultural objectives of the Rail Trail were twofold: To tell Australia’s greatest industrial story and build pride in the region; and to reverse the decline of railway towns such as Peterborough and return them to positive growth.  Its accompanying destination marketing campaign set clear measurable tourism targets that have resulted in increased visitation; sales; and length of stay as well as strategic partnerships with neighbouring tourism regions and the promotion of and investment in Peterborough by the State Government.

Silver            

Eat Local SA

Bronze          

Find Your Everything – Unley Precincts

Winey Kids

Peterborough Tourism

Category 15 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Leonards Mill Restaurant

Supported by Restaurant & Catering

Leonards Mill is a destination restaurant housed in a beautifully restored flour mill in the pristine Second Valley on the Fleurieu Peninsula.  Head Chef, Brendan Wessels and his team work closely with local growers and producers to showcase the best local produce, giving diners a glimpse into the importance of sustainable regional communities.  Its flagship Taste of The Fleurieu menu will take guests on a culinary journey to experience the best of the Fleurieu Peninsula. This, coupled with quality South Australian wines and genuine hospitality will ensure it is a visit to remember.

Gold               

Windy Point Restaurant and Café

Bronze          

Red Ochre Grill

Leonards Mill Restaurant

Category 16 Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Seppeltsfield Estate Winery

Supported by the SA Tourism Industry Council

With a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield is an iconic Australian wine estate in the Barossa.  Much more than a winery, Seppeltsfield offers wine tastings and heritage tours, as well as regional food and art experiences to enhance the guests’ experience and rekindle the original charm of the Seppeltsfield village.  The estate is famed for its Centennial Collection - an irreplaceable and unbroken lineage of Tawny of every vintage from 1878 to current year, and also remains the only winery in the world to release a 100 year old, single vintage wine each year.

Silver            

Elderton Wines

Hugh Hamilton Wines                     

Pike & Joyce Wines                        

Seppeltsfield Estate Winery

Category 17 Caravan & Holiday Parks

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Located behind the sand dunes at West Beach, BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park offers the full range of tourist park accommodation from powered and ensuite sites for caravanners and campers, to onsite vans, deluxe self-contained cabins and eco tents.  As an innovative leader in the tourist park market, the Caravan Park’s accommodation is complemented by first rate facilities, entertainment options and surrounding recreational activities, including the new “Splash Zone” zero depth water play area, jumping pillows, pools, and go-karts.  Absolute beach frontage, a commitment to high level customer service and the park’s proximity to Adelaide, ensure high occupancy levels and keeps bringing back visitors year after year.

Silver            

Wallaroo North Beach Tourist Park

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Category 19 Unique Accommodation

Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Griffens Marina Blanchetown is a proud family owned business that offers Blanchetown’s only houseboat hire exclusively from a private and secluded marina.  A 90 minute drive from Adelaide, Blanchetown is a popular self-drive houseboat holiday destination on the Murray River.  Griffens Marina’s houseboats are suitable for small or large crews as they specialise in the small group and family market, with each houseboat having special features which set them apart.  Located on a stunning stretch of the Murray Riverrenowned for majestic cliffs, red gum lined banks and superb scenery, visitors will enjoy the peace and tranquillity as they slowly cruise along one of the world's greatest waterways.

Silver            

Ikara Safari Camp

Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Category 20 Self Contained Accommodation

The Frames

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

The Frames is a Riverland experience in ultra-luxury, self-contained accommodation opened in February 2014.  It offers three opulent and private residences, each exquisitely tailored to help couples rejuvenate and relax.  The Frames refer to signature decks which shape the view of the famous Murray River at the gentle river crossing of Paringa in South Australia.  Nothing to distract. Nothing left wanting. The very best of everything.  Each residence is large, open and offers total privacy, both inside and outdoors. Each with their own private pool, spa and sauna.

Gold               

Adelaide Luxury Beach House                      

cu@wallaroo                        

Sea Dragon Lodge

The Frames

Category 21 Standard Accommodation

Beach Huts Middleton

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

At Beach Huts Middleton guests experience a village style atmosphere with a uniqueness and charm like no other.  The short term accommodation, centrally located between Goolwa and Port Elliot on the Fleurieu Peninsula, consists of 12 brightly coloured & individually designed huts with a fresh eclectic mix of old and new elements to reflect a seaside theme.  Each of the 12 huts feature ensuite bathrooms, kitchenette, TV, continental breakfast provisions and welcoming bubbly.  Beach Huts Middleton is ideal for couples, families, weddings, groups and small conferences, with its on-site Blues Restaurant, full-sized tennis court and just a short walk to local Middleton surf beach.

Silver            

Atlantic Tower Motor Inn

Vine Inn Barossa

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Beach Huts Middleton

Category 22 Deluxe Accommodation

Yondah Beach House

Supported by Barossa Valley Brewing

Yondah Beach House is the perfect beach hideaway and was recently extended and upgraded to 4.5 star standard.  Set on 300 oceanfront acres, with private sandy beaches, dramatic cliff top walks and panoramic views to Kangaroo Island, this architect-designed beach house is the perfect place to unwind in comfort and style.  Guests (both two and four-legged) can explore pristine areas of Mallee scrub filled with spring flowers, birds and kangaroos, stroll along the cliff tops to look for whales and visit Yondah's resident family of fur seals or simply bask in the sun on a beautiful golden beach.

Gold               

Wallaroo Marina Apartments

Yondah Beach House

Category 23 Luxury Accommodation

The Playford

Supported by Adelaide Casino

In the heart of Adelaide’s cultural precinct, The Playford brings together a rich tapestry of South Australia’s food, wine and artistry with a passion for service excellence and genuine hospitality.  The Playford, a member of Accor’s MGallery Collection, is a boutique, AAA accredited 5 star Hotel.  Offering the perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury, the stunning Art Nouveau ambience flows through the 182 spacious guestrooms, individually appointed studio spa suites and distinctive ‘New York’ loft suites.  Recognised for its outstanding personalised service and exquisite cuisine, the Hotel is also home to the award-winning Playford Restaurant.

Bronze          

InterContinental Adelaide

The Playford Hall of Fame winner

Category 24 New Tourism Business

ibis Adelaide

Supported by SA Life

ibis Adelaide is the first purpose-built branded premium economy hotel to open in Adelaide and officially began welcoming guests on the 18th July 2014.  The $70 million hotel in the heart of the CBD was developed by Hines Property Group, and is managed by AccorHotels under the ibis brand.  The restaurant and bar spill out onto balconies that overhang Grenfell Street and also share the floor with conference facilities.  Featuring 311 accommodation rooms spread over 17 levels, ibis Adelaide is changing people's perceptions of what an economy hotel can be with an innovative and modern design and an obsessive customer service culture.

Silver            

Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park

Bronze          

Segway Sensation SA

ibis Adelaide

Category 25 Excellence in Food Tourism

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Supported by Food SA

Udder Delights was established in the Adelaide Hills as a goat cheese factory in 1999.  Under the expert guidance of Saul and Sheree Sullivan, the company has grown from very humble beginnings to become a renowned and respected brand across Australia.  2006 saw the opening of the Udder Delights Cheese Cellar – where the Sullivan’s stamped their personal flair and regional flavour in the historic town of Hahndorf.  The Cheese Cellar is a place that’s all about celebrating handmade cheese and local produce – where an array of foodie experiences await the hungry visitor. 

Gold               

Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar Hall of Fame winner

Category 26 Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

Adelaide Shores

Supported by Qantas Airways

Adelaide Shores is a 135 hectare tourism, sporting and recreation precinct located at West Beach.  Set on 1.2 kilometres of picturesque coastline, Adelaide Shores offers two beach-front accommodation properties, two of South Australia’s top public golf courses, event venues, boat haven and competition level sporting facilities.  The precinct’s scenic natural environment makes it an attractive holiday and group tourism destination.  Adelaide Shores is committed to managing operations in a sustainable and responsible manner, in line with triple bottom line principles which are applied through its people, its practices and its partnerships.

Adelaide Shores Hall of Fame winner

Category 27 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

John Evans

Supported by Qantas Airways

Since he was a boy, John Evans has had an affection for railways which led him to begin his career at the South Australian Railways, but soon moved on to work with TAA.  Joining the South Australian Department of Tourism in 1985, John was initially a Regional Tourism Manager, taking up a variety of roles until his retirement in 2013, when he worked in product development focusing on access and transport operations.  His work at the Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre and introduction of its Sound & Light Show encouraged overnight stays and contributes more than $1 million p.a. to the community.  In 2008, John project managed the research and production of a History of Tourism book titled "The Pursuit of Leisure" to mark the centenary of the opening of a tourism department in SA.  John is well known and respected throughout the industry and has been a mentor to many. This and his ongoing dedication and service on regional committees and associations has allowed him to make a tremendous contribution to tourism in this State.  As an avid historian and regional tourism advocate, he is a regular group speaker and radio guest about all things South Australia, its history and its tourism attributes. John is also a published author of several train related books.

John Evans

Category 28 South Australian Tourism Student of the Year Award

Julia Brunke

Supported by SKAL International Adelaide

Julia Brunke is a student at the University of South Australia studying a Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management.  Julia has lived, studied and travelled throughout various countries in Europe and she has always been passionate about cultures and tourism.  Through additional work and volunteering experiences she has developed a particular interest in destination development and the events sector.  Julia’s dedication and commitment has been awarded with the UniSA Scholarship for Student Leadership and she is engaged heavily in the university as student ambassador enriching the experience for students through assisting with a wide range of events.

Julia Brunke

Category 29 Tourism Education & Training

TAFE SA

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

TAFE SA is an ‘Education Centre of Excellence’ and is Australia’s largest provider of Vocational Education and Training with extensive campuses and facilities across the State.  TAFE SA’s vision is to be a world class vocational education and training provider in vocational programs such as Tourism, Events and Travel.  TAFE SA’s leadership in the provision of educational experiences to a culturally and demographically diverse customer base across the State builds futures which are economically, environmentally and socially sustainable.  TAFE SA believes that lifelong learning sustains communities, builds workforce capability and enriches individual capacity.

TAFE SA

Category 30 Local Government Award for Tourism

City of Holdfast Bay

Supported by the Local Government Association of SA

The City of Holdfast Bay is committed to remaining Adelaide’s premier seaside destination and understands that tourism is a fundamental driver for Holdfast Bay’s economy.  Council hosts and manages a range of historical and contemporary attractions, products and services which creates a compelling visitor experience.  Council has also identified that its commitment to tourism investment helps increase community and visitor awareness of the significance of the environment, which brings about changes in individual and commercial behaviour.  The City of Holdfast Bay will continue to develop the visitor experience at events, improve tourism assets and service delivery, while supporting the sustainability of the local area.

Silver            

Port Pirie Regional Council

Bronze         

Alexandrina Council

City of Holdfast Bay

Category 31 Backpacker Accommodation

Adelaide Central YHA

Supported by the SA Tourism Industry Council

2015 sees Adelaide Central YHA celebrating 50 years of accommodating visitors to Adelaide.  Overlooking Light Square, the Adelaide Central YHA has built itself a consistent reputation for quality, affordable accommodation, making it a popular choice for budget conscious travellers.  The hostel has spotless modern facilities, friendly helpful staff and regular fun activities designed to bring people together.  Adelaide Central YHA offers the perfect mix of multi-share rooms for those travelling on a shoestring, and newly renovated double, twin and family rooms for more comfort and privacy.

Adelaide Central YHA

Category 32 South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year Award

Haider Ali-Shah

Supported by Adelaide Airport Limited

Haider Ali-Shah is very proud of his role as a taxi driver and that pride flows over to both his personal appearance and the presentation of his vehicle.  Haider has been driving cabs for more than 13 years, having settled in Adelaide from Pakistan in 2003, with his wife Aisha and two daughters.  Haider believes his success in the industry comes down to his commitment to service excellence. In his own words -“I spoil them”.  His goal had been to see his daughters gain enrolment in the University of Adelaide, which he has now achieved, but he continues to drive taxis with the same enthusiasm and commitment.

Second Place         

Darrel Nicholls

Third Place            

Casimir Fung

Haider Ali-Shah

2014 Tourism Award winners

Category 01 Major Tourist Attractions

Adventure Bay Charters

Supported by Adelaide Casino

Adventure Bay Charters has established itself as one of South Australia’s leading tourism businesses.  Their focus being to enable visitors to the Eyre Peninsula the opportunity to interact with the local marine wonders in a way that delights, entertains, educates and keeps them safe and coming back for more.  Adventure Bay Charters leads by example when it comes to environmental sustainability.  The staff are committed to making Adventure Bay Charters a stand out major tourist attraction.

Silver

Calypso Star Charters

Bronze

Cleland Wildlife Park

Adventure Bay Charters Hall of Fame winner

Category 02 Tourist Attractions

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Hahndorf Farm Barn is a unique blend of a children's farmyard and a wildlife park that has been designed for visitors of all ages to enjoy hands-on interaction with all its friendly animals.  Situated just outside Hahndorf, approximately 30kms from the city of Adelaide, the farm is open from 10am to 4pm, 7 days a week, 362 days a year.  Visitors can experience the combination of its unique activities, a beautiful and authentic farm setting, and the emotions generated by watching, touching, cuddling, and feeding the animals and being a part of a farm lifestyle.

Silver

Innes National Park

Hahndorf Farm Barn Hall of Fame winner

Category 03 Major Festivals & Events

2014 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Supported by Big Screen Video

The Clipsal 500 Adelaide, The Race That Rocks, is Australia’s largest domestic ticketed motor sport event.  Since 1999, the event has retained its status as a hallmark event for SA welcoming over 3.85 million patrons including over 195,000 interstate and international visitors and has generated over $420 million in economic benefit for the state.  In 2014, 273,600 patrons experienced a new V8 Supercar race format, twilight V8 racing, new manufactures and exciting on and off track attractions including the New Holland Tractor Pull, BMX RAMPage, and a bumper concert line up including Grammy Award Winner Keith Urban.

Gold

Adelaide Fringe 2014

Santos Tour Down Under

2014 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Category 04 Festivals and Events

Cellar Door Wine Festival- Adelaide

Supported by Renniks Hire

The 2014 Cellar Door Wine Festival, held at the Adelaide Convention Centre from February 14-16, gave 9000 lovers of fine wine and food a rare tourism experience – the chance to ‘visit’ 15 of South Australia’s acclaimed wine regions, over three days, under one roof, in the heart of the city.  In just four years, this festival has become the largest consumer wine event of its kind in the nation, attracting 156 wineries – far more than any other comparable Australian show. More than that, it has become a ‘must attend’ event for South Australian wineries, boutique food producers and regional tourism associations who have come to recognise its significant – and proven – business and tourism marketing power.

Silver

Adelaide Hills International Sculpture Symposium and Sculpture Trail

Huge November

Gorgeous Festival

Loxton Christmas Lights

Bronze

Campbelltown Moonlight Markets

Double Shot Coffee Fiesta

Cellar Door Wine Festival- Adelaide Hall of Fame winner

Category 05 Ecotourism

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas have established an enviable reputation as high quality, environmentally sustainable accommodation in the Flinders Ranges.  With their stunning location, stylish contemporary interiors and environmentally-friendly design, Rawnsley Park Station’s Eco-Villas are the epitome of ecotourism in practice.  See the stars from the comfort of the bed through an over-bed skylight covered by a retractable blind that sweeps back at the flick of a bedside switch.  Designed to reflect the heritage of the early Australian homesteads of the Flinders Ranges, the Eco-Villas are built from rendered strawbales, which not only blend beautifully with the natural environment, but provide excellent thermal insulation.

Gold

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Silver

Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden

South Australian Whale Centre

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Category 06 Heritage & Cultural Tourism

West Terrace Cemetery

Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

The Adelaide Cemeteries Authority fulfils a unique role within the community managing four of South Australia's leading cemeteries - Enfield Memorial Park, Cheltenham Cemetery, Smithfield Memorial Park and West Terrace Cemetery.  At West Terrace Cemetery the Authority has identified and delivered a truly unique and compelling heritage and cultural experience, unmatched across the country, to a curious and discerning audience that continues to grow at a rapid rate.  In doing so, they are championing a new industry niche in Australia, Cemetery Tourism. The diverse experience includes an interactive sound and light tour, guided day tours and five free self-guided trails.

Silver

Ayers House Museum

Platform 1 Heritage Farm Railway

Bronze

Aboriginal Cultural Tours – South Australia

West Terrace Cemetery Hall of Fame winner

Category 07 Indigenous Tourism

Aboriginal Cultural Tours- South Australia

Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Aboriginal Cultural Tours offers out bush and coastal Aboriginal experiences, led by knowledgeable Aboriginal guides, who care about their country, live on their country, and know their country intimately.  Gain a unique insight into the world's oldest living culture by walking together in the footsteps of our ancestors.  See and touch the past. Share Dreaming stories that bring the landscape to life. Connect with nature and the environment.  With each tour, guests gain a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, traditions and beliefs. From Coast to Vines to Giants in Ancient Lands - come walk in the footsteps of our Ancestors.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours- South Australia

Category 08 Specialised Tourism Services

Harbour Town Adelaide

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission  

Harbour Town Adelaide is the only outlet shopping centre in South Australia. Shoppers receive sensational savings, value and variety where over 130 quality outlet stores offer the best brands at the best prices. Just 15 minutes from the city and 10 minutes from Glenelg, Harbour Town is the ideal outdoor shopping destination.  Visiting tourists can enjoy further discounts, services and benefits with dedicated access to the Tourism Club Card and relaxing Tourism Lounge.  Outlet shopping at Harbour Town Adelaide is a must on the itinerary of every visitor to South Australia. Harbour Town Adelaide - There's no town like it!

Gold               

Barossa Tourism Services

Silver            

Georama 360 Degree Photography and Virtual Tours

Bronze          

Floating Melodies

Harbour Town Adelaide

Category 09 Visitor Information and Services

Barossa Visitor Centre

Supported by SA Tourism Industry Council

The Barossa Visitor Centre is a nationally accredited Visitor Centre in South Australia’s famous wine region, the Barossa.  It is one of the busiest in the State with approximately 65,000 enquiries per year, it employs seven staff and is conveniently open seven days a week including public holidays.  Located in the main street of Tanunda in the heart of the Barossa, the Centre prides itself on offering much more than the traditional Visitor Information Centre model and offers a wide range of visitor services and facilities to promote longer stays and greater spend in the region.

Gold               

McLaren Vale &Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre

Silver            

Goolwa Visitor Information Centre

Tourism Kangaroo Island

Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre

Whyalla Visitor Centre

South Australian Whale Centre

Copper Coast Visitor Information Centre

Barossa Visitor Centre Hall of Fame winner

Category 10 Business Tourism

Beyond the Boardroom - Team Building Australia

Supported by HWR Media

Beyond the Boardroom is Australia's premier team building provider, offering a range of Team Building programs throughout Australia.  Activities include Adelaide's Amazing Race, Survivor South Australia and Ready Steady Master Cook.  Beyond the Boardroom specialise in adventure based team building programs and are part of the Adventures Beyond Group of brands.  Boost the morale of your team with an Adventure Based Team Building Program with Beyond the Boardroom.

Beyond the Boardroom - Team Building Australia

Category 11 Major Tour &/or Transport Operators

SeaLink Ferries, Tour & Holiday Packages

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

SeaLink is a successful South Australian company specialising in a one-stop-shop transport, touring and holiday packaging service to Australia's third largest island - Kangaroo Island.  The company operates ferries, coach connections and touring, 4x4 eco-tours, adventure tour experiences and holiday packaging to Kangaroo Island and around South Australia.  SeaLink also works with over 150 accommodation operators and attractions on Kangaroo Island developing a wide range of holiday packages.

Silver

Great Southern Rail

SeaLink Ferries, Tour & Holiday Packages

Category 12 Tour &/or Transport Operators

Tour Barossa

Supported by SA Tourism Industry Council

Tour Barossa is much more than a tour company, providing unique exclusive, cost effective, flexible, fun solutions for touring the Barossa Valley and beyond.  Local tour guides take guests on a journey of discovery, visiting boutique wineries, Barossa highlights and exclusive behind the scenes experiences.  Advanced Ecotourism Certified and committed to exceeding expectations, Tour Barossa provide total premium touring solutions and outstanding accommodation. 

Silver            

Adelaide Haunted Horizons Ghost Tour

Reef Encounters Fishing Charters

Tour Barossa

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action are the Eco Adventure Specialists on Nature’s Playground, Kangaroo Island.  They encourage travellers to swap the video game for a dirty weekend with the kids.  Offering a range of experiences including guided quad and fatbike adventure tours, sandboards and toboggans to surf the dunes at Little Sahara, or kayaking along the peaceful Harriet River.  Advanced Eco Tourism and Climate Action Leader Certified, Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action are committed to the sustainability of tourism and the environment, while giving guests the adventure of a lifetime.

Gold               

Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours

Silver             

Adventure Bay Charters

Calypso Star Charters

Coastal Skydive

Surf & Sun

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Category 14 Destination Marketing

Find Your Everything- Unley Precincts

Supported by PPR Adelaide 

The City of Unley’s ‘Find Your Everything’ marketing campaign aims to attract new foot traffic to the Unley Precincts by attracting visitors from outside Unley whilst promoting a ‘shop local’ ethos with residents.  ‘Find Your Everything’ promotes the unique, predominately independent, traders operating traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ businesses who are key attractors to the region.  Following the success of the project’s 1st year, Year 2 has evolved with new features including a free quarterly digital magazine available in the Apple store and ‘google play’, integration of the online review site, ‘Yelp’ and a business attraction framework, known as ‘Find Your Success’.

Gold   

Eyre Peninsula- Australia’s Seafood Frontier

Silver

Tumby Views Magazine

Find Your Everything- Unley Precincts

Category 15 Tourism Education & Training

TAFE SA Tourism, Events and Travel

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

TAFE SA is an ‘Education Centre of Excellence’ and is Australia’s largest provider of Vocational Education and Training with extensive campuses and facilities across the state.  Offering qualifications from entry level I to III, to Advanced Diplomas, TAFE SA delivers a broad program of accredited and non-accredited training delivery which encompasses tourism, travel and event management, guiding and holiday parks and resorts sectors.  At TAFE SA Tourism, Events and Travel, they believe in rich engaged and experiential learning to provide classroom theory with practical application. 

Silver            

Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre

TAFE SA Tourism, Events and Travel

Category 16 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Windy Point Restaurant & Café

Supported by Restaurant & Catering SA

With a breathtaking location, boasting spectacular views from the Gulf of St Vincent through to the Adelaide Hills, Windy Point Restaurant & Café is only 15 minutes from the city.  Offering contemporary menus that showcase the freshest South Australian produce and the state’s finest wines, the dining experience is further enhanced by its quality customer service.  Guests are able to enjoy an elegant evening in the Restaurant, a relaxed night out in the Café or a cocktail party in the Pavilion, with each booking tailored to precisely fit the needs of each guest.  Windy Point Restaurant & Café offers an unforgettable South Australian tourism dining experience.

Gold               

Leonards Mill

Silver            

Del Giorno’s Café Restaurant

Hahndorf Inn

Red Ochre Grill

Bronze          

Mocean Café Restaurant

The Tasting Room- Mayura Station

Windy Point Restaurant & Café

Category 17 Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Pindarie Cellar Door

Supported by Jacob’s Creek

The cellar door offers visitors the best of the Barossa in terms of tourism - premium wines for tasting and sale, regional food, heritage, family attraction and hospitality.  The previously dilapidated 1850s stone building, which is now the cellar door, was meticulously restored using recycled timbers and stone as well as slate quarried from the 750 acre farming property.  Pindarie has recreated Barossa German heritage history and achieved a rustic but sophisticated, welcoming space.

Gold               

The Lane Vineyard

Bronze          

Bird in Hand Winery

Hall of Fame winner

Category 18 Tourist & Caravan Parks

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Located in the Riverland of South Australia, BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park’s riverfront location offers postcard perfect views, direct river access and ample opportunities to experience some of the region’s most sort after activities.  High quality accommodation and camping options, enhanced by a wide range of activities, create a complete holiday experience.  Laze by the resort style pool, watch a movie on the big screen or enjoy the ultimate fun zone on the interactive water play park with cool slides and a giant tipping bucket. 

Gold               

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Silver            

Edithburgh Caravan Park

Bronze          

Wallaroo North Beach Tourist Park

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Category 19 Backpacker Accommodation

Port Lincoln YHA

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Port Lincoln YHA is a fully functioning backpacker hostel that caters to single travellers, families or large groups seeking high quality, fun and clean budget accommodation.  Port Lincoln YHA provides accommodation in dorms, family rooms and suite style accommodation with private bathrooms.  Features include a commercial size stainless steel kitchen, Ping-Pong table, BBQ facilities and a movie lounge. 

Port Lincoln YHA

Category 21 Unique Accommodation

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Supported by PPR Adelaide

Rawnsley Park Station Eco Villas have established an enviable reputation as high quality luxury accommodation in the Flinders Ranges.  With their stunning location, stylish contemporary interiors, environmentally-friendly design and uninterrupted views of Wilpena Pound, Rawnsley Park Station’s Eco-Villas are the epitome of unique accommodation.  See the stars from the comfort of the bed through an over-bed skylight covered by a retractable blind that sweeps back at the flick of a bedside switch.  Designed to reflect the heritage of the early Australian homesteads of the Flinders Ranges, the Eco-Villas are built from rendered strawbales, which blends beautifully with the natural environment and provides excellent thermal insulation.

Silver            

Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Bronze          

Majestic Minima Hotel

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Category 22 Standard Accommodation

cu@wallaroo

Supported by SA Tourism Industry Council

cu@wallaroo is a relaxed accommodation venue with great character, ideal for groups of up to 72 people.  Set in the beachside town of Wallaroo on the Yorke Peninsula, it’s a short stroll to the beach, jetty and local shops.  With spectacular modern facilities, huge lounge and fantastic outdoor alfresco area featuring a wood-fired pizza oven, cu@wallaroo provides the opportunity for family and friends to spend time together and unwind from daily life. 

Gold               

Beach Huts Middleton

Black Jack Get-A-Way

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Silver            

Almerta Station

Clare Valley Motel

cu@wallaroo

Category 23 Deluxe Accommodation

Yondah Beach House

Supported by Barossa Valley Brewing

Yondah Beach House is the perfect beach hideaway.  Set on 300 oceanfront acres, with private sandy beaches, dramatic cliff top walks and panoramic views to Kangaroo Island, this architect-designed beach house is the perfect place to unwind in comfort and style.  Guests (both two and four-legged) can explore pristine areas of Mallee scrub filled with spring flowers, birds and kangaroos, stroll along the cliff tops to look for whales and visit Yondah's resident family of fur seals or simply bask in the sun on a beautiful golden beach.

Gold               

Adelaide Shores Resort

Silver            

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

Treasured Memories

Wallaroo Marina Apartments

Bronze          

Mawson Lakes Hotel

Strath Motel

Yondah Beach House

Category 24 Luxury Accommodation

The Playford

Supported by Adelaide Casino

In the heart of Adelaide’s cultural precinct, The Playford brings together a rich tapestry of South Australia’s food, wine and artistry with a passion for service excellence and genuine hospitality.  The Playford, now a proud member of Accor’s exclusive MGallery collection, is a boutique 5 star hotel with an organic and evolving Art Nouveau feel, individually-appointed rooms and award-winning cuisine.  On show are the unique and wonderful talents of South Australian artists such as Jeremy Herbert, David Bromley and Julie Strawinsky to name just a few. 

Silver            

InterContinental Adelaide

The Playford

Category 25 New Tourism Development

The Frames

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

The Frames is a new Riverland experience in ultra-luxury accommodation opened in February 2014.  It offers three opulent and private residences, each exquisitely tailored to help couples rejuvenate and relax.  The Frames refer to signature decks which shape the view of the famous Murray River at the gentle river crossing of Paringa.  Nothing to distract. Nothing left wanting. The very best of everything. Each residence is large, open and offers total privacy, both inside and outdoors. Each with their own private pool, spa and sauna.

Silver            

Platform 1 Light & Sound Show

Sea Dragon Lodge- Luxury Eco Villas

The Frames

Category 26 Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

Adelaide Shores

Adelaide Shores is a 135 hectare tourism, sporting and recreation precinct located at West Beach.  Set on 1.2 kilometres of picturesque coastline, Adelaide Shores offers two beach-front accommodation properties, two of South Australia’s top public golf courses, event venues, boat haven and competition level sporting facilities. The precinct’s scenic natural environment makes it an attractive holiday and group tourism destination.  Adelaide Shores is committed to managing operations in a sustainable and responsible manner, in line with triple bottom line principles which are applied through its people, its practices and its partnerships.

Adelaide Shores

Category 27 Local Government Award for Tourism

The Barossa Council

Supported by Big Screen Video

The Barossa Council region is one of Australia's most recognised tourism destinations: a place for premium food, wine and a beautiful natural environment.  The Barossa is steeped in tradition with a vibrant lifestyle and a strong economy derived from agriculture, viticulture and tourism.  The Barossa Council's commitment to tourism is shown through the region’s multi award winning Visitor Centre, its many tourism services and facilities, newly built cycle tourism infrastructure, events support and major funding partner to Tourism Barossa Inc and Regional Development Barossa.

Silver            

Alexandrina Council

City of Onkaparinga

Corporation of the City of Whyalla

Bronze         

City of Holdfast Bay

The Barossa Council

Category 28 Excellence in South Australian Food Tourism

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Supported by Food SA

Udder Delights was established in the Adelaide Hills as a goat cheese factory in 1999.  Under the expert guidance of Saul and Sheree Sullivan, the company has grown from very humble beginnings to become a renowned and respected brand across Australia.  2006 saw the opening of the Udder Delights Cheese Cellar – where the Sullivan’s stamped their personal flair and regional flavour in the historic town of Hahndorf.  The Cheese Cellar is a place that’s all about celebrating handmade cheese and local produce – where an array of foodie experiences await the hungry visitor. 

Silver            

Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail

Bronze          

The Fresh Fish Place

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Category 29 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Ron Forster

Supported by Qantas Airways

Ron is a successful entrepreneur who has spent the last three decades creating tourism ventures that have been instrumental in promoting the Eyre Peninsula, and in particular Port Lincoln.  After falling in love with the coastal attractions of Port Lincoln almost 30 year ago, he realised its potential as a tourism destination and identified a number of infrastructure needs for the town.  While he is best known for his business Calypso Star Charters, Ron’s varied skill set has seen him successfully establish a diverse range of businesses from developing three islands, opening an animal park, creating swim with the tuna, sea lions and shark cage diving experiences, buying a marina, building a hotel and much more.  Not only is he a professional tourism operator, Ron is an active and passionate member of the Port Lincoln community.

Ron Forster

Category 30 South Australian Tourism Student of the Year Award

Joanna Chudy

Supported by SKAL International Adelaide

Joanna Chudy is a student at the University of South Australia studying a Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management.  Joanna was born and raised in a country town in South Australia which enabled her to understand the importance communities play in South Australian tourism and their potential contribution.  Her commitment and abilities have been recognized through a range of awards throughout her education, including the Shirley Chappel Tourism Prize at the University of South Australia.  Through her volunteering, education, travel and work, she has developed a particular passion for tourism marketing, specifically in regional destination development and marketing. 

Joanna Chudy

Category 31 South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year Award

Pawan Kumar

Supported by the Taxi Council of South Australia

In 2008, Pawan Kumar, born and educated in India, decided to come to Australia to seek a better future for himself. He arrived in Adelaide and began driving taxis, progressing to the Elite Taxis fleet for Suburbans.  Pawan uses his community welfare training to assist elderly and infirm passengers, mentors younger drivers and always strives to give the best possible customer service.  On his own admissions Pawan is “A very cool man” and he uses this to his advantage when dealing with passengers.  Pawan says “he works with his heart”, washing, polishing and disinfecting his taxi every morning.

Pawan Kumar
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