Awards . Winners

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 and contributes 10% of their income to the environment, conservation and research.  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

Pindarie Cellar Door 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

2013 Tourism Award winners

Category 01 Major Tourist Attractions

Adventure Bay Charters

Supported by Adelaide Casino

Located in Port Lincoln, the seafood capital of Australia, Adventure Bay Charters is a family business run by Matt Waller, a fourth generation fisherman who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the ocean with others.  Adventure Bay Charters allows visitors to get up close to Southern Bluefin Tuna and to learn the intimate workings of this important aquaculture industry, as well as the opportunity to swim and interact with the Australian Sea Lion and the Great White Sharks.

Silver

Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre

Adventure Bay Charters

Category 02 Tourist Attractions

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Supported by Adelaide Casino

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

Silver

Calypso Star Charters

 

Bronze

Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail

Swim with the Tuna

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Category 03 Major Festivals & Events

2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Supported by Adelaide Casino

The Clipsal 500 Adelaide was held between 28 February – 3 March 2013. ‘The Race That Rocks’, is Australia’s largest domestic ticketed motor sport event. Since 1999, this hallmark event has welcomed over 3.5 million patrons and generated over $390 million in economic benefit to the state. In 2013, 286,500 patrons experienced a new era in motor sport. V8 Supercars Car of The Future raced for the very first time and new manufactures Nissan and Mercedes battled it out against old rivals Holden and Ford. The event recorded its largest single day attendance forcing a sell-out whilst KISS and Motley Crue provided a sensational finale to the 4-day festival. 

Silver

Adelaide Fringe 2013

 

Bronze

Santos Tour Down Under

2013 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Category 04 Festivals & Events

Cellar Door Wine Festival Adelaide

Supported by Renniks Hire

The Cellar Door Wine Festival Adelaide is held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the last weekend in February. It features over 150 internationally acclaimed as well as local hero award-winning wineries from across South Australia at a key time of year attracting approximately 7000 visitors including local consumers and visitors from interstate and overseas with three days of wine tasting, food sampling and a regional wine experience right in the heart of the city. The festival, managed by the Adelaide Convention Centre, has rapidly become the largest consumer wine event in the nation, showcasing some of South Australia’s important tourism drawcards – wine and quality food.

SIlver

2013 City Of Onkaparinga Jayco Stage 5 & Associated Events

2013 Kernewek Lowender Copper Coast Cornish Festival

Campbelltown Moonlight Markets

Loxton Christmas Lights

South Australian Wooden Boat Festival

 

Bronze

Beachside Food and Wine Festival

Gorgeous Festival       

Cellar Door Wine Festival Adelaide

Category 05 Ecotourism

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Located on a secluded, elevated site in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, the eco-villas boast uninterrupted views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding Ranges. The eight, one and two-bedroom villas are stylish, contemporary and welcoming, with features including well-equipped kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, quality furnishings and wide verandahs. The villas aim to leave a small ecological footprint, blending beautifully with the natural landscape while reflecting the early homesteads that are synonymous with the Flinders Ranges. Owned and managed by fourth generation locals Tony and Julie Smith, Rawnsley Park offers a memorable Outback experience, complete with stunning sunsets, breathtaking scenery and welcoming, country hospitality.

Gold 

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Gulf Getaways

 

Silver 

Bendleby Ranges

Sinclair's Gully

 

Bronze

The Arkaba Walk

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Category 06 Heritage & Cultural Tourism

West Terrace Cemetery

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Situated on the south-western fringe of Adelaide’s central business district is an iconic attraction of undeniable heritage riches. State heritage listed West Terrace Cemetery dates back to European settlement of South Australia and is one of the nation’s oldest operating cemeteries. The nineteenth century landscape provides visitors with a fascinating alternative to museums, art galleries and national parks. Central to the experience is the cemetery’s rich repository of powerful and emotive stories. These remarkable human tales of courage and heartbreak, struggle and success are being passed on through a variety of interpretive activities, cultural events, guided tours and self-guided trails.

Silver

Aboriginal Cultural Tours - South Australia

Bungaree Station's Interactive History Trail

Innes National Park

 

Bronze

Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre

West Terrace Cemetery

Category 07 Indigenous Tourism

Aboriginal Cultural Tours – South Australia

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

For 10 years Quenten Agius has operated Aboriginal Cultural Tours on Yorke Peninsula. Based in the Aboriginal community of Point Pearce on the Yorke Peninsula, Aboriginal Cultural Tours – South Australia is 100% Aboriginal owned and operated. In 2012 Quenten developed new tours and expanded into Ngadjuri Country; the Mid North, Clare Valley, Burra and Southern Flinders Ranges regions. The company offers authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences whose aim is to take people on a journey, not only physically but also spiritually, to a place where they have never been to before.

Aboriginal Cultural Tours – South Australia

Category 08 Specialised Tourism Services

Barossa Tourism Services

Barossa Tourism Services creates total tourism experiences for clients, whether booking online, utilising a 24 hour phone service or a personalised one-on-one service at their one stop shop in Barossa Valley, South Australia. Stay in a luxurious self catering accommodation in the Barossa, with wood fires, spas, swimming pools, the choice is endless. Experience a tour, tantalising your senses, sipping on a delicious wine, in a selection of vehicles suiting every occasion. Book a variety of products from extreme adventures, therapeutic experiences and massages to in house personal chef, all specialised to exceed expectations.

Silver

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

 

Bronze

Country Getaways Holiday Rentals

Barossa Tourism Services

Category 09 Visitor Information and Services

Barossa Visitor Centre

Located in the main street of Tanunda, the Barossa Visitor Centre prides itself on offering more than the traditional Visitor Information Centre model with a wide range of services and facilities to enhance and increase visitor’s length of stay and spend in the region. The nationally accredited Visitor Centre is one of the busiest in SA with approximately 55,000 enquiries annually, employing seven staff, ten volunteers and open seven days a week. The Barossa Council took over management in 2009, since then it has undergone a major refurbishment and expansion; introduced an online booking system and installed an interpretive display.

Silver

Goolwa Visitor Information Centre

Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre – Penneshaw

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre

Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre

 

Bronze

Whyalla Visitor Centre

Barossa Visitor Centre

Category 10 Business Tourism

Level 1 @ Hilton Adelaide

Supported by Adelaide Convention Centre

Hilton, a name synonymous worldwide with service and luxury, has been welcoming guests from all over the globe for 31years. Hilton Adelaide remains at the leading edge of the South Australian hotel industry with its vast facilities and location lending itself to attracting both corporate and leisure guests. Hilton Adelaide offers 374 well-appointed rooms and suites, 2200sqm of conference space including 17 meeting rooms and the Grand Ballroom and extensive leisure facilities; an outdoor heated pool, full size tennis court, executive lounge and business centre. At the heart of Hilton's guest experience is their relentless focus on service and pursuit of innovation to help shape the guests' journey.

Bronze

Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Level 1 @ Hilton Adelaide Hall of Fame winner

Category 11 Major Tour &/or Transport Operator

Great Southern Rail

Great Southern Rail is an Adelaide-based tourism business that offers transcontinental rail journeys and holidays based around travel on The Ghan (Adelaide – Alice Springs – Darwin), Indian Pacific (Sydney – Adelaide – Perth), The Overland (Melbourne to Adelaide) and The Southern Spirit (Adelaide to Brisbane).Its mission is to provide “great experiences, exceptional service and shared adventures on journeys through a rich diversity of Australian landscapes inspiring passion for travel by train”.

Great Southern Rail

Category 12 Tour &/or Transport Operator

Tour Barossa

Tour Barossa is the perfect touring solution for the famous wine region, offering a door to door service, visiting small boutique wineries as well as the iconic favourites. Tour Barossa provides exclusive, informative, cost-effective and fun tours in one of its eight vehicles providing the exclusive, cost effective, flexible, fun solution for touring the Barossa Valley and beyond. Be indulged with Tour Barossa’s Charm, Chocolate, Wine and Wood Fire Tour or Tantalise your Senseswith the Advanced Ecotourism certified and multi Award Winning business, committed to exceeding expectations.

Silver

Adventure Bay Charters

Barossa Taste Sensations

 

Bronze

Adelaide's Haunted Horizons Ghost Tours

Wine Diva Tours

Tour Barossa Hall of Fame winner

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Surf & Sun South Australia

Located on South Australia's beautiful Fleurieu Peninsula, Surf & Sun has been operating since 2001 and specialises in surf lessons, surf retreats and adventure tourism packages throughout South Australia. Surf & Sun's owner Luke Talbot-Male is a social entrepreneur donating a percentage of all takings to environmental charities. Tired of sitting behind the desk? Surf & Sun's ultimate goal is to help make the world more fun through adventure in the environment.

Gold

Adventure Bay Charters

 

Silver 

Calypso Star Charters - One Day Great White Shark Cage Diving Tour

Calypso Star Charters - Swim with the Sea Lions Tour

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions - Great White Expedition

 

Bronze

Swim with the Tuna

Surf & Sun South Australia

Category 14 Destination Marketing

Find Your Everything – Unley Precincts

Supported by Adelaide Casino

The City of Unley is a local government area approximately 1.5km directly south of Adelaide CBD and is considered an inner metropolitan area of Adelaide. The City of Unley’s economy is underpinned by 5 Main street shopping precincts which provide essential goods and services, meeting places, attractions for visitors, as well as providing linkages across the City of Unley from southern areas to the Adelaide CBD. In 2012 the City of Unley developed an Unley Main street Digital Economy Strategy to strengthen the local economy. ‘Find Your Everything’ is the regional brand and marketing campaign supporting this innovative strategy. The objective of the ‘Find Your Everything’ campaign is to attract more visitors to the region to experience its unique business offerings and reinforce a ‘shop local’ ethos with residents.

Find Your Everything – Unley Precincts

Category 15 Tourism Education & Training

Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre

The Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre is a specialised boutique Registered Training Organisation and Skills for all approved provider in South Australia offering a nationally recognised quality training Tourism, Hospitality and Events training package. The centre provides “an education beyond the textbooks” with a range of value-adding activities for customers such as external field-trips, industry speakers, work experience and free recruitment services.

Silver

Hospitality Mentor Program

Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre

Category 16 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Windy Point Restaurant and Café

Supported by Restaurants & Catering South Australia

Start with one breathtaking location, boasting spectacular views from the Gulf of St Vincent through to the Adelaide Hills, only 15 minutes from the city centre. Blend together with a handful of contemporary menus exploding with the freshest South Australian produce, a splash of the State’s finest wines and a cup of quality customer service. Stir in an elegant evening in the Restaurant, a relaxed night out in the Cafe or a cocktail party in the Pavilion to taste. Mix well and you have the unforgettable, award winning, South Australian tourism dining experience that is Windy Point Restaurant and Café. 

Gold

Leonards Mill

 

Silver

Hahndorf Inn

 

Bronze

Del Giornos Cafe Restaurant

Red Ochre Grill

The White House Adelaide Hills

Windy Point Restaurant and Café

Category 17 Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Pindarie Cellar Door

Supported by Wolf Blass Wines

Pindarie is a family business, owned and operated by Wendy Allan and Tony Brooks. Set on 90 acres on the Barossa Valley’s western ridge, the tourism accredited cellar door showcases spectacular, expansive views to the Barossa Ranges. Pindarie Cellar Door was once the relic of an old chaff store and stable, renovated and hand built by Tony Brooks using hefty, recycled timber and stone quarried on the property. The19th century homestead is now a spectacular home for the Pindarie wine label offering visitors the best of the Barossa with Mediterranean style wines, seasonal lunches produced with a locavore philosophy combined with one of the Barossa Valley’s most stunning vistas.

Gold 

Sinclair's Gully

 

Silver

Jacob's Creek Visitor Centre

Seppeltsfield Estate Cellar Door

The Lane Vineyard

 

Bronze

Chateau Tanunda

Primo Estate Cellar Door

Woodstock Estate

Pindarie Cellar Door

Category 18 Tourist & Caravan Parks

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Located behind the sand dunes at West Beach, BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park offers the full range of 4 and a half star tourist park accommodation from powered and ensuite sites for caravanners and campers, to onsite vans, cabins and eco tents. Priding itself on being innovative and a leader in the tourist park market, the Caravan Park’s accommodation is complemented by first rate facilities entertainment options and surrounding recreational activities.

Gold

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park

 

Silver 

Discovery Holiday Parks - Clare

 

Bronze

Edithburgh Top Tourist Caravan Park

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Category 20 Hosted Accommodation

The Australasian Circa 1858

Overlooking Goolwa’s wharf precinct and the River Murray in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, The Australasian Circa 1858 is a magnificently renovated small privately owned and operated boutique hotel with resident hosts Juliet Michell (Chef) and Deborah Smalley (Concierge) offering five totally unique modern guest rooms with ensuites. An arrival tour of the property, delicious arrival refreshments (in-house prepared breads/patisseries and locally sourced cheese) and Chef-prepared breakfasts are included in the tariff with the breakfast delivered discreetly to the guest’s door on a tray mobile. Asian-inspired set menu dinners are available to house guests nightly in The Australasian Dining Room.

Gold

Adelaide Hills Country Cottages

 

Silver 

Seascape Lodge on Emu Bay

The Australasian Circa 1858

Category 21 Unique Accommodation

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Located on a secluded, elevated site in the heart of the Flinders Ranges, the eco-villas boast uninterrupted views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding Ranges, and provide the ideal base from which to explore this internationally renowned region. The eight, one and two-bedroom villas are stylish, contemporary and welcoming, with features including well-equipped kitchens, luxurious bathrooms, quality furnishings and wide verandahs. The villas aim to leave a small ecological footprint, blending beautifully with the natural landscape while reflecting the early homesteads that are synonymous with the Flinders Ranges. Owned and managed by fourth generation locals Tony and Julie Smith, Rawnsley Park offers a memorable Outback experience, complete with stunning sunsets, breathtaking scenery and welcoming, country hospitality.

Rawnsley Park Station Eco-Villas

Category 22 Standard Accommodation

Narnu Farm

Narnu Farm is a local tourist icon in South Australia. Operating for over 35 years it is located on picturesque Hindmarsh Island with panoramic views over the River Murray. The Farm has a unique 35 hectare setting where a variety of accommodation and activities provides tourists with a rural family holiday experience with a difference. It is safe, fun, friendly, social and a great value -for- money escape from city pressure. Narnu is the place for kids with horses, baby animals, playgrounds and wide open spaces, they all get involved in the special atmosphere of Narnu Farm. Kids just love it!

Gold

cu@wallaroo

 

Silver

Beach Huts Middleton

Clare Valley Motel

Riesling Trail & Clare Valley Cottages

Woodhouse Activity Centre

 

Bronze

Black Jack Get-A-Way

Narnu Farm Hall of Fame winner

Category 23 Deluxe Accommodation

Emaroo Port Hughes

Supported by McLaren Vale Beer Company

Emaroo Port Hughes is a deluxe holiday home accommodation where guests are left wanting for nothing. The property is located in Port Hughes, South Australia, a small seaside fishing town, 168km northwest of Adelaide, at the top of beautiful Yorke Peninsula. Emaroo is just a short stroll to South beach, a five minute walk to the jetty and boat ramp. The property is appointed throughout with the finest in furniture, fittings and appliances: it also features an outdoor entertaining area and a fully equipped games room. It is a family owned and operated business, run by Cathy and Rick Edmonds. 

Gold 

Adelaide Shores Resort

Yondah Beach House

 

Silver

Strath Motel

The Manna of Hahndorf

Treasured Memories Accommodation 

 

Bronze

Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Emaroo Port Hughes Hall of Fame winner

Category 24 Luxury Accommodation

The Sebel Playford Adelaide

Supported by Adelaide Casino

The Sebel Playford Adelaide is a 5-star hotel set in the heart of the Adelaide city's vibrant North Terrace, opposite the Convention Centre and City Casino. This boutique style accommodation provides the perfect blend of classical style and contemporary luxury. The hotel has created a stunning Art Nouveau ambience, with beautifully appointed guestrooms and suites, luxurious amenities and exquisite cuisine.

The Sebel Playford Adelaide

Category 25 New Tourism Development

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions – Great White Adventure

Supported by the Department of Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions, based in Port Lincoln, South Australia, has developed a new tourism experience ‘The Great White Shark Adventure’ that encourages guests to see sharks up close in their natural environment and offers seal swims, island tours and a research talk. With over 50 years of knowledge and practice, Rodney Fox is a multi-award winning conservationist, shark attack survivor and shark cage creator known for his unrivalled education and research-based expeditions.

SIlver 

The Haus Studio Apartments

 

Bronze

Gum Creek Lodge

Off Piste 4WD Tours

Port Lincoln YHA

Rodney Fox Shark Expeditions – Great White Adventure

Category 26 Qantas Award For Excellence In Sustainable Tourism

Adelaide Shores

Adelaide Shores is a unique precinct offering beach-front accommodation, event venues and recreation over 135 hectares at West Beach. Adelaide Shores’ scenic natural environment makes it an attractive holiday destination for families and an ideal location for functions, golf, boating, and sport. For this reason, Adelaide Shores is committed to sustainable tourism and applies those principles through its people, its practices and its partnerships.

Gold

Sinclair's Gully

Adelaide Shores

Category 27 Local Government Award For Tourism

Alexandrina Council

Alexandrina Council region located on the Fleurieu Peninsula south of Adelaide offers stunning natural attractions, reputable wine and produce experiences and fascinating heritage towns. The council supports tourism through the development and maintenance of suitable infrastructure, sponsorship of ‘PS Oscar W’ and many significant events including the award winning ‘South Australian Wooden Boat Festival’. Alexandrina Council is committed to the region as a tourist destination and works closely with tourism bodies and operators and also provides two accredited Visitor Information Centres that professionally deliver tourist information and booking services for the region and beyond.

Silver

City of Onkaparinga

 

Bronze

Campbelltown City Council

Port Pirie Regional Council

Alexandrina Council

Category 28 Excellence in South Australian Food Tourism

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Supported by the Department of Primary Industries & Regions SA and Food SA

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar offer tastings and sales of their handcrafted cheeses to visitors. Located in the main street of historic Hahndorf, the Cheese Cellar is a major contributor to a street fast becoming renowned for good food and wine, situated in a region synonymous with it. The Udder Delights Cheese Cellar is not only a licensed cafe and provedore but also home to the Adelaide Hills Cheese & Wine Trail, the Easy Cheesy Home Cheese Making Class, Udder Delights High Tea and Cheese Celebration Cakes. 

Gold

Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail

 

Silver

Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Category 29 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Jeff Ellison

Supported by Qantas Airways

Jeff Ellison, SeaLink Travel Group's Managing Director has built a company which is highly successful and viable; one which provides a stable and world-class ferry service which is critical to the success of Kangaroo Island while able to invest in other tourism ventures that benefit the wider tourism industry in not only South Australia but around Australia. Since becoming Managing Director in 1997, the SeaLink Travel Group is now a national player with operations in NSW with Captain Cook Cruises, Queensland and now in the Northern Territory.

Jeff Ellison

Category 30 South Australian Tourism Student of the Year

Genevieve Pontikinas

Supported by SKAL International Adelaide & Air New Zealand

Genevieve is currently in her final semester of a three year Bachelor of Tourism and Event Management degree at the University of South Australia. During this program she has broadened her knowledge about the tourism industry on both a local and global scale, which has cemented her passion and interest in tourism and travel. Through her travels to Europe, she developed a particular passion for the Food and Wine Tourism Industry, specifically in the growth, development and marketing of food tourism destinations and experiences. Her biggest accomplishment to date was being selected as a mentee in the Young Australian Tourism Export Council (YATEC) Mentoring Program where she gained valuable hands on experience and was able to network with an array of industry professionals. 

Genevieve Pontikinas

2012 Tourism Award winners

Category 01 Major Tourist Attractions

Adventure Bay Charters

Located in Port Lincoln, the seafood capital of Australia, Adventure Bay Charters is a family business run by Matt Waller, a fourth generation fisherman who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the ocean with others.  For the past four years, Adventure Bay Charters has been constantly innovating as it creates new marine based adventure experiences.  The operation originally focused on Southern Bluefin Tuna tours, allowing visitors to hand feed the tuna, view them from under the water and taste the tuna in the form of sashimi – with the biggest draw card to actually swim with the tuna.  Since then the concept of swimming with the Australian Sea Lions was introduced, as was a guided Seafood Tour and Taste experience, and most recently the launch of berley-free, eco-certified, one-day shark cage diving with the Great White Sharks.

Gold

Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre

Silver

Adelaide Casino

Adventure Bay Charters

Category 02 Tourist Attractions

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Supported by Caravan and Camping Industries Association of South Australia

Located just on the outskirts of Hahndorf in the Adelaide Hills, the Hahndorf Farm Barn is set on 22 acres of land, specifically designed so that visitors of all ages can closely interact with a wide variety of tame and friendly animals.  Visitors can experience the combination of a beautiful and authentic farm setting, and the emotions generated by watching, touching, cuddling, and feeding the friendly Hahndorf Farm Barn animals and being a part of a farm lifestyle.  There are chick hatching educational programs for the kids, a pony riding arena, an aviary with birds of prey including interactive shows that visitors can take part in.

Silver

Old Timers Mine

Swim With The Tuna

Bronze

Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail

Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre 

Hahndorf Farm Barn

Category 03 Major Festivals & Events

Adelaide Fringe

The Adelaide Fringe is an open-access, four week arts festival held in Adelaide during February and March. The annual event is regarded as one of the best of its kind in the world and is considered the largest festival in the Southern Hemisphere.  In 2012, the Adelaide Fringe recorded 1.59 million audience attendances and brought together over 4,000 artists from around Australia and across the globe, in a program bursting with world premieres, hit shows and new artists.  The Adelaide Fringe, literally takes over the entire city with over 900 events staged in pop-up venues in parks, warehouses, lane-ways and disused buildings as well as established venues such as theatres, hotels, art galleries and cafes.

Silver

2012 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Bronze

Santos Tour Down Under

Adelaide Fringe

Category 04 Festivals and Events

Cellar Door Wine Festival - Adelaide

Supported by Flinders University

The Cellar Door Wine Festival – Adelaide, is held at the Adelaide Convention Centre on the last weekend of February.  In 2012, the festival attracted over 6,500 visitors giving them opportunity to sample free tastings from more than 150 wineries, 12 designated regions, all under one roof and in the heart of the Festival City.  The festival, managed by the Adelaide Convention Centre, has rapidly become the largest consumer wine event in the nation, showcasing some of South Australia’s important tourism drawcards – wine and quality food.

Silver

2012 City of Onkaparinga, Jayco Stage 5, Santos Tour Down Under

ASICS Victor Harbor Triathlons Fun Run-Walk

Harvest Festival Mclaren Vale

Loxton Christmas Lights

McLaren Vale Vintage & Classic

Stansbury Seaside Markets

Bronze

The Renmark Rose Festival

Cellar Door Wine Festival - Adelaide

Category 05 Ecotourism

Sinclair’s Gully

Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Sinclair’s Gully, the first and only Adelaide Hills’ climate action innovator and advanced eco certified cellar door, provides visitors with an opportunity to reconnect with nature in an endangered candlebark forest by offering number of sustainable wine and nature-based experiences.  Sustainable practices are the foundation of Sinclair’s Gully’s business and are incorporated in every aspect of its operations.  From the adoption of sustainable biodynamic vineyard practices, to its zero waste 100% recycling program, the onsite collection of all water and reuse of grey water, its energy efficiency program and solar power project, through to measuring and implementing strategies to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint.  Recognised as environmental leaders and an industry model, Sinclair’s Gully demonstrates how businesses can tread more lightly by incorporating sustainable practices in all aspects of a business.

Gold

Flinders & Outback Water Cruises

Rawnsley Park Eco Villas

Silver

The Arkaba Walk

The Big Duck Boat Tours

Sinclair’s Gully

Category 06 Heritage & Cultural Tourism

West Terrace Cemetery

Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Situated on the south-western fringe of Adelaide’s central business district is an iconic attraction of undeniable heritage riches.  The State Heritage listed West Terrace Cemetery dates back to European settlement of South Australia and is one of the nation’s oldest operating cemeteries. The nineteenth century landscape provides visitors with a fascinating alternative to museums, art galleries and national parks.  Central to the experience is the cemetery’s rich repository of powerful and emotive stories. These remarkable human tales of courage and heartbreak, struggle and success can be discovered through a variety of interpretive activities, cultural events, guided tours and self-guided trails

Silver

Aboriginal Cultural Tours – Adjahdura Land, Yorke Peninsula

Innamincka Hotel

Innes National Park

Steamtown Heritage Rail Centre

West Terrace Cemetery

Category 07 Indigenous Tourism

Aboriginal Cultural Tours - Adjahdura Land, Yorke Peninsula

Supported by the Department for Environment, Water & Natural Resources

Based in the Aboriginal community of Point Pearce on the Yorke Peninsula, Aboriginal Cultural Tours – Adjahdura Land is 100% Aboriginal owned and operated.  The company offers authentic Aboriginal cultural experiences whose aim is to take people on a journey, not only physically but also spiritually, to a place where they have never been to before.  This is a unique opportunity to walk the country with knowledgeable traditional owners of Adjahdura Land, to talk with them, experience their rich cultural heritage and discover the history of the region first hand.  From their ancient water holes to ochre quarries and cultural land formations, they want their guests to leave with a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, tradition and beliefs

Hall of Fame winner

Category 08 Specialised Tourism Services

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

Harbour Town Adelaide is the only shopping centre in South Australia that has been developed specifically for the tourist market. With over 120 brand outlets at the one location, visitors are provided with a shopping experience that is fun and enjoyable.  Just 15 minutes from the city and 10 minutes from Glenelg, Harbour Town visitors can enjoy further discounts, services and benefits with dedicated access to the Tourism Club Card and the Tourism Lounge specifically designed for the best tourist experience.  100% privately owned and funded, client satisfaction is paramount and their strong-vision for the future, passion and dedication are key to their continual success.

Bronze

Country Getaways Holiday Rentals

Harbour Town Outlet Shopping Centre

Category 09 Visitor Information and Services

Barossa Visitor Centre

Supported by Bookeasy Tourism Solutions

The Barossa Visitor Centre is one of only two, nationally accredited Visitor Information Centres in South Australia, located in one of our famous wine regions, the Barossa.  The Centre has undergone a major refurbishment and expansion, being one of the busiest Visitor Information Centres in the state with approximately 55, 000 enquiries per year. The newly refurbished premise is located in a former general store and residence dating back to the 1880’s.  Qualified staff members offer essential information to visitors, but also provide a wide comprehensive range of services and facilities including a dedicated online booking service, WI-FI hotspot with a new interpretive display and lounge area for visitors

Silver

Kangaroo Island Gateway Visitor Information Centre

McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre

Stansbury Progress Association Committee

Whyalla Visitor Centre

Bronze

Port Pirie Visitor Information Centre

Barossa Visitor Centre

Category 10 Business Tourism

Hilton Adelaide

Hilton Adelaide is the only hotel in the State able to host 500 delegates to meet, eat and sleep, all under one roof and the only hotel with a carbon offset program at no cost to the client.  Offering more than 2,000 sq m of conference space, it has the flexibility to adapt to any meeting, event or exhibition, including the spectacular Grand Ballroom, which is the largest pillar free hotel ballroom in the State.  The hotel provides atmosphere, unparalleled technology and flexible services so that any conference, whether for 50 or 800 delegates, is convened in a professional, relaxed style which encourages success.

Hilton Adelaide

Category 11 Major Tour &/or Transport Operators

Outback Spirit Tours – All South Australian Tours

Outback Spirit Tours is a nationally accredited tour operator and a leading operator of premium outback tours to South Australia. Mainly based around the outback regions but tours also include Kangaroo Island, Adelaide, the wine districts and Eyre Peninsula.  Their mission is to provide enriching and unparalled outback touring experiences that showcase the most stunning regions in the outback and in doing so operate as an environmentally responsible business delivering exceptional customer service and providing a safe and enjoyable workplace.  Outback Spirit Tours operate a fleet of 19 all-terrain Mercedes Benz coaches, which carry 26 passengers in 5-star comfort.  In 2011/12 Outback Spirit Tours operated 125 tour departures to South Australia. With over 3,100 guests annually, they are certainly a significant tourism and transport provider.

Outback Spirit Tours – All South Australian Tours

Category 12 Tour &/or Transport Operators

Tour Barossa

Tour Barossa is the perfect touring solution for the famous wine region, offering a door to door service, visiting small boutique wineries as well as the iconic favourites.  Tour Barossa provides exclusive, informative, cost-effective and fun tours in one of its two 12-seater mini buses, two Chrysler 300c’s, a Holden Statesman or a Classic Cadillac stretch limousine.  With a range of options to choose from, visitors can jump onboard the five-hour Barossa Highlights Tour or spoil themselves on the Barossa Glamour Tour.  For the more discerning traveller a private tour can be arranged with an exclusive personalised itinerary. Tour Barossa also provides airport, event and restaurant transfers for the business or holiday traveller.

Gold

Gulf Getaways

Silver

Air Wilpena

Heading Bush Outback Adventures

Taste the Barossa

Wine Diva Tours

Bronze

Barossa Taste Sensations

Tour Barossa

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Adventure Bay Charters

Located in Port Lincoln, the seafood capital of Australia, Adventure Bay Charters is a family business run by Matt Waller, a fourth generation fisherman who is passionate about sharing his knowledge of the ocean with others.  For the past five years, Adventure Bay Charters has been constantly innovating as it creates new marine based adventure experiences.  The operation originally focused on Southern Bluefin Tuna tours, allowing visitors to hand feed the tuna, view them from under the water and taste the tuna in the form of sashimi – with the biggest draw card to actually swim with the tuna.  Since then the concept of swimming with the Australian Sea Lions was introduced, as was a guided Seafood Tour and Taste experience, and most recently the launch of berley-free, eco-certified, one-day shark cage diving with the Great White Sharks.

Gold

Calypso Star Charters – One Day Shark Cage Diving Charter

Silver

Kangaroo Island Outdoor Action

Swim With The Tuna

Temptation Sailing

Willangi Bush Escapes

Bronze

Heading Bush Outback Adventures

Adventure Bay Charters Hall of Fame winner

Category 14 Tourism Marketing

Adelaide Convention Bureau – Destination SA

Supported by Newstyle Printing

As the peak body for business events in South Australia, the Adelaide Convention Bureau is the official organisation responsible for promoting our State as a desirable business meeting and conference destination. The Adelaide Convention Bureau represents over 200 businesses and service providers who share a common interest in conventions, exhibitions, incentive tourism and much more.  ‘Destination SA’ is a key program of the Adelaide Convention Bureau, and in August 2011 was South Australia’s primary showcase to the Australian and international business tourism buyers.  Destination SA presented the best experiences, products and services available within South Australia to the organisers of conventions, conferences, events and incentive travel groups.  The Adelaide Convention Bureau also provides free assistance and guidance to convention and event organisers through every stage of planning a successful and memorable business event in Adelaide, South Australia.

Silver

Tumby Views 2012 Magazine

Bronze

Georama 360 Degree Photography & Virtual Tours

Adelaide Convention Bureau – Destination SA Hall of Fame winner

Category 15 Tourism Education & Training

Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre

The Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre (ATCRC) is a specialised boutique Registered Training Organisation and Skills for All approved provider in South Australia offering a nationally recognised quality training Tourism, Hospitality and Events training package.  The Centre provides “an education beyond the textbooks” – with a range of value-adding activities for customers such as external field-trips, industry speakers, work experience and free recruitment services.  Industry based facilitators provide high quality and up to date training offering students, employers and industry a win/win situation. The recruitment arm of the centre is a free service to students, focused on providing highly skilled staff to the travel, tourism, hospitality and event sectors of the industry.  By combining training and recruitment functions within one organisation, the college is able to provide high quality training and produce high quality graduates into the tourism industry.

Silver

TAFESA North Regency International Centre for Hospitality, Tourism & Food Studies

Australian Tourism College and Recruitment Centre

Category 16 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Jacob’s Restaurant @ Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre

Supported by Rymill Coonawarra

Jacob’s Restaurant at Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre, presents a quality wine and food experience complemented with its panoramic views of Barossa vineyards, wine tasting and the tour experiences.  The restaurant offers a seven-day a week a la carte lunch menu featuring seasonal produce, presented with wine recommendations for each dish.  The menu features fresh, seasonal produce sourced from across South Australia, Australia and from the local Barossa Valley producers and is matched to regional South Australian wine.  The restaurant menu aims to provide international diners with a taste of modern Australian cuisine with Asian influences.

Silver

d’Arry’s Verandah Restaurant

Del Giorno’s Café Restaurant

The Playford Restaurant

Windy Point Restaurant

Bronze

Innamincka Hotel

Leonards Mill Restaurant and Bar

The White House Adelaide Hills

Jacob’s Restaurant @ Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre Hall of Fame winner

Category 17 Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Boutique Breweries

Pindarie Cellar Door

Set on 90 acres on the Barossa Valley’s western ridge, the tourism accredited Pindarie Cellar Door showcases spectacular, expansive views to the Barossa Ranges.  The cellar door is a 19th century homestead offering visitors the best of the Barossa with Mediterranean style wines, seasonal lunches produced with a locavore philosophy combined with one of the Barossa Valley’s most stunning vistas.  The indoor and outdoor play areas for children suit all seasons and are safe areas, allowing parents to taste, graze, relax and absorb the passion of Pindarie with premium wines for tasting and sale, regional food, heritage and hospitality.

Gold

Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre

Sinclair’s Gully

Silver

d’Arenberg Cellar Door

Bronze

Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cellar Door 

Pindarie Cellar Door

Category 18 Tourist & Caravan Parks

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park

Supported by Caravan and Camping Industries Association of South Australia

Located behind the sand dunes at West Beach, BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park offers the full range of 4½ star tourist park accommodation from powered and ensuite sites for caravanners and campers, to onsite vans, cabins and Eco Tents.  Priding itself on being innovative and a leader in the tourist park market, the caravan park’s accommodation is complemented by first rate facilities, entertainment options and surrounding recreational activities.  Absolute beach frontage, a commitment to high level customer service and the park’s close proximity to Adelaide, ensure high occupancy levels and keeps bringing back visitors year after year.  The team at Adelaide Shores is always looking for ways to improve the visitor experience and the outcomes for their business.

Gold

Victor Harbor Beachfront Holiday Park

Silver

Port Vincent Foreshore Caravan Park

BIG4 Adelaide Shores Caravan Park Hall of Fame winner

Category 19 Backpacker Accommodation

Adelaide’s Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel

"Shakeys Backpackers", as the hostel is affectionately known, is located in the beating heart of Adelaide's backpacker precinct. Offering friendly accommodation to international travellers who have their budgets in mind. The hostel boasts all the modern conveniences of a family home just on a larger scale.  The qualified, friendly staff are trained in languages other than English and include Greek, Italian, Hindi, Urdu, Cantonese and Mandarin that helps the hostel to achieve a global perspective when dealing with their guests.  The backpackers is proudly independent, therefore able to focus on their main role of looking after international Guests that arrive in South Australia. 

Adelaide’s Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel

Category 20 Hosted Accommodation

Adelaide Hills Country Cottages

Located in the stunning landscape of Oakbank country in the Adelaide Hills. The Adelaide Hills Country Cottages is an 83 hectare property comfortably nestled in a peaceful and cosy retreat.  The five luxurious self-contained cottages are situated in charming settings, alongside apple orchards, lemon groves and picturesque grazing land. Guests are invited to explore the property and immerse themselves in a stunning location and a unique experience.  With extraordinary attention to detail, owners and hosts Mandy and Steve Adcock have a reputation of providing guests with an authentic Australian experience with expansive country views and high quality accommodation.

Adelaide Hills Country Cottages

Category 21 Unique Accommodation

Rawnsley Park Eco Villas

Set on a secluded, elevated site, the one and two bedroom villas offer uninterrupted views of Wilpena Pound and the surrounding Flinders Ranges. Designed to blend in with the natural landscape the Eco Villas are stylish, contemporary and welcoming.  The Eco Villas epitomise ecologically sustainable tourism, delivering an experience that fosters environmental and cultural awareness, while providing the level of quality and service demanded by the discerning traveller.  Constructed from thermally efficient rendered straw bales, the villas feature a host of green design techniques including recycled timber, an innovative waste water treatment system, and a nine-kilowatt solar array, which has made the eco-villas almost energy-neutral, further boosting the environmental credentials of the property.

Silver

Glenrest Camper Trailers

Rawnsley Park Eco Villas

Category 22 Standard Accommodation

Narnu Farm

Narnu Farm provides visitors with a rural holiday experience on Hindmarsh Island, with a focus on horse riding, animals and the farming way of life.  It is an ideal destination for families and children providing a safe and fascinating experience in a relaxing and spacious farm setting.  The property has seven self-contained cottages as well as a large bunkhouse dating from 1878 which can accommodate groups of up to 100 guests, making Narnu the ideal holiday destination for families or school groups.  The farm offers a number of horse riding activities and a vintage truck farm tour as well as a wide range of complimentary activities, from animal feeding and butter making to sports and campfires.

Silver

Clare Valley Motel

Coorong Waterfront Retreat

cu @Wallaroo

Modra’s Apartments

Port Elliot Beach House YHA

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Bronze

Adabco  Boutique Hotel

Almerta Station

Beach Huts Middleton

Narnu Farm

Category 23 Deluxe Accommodation

Emaroo Port Hughes

Emaroo is a family owned business in the seaside fishing town of Port Hughes.  The Yorke Peninsula holiday house is a 4½ star entertainer’s delight, superbly equipped luxurious accommodation featuring the latest furniture, fittings, appliances, outdoor entertaining areas and a games room.  The entire house can accommodate up to ten people and has adopted environmentally sustainable practices to reduce its carbon footprint.  Emaroo prides itself on going the extra mile by providing all the extra touches that make a stay a memorable one.  Guests can also take advantage of special deals including professional catering, fish cleaning and charter boat cruises as well as exclusive discounts and packages with local tourism and hospitality providers.

Gold

Adelaide Shores Resort

Yondah Beach House

Silver

5 Rooms at the Stirling Hotel

Port Lincoln Hotel

Treasured Memories Accommodation

Bronze

Bay 10 Accommodation

Novotel Barossa Valley Resort

The Manna of Hahndorf

Emaroo Port Hughes

Category 24 Luxury Accommodation

The Australasian Circa 1858

Supported by McLaren Vale Beer Company

Situated overlooking Goolwa’s wharf precinct in South Australia’s Fleurieu Peninsula, The Australasian Circa 1858 is a magnificently renovated small boutique luxury hotel offering five totally unique and modern guest suites, each with a stunning, spacious ensuite.  Outside, the upper and lower decks provide guests with views of the hills, River Murray and the local heritage area of Little Scotland. A delicious healthy Chef-prepared breakfast is included in the room tariff and discreetly delivered to the suite on a trolley.  Asian-inspired set menu dinners are available to guests nightly (and the public on Saturday evenings) in the restaurant, The Australasian Dining Room.   Juliet Michell and Deborah Smalley interpreted the buildings original name ‘The Australasian’ in a literal sense, by stylishly fusing the heritage Colonial Australian features with classical and modern Asian design.

Gold

The Sebel Playford Adelaide

Silver

Hilton Adelaide

The Australasian Circa 1858

Category 25 New Tourism Development

Australia’s Ultimate Ocean Safari – Adventure Bay Charters

Supported by Caravan and Camping Industries Association of South Australia

Adventure Bay Charters has introduced a new overnight marine safari that includes the trifecta of close up encounters with Great White Sharks, Australian Sea Lions and Southern Bluefin Tuna.  The Ultimate Ocean Safari offers a world-first; to swim with all three of these unique marine creatures whilst enjoying a sumptuous seafood feast and overnight stay amongst secluded islands off the coast of scenic Eyre Peninsula.  The Safari takes guests out of Port Lincoln on board the 75ft Strictly Business, a luxuriously expedition vessel. It is designed to make the most of the great outdoors and scenery including a large spacious deck for outdoor dining, sun lounge and swim platform.  All gear and equipment for any adventure is on board and no expense has been spared to make this the ultimate adventure vessel for this remote, rugged region. 

Silver

Angove McLaren Vale Vineyards and Cellar Door

Augusta Westside Eco Apartments

Australia’s Ultimate Ocean Safari – Adventure Bay Charters

Category 26 Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

Sinclair’s Gully

Sinclair’s Gully, the first and only Adelaide Hills’ climate action innovator and advanced eco certified cellar door, provides visitors with an opportunity to reconnect with nature in an endangered candlebark forest by offering number of sustainable wine and nature-based experiences.  Sustainable practices are the foundation of Sinclair’s Gully’s business and are incorporated in every aspect of its operations.  From the adoption of sustainable biodynamic vineyard practices, to its zero waste 100% recycling program, the onsite collection of all water and reuse of grey water, its energy efficiency program and solar power project, through to measuring and implementing strategies to reduce its carbon and ecological footprint.  Recognised as environmental leaders and an industry model, Sinclair’s Gully demonstrates how businesses can tread more lightly by incorporating sustainable practices in all aspects of a business.

Gold

Adelaide Shores

Silver

Jacob’s Creek Visitor Centre

Tanonga Luxury Eco Lodges

Sinclair’s Gully Hall of Fame winner

Category 27 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Rodney Fox

Supported by Qantas Airways

Rodney Fox is a strong advocate for the great white shark and for a sustainable tourism industry in South Australia.  It is a role that has seen him travel all over the world over 40 years, receiving considerable international media attention promoting great white shark cage diving and South Australian tourism.  Rodney’s personal ambition to study great white sharks has lead him to pioneering the worlds’ earliest documentaries on great white sharks, here in South Australia, creating unique international attention to the State.  During his career, Rodney originated the South Australian Great White Shark Code of Conduct and the very first design of a ‘surface cage’ – to set the standard for local and global great white shark cage diving operations.  International and domestic marketing carried out by Rodney has greatly benefitted South Australia over the years and as a guest speaker today he showcases more than ever, the beautiful marine life that our State has to offer.

Rodney Fox

Category 28 Excellence in Tourism by Local Government

The Barossa Council

Supported by by Local Government Association of South Australia 

The Barossa Council encompasses an area of 912 square kilometres and is home to more than 22,000 people.  The Barossa is one of Australia's most recognised tourism destinations: a place for premium food, wine and a beautiful natural environment. It is a great place to work and live, steeped in tradition with a vibrant lifestyle and a strong economy derived from agriculture, viticulture, tourism and manufacturing.  The Barossa has a distinctive history which has made it a significant tourist attraction. Major festivals and high quality of accommodation and restaurants have complemented these attractions. The Barossa experience is a diverse one. In addition to premier wine and food attractions, there are unique nature trails, bike paths, parks and historical points of interest.  The Council’s mission is to plan for the needs of the Barossa region and provide the community, business and visitors with high quality services and facilities that contribute to an attractive environment and lifestyle.

Silver

Alexandrina Council

Campbelltown City Council

City of Onkaparinga

Bronze

District Council of Mount Barker

Port Pirie Regional Council

 

The Barossa Council

Category 29 Excellence in South Australian Food Tourism

Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Support by Food SA & Primary Industries and Regions SA

Barossa Valley Cheese Company is the passion of the natural matching of local wine to a cheese of the same region. Visitors can enjoy cheese platters under a shady veranda and experience a Cheese and Wine trail in the famous Barossa Valley.  Producing an award winning 19 styles of artisan cheese, the Barossa Valley Cheese Company has become an integral part of the Barossa tourism experience. The company is an artisan producer, sourcing milk from local dairies and creating cheese with the character of the locale and passion of the maker.  In 2011/12, the Cheese Cellar saw over 47,850 interstate and intrastate visitors through its doors. It is all about food tourism and is an immersion in the world of cheese, its taste, texture, food and wine matches.

Silver

Adelaide Central Market Tour

Feast! Fine Foods Butchery & Cooking Classes

Flavours of Campbelltown Food Trail

Udder Delights Cheese Cellar

Victor Harbor Farmers’ Market

Barossa Valley Cheese Company
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