NSW Tourism Awards 2023


NSW Tourism Awards 2023

White Bay Cruise Terminal hosted more than 500 industry leaders to celebrate the winners of the prestigious NSW Tourism Awards for 2023.

The awards are managed by the NSW Tourism Industry Council and powered by Business NSW, and supported by Destination NSW.

“These businesses provide leadership in innovation, marketing and in the delivery of quality products and services,” said Paula Martin, Executive Director, NSW Tourism Industry Council. “They also advance and promote the NSW and Australian tourism industry through consistent customer service and quality experiences.”

A highlight of this year’s awards program was the high number of first-time entrants, 60 of them, many of which are new businesses to the sector.

Minister for Jobs and Tourism John Graham said it’s an exciting time for visitors in NSW, with domestic and international visitor expenditure in NSW surpassing pre-pandemic levels.

“We know our visitors don’t just want a selfie in front of the Sydney Opera House, they want to be immersed in the culture of the place and to experience what’s happening in and around iconic buildings, secret neighbourhoods, and in our beautiful natural environment.”

DNSW MD Steve Cox

Destination NSW MD Steve Cox with the new Sydney Travel Guide at the big event.


The winners of the NSW Tourism Awards for 2023 are…

Major Tourist Attractions

Gold: Australian Reptile Park, Somersby

Silver: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

Bronze: Jamberoo Action Park

Tourist Attractions

Gold: Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary

Silver: iFLY Indoor Skydiving, Penrith

Bronze: Old Dubbo Gaol

Major Festivals and Events

Gold: Tamworth Country Music Festival

Silver: Byron Bay Bluesfest 2023

Family enjoying a visit to the Koala Sanctuary Port Stephens, One Mile.

Festivals and Events

Gold: Tumbafest Inc, Tumbarumba

Silver: Bathurst Heritage Trades Trail

Bronze: Bathurst Winter Festival


Gold: Sydney By Kayak, Lavender Bay

Silver: Vision Walks – Eco Tours, Byron Bay

Bronze: Kestrel Nest EcoHut, Mt Adrah

Cultural Tourism

Gold: Local Sauce Tours, Sydney

Silver: Old Dubbo Gaol

Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism Experience

Gold: Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience, Gumbaynggirr Country, Coffs Harbour

Tourism Retail, Hire and Services

Gold & Hall of Fame: Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Mosman Silver: Camplify, Newcastle Bronze: Ask Roz Blue Mountains

Visitor Information Services

Gold: Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

Family enjoying a giraffe encounter at Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo.

Business Event Venues

Gold: Crowne Plaza Terrigal Pacific

Silver: Hyatt Regency Sydney

Bronze: Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains by MGallery, Leura

Major Tour & Transport Operators

Gold: Moonshadow – TQC Cruises, Nelson Bay, Port Stephens

Tour & Transport Operators

Gold: Vision Walks – Eco Tours, Byron Bay

Silver: Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads

Bronze: Blue Mountains Stargazing

Adventure Tourism

Gold: Balloon Aloft Australia, Hunter Valley, Camden Valley, Mudgee and Byron Bay

Silver: Sydney Harbour Kayaks, Mosman

Bronze: Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, Coffs Harbour, Gumbaynggirr Country

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

Gold: The Tweed Tourism Company

Silver: City of Newcastle

Bronze: Destination Wollongong: Warm Up Wollongong

Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience, near Coffs Harbour.

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Gold: Potager, Carool

Silver: Love Lord Howe, Lord Howe Island

Bronze: Margan Wines & Restaurant, Broke

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Gold: Husk Farm Distillery, Tumbulgum

Silver: Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba

Bronze: Cape Byron Distillery, McLeods Shoot

Caravan & Holiday Parks

Gold: Tiona, Forster

Silver: Tasman Holiday Parks, Racecourse Beach

Unique Accommodation

Gold: Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat, The Camden Haven

Silver:  Evamor Valley, Mudgee

Bronze: Wilga Station, Bathurst

Self Contained Accommodation

Gold: Peppertree Collection, Mudgee

Silver: The Drawing Rooms of Berry

Bronze: Cedars Mount View, Mount View

4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation

Gold: Oriana Retro Hotel & Resort, Orange

Silver: The Byng Street Boutique Hotel, Orange

5 Star Luxury Accommodation

Gold: Kalinya Estate, Bargo

Silver: Mt Hay Retreat, Berry

Bronze: Elements of Byron, Byron Bay

Jamberoo Action Park, Jamberoo.

New Tourism Business

Gold: Contained In Nimbin Accommodation

Silver: Positive Energy Adventures & Retreats, Port Macquarie

Excellence in Food Tourism

Gold: Love Lord Howe, Lord Howe Island

Silver: Food I Am, Wagga Wagga

Excellence in Accessible Tourism

Gold: Cocky Guides, Sydney Local Government Award for Tourism Gold: Central Coast Council – Destination Central Coast Silver: Dubbo Regional Council

Take 3 For The Sea Award For Visitor Litter Prevention

Gold: Sydney By Kayak, Lavender Bay Silver: The Observatory Self Contained Apartments, Coffs Harbour Bronze: Irukandji Shark & Ray Encounters, Anna Bay

Dean Gorddard Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Lori Modde



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