Winners and Awards
Sir David Brand MedalSponsored by
Paul King, Managing Director of Seashells Hospitality Group, has been a passionate member and fierce advocate of Western Australia’s tourism and hospitality industry for more than 40 years. Paul has always strived for industry improvement, innovation and collaboration. He has been instrumental in driving positive change for tourism, and in particular Indigenous, regional and heritage tourism. He has been a Chairman and committee member of a number of organisations including Chairman of Tourism Council of WA from 2008 to 2012, overseeing massive change, increasing its influence as a lobbyist and a financially secure and sustainable tourism organisation.
Sir David Brand Award for TourismSponsored by City of Perth
Gold - Sandalford Wines
Sandalford Wines is one of Western Australia’s oldest, largest and most distinguished producers of premium wine with a history in the Swan Valley linked to the time of European settlement in the state, whilst also being a pioneer of the world famous Margaret River wine region. In addition Sandalford operates one of the most diverse wine tourism facilities in Australia with offerings including restaurants, cellar doors, tours, functions and banquets and of course concerts for up to 16,000 people per event. This year, Sandalford celebrates its 175th Anniversary.
CATEGORY 1 – Major Tourist AttractionsSponsored by The Sunday Times
Gold - Rottnest Island
Rottnest Island is a state asset, contributing an estimated $170 million annually. Our major difference to competitors in this category is our location offshore – which contributes substantially to the cost of staff; food and other supplies; travel, etc. Rottnest Island is a unique/diverse experience from any other ‘Island Holiday’ or ‘Holiday Getaway’ destination. Rottnest is a pristine natural environment and a uniquely preserved historical settlement which is located less than a 30minutes from Fremantle, allowing people to discover a different experience when they visit/explore the island.
Silver - Fremantle Prison
Bronze - The Bell Tower
CATEGORY 2 – Tourist AttractionsSponsored by Hello Perth
Gold - Ocean Park Aquarium
The Ocean Park Aquarium, located in Shark Bay WA, is an exciting ecotourism venture that gives visitors the opportunity to see and learn about the wonders of the marine environment. Customers are taken on a highly educational guided tour of the facility with a Marine Scientist, where they will meet local marine creatures such as sea snakes, sharks, stonefish, stingrays and many more and learn about they’re respective importance within the local ecosystem. Ocean Park is entirely solar powered, produces its own fresh water and is a centre for conservation, scientific research and rehabilitation
Silver - Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm
Bronze - Whiteman Park
CATEGORY 3 – Major Festivals and EventsSponsored by The Sunday Times
The 2014 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is an ASP (Association of Surfing Professionals) surfing tournament and the second stop on the ASP World Championship Tour. The event is attended by the worlds best 36 Male Surfers and 18 Women’s surfers including world champions such Kelly Slater, Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore and Carissa Moore. The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro attracts spectators from around the world to Margaret River and heavily promotes the region through local, national and international media and marketing channels (including live TV and online broadcast accessed by millions worldwide).
Silver - Rottnest Channel Swim
Bronze - Velofest Western Australia
CATEGORY 4 – Festivals and EventsSponsored by Arthur J Gallagher
Since inception in 2001 the Ord Valley Muster has continued to showcase the East Kimberley as a unique and special destination. Set against the magnificent backdrop of the Ord Valley, Lake Kununurra, surrounding gorges, national parks and stunning reserves, the Muster rewards visitors with its array of extraordinary and distinctive experiences. Commencing as a 5 day affair, the Muster has gradually grown to become a 10 day festival featuring over 30 events including the multi-award-winning Airnorth Kimberley Moon Experience. There is no better time to be in the East Kimberley than during this vibrant event.
Silver - Taste Great Southern
Bronze - City of Perth Australia Day Skyworks
CATEGORY 5 - EcotourismSponsored by Department of Parks & Wildlife
Gold - Out of Sight Tours
Out of Sight Tours is Western Australia’s leading ecotourism company. Their multi-award winning four wheel drive tours to West Cape Howe, the southern-most point of WA, have been described as “jaw-dropping”, “awe inspiring”, and simply “Out of Sight!”
Silver - Rockingham Wild Encounters
Bronze - Sail Ningaloo
CATEGORY 6 - Heritage & Cultural TourismSponsored by National Trust Australia WA
Gold - The Bell Tower
One of the most important cultural buildings in Australia, The Bell Tower, Home of the Swan Bells, is located on the Swan River in the Perth CBD. Opened in December 2000 as the State’s millennium project, over one million visitors have experienced this outstanding heritage attraction. Purposefully built to house and showcase the history of the bells given by London and dating back to the 14th Century The Bell Tower has informed and fascinated local, interstate and international visitors. The Bell Tower is a unique blend of the old and new…it is truly interactive must do experience.
Silver - Rottnest Island
Bronze - Fremantle Prison
CATEGORY 7 - Indigenous TourismSponsored by WAITOC
Gold - Koomal Dreaming
Koomal Dreaming is an Aboriginal owned and operated business offering cultural experiences throughout the Cape to Cape region. Visitors have the opportunity to experience life through the eyes of the traditional owners, taste native foods, learn bush medicine, meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of Wardandi and Bibbulman people since time began. Josh (Koomal) Whiteland is a Wardandi / Noongar man who has been working in tourism and education for over ten years. A talented musician with close connection to traditional lands and a strong relationship with local people, Josh is passionate about his culture.
Silver - Uptuyu Adventures
Bronze - Brian Lee Tagalong Tours
CATEGORY 8 - Specialised Tourism ServicesSponsored by Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA
Gold - Vasse Virgin
asse Virgin’s journey began 18 years ago on a sheep farm in Kojonup where the Louis and Edwina Scherini’s children were diagnosed with extreme skin sensitivity. Inspired to find a natural alternative, the Scherini’s developed handmade olive oil skin care products designed for use on all skin types. Through word-of-mouth the products received strong customer demand and the company first opened its doors in 2006 in the country town of Margaret River. Now encompassing a gourmet food range, a visit to the Soap Factory is an experience you will not easily forget.