Winners and Awards

Sir David Brand Medal

Sponsored by Qantas

Gold - Clive Johnson

Mandalay Holiday Resort and Tourist Park Owner/Operator Clive Johnson has 44 years involvement in the WA tourism industry, contributing thousands of volunteer hours developing the local industry, as well as the state’s caravan/camping industry.  Providing a voice for tourism operators, informing decision makers, mentoring new businesses and fostering young people’s development are all hallmarks of Clive’s lifetime of service.  Instrumental in the formation of the MRBTA, Clive’s vision, leadership and perseverance put to rest decades of competition and duplication. An outstanding ambassador for tourism in Western Australia and Australia, Clive is highly deserving of this award.

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Sir David Brand Award for Tourism

Sponsored by City of Perth

Gold - ADAMS

A wholly Western Australian owned company operating with over 10 years’ experience ADAMS (and subsidiary ADAMS Pinnacle Tours with over 35 years' operation) is proudly regarded as Western Australia’s leading tour operator.  Renowned for their custom-designed fleet of 5-star touring vehicles, visiting many of Western Australia’s premier and iconic attractions in superb comfort is made easy.  Their driver guides are an elite group of highly trained environmentally aware professionals with extensive touring and charter experience.  They share their experience and stories of Western Australia with customers to ensure every tour is "the experience you come back for."

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Sir David Brand Young Achiever Medal

Sponsored by Careers Australia

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CATEGORY 1 – Major Tourist Attractions

Sponsored by Sunday Times

Fremantle Prison is a World Heritage listed Western Australian tourist attraction delivering a diverse range of unforgettable visitor experiences. Built by convicts in the 1850s, the Prison was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. Decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991, demand for insight into Fremantle Prison’s rich history saw it open as a tourist attraction in 1992. Since then it has developed into a successful multifaceted tourism operation offering a range of fascinating, educational and entertaining daily tours.

Silver - Adventure World

Bronze - The Perth Mint

CATEGORY 2 – Tourist Attractions

Sponsored by Hello Perth

Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures

An adventure experience straight from of the pages of National Geographic, Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures allows visitors to explore one of the most remote and majestic regions in Australia. Our range of tours are for the true adventurers, taking people way off the beaten track and deep into the red heart of the Kimberley. Travelling by land, sea and air our tours visit a number of amazing sites, including Beagle Bay, Cape Leveque, One Arm Point, Buccaneer Archipelago and Horizontal Falls. Jet boating, heli-fishing, swimming with sharks, sea-plane landings, plus more! Our tours are designed for avid adventurers!

Silver - Willie Creek Pearls

Bronze - Vasse Virgin

CATEGORY 3 – Major Festivals and Events

Sponsored by The Sunday Times

2015 Drug Aware Margaret River Pro

The Drug Aware Margaret River Pro is the third stop the elite World Surf League (WSL) World Championship Tour. The event attracts the Top ranked 36 Male surfers and Top ranked 18 Women’s surfers, totalling 54 athletes from 11 countries.

Silver - Twilight Hawkers Market

Bronze - Fremantle Street Arts Festival

CATEGORY 4 – Festivals and Events

Sponsored by Tourism Council WA

Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster

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 - Anzac Albany

CATEGORY 5 - Ecotourism

Sponsored by Department of Parks & Wildlife

Gold - Sail Ningaloo

Sail Ningaloo offers live-aboard marine safari tours exploring the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef. This owner operated sailing business offers exclusive and personalised adventure experiences sailing and exploring the pristine Ningaloo Reef aboard the luxury sailing catamaran ‘Shore Thing’. Guests can participate in adventure activities including snorkelling and scuba diving with the highlights featuring untamed and wild interactions with unique marine mega fauna such as sharks and manta rays. Tours are lead by highly motivated crew who are keen to share the ultimate marine experiences with guests to enhance their love of the ocean and appreciation of the Ningaloo marine wilderness.

Silver - Ocean Park Aquarium

Bronze - Charter 1

CATEGORY 6 - Cultural Tourism

Sponsored by National Trust Australia WA

Fremantle Prison is a World Heritage listed Western Australian tourist attraction delivering a diverse range of unforgettable visitor experiences. Built by convicts in the 1850s, the Prison was used as a place of incarceration for almost 140 years. Decommissioned as an operating maximum security gaol in 1991, demand for insight into Fremantle Prison’s rich history saw it open as a tourist attraction in 1992. Since then it has developed into a successful multifaceted tourism operation offering a range of fascinating, educational and entertaining daily tours.

Silver - The Bell Tower

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CATEGORY 7 - Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Sponsored by WAITOC

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 - Brian Lee Tagalong Tours

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