Winners and Awards
CATEGORY 2 – Tourist AttractionsSponsored by Hello Perth
Gold - Yanchep National Park
Known as Perth’s natural and cultural meeting place, Yanchep National Park is a one-stop shop for culture, caves, kangaroos and koalas. Located just 45 minutes north of Perth’s city centre and managed by the Department of Parks and Wildlife, Yanchep is one of the State’s oldest national parks. With over 270,000 visitors per year enjoying the parks facilities including walk trails, guided tours, free barbecues, the award winning Chocolate Drops tearooms and the Historic Yanchep Inn, it’s easy to understand why Yanchep National Park is one of the most visited parks in the state
Silver - Nullarbor Links
Bronze - Lobster Shack
CATEGORY 3 – Major Festivals and EventsSponsored by The Sunday Times
Recognised for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, the IRONMAN series has grown from a single race to a global sensation with nearly 190 events worldwide across five unique brands: IRONMAN, IRONMAN® 70.3®, 5i50™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IronKids®.
Silver - Perth's Festival of Cycling
Bronze - Pinctada Beach Polo Festival
CATEGORY 4 – Festivals and EventsSponsored by Arthur J Gallagher
Gold - Kings Park Festival
Each September for the past 50 years, Western Australia’s spectacular and unique wildflowers take centre stage at the Kings Park Festival. First held in 1965, the Festival has become a long-running tradition to celebrate spring and the wonderful wildflowers that appear throughout the south west of Western Australia. From humble beginnings with plant specimens in jars on trestle tables the Festival has blossomed into a month long celebration of floral displays, live music, exhibitions, workshops, interpretive artworks, guided walks and family activities. Held against a stunning backdrop of wildflowers the 2012 festival attracted over 600,000 local, intrastate and interstate visitors.
Silver - City of Perth Festival
Bronze - Kickstarters Gascoyne Dash
CATEGORY 5 – EcotourismSponsored by Department of Parks & Wildlife
Gold - Out of Sight Tours
Out of Sight Tours is a multi-award winning ecotourism business based in the Great Southern town of Denmark. Their vision is to become national leaders in ecotourism. They believe that the best way to protect WA’s natural environment is to provide visitors with the opportunity to develop a true and meaningful connection with the places that they visit. They achieve this goal through small group, low impact eco-tours that enable their customers to interact on a one-on-one basis with professionally-trained guides who share their expert scientific knowledge about the unique botany, biology and geology of West Cape Howe National Park.
Silver - Sail Ningaloo
CATEGORY 6 – Heritage and Cultural TourismSponsored by National Trust Australia WA
Gold - Two Feet & a Heartbeat
Two Feet & a Heartbeat is a Perth based, privately owned company that creates and conducts guided walking tours for local, intrastate, interstate and international visitors 365 days a year. Established in October 2007, Two Feet & a Heartbeat was born out of a desire to foster a greater understanding and appreciation of Perth and greater Metropolitan area. This is achieved through offering a multitude of guided experiences every day of the week that cover the history, heritage and culture of the region.
Silver - Fremantle Prison
Bronze - The Bell Tower
CATEGORY 7 – Indigenous TourismSponsored by WAITOC
Gold - Koomal Dreaming
visitors to experience Wardandi and Bibbulman country through the eyes of the traditional owners. Guests have the opportunity to taste bush tucker, learn bush medicine, and meet the animals, plants and Dreaming spirits that have enriched the lives of Wardandi and Bibbulman people since time began. “Koomal is the traditional name of Wardandi man Josh Whiteland. Passionate, learned and spiritually aware, Josh has a personal commitment to sharing his deep knowledge of his culture and lore with visitors. He created Koomal Dreaming so he could communicate at least part of his profound connection with his land and his people with guests from around Australia and the world.
Silver - Uptuyu Adventures
CATEGORY 8 – Specialised Tourism ServicesSponsored by Chamber of Commerce & Industry WA
Gold - Rottnest Island Bike & Hire
Rottnest Island is as beautiful as it is unique. There are not many holiday islands in the world where the main mode of transport is pedal-power. There are not many businesses in the world can boast 67,000 bike rentals, 7,000 mask and snorkel sets, and 700 other recreation items hired per annum. The specialised tourism services offered by Rottnest Island Bike & Hire can lay claim to these.
Silver - Crystal Swan Cruises
Bronze - WAITOC
CATEGORY 9 – Visitor Information and ServicesSponsored by Tourism Council WA
The Geographe Bay Tourism Association (GBTA) operates as a not-for-profit business with over 400 members based in and around the towns of Busselton, Dunsborough, Yallingup and the Margaret River Wine Region. The GBTA manages two major attractions (Ngilgi Cave (pronounced Neelgee) Yallingup, and Cape Naturaliste Lighthouse, Dunsborough) and operates ground handling at the Busselton Regional Airport. With the funds generated, it operates two level one accredited Visitor Centres (in Dunsborough and Busselton), and markets the region on a national and international stage.
Silver - Fremantle Visitor Centre
CATEGORY 10 – Meetings and Business TourismSponsored by Perth Convention Bureau
Discover the art of doing business in Broome at the award-winning Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa. Comfortably accommodating groups of 10 to 200 people, the resort is the ultimate setting for world class meetings, conferences, incentives and specialist events. Business is a pleasure in the resort’s purpose built meeting facilities featuring polished floorboards, high ceilings, temperature control, original artworks and an abundance of natural light. Let our events team develop an exciting range of fully coordinated events for your conference or incentive in these magnificent settings.
Silver - Hyatt Regency Perth
Bronze - Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges
CATEGORY 11 – Major Tour and/or Transport OperatorsSponsored by Budget Car & Truck Rentals
Gold - Slingair Heliwork
The Kimberley: remote, immense and rugged, it challenges you to discover it, but guards its secrets well unless you take to the air. Slingair Heliwork WA’s air safaris of the Kimberley have been designed to deliver the best experience possible. Fly by helicopter or aeroplane, or perhaps choose a plane/heli combination air safari and add a ground tour. Destinations include; Purnululu, (pronounced Purn a lulu) Mitchell Falls, Lake Argyle, Ord River, Kimberley Coast, King George Falls, El Questro and much more. Adventures include heli fishing, croc spotting or being dropped off at a remote spot to hike. Truly the Flight of a Lifetime!