Past Winners

busso jetty

CATEGORY 1 - Major Tourist Attractions

Sponsored by Tourism WA

The 156-year old heritage listed Busselton Jetty is an iconic WA attraction, stretching 1.841km across the Indian Ocean - the longest tourist jetty in the southern hemisphere and home to one of six natural Underwater Observatories in the world, as well as a solar powered Jetty train.

Silver - Fremantle Prison

Bronze - WA Maritime Museum

willie creek winner

CATEGORY 2 - Tourist Attractions

Sponsored by Vanguard Press

Willie Creek Pearls is a Western Australian family business which sustainably produces the best pearls in the world: Australian South Sea Pearls. The Willie Creek Pearl Farm tour is a multi-award-winning tour which allows visitors to see how passionate the team are about every part of the unique story of The Pearl of Western Australia, from shell to showroom.

Silver - National Anzac Centre

Bronze - Cape Leeuwin Lighthouse

christmas lights trail winner

CATEGORY 3 - Major Festivals & Events

The City of Perth’s annual Christmas Lights Trail is one of the largest events in the City’s calendar, bringing one in five Perth metro residents into the CBD over 45 nights from November to January. Continuing to grow each year, the 2020 Trail expanded to include 30 installations across 4km of city spaces, including Claisebrook and West Perth.

Silver - Perth Festival 2021

Bronze - Manchester United in Perth 2019 – Optus Stadium

cinefest oz winner

CATEGORY 4 - Festivals & Events

Sponsored by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Set in the seaside centres of Busselton and the Margaret River wine region, CinefestOZ premieres feature films and events in the region’s cinemas and picturesque venues, making it a feast for the senses and an unforgettable six-day getaway.

Silver - The 2021 Perth Caravan & Camping Show

Bronze - South32 Rottnest Channel Swim

live ningaloo winner

CATEGORY 5 - Ecotourism

Sponsored by Parks & Wildlife Service

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Gold - Live Ningaloo

Live Ningaloo’s mission is to reclaim time in a meaningful way and give people the space to feel something. Tours are small, with ten people maximum and in-water interactions to a single group, no switching between multiple groups of people on tours.

Silver - Busselton Jetty

Bronze - Cape to Cape Explorer Tours

winner freo prison

CATEGORY 6 - Cultural Tourism

Sponsored by Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries

Fremantle Prison is Western Australia’s premier heritage attraction delivering a diverse range of unforgettable visitor experiences. It is the largest convict-built structure in Australia and the most intact convict establishment in the southern hemisphere. In recognition of its heritage significance, it is currently the only World Heritage listed building in WA.

Silver - Benedictine Community of New Norcia

Bronze - WA Museum Boola Bardip

winner go cultural

CATEGORY 7 - Qantas Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Sponsored by Qantas and WAITOC

Go Cultural Aboriginal Tours and Experiences delivers authentic Aboriginal cultural tours, awareness programs, ceremony experiences, public speaking, consultancy services, unique corporate gifts, and interactive cultural walking tours featuring iconic locations in Perth, Western Australia.

Silver - Ngurrangga Tours

winner house of honey

CATEGORY 8 - Tourism Retail & Hire Services

The House of Honey is a honey showroom which includes a bee educational adventure in the Swan Valley. The retail outlet sells premium honey and includes a cellar door, providore range, online shop, beekeeping masterclasses, training courses, beekeeping tours, and an annual Honey Festival. 

Silver - Vasse Virgin

Bronze - Willie Creek Pearls

winner dwellingup vc

CATEGORY 9 - Visitor Information Services

Sponsored by RAC Parks & Resorts

The Dwellingup Trails and Visitor Centre provides information provision through state-of-the-art technology that is housed in a contemporary building and is complimented by a concierge style of visitor servicing, responsive digital communication and engaging displays that pay tribute to the area’s natural assets and heritage.

Silver - Karijini Visitor Centre

Bronze - Kalgoorlie Boulder Visitor Centre

winner pcec

CATEGORY 10 - Business Event Venues

Sponsored by Business Events Perth

Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre in the heart of the city is Perth's premier business events venue. Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre has 29 event spaces that spread across 23,476 square meters, which can cater for business events of all size, calibre, style and budget.

Silver - Pullman Bunker Bay Resort

Bronze - Joondalup Resort

winner helispirit

CATEGORY 11 - Major Tour & Transport Operators

Sponsored by The Sunday Times

gold major tour operator

Gold - HeliSpirit

HeliSpirit is a multi-award-winning, eco-accredited helicopter company operating across Australia’s North West, Esperance and the NT. HeliSpirit is proudly locally owned and operated from within Western Australia, and the company invests heavily in all areas of quality and safety to ensure a top-class experience is delivered for all guests.

Silver - SeaLink WA

Bronze - Rottnest Fast Ferries

winner hike collective

CATEGORY 12 - Tour & Transport Operators

Sponsored by Vanguard Press

The Hike Collective is a Perth-based hiking tour operator, hosting over 50 hiking tours within an hour of the Perth CBD and providing a safe space to explore the rugged beauty of Western Australia. The Hike Collective empowers wellbeing and discovery through movement, connection, and nature, providing unique and inclusive trail experiences. 

Silver - Three Islands Whale Shark Dive

Bronze - Up Close and Local Tours

winner skydive geronimo

CATEGORY 13 - Adventure Tourism

Sponsored by RAC Parks & Resorts

Skydive Geronimo WA offers tandem skydive experiences over Rottnest Island. Participants experience an adrenaline rush of a lifetime when freefalling at 200kms an hour over this iconic holiday destination.

Silver - HeliSpirit

Bronze - Live Ningaloo

waitoc winner

CATEGORY 14 - Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

Sponsored by Countrywide Publications

Western Australian Indigenous Tourism Operators Council (WAITOC) is the peak representative for Aboriginal tourism in Western Australia. A major promotional milestone has been the implementation of a stand-out brand showcasing the diverse product portfolio of Aboriginal cultural experiences with one unified design cementing a range of creative marketing activities.

Silver - City of Fremantle (THIS IS FREMANTLE)

Bronze - Visit Mandurah

winner core cider

CATEGORY 15 - Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

Sponsored by Tourism WA

Core Cider House is situated on 40 acres of beautiful rolling orchards in the Perth Hills. Guests are treated to 180-degree views of the orchards on the deck of the Orchard Bistro or in the Harvest Room, where they can unwind over a lazy lunch, or simply to relax on the grass in the expansive garden areas.

Silver - The Crooked Carrot

Bronze - Ten Acre Block

winner black brewing co

CATEGORY 16 - Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

Located in the stunning South West of Western Australia, Black Brewing Co is home to a brewery, distillery and restaurant, offering guests the opportunity to try uncompromising craft beers, boutique gins from Dune Distilling Co and some of Margaret River’s best wine varieties.

Silver - Singlefile Wines

Bronze - Sin Gin Distillery

winner kimberleyland

CATEGORY 17 - Caravan & Holiday Parks

Sponsored by Caravan Industry Association WA

Kimberleyland Waterfront Holiday Park is located on the rolling green banks on the central waterfront in the East Kimberley town of Kununurra. Just 45km from the Northern Territory border it is the major entry point for both the Kimberley and for Western Australia for Eastern States based road travellers.

Silver - Cheynes Beach Caravan Park

Bronze - RAC Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort

winner tree chalets

CATEGORY 20 - Self Contained Accommodation

Sponsored by Parks & Wildlife Service

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Gold - Tree Chalets

Set in Margaret River’s impressive wine country only a short drive from Busselton, are the beautiful Tree Chalets. Sheltered here, amid 90 acres of natural Australian bush and Rosegum plantation, are two luxuriously appointed chalets, each accommodating two people.

The innovative design of the chalets allows for total relaxation and immersion in nature. Couples can enjoy absolute privacy, with the exception of an occasional visit from a kangaroo and the abundant birdlife. With sumptuously inviting beds, decked chill-out zones, stunning cast iron outdoor baths and wood fires, Tree Chalets make an ideal romantic getaway.

Silver - Bina Maya Yallingup Escape

Bronze - Diamond Forest Farm Stay

winner surfpoint

CATEGORY 21 - 3-3.5 Star Accommodation

Sponsored by Bailiwick Legal

SurfPoint Resort provides quality, affordable accommodation only minutes from Margaret River township, located near the beach at Gnarabup. The property is managed by locals who love to share their knowledge of regional highlights with their guests.

Silver - Broadwater Resort Busselton

Bronze - Kangaroo Inn

winner nesuto

CATEGORY 22 - 4-4.5 Star Accommodation

Sponsored by Quick Slip Frames

Nesuto Mounts Bay offers a welcoming living space with fully self-contained one, two and three-bedroom apartments ideal for short and long stays. All apartments are equipped with amenities designed for self-sufficient living, such as a full kitchen and laundry facilities. At the same time, guests can take advantage of convenient hotel services, such as 24-hour reception, housekeeping and restaurant meals.

Silver - Seashells Broome

Bronze - Seashells Mandurah

winner pullman bunker

CATEGORY 23 - 5 Star Accommodation

Distinctly Western Australian, the resort spans 35 acres of landscaped gardens that meet the shoreline of Bunker Bay. Consisting of 150 luxuriously appointed villas, each are designed to harmonise with the environment.

Silver - The Ritz-Carlton, Perth

Bronze - Pan Pacific Perth

winner matagarup

CATEGORY 24 - New Tourism Business

Sponsored by Gallagher

Matagarup Zip+Climb is Perth's ultimate adventure with the best views in town. Participants will ascend up 314-steps up the bridge's main arch, manoeuvring around the bridge's beams to reach the SkyView Deck - an open-air viewing platform 72 meters above the majestic Swan River offering a 360 degree panorama. Guests have the option to walk back down, or strap onto the 400 meter zipline and fly back to firm ground.

Silver - GoGo Active Tours

Bronze - Kalbarri Skywalk - Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions Midwest Region

winner two feet

CATEGORY 25 - Excellence in Food Tourism

Sponsored by Tourism Australia

Two Feet & a Heartbeat is a Perth based experiential tourism provider specialising is fully escorted food tours. From small bars to progressive dinners, clients get a unique perspective on the people, culture, food, history and arts of Western Australia.

Silver - Core Cider House

Bronze - Chestnut Brae

winner city of freo

CATEGORY 26 - Excellence in Local Government Award for Tourism

Sponsored by Premium Publishers

The City of Fremantle plays an important role in provision of tourism facilities and services for the destination including ownership of Fremantle Visitor Centre, managing a tourism website and delivering destination marketing programs for this vital part of Fremantle’s economy. The City has established a Destination Marketing Working Group to guide the development and implementation of the Destination Marketing Strategic Plan 2018-2022.

Silver - City of Rockingham

Bronze - City of Greater Geraldton

winner helispirit

Sir David Brand Award for Tourism

winner sir david award

Gold - HeliSpirit

HeliSpirit is a multi-award-winning, eco-accredited helicopter company operating across Australia’s North West, Esperance and the NT. HeliSpirit is proudly locally owned and operated from within Western Australia, and the company invests heavily in all areas of quality and safety to ensure a top-class experience is delivered for all guests.

troy thomas

Sir David Brand Medal

winner sir david medal

Gold - Troy Thomas

In July last year, we sadly lost one of the tourism industry’s modern pioneers, Troy Thomas. Troy was a pioneer, creating new nature-based tourism experiences which have put WA’s north west on the bucket-lists of people from across the world.

Troy rightly received a great list of accolades and stood on this stage to accept Gold WA Tourism Awards on 12 occasions for Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures, including twice being inducted into the WA Hall of Fame in the Adventure Tourism and Unique Accommodation categories, and being awarded the industry’s highest business honour, the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism, in 2017.

On the National stage, Troy won eleven medals for WA, including eight Gold medals and was twice recognised in the National Hall of Fame.

The Sir David Brand Medal recognises the outstanding, lifetime contribution of an individual to the WA tourism industry. In Troy’s lifetime, his impact on the industry was tremendous, and it is without doubt that he would have otherwise one day stood on this stage to accept the Medal himself.

winner pan pacific

COVID-19 Judges' Choice

Occupying a premium address on Adelaide Terrace, Pan Pacific Perth is home to the largest number of luxury guest rooms and suites in the CBD and comes complete with soft and superior linen, a pillow menu and in-room streaming services. An abundance of shops, entertainment venues, tourist attractions and dining outlets are just a short stroll away from the hotel’s lobby.