2015 Finalists

'Achieving finalist status and going on to win a tourism award has been a hugely satisfying experience both personally and for all of our staff. It helps build loyalty and cohesion and conveys to all our single minded drive for excellence. We did not taste success initially at the NSW Tourism Awards, however the networking and the buzz you experience as a finalist was enough to inspire us and drive our competitive urge to keep improving. Our perseverance paid off, eventually winning a NSW Tourism Award and then representing NSW at the National Awards on a number of occasions. This year we finally broke through to win our first National Award in Melbourne'.
Chris Denny, Managing Director, The Observatory Port Macquarie, 2015 NSW Gold Winner – Deluxe Accommodation & Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism, 2015 Australian Tourism Awards Winner - Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

Major Tourist Attractions

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Taronga Zoo
The Big Banana Fun Park

Tourist Attractions

Australian Reptile Park
Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Rich River Golf Club Resort
Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest
Taronga Western Plains Zoo
The Blue Mountains Botanic Garden, Mount Tomah

Major Festivals and Events

Byron Bay Bluesfest
Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour 2015
Tamworth Country Music Festival
Vivid Sydney

Festivals and Events

2015 Penrith CBD Festival
Boggabri Drovers Campfire
Parkes Elvis Festival
Sydney Country Music Festival
The Camden Show
Twilight at Taronga


Oz Whale Watching - Sydney Princess Cruises
Tri State Safaris

Cultural Tourism

Convict Footprints on the Old Great North Road
Cronulla & National Park Ferry Cruises
Nan Tien Temple
Nundle Woollen Mill
Old Dubbo Gaol
Port Macquarie Museum

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Sand Dune Adventures

Specialised Tourism Services

Blue Mountains Girls Getaways
Caravan & Camping Digital Toolkit
Flash Camp - Pop Up Hotel and Temporary Accommodation
JC Travel Professionals Pty Ltd
Mowbray Park Farm Holidays
Outback Astronomy
Sea Acres Rainforest Centre
State Forests of the Coffs Coast

Visitor Information Services

Bathurst Visitor Information Centre
Dubbo Visitor Information Centre
Greater Hume Shire Visitor Information Centre
Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centres
Port Stephens Visitor Information Centre
Shoalhaven Visitors Centre Nowra

Business Event Venues

Chateau Elan at The Vintage
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains

Major Tour and Transport Operators

AAT Kings New South Wales

Tour and Transport Operators

Life's an Adventure
Outback Geo Adventures
Oz Whale Watching - Sydney Princess Cruises

Adventure Tourism

Beyond Ballooning
Let's Go Surfing
Life's an Adventure
Oz Jet Boating - Thrill Rides on Sydney Harbour
Port Stephens 4WD Tours
TreeTops Central Coast
Tri State Safaris

Destination Marketing

Broken Hill For Real
Reset your Senses in Mudgee Region Destination Marketing Campaign
UNSPOILT South Coast Marketing Campaign
Visit NSW State Forests
Wild About Whales: 2014 Campaign

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Bent on Food
Leura Garage Restaurant
The D'Vine Group

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Bimbadgen Winery
Flyfaire Cellar Door and Café
Hungerford Hill Wines
Margan Wines

Caravan and Holiday Parks

BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park
BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster Tuncurry
BIG4 Sunshine South West Rocks
Halifax Holiday Park
Stockton Beach Holiday Park

Hosted Accommodation

Eldee Station
Hermitage Lodge
Lakeview Luxury Cabins
Lavender Majestic Pty Ltd
Mollymook Beach Waterfront
Mowbray Park Farm Holidays
Telegraph Retreat Luxury Cottages

Unique Accommodation

Byron Bay Cottages Cape Byron State Conservation Area
Flash Camp - Pop Up Hotel
Taronga Western Plains Zoo

Self Contained Accommodation

Lilypad Luxury Cabins

Standard Accommodation

Atura Blacktown
Moama on Murray Resort
The Lodge Outback Motel
The Old Vic Inn Historic Guesthouse

Deluxe Accommodation

Apartments Inn Byron
Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains
Perricoota Vines Retreat
The Observatory Port Macquarie

Luxury Accommodation

Chateau Elan at The Vintage
Mountain Whispers Luxury Accommodation

New Tourism Business

Balranald Discovery Centre
Halcyon House
Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail
Sydney Outback Wilderness and Aboriginal Explorer

Excellence in Food Tourism

Bent on Food
Margan Wines & Restaurant
The D'Vine Group

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

The Observatory Port Macquarie

Tourism Education and Training

Blue Mountains International Hotel Management School
Sydney TAFE Tourism and Hospitality
TEACH Wollongbar TAFE

Backpacker Accommodation

Railway Square YHA