North Coast wins national tourism award

Port Macquarie's Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Sea Acres National Park has won Bronze in the Visitor Information Services category at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, the tourism industry's premiere awards program, recognising excellence across Australia.

Sea Acres Rainforest Centre in Sea Acres National Park

Natalie Talbot, Sea Acres Rainforest Centre Manager is delighted with this latest accolade.

"Huge thanks and congratulations go to the amazing staff and 48 volunteers at the centre who provide interpretive guided walks and other nature experiences to our visitors, 364 days of the year," said Ms Talbot.

"Winning Bronze at this national award is a fantastic achievement. We were up against the best-of-the-best, from across the whole of Australia, so we are feeling very proud to bring home an award for NSW.

"At Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, we pride ourselves in offering innovative and authentic nature based and Aboriginal cultural experiences to our visitors.

"We work closely with the local Birpai community to run an Aboriginal Cultural educational program called Yun Yi Barragay – 'walk with me', which offers exciting tours about local Aboriginal culture and the surrounding rainforest environment.

"We've recently launched new educational programs during the school holidays, providing a really unique way for kids to learn about nature in an interactive and fun way.

"Another popular new attraction is the Koala Sculpture Trail which features five larger-than-life koala sculptures along the 1.3-kilometre elevated boardwalk through the rainforest," said Ms Talbot.

Julie Bishop, Director Visitor Experience Branch at National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) said with over 140,000 local and international visitors a year, the centre is not just an information centre.

"We provide a special place to showcase the synergy between our nature based and Aboriginal culture experiences".

"Our visitor information services are focused on inspiring people from all walks of life to love their national parks," said Ms Bishop.