Taronga Western Plains takes top tourism gong

Taronga Western Plains Zoo was recognised as the state's top tourist attraction at the NSW Tourism Awards at Luna Park last night.

Elephants enjoying the water, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

The Dubbo zoo was awarded a Gold Award in the Tourist Attractions category, and a Gold Award for Unique Accommodation, claiming a place in the Awards Hall of Fame as a third-time winner in this category.

Four remarkable NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) tourism experiences were also recognised at the awards.

NSW Environment Minister Mark Speakman said the awards recognised the contribution Taronga Western Plains Zoo and NPWS made to the state's tourism industry, both in Sydney and regional NSW.

The four NPWS winners were:

  • Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, Port Macquarie, received a Silver Award in the Visitor Information Services category
  • The Wild About Whales tourism campaign received a Silver Award in the Destination Marketing category
  • Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming, Byron Bay received a Silver in the Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism category
  • The Hilltop, Weemelah and Reid's Flat Cottages at Royal National Park received a bronze award in the Standard Accommodation category

"Taronga Western Plains Zoo is a remarkable facility both for regional tourism and for conservation science," Mr Speakman said.

"The NPWS award winners demonstrate the hidden treasures in our state's national park estate and also highlight the work NPWS staff do to inform visitors about our incredible natural environment."

A full list of winners is available at NSW Tourism Awards: 2016 Winners. More information about NPWS tourism at the state's 225 national parks is available at NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

NSW Tourism Awards