NSW Tourism Awards 2011

Congratulations to NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service

With the announcement of the winners for the 2011 NSW Tourism Awards, there is no better time to plan your next incredible experience in nature.

Image: Mildenhall Cottage, Byron Bay

NSW Tourism Awards

Major Tourist Attraction

BRONZE AWARD

View to the lighthouse and the north at Cape Byron (Image: D Young/OEH) Cape Byron State Conservation Area

This extraordinary site nestled into an iconic headland, provides a diversity of world renowned experiences. Whilst offering one of the best places in the world for land-based humpback whale watching, visitors can also walk the magnificent cliff-top, visit the lighthouse, or even stay in the Lighthouse Keepers' quarters or Beach Cottages.

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 FINALIST

Hanging Rock in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: D Finnegan/OEH)

Blue Mountains National Park

As part of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area, this national park is one of a kind. World renowned for its golden vertical cliffs and a carpet of forest that colours the air blue. Find solitude in a rainforest gully, or take the challenge of a deep canyon or wandering highland heaths and peaks.

Read more about Blue Mountains National Park

Ecotourism

GOLD AWARD

Cabins at Lane Cove Tourist Park in Lane Cove National Park (Image: H Cooper/OEH) Lane Cove Tourist Park

Situated only 10kms from the City of Sydney, Lane Cove River Tourist Park is known as both a great tourist park and a green tourist park, offering an escape from the city, whilst still being in the city. Surrounded by natural beauty, the park is completely carbon neutral, runs on green power and has a water saving plan in place.

Read more about Lane Cove National Park

BRONZE AWARD

Crystal Shower Falls in Dorrigo National Park (Image: M Van Ewijk/OEH) Dorrigo National Park

As part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia, World Heritage Area, Dorrigo National Park is a significant ecotourism destination. The park's Skywalk and boardwalks make it one of Australia's most accessible World Heritage areas, with the Rainforest Centre making it one of the state's most popular ecotourism destinations.

Read more about the Dorrigo Rainforest Centre

Read more about Dorrigo National Park

 FINALIST

Grand Canyon heritage walk in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: P Cardow/OEH) Blue Mountains Discovery

More than just a walk in the park! Blue Mountains Discovery Walks Talks and Tours program offers a comprehensive range of ecotourism services which reflect the natural environment in which we operate and our team’s cultural backgrounds. You can find out more with a Discovery Ranger.

Read more about Blue Mountains Discovery

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Heritage and Cultural Tourism

SILVER AWARD

National Pass in Blue Mountains National Park (Image: D Finnegan/OEH) Blue Mountains Walking Tracks

With the most extensive tourist walking track network in Australia, visitors to the Blue Mountains National Park can explore trails created for Victorian-era honeymooners, or follow Aboriginal pathways created over thousands of years.

Read more about Blue Mountains Walking Tracks

Read more about Blue Mountains National Park

Indigenous Tourism

GOLD AWARD

Outdoor Learning Centre in Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve (Image: A Fisher/OEH) Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery

This Aboriginal Discovery program is developed in consultation with the local Aboriginal community, including Elders delivered by Gumbaynggirr guides. An innovative, educational and interpretive program which includes walks, talks, traditional & contemporary stories and tours providing accurate and engaging Aboriginal cultural insights.

Read more about Coffs Coast Aboriginal Discovery

Read more about Muttonbird Island Nature Reserve excursions 

SILVER AWARD

Sculpture in the Scrub, Timallallie National Park (Image: D Trudgeon/OEH) Sculptures in the Scrub

Deep in the vast Pilliga Forest lies the stunning Dandry Gorge and the magnificent Sculptures in the Scrub. This once secret location of Aboriginal Gamilaroi significance is now being shared with visitors through four unique sculptures revealing the cultural history of the Pilliga in a most striking fashion, set in Timallallie National Park.

Read more about Timallallie National Park

Tourist and Caravan Parks

SILVER AWARD

Cabins at Lane Cove Tourist Park in Lane Cove National Park (Image: H Cooper/OEH) Lane Cove Tourist Park

Situated only 10kms from the City of Sydney, Lane Cove River Tourist Park is known as both a great tourist park and a green tourist park, offering an escape from the city, whilst still being in the city. Surrounded by natural beauty, the park is completely carbon neutral, runs on green power and has a water saving plan in place.

Read more about Lane Cove National Park

New Tourism Development

GOLD AWARD

Tandara, Sydney's newest sustainable ecotourism experience in Lane Cove National Park (Image: C Curdie/OEH)Tandara (Lane Cove Tourist Park)

Sydney’s newest sustainable ecotourism experience – luxury under canvas set in the Lane Cove National Park, with the finest inclusions. At night, a new dimension to the Tandara experience occurs, with guests being treated to a nocturnal view of the national park through low voltage lighting.

Read more about Lane Cove National Park

QANTAS Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism

GOLD AWARD

Cabins at Lane Cove Tourist Park in Lane Cove National Park (Image: H Cooper/OEH) Lane Cove Tourist Park

Situated only 10kms from the City of Sydney, Lane Cove River Tourist Park is known as both a great tourist park and a green tourist park, offering an escape from the city, whilst still being in the city. Surrounded by natural beauty, the park is completely carbon neutral, runs on green power and has a water saving plan in place.

Read more about Lane Cove National Park

Adventure Tourism Finalist

Walking across the rock platforms in Yuraygir National Park - this can be difficult and dangerous at times of high tide and big seas; check tide chart to ensure you cross rock platforms at low tide. (Image: D Novak/OEH) Yuraygir Coastal Walk

This walk is an exceptional adventure 'bush walk' along the longest stretch of protected coastline in NSW. The four day walking route is a series of linked tracks, trails, beaches and rock platforms marked by coastal emu footprint signs, including overnight accommodation in villages or national park campgrounds along the route.

Read more about Yuraygir Coastal Walk

Read more about Yuraygir National Park

Festivals and Events Finalist

Scheyville centenary celebration, Scheyville National Park (Image: OEH) Scheyville National Park

Over 1200 people attended the Scheyville Centenary Celebration at Scheyville National Park. Rich in the history of European occupation, Scheyville still shows evidence of its many phases of European occupation in the farm relics and restored historic buildings, once used for agriculture, military training and immigration. 

Read more about Scheyville National Park

Our commercial partners

NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service would also like to congratulate our commercial partners, including tour operators for their great success at the awards:

  • Taronga Zoo – Gold Award for Major Tourist Attraction
  • Moonshadow Cruises – Gold Award for Major Tour and/or Transport Operator
  • Tri State Safaris - Gold Award for Tour and/or Transport Operators & Gold Award for Adventure Tourism
  • Jenolan Caves – Gold Award for Tourist Attraction & Gold Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism
Page last updated: 18 November 2011