Tourism Awards showcase the best of NSW

The achievements of the State's tourism industry were celebrated overnight during a gala ceremony to mark the 2018 NSW Tourism Awards.

23 November 2018

Minister for Tourism and Major Events Adam Marshall congratulated the winners and said they exemplified the high standard and diverse range of NSW tourism experiences on offer.

“Tourism is big business and a vital industry to our State’s economy directly employing 171,200 people which accounts for 1 in 22 jobs in NSW,” Mr Marshall said.

“I thank all of the winners for their tireless efforts and unwavering commitment to offering the very best tourism and events experiences and congratulate them on this outstanding achievement.

“NSW is the proud home of iconic landmarks, stunning beaches, a cosmopolitan capital city and breathtaking outback, yet for so many visitors their highlight is the people and businesses they engage with during their stay, many of whom have been recognised as part of the NSW Tourism Awards program.

“I’m very proud the NSW Visitor Economy is the envy of every other state, with the greatest share of domestic and international visitors, visitor nights and expenditure, and an impressive calendar of major events.”

Seventy-one award winners were announced in a range of categories including Major Tourist Attractions, Festivals and Events, Destination Marketing and Accommodation.

Four winners were inducted into the NSW Tourism Awards Hall of Fame including Parkes Shire Council – 2018 Parkes Elvis Festival, Sand Dune Adventures, Lets Go Surfing Australia and Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery, which took out top honours in their respective categories for the third year in a row.

Managed by the Tourism Industry division of the NSW Business Chamber and supported by the NSW Government, the NSW Tourism Awards celebrate and acknowledge tourism excellence in NSW. The winners will go on to represent NSW at the Australian Tourism Awards in March 2019.

The full list of winners, including silver, bronze and highly commended is available at


Major Tourist Attractions

The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney

Tourist Attractions

Forestry Corporation of NSW
Sealy Lookout, Orara East State Forest

Major Festivals and Events

Splendour in the Grass 2017

Festivals and Events

Parkes Shire Council
2018 Parkes Elvis Festival


Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay

Cultural Tourism

Nundle Woollen Mill

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Sand Dune Adventures

Specialised Tourism Services

Ask Roz

Visitor Information and Services

Yass Valley Council - Yass Valley Information Centre

Business Event Venue

Elements of Byron

Major Tour and Transport Operators

Moonshadow - TQC Cruises

Tour and Transport Operators

Port Stephens 4WD Tours

Adventure Tourism

Lets Go Surfing Australia

Destination Marketing

Shoalhaven Tourism
100 Beach Challenge Campaign

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services

Margan Winery & Restaurant

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries

Cupitt’s Winery and Brewery

Caravan and Holiday Parks

BIG4 Great Lakes at Forster-Tuncurry

Hosted Accommodation

Eldee Station

Unique Accommodation

Sierra Escape Mudgee

Self Contained Accommodation

Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga

Standard Accommodation

Lodge Outback Motel

Deluxe Accommodation

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains, MGallery by Sofitel

Luxury Accommodation

Elements of Byron

New Tourism Business

Blue Ginger Picnics

Excellence in Food Tourism

Cupitt’s Winery, Brewery, Fromagerie and Kitchen

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual (NSW)

Dean Gorddard (posthumous award)

Tourism Education and Training

TEACH at TAFE NSW Wollongbar

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