Entrants & Results

Winners and Finalists

Winners and Finalists of the Victorian Tourism Awards are determined by achieving a score of 75% or above.

The winner is the highest scoring entrant in each category.

Hall of Fame is awarded to an entrant that has won the same category over 3 consecutive years.

2009 Tourism Award winners

  • 01. Major Tourist Attractions
  • 02. Tourist Attractions
  • 03. Major Festivals and Events
  • 04. Festivals & Events
  • 06. Cultural Tourism
  • 07. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism
  • 08.Specialised Tourism Services
  • 09. Visitor Information Services
  • 10. Business Event Venues
  • 12. Tour & Transport Operators
  • 13. Adventure Tourism
  • 14. Destination Marketing
  • 15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services
  • 16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries
  • 17. Caravan & Holiday Parks
  • 18. Hosted Accommodation
  • 19. Unique Accommodation
  • 21. Standard Accommodation
  • 22. Deluxe Accommodation
  • 23. Luxury Accommodation
  • 24. New Tourism Business
  • 25. Health and Wellness Tourism
  • 26. Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism
  • 27. Outstanding Contribution by an Individual
  • 28. Tourism Education and Training
  • 30. Backpacker Accommodation
  • 31. Young Achievers Award
  • 32. Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers
  • All

Category


01. Major Tourist Attractions


Winner

Melbourne Aquarium

Melbourne Aquarium

Home to over 10,000 animals, including one of the world’s largest Saltwater Crocodiles in the state-of-the-art Croc Lair exhibit, the Melbourne Aquarium takes you on an interactive adventure from the depths of the ocean to the icy waters of Antarctica. With interactive animal encounters, iconic state-of-the-art displays and animal feeds, the Melbourne Aquarium is an excellent, educational and completely engaging experience.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Eureka Skydeck 88
Finalist: Phillip Island Nature Parks
Finalist: Sovereign Hill

Category


02. Tourist Attractions


Winner

Flagstaff Hill Precinct Warrnambool

Flagstaff Hill Precinct

Australia’s largest and most awarded Maritime Heritage Precinct. The Shipwreck Coast of Victoria has a rich Maritime History. The spectacular coastline is the final resting place of over 180 wrecks along our beautiful and wild coastline.

Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village is a maritime museum and outdoor village with Australia’s richest shipwreck collection, all contained in an 1870’s village located on a state heritage listed overlooking Lady Bay. The village provide a glimpse into the maritime lifestyles and trades of the 1870’s era, the peak of Australia’s maritime heritage.

Extensive indoor galleries and the outdoor maritime heritage precinct make for a highlight of your journey on the Great Ocean Road.


Other Winners:
Merit: Otway Fly Treetop Walk

Category


03. Major Festivals and Events


Winner

Melbourne Food & Wine Festival

Melbourne Food and Wine Festival

Food and wine lovers in their hundreds and thousands each year indulge in bespoke events that fill Melbourne’s labyrinthine network of restaurants, laneways, lights-turned-down basements, dizzying rooftops as well as spilling into spectacular regional Victoria.

We are all about supporting and cultivating the very things that make Melbourne – and our surrounding regions – a gastronomic playground.

It is our privilege to work closely with the local industry to shine a light on Victoria as a world-class gastronomic destination.


Other Winners:
Finalist: Victorian Racing Club (2008 Melbourne Cup)

Category


04. Festivals & Events


Winner

RACV Energy Breakthrough

2012 RACV Energy Breakthrough

The RACV Energy Breakthrough is an exciting program designed to provide opportunities for students, teachers, parents and local industry to work together to design and construct a vehicle, a machine or innovation in technology that will represent an ‘energy breakthrough’.

The program encourages participants to examine and use the latest technology while considering its impact on the environment and the way people live locally and globally.

Category


06. Cultural Tourism


Winner

Old Melbourne Gaol Crime & Justice Experience – National Trust of Australia (Victoria)

Old Melbourne Gaol

When the Old Melbourne Gaol was built in the mid-1800s, it dominated the Melbourne skyline as a symbol of authority. Inside the Gaol, dangerous criminals were held alongside petty offenders, the homeless and the mentally ill.

The experience involves various night tours of the Old Melbourne Gaol, the Old Magistrates Court and the city watch.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Central Deborah Gold Mine

Category


07. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism


Winner

Brambuk the National Park & Cultural Centre

Brambuk the National Park & Cultral Centre

Famous for its rugged mountains, spectacular waterfalls, wildflowers, wildlife and Aboriginal rock art sites – this Park is unique among Australia’s national parks. This is where you will discover the Park’s exceptional environment and Aboriginal culture.

It is where you will find the very best information and interpretation of the Grampians National Park (Gariwerd) only 3hrs west of Melbourne.

 

Category


08.Specialised Tourism Services


Winner

Mornington Peninsula Tourism

Mornington Peninsula Tourism

Mornington Peninsula Tourism brings you fresh new things to do, eat, try and buy. Come for the seasonal produce, glorious gardens, sparkling golf greens, vineyards in budburst and captivating new experiences.

This service shows you what is currently going on and it also allows for you to plan your trip and stay connected.


Other Winners: 
Merit: Geelong Visitor Information Centres
Finalist: Neighbours Experiences

Category


09. Visitor Information Services


Winner

Bendigo Visitor Centre

Bendigo Visitor Centre Volunteer Team

The Bendigo Visitor Centre is the best place to start your Bendigo experience. It is a one-stop shop for accommodation bookings, event information and bookings, things to do information, historical details and for finding the perfect Bendigo memento.

Local Bendigo Specialists can help plan every aspect of a visit by having free booking services for accommodation, attractions, tours and event, accessible visitor maps and guide book, self-guided trail material and a large range of local products and souvenirs.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Geelong Visitor Information Centres
Finalist: Frankston Visitor Information Centre
Finalist: Mildura Visitor Information & Booking Service
Finalist: Mornington Peninsula Tourism
Finalist: Wellington Visitor Information Centre

Category


10. Business Event Venues


Winner

Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau

Melbourne Convention and Visitors Bureau

Melbourne Convention Bureau (MCB) is a not-for-profit organisation with over 40 years’ experience in securing international and national conferences, incentive travel reward programs and other business events for the state of Victoria by working with associations, corporate organisations and event planners from around the world.

MCB’s vision is to make Victoria one of the world’s most successful conference destinations, resulting in a significant contribution to the state economy and community.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Atlantic Group

Category


12. Tour & Transport Operators


Winner

Bunyip Tours

From the spectacular Great Ocean Road to the world famous little penguins on Phillip Island, from the pristine beaches of the southernmost region of mainland Australia, Wilson’s Promontory to the charming Mornington Peninsula, Bunyip Tours features so many unique places to visit and things to see and do.

Bunyip tours have been offering fun, adventurous tours for over 10 years and provide a variety of trips to suit people’s needs in an environmentally responsible way.

Our team of energetic and experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable journey to Victoria’s premier destinations.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Bendigo Airport Service

Category


13. Adventure Tourism


Winner

Bogong Horseback Adventures

Bogong Horseback Adventures

Featuring horse riding holidays in the spectacular Australian High Country of North East Victoria. Combining great horses with the natural splendour of the Bogongs, we have operated our award winning pack horse tours since 1986. Be sure to check us out for horse riding Victoria. Bogong Horseback Adventures is your closest location for Bright horse riding, Just a short drive over the Tawonga Gap. Bogong Horseback Adventures is based at our Spring Spur property offering hosted accommodation at Spring Spur Stay. We also have facilities for day visitors in the Riders Lounge as well as our established yards and stables for clinics and horse riding trails.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Bothfeet Walking Tours
Merit: Auswalk Walking Holidays

Category


14. Destination Marketing


Winner

Destination Gippsland Inc.

Destination Gippsland

Destination Gippsland is the Regional Tourism Board and the peak tourism organisation for the region in eastern Victoria. We were established in 2008 with the support of Tourism Victoria, Parks Victoria and the six member councils of the Gippsland Local Government Network. We are a not for profit public company governed by a skills based board and supported by staff and committees focused on Marketing, Industry Development, Infrastructure Strategy and Finance.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Melbourne Aquarium
Finalist: Hepburn Bathhouse

Category


15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services


Winner

Seasons & The New Spanish Bar & Grill

The New Spanish Bar and Grill

The Spanish Grill was a prominent feature of the old Grand Hotel on the Deakin Avenue side, now occupied by the Sports Bar. It had keen local patronage and was closed in 1989.

The new Spanish Bar & Grill has been created to remember the past. There is really nothing Spanish about it, but the name is meant to evoke nostalgia and please former patrons.

It has been created to remember the past. There is really nothing Spanish about it, but the name is meant to evoke nostalgia and please former patrons.


Other Winners:
Merit:
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant
Finalist: Max’s at Red Hill

Category


16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries


Winner

De Bortoli Winery and Restaurant

De Bortoli Winery and Restaurant

The De Bortoli family story is one of determination and triumph that started nearly 90 years ago in war-torn Europe and is now told, generations later, across Australia.

Their history encompasses the universal story of immigrants making good in an adopted land through hard work, innovation and the support of family and friends. Through the generations, they developed De Bortoli’s reputation for premium wine, firstly through iconic dessert wine Noble One and then via the success of the cool climate wines produced at the family’s Yarra Valley Estate.

De Bortoli Wine’s official motto, Semper ad Majora (“always striving for better”) and the unofficial one (good food, good wine and good friends).

Category


17. Caravan & Holiday Parks


Winner

BIG4 Beacon Resort

BIG4 Beacon Resort

BIG4 Beacon Resort is located in Queenscliff, a coastal township south-west of Melbourne. The resort is set amongst native gardens opposite the beach and operate all year-round and offers facilities to suit a variety of holiday styles.

Popular with families, children can enjoy free daily activities and the indoor playground, whilst adults are able to make use of the onsite day spa’s massage and beauty treatments or use of the function room for groups.

BIG4 Beacon Resort also offer luxury one, two and three bedroom villas, self-contained cabins, motel rooms and caravan and camping sites.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Anglesea Beachfront Family Caravan Park
Finalist: BIG4 Bendigo Ascot Holiday Park
Finalist: BIG4 Swan Hill
Finalist: RACV Cobram Resort

Category


18. Hosted Accommodation


Winner

Monreale Estate

Monreale Estate

Monreale has a colourful life and history involving the development from original guest houses to a premier bed and breakfast establishment in the Dandenongs.

The Country house can now cater for luxury accommodation in fully self contained apartments as well as cater for boutique wedding receptions. Also the gardens are fully developed and cover three acres, the property is surrounded by natural rain forests and Sassafras creek, no visible neighbours and you can find a number of challenging walks a short distance away.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Montfort Manor

Category


19. Unique Accommodation


Winner

Parks Victoria Wilderness Retreats Wilsons Promontory National Park

Parks Victoria Wilderness Retreats Wilsons Prom

Located at Wilsons Promontory National Park, Cape Conran Coastal Park and Buchan Caves, Parks Victoria’s Wilderness Retreats offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in nature while staying in high comfort, low impact, safari-style tents.

Each Wilderness Retreat has timber floors, covered timber decks with chairs and tables, a fridge and a queen-size bed complete with a plump doona and fresh linen.

There’s a fully equipped communal kitchen with gas cook top, microwave oven, fridge, and cutlery, crockery and cooking utensils. There’s also an outdoor barbeque area. These are perfect places to prepare your favourite meal and relax after a day of wilderness adventures.


Other Winners:
Merit:
All Seasons Houseboats
Finalist: Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Retreat

Category


21. Standard Accommodation


Winner

Ovens Valley Motor Inn

In the heart of breath-taking Bright’s pristine valley landscape, the Ovens Valley Motor Inn is the perfect Bright accommodation for you to indulge, relax, enjoy and be nurtured at one of the best scenic spots in the Australian Alps.

Enjoy the beauty, the history and the activity in breath-taking Bright. Ski, cycle, eat, drink. Take a tour or just explore. Make your ‘great escape’ to the Great Alpine Valley….experience the awesome wonder of the Australian Alps, in an awesome Bright motel.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Wombat Hills Cottages

Category


22. Deluxe Accommodation


Winner

RACV Inverloch Resort

Inverloch Resort

With panoramic views of Bass Strait and Anderson’s Inlet, the eco-friendly multi-award winning RACV Inverloch Resort is the ideal base for a wonderful coastal holiday. The resort is just a few minutes from the Inverloch surf beach, and the township itself with shops, cafes, playgrounds, skate park and inlet beach.

There is a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets including ocean view rooms, 2 & 3 bedroom villas, 2 bedroom cabins, and caravan sites (some with private ensuites).  With on-site facilities – Radius Restaurant, Zenith Lounge, The Kiosk, BBQs, indoor pool, tennis courts, jumping pillow, playgrounds, and a network of walking tracks, you can enjoy your entire holiday without even leaving the resort!


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Alto Hotel on Bourke
Finalist: Best Western Crystal Inn
Finalist: Comfort Inn & Suites Blazing Stump
Finalist: Emaroo Cottages
Finalist: Hilton Melbourne Airport
Finalist: Lindenderry at Red Hill
Finalist: Radisson on Flagstaff Gardens

Category


23. Luxury Accommodation


Winner

Melbourne Marriott Hotel

Melbourne Marriott Hotel

The Melbourne Marriott Hotel welcomes guests with one-of-a-kind luxury in the heart of Melbourne, Australia’s CBD. Featuring a host of first-class resources, and intuitive service befitting a five-star hotel, we provide a luxury backdrop for rejuvenation for business and leisure travellers alike.

Each one of our sleek, contemporary hotel rooms is overflowing with luxury amenities, while many rooms showcase breathtaking views of Melbourne. You’ll be delighted with our hotel’s wide range of additional perks, including a gym and a heated indoor pool, outstanding on-site dining, and a full-service business centre.

Category


24. New Tourism Business


Winner

Spirits High Spa Dreaming Mansfield

Spirits High Spa Dreaming

Spirits High spa dreaming mansfield, a unique rural wellness centre in North East Victoria, featuring the essence of the High Country. Your therapist will guide you through a sensory journey to develop a personalised spa ritual that fuses ancient massage and healing therapies from The Dreamtime with current relaxation technologies. Spirits High is more than a day spa, essentially it’s wellness, it’s stillness, it’s beauty, laughter and joy, it’s sharing, it’s community, it’s calm, it’s enlightening. Spirits High has developed a wonderful network of professional therapists; they are inspiring people to achieve the best within themselves. Spirits High provides a variety of therapies for your well-being; from massage spa treatments to personalised weekends with a difference for individuals and groups. Spirits High offers spa packages, full getaway packages, birthing workshops, art classes, women’s circles and ancient healing teachings with aboriginal elders from this area.

Category


25. Health and Wellness Tourism


Winner

Daylesford Day Spa

Daylesford Day Spa

In an area renowned for its mineral water springs, spas and health treatments, Daylesford Day Spa stands out from the crowd.
Centrally located in a converted heritage building, Daylesford Day Spa creates a unique philosophy and nature-based experience for every client. We pride ourselves on our total commitment to providing the perfect environment for relaxation, rejuvenation and wellness.

Daylesford Day Spa has six treatment rooms, offering a range of therapies including Jurlique Facials, Aromatherapy Spas, Body Wraps, and a wide variety of Massages; from Relaxation and Deep Tissue to our signature Hot Stone Massage for total mind-body wellness.


Other Winners:
Merit:
The Spa at Beechworth

Category


26. Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism


Winner

Alto Hotel on Bourke

Alto Hotel on Bourke

Alto Hotel on Bourke is Melbourne’s multi-award winning boutique apartment hotel and is one of the few environmentally friendly rated hotels in Melbourne’s CBD. Offering apartment living with true hotel-style hospitality with a selection of rooms that will fit your needs perfectly.

Alto Hotel on Bourke successfully brings together classic architecture of the late 19th century and a contemporary, stylish interior plus a range of inspired services and facilities, including free wireless internet for all guests making your stay an enjoyable experience in the centre of Melbourne.

When it’s time to get down to business or play, take advantage of our location, which is right in the centre of the city. It’s an easy walk to Crown Casino, the Convention and Exhibition Centre and Etihad Stadium (formerly Telstra Dome), Docklands and is only metres from the Airport Bus city terminal, DFO shopping centre and Southern Cross Station


Other Winner:
Finalist:
Conservation Volunteers Australia

Category


27. Outstanding Contribution by an Individual


Winner

Geoffrey Conaghan (ex Melbourne Airport & Tourism Victoria board)

Geoffrey Conaghan

Nominees: Robin Dalkin (Grampians Tourism Board member & Westgate Vineyard), George Josevski (Managing Director, Bunyip Tours)

Category


28. Tourism Education and Training


Winner

Holmesglen

Holmesglen Tourism/Event and Hospitality

Holmesglen is one of the largest providers of vocational and higher education in Victoria.

Since 1982, Holmesglen has grown from a delivery of 90 programs to 7,000 students, to a unique multi sectoral provider offering over 600 programs to more than 50,000 students. Holmesglen delivers internationally and nationally across four major campuses: Chadstone, City, Moorabbin and Waverley.

Holmesglen invests to ensure that students have access to the best possible education and training facilities available.


Other Winners:
Merit
: Gippsland Tourism Industry Leadership Program

Category


30. Backpacker Accommodation


Winner

Melbourne Metro YHA

Melbourne Metro YHA

YHA Australia is part of the world’s largest backpacker accommodation network, Hostelling International (HI), providing more than 4,000 YHA hostels in 90 countries around the world. The YHA group in Australia includes YHA Ltd, Hostelling International Australia Inc (trading as YHA Australia) as well as YHA WA Inc and Youth Hostels Association of Tasmania Inc.

Category


31. Young Achievers Award


Winner

Merran Fyfe (Flagstaff Maritime Museum)

Category


32. Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers


Winner

National Trust – Gulf Station Volunteers

Gulf Station Volunteers

We are thankful for the talent and dedication volunteers contribute to our conservation work. And we’re inspired by the passion they bring to keeping our heritage accessible. You can contribute by becoming a volunteer today.

National Trust volunteers’ contribute their time and energy to the benefit and success of our organisation and provide an important link with local communities. A variety of roles are available including front of house staff, tour guides, gardeners, collections management and administration and marketing.


Other Winners:
Nominees:
Friends of Flagstaff Hill, Tourism Melbourne Volunteers

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