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.

2010 Tourism Award winners

  • 01. Major Tourist Attractions
  • 02. Tourist Attractions
  • 03. Major Festivals and Events
  • 04. Festivals & Events
  • 05. Ecotourism
  • 06. Cultural Tourism
  • 07. Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism
  • 08.Specialised Tourism Services
  • 09. Visitor Information Services
  • 10. Business Tourism
  • 11. Major Tour & Transport Operators
  • 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
  • 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
  • 32. Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers
  • Minister's Encouragement Award
  • RACV People's Choice Awards for Guest Satisfaction
  • RACV People's Choice Awards for Service
  • All

Category


01. Major Tourist Attractions


Winner

Melbourne Museum

Melbourne Museum

A visit to Melbourne Museum is a rich, surprising insight into life in Victoria. We show you Victoria’s intriguing permanent collections and bring you brilliant temporary exhibitions from near and far. You’ll see our natural environment, our cultures and our history through different perspectives.

Inside you’ll find a range of galleries, discovery centres, documentaries and a café, gift shop and theatre.


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

Category


02. Tourist Attractions


Winner

Scienceworks

Scienceworks

Scienceworks is a place for young people to play with science. We linked Melbourne’s industry, heritage and applied technology in one place: a new building looking across the arena to the century-old Pumping Station, all under the grand arc of the West Gate Bridge.

Today, Scienceworks is bursting with things to challenge curious minds of all ages. In just one visit, you can stroll among the gigantic machines that kept the city running, enjoy electrifying theatre in the Lightning Room, let your little ones roam safely in enclosed spaces, wander through our immersive exhibitions and drop into deep space in the Melbourne Planetarium.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm
Finalist: Beechworth Honey Experience
Finalist: Ashcombe Maze & Lavender Gardens
Finalist: Queen Victoria Market
Finalist: The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

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:
Australian Open 2010

Category


04. Festivals & Events


Winner

Suzuki Night Market

Suzuki Night Market

Queen Victoria Market is the heart and soul of Melbourne. Eat, shop, explore and discover your way through our iconic food halls and heritage Sheds where the banter is as fresh as the produce. Or simply soak up the atmosphere of the largest open-air market in the Southern Hemisphere.

There’s no place like our Market. It’s an experience that engages all the senses.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Rochford – Yarra Valley
Merit: Otway Odyssey Mountain Bike Marathon
Merit: 2009 Great Victorian Bike Ride
Finalist: 2009 RACV Energy Breakthrough

Category


05. Ecotourism


Winner

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park

Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park is situated in Pearcedale, Victoria on remnant and rehabilitated bushland. Moonlit Sanctuary Park is dedicated to the conservation of Australian wildlife and wild habitats, educating  visitors and the broader community with their educational programs. Activities include meeting endangered species, feeding kangaroos and wallabies, cuddling koalas and enjoying encounters with colourful birds, reptiles and dingoes.

At night, Moonlit Sanctuary comes alive with lantern-lit tours.
Night birds are active, tiny feathertail gliders and giant yellow-bellied gliders swoop around, and endangered quolls, pademelons and bettongs forage for food.


Other Winners:
Finalist:
Bogong Horseback Adventures – Packhorse Tours

Category


06. Cultural Tourism


Winner

Old Melbourne Gaol – Crime and Justice Experience

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:
Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village
Finalist: The Art Vault
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.

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:
Finalist:
Frankston Visitor Information Centre
Finalist: Phillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centre Network

Category


10. Business Tourism


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:
Flowerdale Estate

Category


11. Major Tour & Transport Operators


Winner

Driver Group

Driver Group-Gray Line

Our drivers and our fleet are who we are.  Because of the diversity of services that we offer…charter of all types, school services, nationwide touring, hop on hop off city shuttle and premium sightseeing for international visitors, we attract a high standard of professional drivers, more so than the general industry. Our drivers come from all walks of life, many with experience in other industries who have decided to make a sea change. This creates a unique dynamic at Driver Bus Lines.

Through dedication to their profession, our drivers will prepare for their duties and glean knowledge and information to help them carry out their assigned tasks to the best of their ability, whether it’s taking the local school to the swimming pool or taking international visitors along the Great Ocean Road with a full commentary.

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:
12 Apostles Helicopters
Finalist: Sea All Dolphin Swims

Category


13. Adventure Tourism


Winner

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Auswalk Walking Holidays

Auswalk has been perfecting the Australian walking holidays and offer high quality itineraries to destinations that they personally love. These handpicked holidays showcase Australia, and the amazing sceneries. It is a great business where people can unplug and explore natural landscapes in comfort.

Multi award winning Auswalk is advanced eco tourism certified among other things giving you the peace of mind knowing that you are dealing with a professional company who cares.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Bogong Horseback Adventures

Category


14. Destination Marketing


Winner

Destination Gippsland

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.

Category


15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services


Winner

Max’s at Red Hill Estate

Max's at Red Hill Estate

Max’s Restaurant at Red Hill Estate enjoys iconic status as the first winery restaurant on the Peninsula. When the restaurant was established, there were no freeways to the area and it was a long two hour drive from Melbourne.

Combining “the best view of any vineyard in the world” as Ian Sutton, Former CEO Australian Winemakers Federation put it, with an inspiring menu bursting with local produce and delectable wines, a true Mornington Peninsula Experience is guaranteed.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Seasons and The new Spanish Bar & Grill
Finalist: Locale at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate

Category


16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries


Winner

Rochford – Yarra Valley

Rochford- Yarra Valley

Often identified with the iconic Australian “Day On the Green” music festivals, Rochford Winery is situated in one of the most stunning regions in Australia with breathtaking panoramic views of the Great Dividing Ranges.

Located less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, Rochford Winery is synonymous with innovative events, food, wine and the glorious beauty of the Yarra Valley.

The Winery showcases a restaurant, café and patio, cellar door, retail shop, wine club, art gallery and expansive natural amphitheatre and observation tower.


Other Winners:
Merit:
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate
Merit: Bright Brewery
Finalist: Hargreaves Hill Brewing Company
Finalist: All Saints Estate
Finalist: Wild Dog Winery
Finalist: Otway Estate – Winery & Brewery

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:
RACV Cobram Resort

Category


18. Hosted Accommodation


Winner

Montfort Manor

Montfort Manor

Montfort Manor is located in the heart of Central Gippsland, Victoria overlooking the tree-lined driveway, lake and manicured gardens, Montfort Manor offer four luxury suits to accommodate corporate business travellers, romantic weekenders, honeymoon couples and sophisticated leisure travellers for both long and short stays.

The grounds offer a range of activities including walking paths which surround the property lake, a multi-use tennis court including a hitting wall and two swimming pools.


Finalist: Woodlands Rainforest Retreat
Finalist: Arnica Views Summit Retreat
Finalist: Aire Valley Restaurant & Guesthouse

Category


19. Unique Accommodation


Winner

All Seasons Houseboats

All Seasons Houseboat

All Seasons Houseboats is one of Australia’s leading houseboat companies with a commitment to providing their customers with a unique, relaxing and enjoyable holiday experience.

All Season Houseboats is located on the Dockside Marina, Mildura, an enviable tristate location that is easily accessible by road and by air.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Bulls Cruisers 
Merit: Wilderness Retreats – Wilsons Promontory National Park
Finalist: Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa & Wellness 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:
Cave Hill Creek

Category


22. Deluxe Accommodation


Winner

Emaroo Cottages

Emaroo Cottages Mildura

Emaroo Cottages are four self contained Miners Cottages available for short term rental in Broken Hill. Offering both 2 or 3 bedroom accommodation options, Emaroo Cottages suit holiday makers, professionals and others on short term trips to Broken Hill or folks journeying through who prefer comfortable, roomy self-contained accommodation for themselves, their family and even their dog.

The attention to detail in the Cottages has been acknowledged with a 4 star rating for each cottage. The attention to detail it represents ensures your stay in any of our cottages will be enjoyable, memorable and of course comfortable. Just like a home away from home should be


Other Winners:
Merit:
RACV Inverloch Resort
Merit: Mantra Tullamarine Hotel
Finalist: Silverwater Resort
Finalist: Comfort Inn & Suites Blazing Stump

Category


24. New Tourism Business


Winner

Flagstaff Hill Lighthouse Lodge

Located at the base of the State Heritage Registered Lady Bay Lighthouses, our high quality accommodation experience is walking distance to the front entrance of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village, as well other Warrnambool restaurants and attractions.

Features of this lodge include free wireless internet, fully equipped laundry with dryers, wheelchair and access compliant, BBQ and outdoor areas, fully equipped kitchen, large screen TV system and all air conditioned and heated rooms.


Other Winners:
Merit:
Trees Adventure – Tree Top Obstacle Course
Merit: Snowy River Cycling Cycle Tours

Category


25. Health and Wellness Tourism


Winner

Peninsula Hot Springs

Peninsula Hot Springs Scenic View

Entering the bathing area is like stepping into another world, a sanctuary where the mind and body are calmed by the steam, soothing aroma and the sound of running water. It’s a place where time is forgotten and lingering is part of the code of harmony……

An hour’s drive South of Melbourne on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula natural hot mineral waters are flowing from deep underground and into the pools and private baths at Peninsula Hot Springs. Bathe and relax at the Spa Dreaming Centre and dine in the café at this tranquil ecotourism attraction.

 


Other Winners:
Merit: Shizuka Ryokan Japanese Country Spa & Wellness Retreat
Finalist: Daylesford Day Spa

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

Category


27. Outstanding Contribution by an Individual


Winner

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Wayne Kayler-Thomson

Wayne Kayler-Thomson provides professional services as a strategic business  planning advisor, facilitator and mentor to  a range of clients in the corporate, not for profit and public sector at international, national, regional and business levels.

With over 30 years leadership experience in the tourism sector , Wayne continues to be actively engaged in facilitating and advising on tourism destination planning and strategic business planning.

Category


28. Tourism Education and Training


Winner

Holmesglen Tourism / Event & Hospitality Programs

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:
Finalist
: Melbourne Tourism Industry Leadership Program

Category


30. Backpacker Accommodation


Winner

Habitat HQ

Habitat HQ

We provide an experience that is fun and unique. Stay ‘guilt free’ in the first carbon neutral backpacker hostel in Melbourne, share our love of music and experience the best of everything Melbourne and St Kilda have to offer.

Category


32. Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers


Winner

Young Tourism Network

Young Tourism Network

The Young Tourism Network was established in October 2005 as a Victorian based social networking group and was formally launched to the industry at in May 2006. The network, through both social and professional development events and industry alliances, aims to enhance and foster the career development and professional excellence of the people within the Victorian tourism industry.

The YTN is run by a committee of members who work and study within tourism industry related fields

Category


Minister's Encouragement Award


Winner

The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory

Panny is passionate about chocolate and is an innovative chocolatier. Panny has the finest and most delectable chocolates, creating over 190 different treats for sale in the factory direct outlet.

Panny’s Amazing World of Chocolate is an interactive experience of all things chocolate and Panny’s café sells the most amazing meals, drinks and snacks all with a chocolate theme.

The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory is climate controlled for comfort, so visitors love returning to Panny’s year round, regardless of what the weather is like. A massive renovation has just been completed, both inside and outside making The Phillip Island Chocolate Factory a must see on a visit to Phillip island.

Category


RACV People's Choice Awards for Guest Satisfaction


Winner

Abalina Cottages

Abalina Cottages

At Abalina cottages we take pride in providing luxury accommodation at an affordable price.

If you are looking for quality and comfort in your luxury family accommodation in Bright then our quiet, self contained cottages are the perfect choice.

Each spacious cottage has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms enabling up to 6 guests to stay. There are suitable for singles, couples, families and large groups. Its the extras that set abalina cottages apart.

A flat 600m walk to shops, cafes and restaurants, your home away from home will not disappoint.

Category


RACV People's Choice Awards for Service


Winner

Myers Creek Cascades

Myers Creek Cascades Luxury Spa

The four romantic and unique self-contained cottages at Myers Creek Cascades are individually designed to embrace their exclusive location – hidden gems set in the heart of a spectacular eucalypt forest.

Step into your own secluded hideaway and experience the ultimate bed & breakfast experience. It’s the luxurious solitude and the attention to detail that makes Myers Creek Cascades the ultimate escape for romance with sensual spas and cosy wood fires. Ambience and comfort are in perfect harmony – providing an intimate space for relaxation and privacy.

Awake to the fantastic sounds of the rainforest and enjoy a delicious gourmet breakfast hamper as you contemplate the many options that The Yarra Valley has to offer… but the truth is, you’ll want to stay in the luxury of your own idyllic hideaway!

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