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.

2013 Tourism Award winners

  • 01. Major Tourist Attractions
  • 02. Tourist Attractions
  • 03. Major Festivals and Events
  • 04. Festivals & Events
  • 05. Ecotourism
  • 06. Cultural 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
  • 23. Luxury Accommodation
  • 24. New Tourism Business
  • 25. Excellence in Food 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
  • 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 Zoo

Melbourne Zoo

Melbourne Zoo is located in Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria and operates under Zoos Victoria.

Zoos Victoria operates world-class zoos on three sites – Melbourne Zoo, Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo and are committed to ‘fighting extinction’ and have a strong focus to connect visitors with the wildlife, inspiring them to take action to save wildlife and their environments while also offering unique animal interactions with their vast array of local and international residents.


Other Winners:
Finalist: Eureka Skydeck

Category


02. Tourist Attractions


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:
FinalistEnchanted Adventure Garden
FinalistQueen Victoria Market
FinalistBeechworth Honey Experience
FinalistPhillip Island Chocolate Factory
FinalistCape Otway Lightstation

Category


03. Major Festivals and Events


Winner

Melbourne Cup Carnival

Victoria Racing Club

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is one of Australia’s major festivals and events, held at the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is a unique social and cultural tradition dating back to 1861 that draws the finest equine athletes from all over the world.

The carnival attracts more than 340,000 racegoers to Flemington over the four day Carnival each year contributing greatly to Victoria’s economy.

Category


04. Festivals & Events


Winner

2012 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.


Other Winners:
Finalist: 2013 Club Marine Southern 80 Water Ski Race

Category


05. Ecotourism


Winner

Moonraker Dolphin Swims

Moonraker Dolphin Swims

Moonraker Dolphin Swims is Australia’s most awarded Eco Adventure Company specialising in Dolphin and Seal swimming and sightseeing adventures for over 25 years on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.

Join a 3 hour snorkel adventure with resident Bottlenose Dolphins, swim alongside cheeky Australian Fur Seals, explore underwater marine parks filled with colourful fish and join the search for weedy sea dragons.

Or, embark on a private luxury adventure aboard the Moonraker, where you can see the very best of Port Phillip Bay. See wild dolphins, cross the famous entry to Port Phillip Bay ‘The Rip’ and a visit to the Popes Eye Marine Park.


Other Winner:
Hall of Fame:
Moonraker Dolphin Swims
Finalist: Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
Finalist: Moonlit Sanctuary Wildife Conservation Park

Category


06. Cultural Tourism


Winner

Central Deborah Gold Mine

Central Deborah Gold Mine

At Bendigo’s Central Deborah Gold Mine you can explore the hidden underground tunnels of a real gold mine that operated during the gold rush boom of the 1900s. Descending to the depths of Bendigo, you are sure to catch gold fever on the famous Mine Experience Tour (61 metres underground), the exciting Underground Adventure Tour (85 metres underground) or Australia’s deepest underground mine tour, Nine Levels of Darkness(228 metres underground).


Other Winners:
Finalist: Lantern Ghost Tours

Category


08.Specialised Tourism Services


Winner

Leisure Options

Leisure Options

Leisure Options is an accredited tourism business specialising in premium, boutique holiday and travel experiences for people with disabilities. The focus is on making what is often perceived as impossible, possible, by ensuring that tours are inclusive, barrier free and most of all, fun.

Leisure Options offer experiences that showcase the finest destinations throughout Victoria, interstate and internationally.

With over 500 travellers each year the company is successfully fulfilling its vision of accessible travel for all.


Other Winners:
Finalist
Travellers Aid Australia

Category


09. Visitor Information Services


Winner

Frankston Visitor Information Centre

Frankston Visitor Information Centre

Strategically located on the stunning Frankston Waterfront, the Frankston Visitor Information Centre provides quality information and retailing which complements the Mornington Peninsula region.

The Centre provides a central point for a range of ticketing, booking and community services encompassing a wide range of customer needs encouraging visitors to explore the vibrant, urban waterfront destinations in Victoria where arts, nature and cultural experiences connect.


Other Winners:
FinalistPhillip Island and Bass Coast Visitor Information Centre Network
Finalist: Geelong Otway Tourism, Visitor Information Centre
FinalistSunbury Visitor Information Centre
FinalistEchuca-Moama Visitor Information Centre

Category


10. Business Tourism


Winner

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is situated in the heart of Melbourne on the banks of the Yarra River in South Wharf and is Australia’s largest convention and exhibition facility.

MCEC works closely with key business partners to attract important business events to Victoria to enhance tourism and the growth of the state.

Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre connects people with everything needed for a successful event offering versatile spaces, up-to-date technology, food and wine and staff with the skills and experience to bring it all together.


Other Winners:
Finalist: Business Events Victoria

Category


11. Major Tour & Transport Operators


Winner

Searoad Ferries

Searoad Ferries

Searoad Ferries delivers a 40 minute ferry crossing between Sorrento and Queenscliff connecting the Mornington Peninsula to the Bellarine and Great Ocean Road. Ferries operate 365 days of the year, every hour from 7am to 6pm.

There are two world class all weather ferries offering easy drive on/drive off car facilities, comfortable viewing lounges and external observation decks. The ferry passes by marine National Parks and spectacular scenery, visitors to both regions can experience the beauty of Melbourne’s Port Phillip Bay.

Category


12. Tour & Transport Operators


Winner

Moonraker Dolphin Swims

Moonraker Dolphin Swims

Moonraker Dolphin Swims is Australia’s most awarded Eco Adventure Company specialising in Dolphin and Seal swimming and sightseeing adventures for over 25 years on the picturesque Mornington Peninsula.

Join a 3 hour snorkel adventure with resident Bottlenose Dolphins, swim alongside cheeky Australian Fur Seals, explore underwater marine parks filled with colourful fish and join the search for weedy sea dragons.

Or, embark on a private luxury adventure aboard the Moonraker, where you can see the very best of Port Phillip Bay. See wild dolphins, cross the famous entry to Port Phillip Bay ‘The Rip’ and a visit to the Popes Eye Marine Park.


Other Winners:
Finalist
: 12 Apostles Helicopters
Finalist: Global Ballooning Australia
Finalist: South Bay Eco Adventures

Category


13. Adventure Tourism


Winner

The Enchanted Maze Garden

Enchanted Adventure Garden

Enchanted Adventure Garden is a natural attraction situated on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula at Arthurs Seat. With stunning views over the park’s formal gardens and hedge mazes, the park offers many different things to see and activities to try including giant sculpture, indoor and outdoor mazes, Tube Sliding, Tree Surfing, the Big Zip Line or alternatively set up a picnic and enjoy the natural surroundings.

It’s a place where you can loose yourself in the colours of garden design or marvel at the formal structures of hedge topiary.


Other Winners:
Finalist
: Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
Finalist: Skydive the Beach Melbourne
Finalist: Riviera Nautic
Finalist: Trees Adventure – Glen Harrow Park
Finalist: Peninsula Stand Up Paddle
Finalist: SCODY 3 Peak Challenge

Category


14. Destination Marketing


Winner

Grampians Tourism

Grampians Tourism

Grampians Tourism was established in 2009 and is the peak industry body for tourism in the Grampians region. It encompasses and is directly supported by Ararat Rural City, Horsham Rural City, Northern Grampians Shire, Southern Grampians Shire and the Pyrenees Shire.

Our primary purpose is to deliver a coordinated approach to marketing, product development, infrastructure investment and industry development for the Grampians Region.  We do this by creating cooperative marketing and advertising opportunities with industry to increase our region, it experiences and destinations, exposure in key markets.


Other Winners:
Finalist
Geelong Otway Tourism 

Category


15. Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services


Winner

Stillwater at Crittenden

Stillwater at Crittenden

Stillwater at Crittenden is a multi-award winning tourism restaurant on Victoria’s stunning Mornington Peninsula.
The restaurant, nestled amid the vines within the grounds of Crittenden Estate Winery, provides a full service, yet relaxed, fine dining experience showcasing local produce and regional wines.


Other Winners:
Finalist
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre

Category


16. Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries


Winner

Fowles Wine Cellar Door and Cafe

Fowles Wine Cellar Door and Cafe

Fowles Wine is a boutique family owned winery based in the Strathbogie Ranges and craft some of Australia’s finest cool climate wines including “Ladies who Shoot their Lunch” and “Are you Game?”.

Fowles Wine strives for excellence in the tourism industry by providing quality products and services which are enhanced by the unique events held an their Cellar Door Cafe located in Avenel.

 

Category


17. Caravan & Holiday Parks


Winner

RACV Cobram Resort

RACV Cobram Resort

Three hundred days of sunshine! What are you waiting for? Pack up the bag, round up the clan and head to the land of ‘Peaches and Cream’ – a tag given to this irrigated fruit and dairy country. RACV Cobram Resort is smack bang in the region renowned for its record sunny days, and is ideal for a mid-week break, family holiday or a weekend getaway in Victoria.

RACV Cobram Resort is situated on 10 hectares of neat as a pin landscaped grounds with the sweet waft of perfume from blossoms in the neighbouring orchard and offers the spaciousness of an apartment, the convenience of a self-contained cabin or the attractive court setting of the 4.5 star caravan park.


Other Winners:
Finalist
Eastern Beach Holiday Park

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.


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

Category


19. Unique Accommodation


Winner

Riviera Nautic

Riviera Nautic

Riviera Nautic is based in Metung at the eastern end of the Gippsland Lakes.

With a diverse fleet of yachts and motor cruisers, Riviera Nautic offers guests the opportunity to experience a self-drive boating holiday immersed in the natural surrounds of Australia’s largest inland waterway, the Gippsland Lakes
An abundance of bird and marine life can be seen with wide expanses of water for exhilarating sailing, tranquil rivers for cruising and fishing and deserted beaches and peaceful coves to visit.

The charter boat provides guests with accommodation, transport and entertainment rolled into one package, offering a truly unique experience.


Other Winners:
Finalist
All Seasons Houseboats
FinalistQuality Hotel Tabcorp Park

Category


21. Standard Accommodation


Winner

Blue Moon Cottages

Blue Moon Cottages

Bring your kids, bring your pets and stroll just 250 metres to the beach

Stylish beachside cottages that genuinely welcome kids and pets are rare. But hidden away just 250 metres from Rye Beach on the Mornington Peninsula are Blue Moon Cottages where couples, families and their pets can relax in three classic seaside cottages.


Other Winners:
Finalist: 
Moama on Murray Resort

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:
Novotel Melbourne Glen Waverley
Finalist: Comfort Inn & Suites Blazing Stump

 

Category


23. Luxury Accommodation


Winner

Hilton Melbourne South Wharf

Hilton Melbourne South Wharf

As the city’s only hotel with direct access to the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center, Guests are met with convenience and modern, stylish design alike when staying at the Hilton Melbourne South Wharf. Book a lavish event in our function spaces, dine on exquisite meals at our on site restaurants and bars or recharge in our fitness center. Your room’s panoramic views of the city will welcome you back at the end of the day.


Other Winners:
Finalist
Crown Metropol Melbourne

Category


24. New Tourism Business


Winner

Kryal Castle Adventure Park & Resort

Kryal Castle

Kryal Castle, located just outside Ballarat, is Australia’s only medieval theme park and resort offering a  village of entertainment, shows, attractions and activities including jousting and skilled sword battles to magic shows, princess pantomime’s and a dragon’s lair.

The castle also offers stunning 4 star accommodation and inspiring function spaces, catering for conferences, events, international groups and student markets.


Other Winners:
FinalistTree Surfing at the Enchanted Adventure Garden
FinalistYarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
FinalistBright Brewery

Category


25. Excellence in Food Tourism


Winner

Walker Events

Walker Events

Walker Events runs events throughout the year that bring together regional food, beautiful environments and people.

Each of these core events forms a family of experiences aimed at conveying the many facets of sustainability. Ingredients at each event are almost all local – sometimes sourced within metres of where you are sitting.  Surrounded by mountains, lakes and wide horizons – the hallmark landscapes of Victoria’s High Country. In the past 5 years we have held lunches and dinners in machinery sheds, wool sheds, up mountains, in paddocks and even in an inflatable igloo.

Category


26. Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism


Winner

The Falls Music and Arts Festival

The Falls Music & Arts Festival

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is an annual event over New Year’s Eve held in Lorne, Victoria and is regarded as one of the most environmentally and socially sustainable events in Australia.

Operating over the past 21 years, the festival continues to produce innovative techniques for waste management, power saving measures, successful community involvement programs and so much more.

Category


27. Outstanding Contribution by an Individual


Winner

Craig Opie

Craig Opie

Craig  Opie  was  Managing  Director of the Colonial Tramcar Restaurants and Eureka  Skydeck.  Both are major tourist attractions in Melbourne, attracting in excess of 700,000 visitors each year. He also owned and operated several other businesses during his career including Paperworld, Towntalk Snowballs and MPOL Collections.  Most recently he has been a Board Director for both Tourism Victoria and Public Transport Victoria.

Craig  has  a  bachelor  of  business and has been actively involved in the tourism and hospitality industry for his entire career spanning more than three decades.

Craig is an experienced media performer, including three years as host of his award winning radio program in Melbourne. As a previous committeeman of Moonee Valley Racing Club, he has been racing horses for several years with mixed success

Category


28. Tourism Education and Training


Winner

Crown College

Crown College Melbourne

Crown College is one of the largest and most successful registered training organisations in Australia, providing customised and innovative learning to employees wishing to build long-term careers in tourism.

Crown College focus’ on incorporating innovative and exciting learning experiences, delivering content that exceeds participant expectations, setting the benchmark in tourism education and training.

Category


30. Backpacker Accommodation


Winner

Space Hotel

Space Hotel

Space Hotel is an affordable and contemporary accommodation in Melbourne’s CBD with a diverse range of room types from dorm beds to private suites and family rooms catering for travellers with different budgets.

Space Hotel emphasise their social elements with facilities such as an in-house cinema, a restaurant-quality communal kitchen, and a rooftop area showcasing panoramic views of the city.


Other Winners:
Finalist
Greenhouse Backpackers

Category


31. Young Achievers Award


Winner

Brett Ince

Brett is currently the Deputy Executive Director of Tourism Greater Geelong and The Bellarine (Business Manager – Tourism, City of Greater Geelong), the newly created Regional Tourism Organisation spanning from Werribee to Barwon Heads including Geelong, The Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley.

He worked very closely with government and industry in achieving strategic communications, marketing, tourism, brand development, infrastructure development and advocacy functions. I have strong networks in local, state and federal government, state and federal industry associations as well as a strong network of local and Melbourne media.

Category


32. Outstanding Contribution by Volunteers


Winner

Friends of Flagstaff Hill Maritime Village

Friends of Flagstaff Hill

Our volunteers at Flagstaff Hill have their own association that helps operate the maritime village. This association has a monthly meeting of the committee as well as Volunteer Morning Tea Meetings each month

Category


Minister's Encouragement Award


Winner

Alowyn Gardens

Alowyn Gardens

Alowyn Garden is designed along strong symmetrical lines that become blurred by the softness of the spaces and the grace of the trees, within an area of approximately 4 acres. There are 5 clearly defined areas within the gardens, a perennial border, designed to display colour from Spring to Autumn, a silver birch forest, an edible garden of generous proportions, a parterre garden and a number of display gardens. The formal parterre garden is built along 17th century design principles, leads you through to a series of smaller courtyards and display gardens. Through all these area runs a wisteria and rose covered archway 100m long with a sunken garden and a classical fountain as a centre piece.

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

Killara Holiday Flats

Killara Holiday Flats

Killara Holiday Flats are self contained units off the Princes Hwy in a quiet location, minutes from Lakes Entrance close to beaches, shops and restaurants.

Each unit is spacious and suited to recreational fishermen and families.

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