Discover Ballina - 2023 North Coast Tourism Awards
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Tourist Attraction of the Year Summerland FarmThe North Coast Tourism Awards were presented in a partnership between Business NSW and Destination North Coast and the Awards Gala Dinner was held last week at Plantation House, part of Tropical Fruit World.

The tourism industry's Gala Event is a night of nights, recognising excellence in tourism and brings together business leaders to celebrate success.

Special shout out to our local operators Summerland Farm for taking out GOLD in Tourist Attraction of the Year and Vision Walks Eco Tours for taking out GOLD in the Tour & Transport Operator of the Year categories.

Find out the category winners - huge congratulations to you all!


Tourist Attraction of the Year
GOLD Summerland Farm
SIILVER The Big Banana Fun Park
BRONZE: Husk Farm Distillery

Festival/Event of the Year
GOLD Bluesfest
SILVER Casino Beef Week
BRONZE: Grafton Jacaranda Festival

Excellence in Cultural Tourism
Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience

Excellence in Tourism Services
GOLD Ballina Visitor Information Centre
SILVER Casino Returned Servicemen's Memorial Club
BRONZE Byron Visitors Centre

Business Event Venue of the Year
GOLD Pacific Bay Resort, Coffs Harbour
SILVER Invercauld House, Lismore

Tour and Transport Operator of the Year
GOLD Vision Walks Eco Tours
SILVER Tweed Eco Cruises

Excellence in Specialised Tourism
GOLD WildNets Adventures
SILVER FDC Adventure Tourism
BRONZE Vision Walks Eco Tours

Outstanding Accommodation Experience
GOLD Contained In Nimbin Accommodation
SILVER Diamond Waters Treehouse Retreat
BRONZE La Rocher Eco Retreat

Excellence in Camping, Glamping and/or Caravanning
GOLD Myall River Camp - Glamping
SILVER Broken Head Holiday Park
BRONZE Reflections Holiday Park, Urunga

Excellence in Food Tourism
GOLD Potager, Carool

Excellence in Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries
GOLD Husk Farm Distillery
SILVER Woolgoolga Brewing Co.
BRONZE Cape Byron Distillery

Excellence in Innovation
GOLD ComeVisit!
SILVER Local Sounds Lismore Radio

Outstanding Tourism Start-up
GOLD Contained In Nimbin Accommodation
SILVER Positive Energy Adventures & Retreats

Outstanding Tourism Employee
GOLD Karlee Thomson - Tweed Harbour Motor Inn

Outstanding Young Tourism Business Leader
GOLD Lindsay Russell - Broken Open Events
SILVER Lydia Crossingham - Observatory Apartments
BRONZE Alanah Ward - Ballina Visitor Information Centre

Outstanding Tourism Business Leader
GOLD Rebecca Beaton - Federation of Sporting Clubs
SILVER Neil Manson - The Observatory Apartments

Business of the Year
This award is awarded to a business that has been judged to be an outstanding business, that has provided an entry that demonstrates achievements and excellence over and above all other entrants. This award was judged by a panel of three judges that have not judged any other entries in the awards. Congratulations to Contained In Nimbin Accommodation.

 Photo credit: Summerland Farm - Winners of Tourist Attraction of the Year

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