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2021 SA Tourism Award Winners

Category 1 Major Tourist Attractions

Adelaide Zoo

Supported by Adelaide Economic Development Agency

Adelaide Zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals and 250 species of exotic and native mammals, birds, reptiles and fish exhibited over eight hectares of magnificent botanic surroundings.

Adelaide Zoo offers a range of animal experiences, behind the scenes tours and events that have been enjoyed by over 400,000 visitors over the last year.

Silver
Cleland Wildlife Park

Bronze
Naracoorte Caves National Park

Adelaide Zoo

Category 2 Tourist Attractions

Pichi Richi Railway

Supported by Toyota Australia

The Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society Inc. has operated a fully volunteer-run tourist railway from Quorn in the majestic Flinders Ranges since 1974. Heritage steam and diesel trains operate between Quorn and Port Augusta over a distance of 42km on the original narrow-gauge Ghan Railway Line.

Silver
Monarto Zoo

Bronze
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company

Category 3 Major Festivals & Events

Adelaide Festival 2021

Supported by Adelaide Economic Development Agency

Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions. Enjoyed amid warm March days and starry nights, Adelaide Festival’s celebration of creative excellence makes for an event of truly epic proportions.  

Silver
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021

Bronze
Barossa Vintage Festival 2021

Category 4 Festivals and Events

Hahndorf. Handmade. Handcrafted. Handpicked. 2020

Supported by Adelaide Airport Limited

Celebrating Hahnforfs rich lineage of artisan culture, over a month-long festival in September. With 250 intimate events and experiences in and around the main street of Hahndorf, filled with bespoke experiences for all ages and tastes.

Silver
Bay to Birdwood 2020

Silver
Run Kangaroo Island Marathon 2021

Category 5 Ecotourism

Murray River Trails

Supported by Ecotourism Australia

Murray River Trails enables you to fall in love with the 2,500km flowing Murray River, immersing you in the ancient landscape rich in Aboriginal culture, wildlife, wetlands and riverine.

Silver
Banrock Station Wine and Wetland Centre

Bronze
Naiko Retreat

Category 6 Cultural Tourism

The Cedars Hahndorf

Supported by Wallmans Lawyers

The Cedars Hahndorf is the historic home, studio, garden, and acreage of renowned Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen. It is home to Australia’s oldest artist’s studio open to public viewing as well as being home to Nora Heysen’s studio, the historic Heysen family home and Artist’s garden. Some 200 original works of art can be seen in changing displays in the studios and the house.

Silver
Flamboyance Tours

Silver
Karoonda Silo Art

Category 7 Award for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism

Dingo Dreaming

Supported by Qantas Airways

Not only a gallery of beautiful Aboriginal art, dingo dreaming, located in the picturesque Blyth in SA is filled with cultural tradition, history and passion. Offering visitors an educational experience to further appreciate the importance and understanding of Aboriginal history and stories of the land we walk on.

Silver
Australian Native Food Co.

Bronze
Tribal Expertise Facility

Category 8 Tourism Retail & Hire Services

Vasse Virgin at Seppeltsfield

Supported by Gallagher

Located in the Barossa Valley, Vasse Virgin at Seppeltsfield provides the ‘ultimate olive oil experience’. An immersive, interactive, sensory journey exploring the benefits of olive oil.

Silver
Make Trax Adventure Hire

Bronze
The Dirt Off Road Campers

Category 9 Visitor Information Services

Barossa Visitor Centre

Supported by Local Government Association of South Australia

The Barossa Visitor Centre is your first stop when visiting the region. You can collect essential maps and guides plus gain knowledgeable insights from their local expert staff who can help with planning, booking and advice.

Silver
Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre

Bronze
Ardrossan Museum and Information Centre

Category 10 Business Event Venues

Stamford Grand Adelaide

Supported by Adelaide Airport

The Stamford Grand Adelaide is an iconic, five-star resort hotel in South Australia located at beautiful Glenelg beach. In addition to 220 luxury accommodation rooms, this business and leisure hotel also features a designated floor for events, walk-out balconies and breathtaking panoramic ocean views.

 

Category 11 Major Tour and Transport Operators

SeaLink

Supported by RAA Travel

SeaLink is best known for its passenger and vehicle ferry services carrying thousands of visitors, commuters, and vehicles each year to and from one of Australias most iconic tourist destinations – Kangaroo Island.

Category 12 Tour and Transport Operators

HALL OF FAME  Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari

Supported by Toyota Australia 

Kangaroo Island Ocean Safari is a family-owned and operated business with a mission to provide visitors to Kangaroo Island with a unique nature-based, marine tourism experience.

Visitors enjoy the marine tours from a twelve-seater vessel, with the opportunity to see dolphins, seals, eagles and birdlife along with informative commentary.

Silver
EP Cruises

Bronze
Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Bendleby Ranges

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Bendleby Ranges is the home of adventure, set in the mesmerising Southern Flinders Ranges. Fifteen thousand hectares of rock-hopping, jaw-dropping, heart-stopping exhilaration to challenge all levels of four-wheel-drivers, hikers and mountain bikers.

Silver
Woodhouse Activity Centre

Bronze
Escapegoat Adventures

Category 14 Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

2020-21 Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Marketing Strategy and Campaigns

Supported by Tourism Australia

The Murray River, Lakes and Coorong Tourism Alliance (MRLCTA) is a collective tourism body made up of five Councils in South Australia – including the Rural City of Murray Bridge, Coorong District Council, Mid Murray Council, District Council of Karoonda East Murray and the Alexandrina Council.

Silver
The Aussie Travel Code – Flinders Ranges & Outback Tourism

Bronze
Summer Indulgence Campaign – City of Port Lincoln

Category 15 Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

The Guardsman

Supported by Restaurant and Catering Association

Inside Adelaide Railway Station – where the paths of South Australians have crossed for over 150 years – is The Guardsman. Primarily a modern-Australian restaurant, bar and cafe, also offering a range of local tasting experiences, The Guardsman creates modern dining experiences built upon a rich South Australian heritage.

Silver
The Currant Shed

Bronze
Mayura Station

Category 16 Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

HALL OF FAME – Seppeltsfield Winery Barossa

Supported by Hood Sweeney

With a proud and priceless legacy dating back to 1851, Seppeltsfield has been hailed as the most historic winery and greatest showpiece in the Barossa.

Since 2012 the Estate has undergone a renaissance, creating a vibrant Barossa community of wine, food, craft, design and beauty.

Highlighted by Seppeltsfield’s world class cellar door and tasting rooms, they ensure the history, heritage and lifeblood of the historic estate is shared with many.

Silver
Kimbolton Wines

Bronze
Pindarie Wines

Category 17 Caravan & Holiday Parks

 BIG4 West Beach Parks

Supported by P4B SOLAR

Set on 1.2kms of stunning coastline, BIG4 West Beach Parks is a much-loved holiday destination by families, couples, sporting groups and friends. With a choice of campsites in addition to spacious self-catering cabins, there is an option for every budget.

Silver
BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Bronze
Ardrossan Caravan Park

Category 18 Hosted Accommodation

Redwing Farm

Supported by Nova Entertainment

Redwing is a unique farm stay experience featuring an exceptional standard of deluxe accommodation.

The owners, Nicola and Damien Adams have a passion for creating beautiful spaces and complementary experiences to be enjoyed by visitors to their 1850’s farming property, Redwing.

Silver
Perlubie Sea Eco Villas

Bronze
Sage at Streaky Bay

Category 19 Unique Accommodation

Woodhouse Activity Centre

Supported by RAA Travel

Nestled in lush Piccadilly in the Adelaide Hills lies Woodhouse Activity Centre, providing experience-based accommodation for groups of all sizes. Just 25 minutes from the city, spend some quality time in the great outdoors exploring the 54-hectare property surrounded by picturesque bushland.

Silver
Bukirk Glamping

Bronze
Bayside Glamping

Category 20 Self Contained Accommodation

Naiko Retreat

Supported by Pitchers Partners

Naiko Retreat is a luxury, self-contained eco-retreat located on the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline. Time at Naiko allows you to disconnect from your busy world, turn down the volume, declutter your mind and let what truly matters come into focus. Situated on a cliff overlooking a pristine and secluded beach the self-sustainable Retreat was constructed in harmony with the environment keeping wildlife and nature front and centre.

Silver
Skytrek Willow Springs Station

Bronze
Flinders Bush Retreats

Category 21 3-3.5 Star Accommodation

Hall of Fame – Beach Huts Middleton 

Supported by Australian Hotels Association

The Beach Huts Middle features 12 meticulously and individually designed colourful huts. With a ‘wow factor’ focus, the huts are named after 12 of our most famous Australian beaches, surrounded in contrast by an English countryside garden.

Silver
Under the Mount

Bronze
Blue Seas Motel

Category 22 4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation

Atura Hotel

Supported by Flow Power

At Atura Adelaide Airport, you can expect to be met with a genuine welcome, thoughtful touches, and service that goes the extra mile. We’re here to offer reliable value and the refreshing local experience that has kept our guests returning from near and far. Urban, industrial, and with design at its core, Atura Adelaide Airport offers business and leisure travellers the ultimate in comfort and convenience.

Silver
Old Coach Road Estate

Bronze
Adelaide Style Accommodation

Category 23 5 Star Luxury Accommodation

Mount Lofty House

Supported by RAA Travel

Mount Lofty House is an iconic designer 5-Star luxury boutique hotel in Adelaide Hills, South Australia. We specialise in celebrations, luxury escapes, fine dining, day spa retreats, high-end conferences and breathtakingly beautiful weddings than our estate.

Silver
Pullman Adelaide

Bronze
Beresford Estate

Category 24 New Tourism Business

Eos by SkyCity

Supported by Tourism Australia 

EOS by Sky City encompasses the finest in modern hospitality. From signature restaurants and entertainment to opulent suites and spa experiences, they are for pleasure seekers.

Silver
Crowne Plaza Adelaide

Bronze
Blyth Breakout

Category 25 Excellence in Food Tourism

Hall of FameWillunga Farmers Market

Supported by Food SA

Established in 2002, the Willunga Farmers Market strives to be South Australia’s premier regional farmers market.

Operating every Saturday in the heart of Willunga, the Farmers Market has grown to accommodate over 70 stalls with fresh produce, wine, coffee and hot food stalls.

The market is a fantastic showcase for visitors to ‘Meet the Grower and Taste the Region’.

Silver
Watervale Hotel and Penobscot Farm

Bronze
Millie Mae’s Pantry

Category 26 EXCELLENCE IN ACCESSIBLE TOURISM

Hall of Fame – BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park is located on the beautiful Murray River.

The Holiday Park is a family-friendly holiday resort with 71 modern cabins, including seven accessible cabins and over 300 caravan and en-suite sites.

A family-friendly holiday resort that offers accessible family villas, facilities, a sensory room and trained team members that cater for special needs.

Silver
U City Accessible Serviced Apartments

Bronze
Tarnasey Farm

Category 27 Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

Nicole Hodgson

Supported by SeaLink

Nicole Hodgson has been involved in the tourism industry for more than twenty years. Nicole has also volunteered her time over the years with events and committees focused on delivering tourism excellence and driving visitation to the Barossa region including the Barossa Vintage Festival and the Seppeltsfield Road Business Alliance. A natural leader, Nicole is highly regarded throughout the Barossa, South Australia and beyond as a tourism champion for her passion, dedication and community spirit.

 

Category 28 South Australian Tourism Student of the Year

Ella Fleming

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

South Australian Tourism Student of the Year award is crowned to Ella Fleming. Ella Fleming is a student at the University of South Australia studying a combined degree: Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Event Management) and Bachelor of Communication and Media. With a desire to develop her knowledge and skills in the tourism industry, Ella took part in a study tour to South Korea to visit ‘Creative Cities’ as well as a Research Vacation Scholarship working with local SA councils.

Category 29 South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year 

Timothy Welch

Supported by Cabcharge

The winner of the South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year goes to Timothy Welch. Timothy drives for Des’s Mount Barker Taxis and was previously a driver for Adelaide Metro Access Taxis. Tim was previously in banking and his interest in driving was sparked by observation and an ‘I like the look of that job’ attitude. Tim enjoys his job and is enthusiastic about his day to day duties. Tim has good communication skills and believes in the industry as a whole. Tim has demonstrated that he goes above and beyond and shows care for his customers.

Runner Up
Sukhbir Sihag

 

Category 30 Judges’ Choice Award

Oceanview Eco Villas

Supported by TicSA

A fully-hosted eco-luxury accommodation located on a 500-acre rural property nestled atop the stunning Kangaroo island coastline. With an eco-design and build, working on passive solar principles, the villas are an example of modern design that can improve our world’s future.

Category 31 VOTERS’ CHOICE TOURISM AWARD (EXPERIENCE AND / OR SERVICE)

Monarto Safari Park

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Monarto Safari park is the largest open-range safari experience outside of Africa and is home to more than 500 animals and 50 species of exotic and native animals.

Category 32 Voters’ Choice Tourism Award (ACCOMMODATION)

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Located on the mighty Murray River in the heart of the Riverland, Big4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park is proudly family-owned and operated.

 

Category 32 Premier’s Award for Service Excellence

Adelaide Zoo

Supported by South Australian Tourism Commission

Adelaide Zoo’s mission is to connect people with nature and save animals from extinction. With over 2,500 animals calling Adelaide Zoo home and a range of unique behind the scenes animal experiences, visitors turn adventurers as they explore their way through our jungle-like botanic gardens, finding themselves within a whisker of our native and exotic animals in natural, unique and stimulating environments.