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2023 South Australian Tourism Award Winners

The winners of the 2023 South Australian Tourism Awards have been revealed!

Congratulations to our 31 category winners, four Hall of Fame entrants, and silver & bronze medallists recognised at the Gala Dinner on Friday 3 November.

The South Australian Tourism Awards program, delivered annually by Tourism Industry Council South Australia (TiCSA), recognises business excellence and outstanding achievement in the state’s tourism industry.

Read on for all of this year’s winners and medallists. 

Major Tourist Attractions

Monarto Safari Park

Supported by Big Red Group

The wild is calling at Monarto Safari Park, the largest safari experience outside of Africa. Monarto Safari Park is home to more than 700 exotic and Australian native animals, including many of Africa’s most impressive animals.

Adelaide Oval

Tourist Attractions


Supported by the Big Red Group

Located in one of the original wine producing regions of Australia, the d’Arenberg Cube is a five story multi-function centre that appears to be floating among the vines. The Cube houses d’Arenberg winery’s tasting room, restaurant, private tasting areas, as well as an immersive art gallery.

Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society

Major Festivals & Events

Illuminate Adelaide

Supported by Festival City Adelaide

Each July, Illuminate Adelaide shines a light on South Australia by bringing together the boldest in art, light, music and technology from around the world. In July 2022, Illuminate turned Adelaide’s streetscapes and iconic locations into a city-wide spectacle daring audiences to shake off the winter blues and rekindle a sense of wonder.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival


Festivals & Events

2023 Let’s Go Caravan, Camping and Outdoor Show

Supported by Festival City Adelaide

The annual Let’s Go Caravan, Camping and Outdoor Show is a one-stop shop for visitors to explore and compare caravan and camping products, join in family fun activations and become immersed in the outdoor lifestyle – and of course plan their final holiday destinations.

SALT Festival 2023

DreamBIG Children’s Festival


The Big Duck Boat Tours

Supported by Toyota

The Big Duck Boat Tours strives for ‘world’s best practice in ocean wildlife exploration’. Operating in the Encounter Marine Park off the Fleurieu Peninsula, guests are awed by spectacular granite islands rich with orange hues, towering cliffs, rugged seascapes and an array of marine-life.

Camel Treks Australia


Cultural Tourism

The Cedars Hahndorf – Hall of Fame

The Cedars is the iconic Adelaide Hills estate of renowned Australian artist Sir Hans Heysen and his family. Visitors can tour the beautiful historic house, heritage listed studios and view over 200 original art works.

This is the third consecutive year The Cedars Hahndorf has won this category. They have now entered the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame!

Adelaide Zoo

Flamboyance Tours

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Island Tourism Experiences

Kool Tours

Supported by RAA Travel

Kool Tours is a family owned and operated business delivering unforgettable, immersive Aboriginal experiences with complete cultural authority throughout the Fleurieu Peninsula and Kangaroo Island.

Tourism Retail, Hire & Services

Copper Trails Bike Hire

Supported by Adelady

Copper Trails Bike Hire, your premier destination for biking adventures on the scenic Yorke Peninsula, specialising in E-Bikes. Explore stunning landscapes and hidden gems through advice from our friendly, knowledgeable team.

Visitor Information Services

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre

Supported by the Local Government Association of South Australia

Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre distinguishes itself by offering exceptional customer service that exceeds expectations. Dedicated staff members are committed to tending to the needs of visitors and tailoring a tourism experience that aligns seamlessly with the preferences of each individual.

Burra & Goyder Visitor Information Centre

Business Event Venues

Adelaide Oval

Supported by Adelaide Airport Limited

South Australia’s home of major cultural and sporting events, Adelaide Oval is also home to the state’s foremost functions, events & conferencing offering. A series of unique indoor and outdoor function spaces cater for groups of up to 3000 guests.

Tour & Transport Operators

Spirit of the Coorong

Supported by RAA Travel

‘Spirit of the Coorong’ is a long running company operating a catalogue of exceptional eco-tourism boat tours along the mighty River Murray, Lower Lakes & into the world renowned Coorong National Park. Custom designed vessels explore wondrous wetlands and Skippers and Guides share their knowledge and wealth of experience.

Experience Coffin Bay

Carriage of Occasion

Adventure Tourism

Bendleby Ranges – Hall of Fame

Supported by Tourism Australia

Bendleby Ranges is the home of adventure in the 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.

This is the third consecutive year Bendleby Ranges has won this category. They have now entered the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame!

Woodhouse Adventure Park

Bike About Cycling Tours & Hire

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

RDA Eyre Peninsula – Eyre. The Wild Side

Supported by Tourism Australia

Eyre is for those in search of something deeper from their travels. It calls you to step gentler; explore slower; connect deeper and leave feeling a whole lot lighter. Are you ready to discover your wild side? Eyre. South Australia’s Wild Side.

Kangaroo Island Tourism Alliance

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

The Currant Shed

Supported by Restaurant & Catering Australia

Built as a drying house for local currants, today The Currant Shed is a stylish, lunch-only restaurant, supporting over 50 local growers with a strong ‘garden to plate’ philosophy. An unrivalled informal, yet informed dining service style, set on a stunning 60-acre estate.

L’Anse French Cafe

Watervale Hotel

Tourism Wineries

Seppeltsfield Wines

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Seppeltsfield Barossa is a historic wine estate, established in 1851 that has evolved into a modern tourism village with a winery cellar door at its centre. Visitors can experience wine tastings and tours, long lunches, retail stores, Segway tours of the vineyards and more.

Kimbolton Wines

Elderton Wines

Tourism Distilleries & Breweries

Twenty Third Street Distillery

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Twenty Third Street Distillery, Renmark is a new incarnation of a century-old landmark. Century-old copper pot stills sit comfortably alongside modern distillation techniques, with the working distillery producing award winning craft-spirits and attracting visitors from near and far.

Caravan & Holiday Parks

BIG4 West Beach Parks

Supported by Caravan & Camping SA

Set on 1.2kms of stunning Adelaide beachfront, BIG4 West Beach Parks is a much-loved holiday park destination. With a huge choice of caravan sites plus spacious self-catering cabins and luxurious beach houses, there’s a holiday option for everyone and every budget.  

Minlaton Caravan Park

Karoonda Tourist Park

Hosted Accommodation

Oceanview Eco Villas

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Oceanview Eco Villas offer a fully hosted, bespoke, end to end experience for Kangaroo Island visitors. Showcasing the best of luxury and personalised service, with a strong focus also on sustainability and regenerative travel.

Unique Accommodation

Woodhouse Adventure Park – Hall of Fame

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Woodhouse Adventure Park, in the Adelaide Hills, specialises in experience-based accommodation, offering screen-free family fun in the great outdoors. Diverse accommodation options include chalets, glamping bell tents, bunkhouses, a two-storey heritage mansion, camping and caravanning in expansive camping fields.

This is the third consecutive year Woodhouse Adventure Park has won this category. They have now entered the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame!

Bukirk Glaming & Fancy Coops

Self-Contained Accommodation

Naiko Retreat – Hall of Fame

Supported by Altitude Advisory

Naiko Retreat is a luxury eco retreat located on the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline. On a cliff overlooking a pristine, secluded beach, the retreat was constructed in harmony with the environment, keeping wildlife and nature front and centre.

This is the third consecutive year Naiko Retreat has won this category. They have now entered the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame!

Old Coach Road Estate

3-3.5 Star Accommodation

ibis Adelaide

Supported by Wallmans Lawyers

Vibrant. Affordable. Hi-Tech. A fresh, new destination among CBD hotels, ibis Adelaide is the best value in the heart of the city. Boasting 311 modern guest room accommodation outfitted with the latest technology and views of Adelaide Hills.

Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel

4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation

Beach Huts Middleton

Supported by Australian Hotels Association SA & Accommodation Australia

Located centrally on the bountiful Fleurieu Peninsula, Beach Huts Middleton offers iconic coastal themed boutique 4-star luxury accommodation in a village style atmosphere set amongst seaside gardens.

Bridgeport Hotel

Pullman Adelaide

5 Star Luxury Accommodation

Sequoia Lodge

Supported by Australian Hotels Association SA & Accommodation Australia

Perfectly perched on the side of Mount Lofty, Sequoia Lodge offers a unique connective experience with the surrounding region and opulent physical amenity with 14, 5-star luxury, sustainably-designed suites.

Le Mas Barossa

New Tourism Business

Port River Cruises

Supported by RAA Travel

Port River Cruises provides an exceptional marine tourism experience from Port Adelaide. Cruise the Port River on a guided tour, pass through the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary and visit the Ships Graveyard.

Brindabella Sailing

Beresford Estate

Excellence in Food Tourism

Adelaide Showground Farmers Market

Supported by Adelady

The Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market represents the pinnacle of food tourism experiences in South Australia, offering an immersive, authentic journey into our state’s vibrant agricultural scene.

Anita Robin, the foodbuilder

Excellence in Accessible Tourism

Adelaide Fringe

Supported by Toyota

Adelaide Fringe is an annual arts festival that celebrates culture, place and artists from across the globe. Adelaide Fringe takes access and inclusivity seriously with a range of initiatives in place to ensure everyone can enjoy the world-renowned Fringe.

Monarto Safari Park

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Outstanding Contribution

Ian Horne

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Ian Horne has had a significant influence in the tourism industry over nearly four decades. As the long-term CEO of the Australian Hotels Association SA Branch, he has been a source of advocacy and leadership at industry and sector level.

Young Achiever

Isabel Nietschke

Supported by SeaLink

Isabel has demonstrated exceptional potential both through her industry engagement and impact and her academic pursuits. She chooses to work and volunteer in diverse roles and locations across regional South Australia and is willing to go well above and beyond. 

South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year

Jayant Jain

Supported by Taxi Council South Australia

Jayant Jain drives with Adelaide Independent Taxis. Right from his very first day he loved the job immensely and is always cheerful, whether the trip is short or long. His slogan “Give a smile, get a smile” has won him support from his many regular customers.

Voters’ Choice: Experience / Service

Monarto Safari Park

Supported by Tourism Industry Council South Australia

South Australians and visitors have voted! Monarto Safari Park have doubled up on their Gold in Major Tourist Attractions, with the Voters’ Choice for Experiences and Services

Voters’ Choice: Accommodation

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park

Supported by Tourism Industry Council South Australia

BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park has confirmed its status as a much-loved destination for South Australians and visitors with the Voters’ Choice – Accommodation Award! 


The entrant with the highest overall score in each category is declared the winner. Medals (silver and bronze) were awarded to the second-highest and third-highest scoring entrants provided they meet a minimum score threshold. ‘Hall of Fame’ recognition is awarded to entrants who win the same category three years in a row.