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Entry into the South Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame is awarded to entrants who win the same category three years in a row.

Hall of Fame 2019

Category 1 MAJOR TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

Adelaide Zoo

Supported by City of Adelaide

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.

Category 5 ECOTOURISM

Murray River Walk

Supported by SeaLink Travel Group

Murray River Walk delivers guided walking combined with peaceful cruising.

Guests spend three nights on unique houseboat accommodation that cruises to the daily walking destination where they encounter diverse wildlife and water birds.

In the evening, guides prepare three course dinners created from local food and wine.

Category 6 Cultural Tourism

South Australian Museum

Supported by TiCSA

The South Australian Museum is one of the most visited in Australia and holds collections of national and international significance.

It is uniquely positioned as a city attraction that can serve as an introduction and tourism gateway to the rest of the State.

Category 8 SPECIALISED TOURISM SERVICES

Proud Mary

Supported by Seven Network Limited

Proud Mary is the only boutique cruising option on the River Murray. The purpose-built riverboat is designed to provide a relaxing haven.

Proud Mary welcomes an average of more than 6800 guests each year, 83 per cent of whom are from interstate or overseas, and provides an outstanding historical, ecological and culinary experience.

Category 10 Business Event Venues

Adelaide Hills Convention Centre

Supported by Government of South Australia

The Adelaide Hills Convention Centre offers an unparalleled function centre and is perched atop 32 acres of manicured grounds.

Combine this with incredible food from their on-site Chef, stunning accommodation and event management services, you have every convenience to make your event a huge success.

Category 17 Caravan & Holiday Parks

BIG4 Hahndorf Resort

Supported by Caravan and Camping Industries Association of SA

BIG4 Hahndorf Resort offers modern, quality accommodation, spacious aesthetic caravan and camping sites, diverse on-site activities, a modern Bistro, plus function and event venues including the state-of-the-art Adelaide Hills Convention Centre.

This picturesque retreat offers the perfect location to discover Hahndorf and the Adelaide Hills.

Hall of Fame 2018

Category 07 Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism

Aboriginal Cultural Tours SA

Supported by Qantas Airways

Aboriginal Cultural Tours SA offers Outbush (Ngadjuri) and Coastal (Adjahdura) experiences of the Yorke Peninsula, Clare Valley, Mid North, Burra region and Southern Flinders Ranges.

The tours provide a unique insight into one of the world’s oldest living cultures and allow visitors to walk together in the footsteps of their ancestors. Dreaming and Creation stories bring the landscape to life and are shared to connect with nature and the environment.

With each tour, guests gain a wealth of knowledge about Aboriginal heritage, culture, traditions and beliefs.

Category 11 Major Tour and Transport Operators

Wrightsair

Wrightsair is a major Outback South Australia flight tourism operator, which has been operating scenic and charter flights since 1992.

Wrightsair operates 365 days a year with their fleet of aircraft flying tourists from William Creek over inspirational landscapes, including the majestic Lake Eyre – Kati Thanda and the amazing Anna Creek Painted Hills.

The highly professional commercial pilots of Wrightsair also fly guests over Wilpena Pound, Marree Man, Dalhousie Springs, Coober Pedy and the Simpson Desert while providing commentary. It is hard to appreciate the diversity of the Outback without seeing it from the air.

Category 18 Hosted Accommodation

Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat

Supported by the Government of South Australia

Mulberry Lodge is a hosted country retreat, offering a luxurious and indulgent escape to the beauty of the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia.

Nestled among the vines of the McLaren Vale wine region, on the edge of the historic township of Willunga, Mulberry Lodge is the perfect destination to relax and rejuvenate.

Mulberry Lodge is set on two acres of beautiful mature gardens and provides guests with dedicated hospitality, complete tranquillity, stunning rural views and easy access to over 70 cellar doors, award-winning restaurants and some of South Australia’s finest beaches.

Hall of Fame 2017

Category 04 Festivals and Events

Sounds by the River

Supported by the Government of South Australia

Sounds by the River 2017 at Mannum was heralded as one of the most successful events staged in its eight year history. The legendary headline act – John Farnham and all Australian line up saw the earliest sell-out ever. Created in 2008 to profile the Murray River as a tourist destination in drought conditions, this January river day out has grown from strength to strength attracting capacity crowds for the past five years. With the magnificent river as its backdrop, Sounds by The River has become a destination event and brings an estimated $3 million into the Murray River Lakes & Coorong region.

Category 12 Tour and Transport Operators

Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council

Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons conducts various types of tours at nine iconic destinations around South Australia. These include the creepiest ghost tours at arguably the scariest locations in the State. Catering for groups up to 20 people, Haunted Horizons tours focus on hauntings, crime and dark history, as well as extended paranormal investigations and overnight ghost hunts at most venues. These tours aren’t the standard ghost tours – Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons operate under the simple motto ‘keeping it real’, offering a truly unique experience in South Australia.

Category 13 Adventure Tourism

Calypso Star Charters

Supported by Marree Hotel

Calypso Star Charters is a significant adventure tourism business in Port Lincoln and proudly carbon neutral, offering two of the most exciting outdoor adventure marine tourism experiences in the world – Advanced Eco Certified Shark Cage Diving and Swimming with Sea Lions. Calypso Star Charters offer three outdoor adventure tourism products: a full day Shark Cage Diving tour that operates all year round, a half-day Swim with the Sea Lions tour from September to May and a Combo Tour our available between October and May. Guests travel from across the globe to participate in these memorable and often personally challenging tours.

Category 19 Unique Accommodation

Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Griffens Marina offers Blanchetown’s only houseboat hire, from a privately owned and secluded marina, nestled below ancient limestone cliffs. Only 90 minutes from Adelaide, Griffens Marina is a very popular self-drive houseboat holiday destination in the Riverland. Specialising in the affordable small group and family market, each houseboat has features that set them apart. Located on a stunning stretch of the Murray River renowned for its majestic cliffs, red gum lined banks and superb scenery, visitors will enjoy peace and tranquillity as they slowly cruise along one of the world’s greatest waterways.

Category 20 Self Contained Accommodation

The Frames

Supported by the Government of South Australia

The Frames is an experience in ultra-luxury accommodation in Australia. It offers three opulent and private residences, each exquisitely tailored to help couples rejuvenate and relax. The ‘frames’ refer to signature decks which shape your view of Australia’s famous Murray River on a cliff-top in Paringa, South Australia. The retreats each have their own sense of style, uniqueness and outlook. Each retreat provides total privacy for guests with their pools, Jacuzzis and state of the art entertainment facilities. The Frames sets the scene for escape and to enhance this unique experience, each retreat is large, open, private and true ultra-luxury.