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Regional SA shines at South Australian Tourism Industry Awards

At the night of nights for the South Australia’s tourism industry, the spotlight shone brightly on regional SA, highlighting the impressive array of attractions, the warmth of its welcoming communities, and the genuine spirit of adventure that awaits those who venture beyond the city limits.

Celebrating and acknowledging tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievements and success throughout the year, the South Australian Tourism Awards, delivered by Tourism Council South Australia (TICSA) are the pinnacle of excellence within the State’s tourism industry.

Securing victory as the best Adventure Tourism winner for the third year, the magical Bendleby Ranges joined the Awards’ prestigious Hall of Fame, for its Southern Flinders adventure and eco-tourism destination.

Owners, Charlie and Kylie Luckcraft, transformed the working sheep station, into an outback experience in 2000, offering some of the most vast and rugged four wheel driving in SA. The Luckcrafts are passionate about providing guests with a memorable visit whilst blending sustainability, self-challenge and the power of ‘nature to nurture’ in every experience.’

Also joining the tourism hall of fame, Woodhouse Adventure Park took out best Unique Accommodation, backed by a silver in the Adventure Tourism category. Situated on 54-acres of gum-studded countryside, only 25 minutes from Adelaide, Woodhouse is not only a favourite for school camps, but also offers rustic chalets, camping fields and luxurious glamping bell tents, and encourages guests to disconnect from electronics and reconnect with nature.

Clare Valley’s luxury Bukirk Glamping and Fancy Coops, with its luxuriously decorated, adults-only bell tents and cabins, and spectacular farm and vineyard views, was awarded silver in the best Unique Accommodation category.

Nestled between Deep Creek National Park and Talisker Conservation Park, Naiko Retreat also joined the hall of fame for best self contained accommodation. Majestically perched on a cliff, overlooking a pristine and secluded beach on the the Fleurieu Peninsula coastline, the luxury eco-retreat allows guests to disconnect from daily life, turn down the volume and declutter their minds. The silver award in the best self-contained accommodation category, went to Old Coach Road Estate, Hindmarsh Valley.

Kangaroo Island’s Oceanview Eco Villas was awarded Best Hosted Accommodation, for its bespoke, end-to-end experience for KI visitors. Showcasing the best of luxury and personalised service, Oceanview Eco Villas focuses strongly on sustainability and regenerative travel.

Moonta’s Copper Trail Bike Hire pulled off an exciting victory in the Tourism Retail, Hire and Services category, just two years after opening the quality and sustainable tourism accredited bike hire, sales and servicing business.

More regional winners in the South Australia Tourism Awards

The Cedars, Hahndorf – Cultural Tourism Winners & Hall of Fame inductee

The Big Duck Boat Tours, Fleurieu Peninsula – Ecotourism Winners
Silver – Camel Treks Australia
Eyre Peninsula Regional Development Australia (RDA) – Tourism Marketing and Campaigns Winner
Silver – Kangaroo Island Tourism Alliance
Monarto Safari Park – Voters’ Choice – Experience and Services Award Winner
BIG4 Renmark Riverfront Holiday Park – Voters’ Choice Award – Accommodation Winner
The Currant Shed, McLaren Flat – Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services Winner
Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre – Visitor Information Services Winner
Silver -Burra and Goyder Visitor Information Centre
Seppeltsfield Wines – Tourism Wineries Winner
Silver: Kimbolton Wines
23rd Street Distillery – Tourism Distilleries & Breweries Winner
Sequoia Adelaide Hills – 5 Star Luxury Accommodation winner
Silver – Le Mas, Barossa Valley
Beach Huts Middleton – 4-4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation winner
Silver – Bridgeport Hotel
Monarto Safari Park – Major Tourist Attractions winner
Monarto Safari Park – Excellence in Accessible Tourism winner
Kool Tours, Fleurieu Peninsula – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Tourism Experiences winner

Isabel Nietschke – Young Achiever winner

d’Arenberg – Tourist Attractions winner
Silver – Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society, Quorn
Silver -Kangaroo Island Seaview Motel, Kinscote – 3-3.5 star Accommodation Winner
Silver – Minlaton Caravan Park – Caravan and Holiday Parks Winner
Silver – Brindabella Sailing, Yorke Peninsula – New Tourism Businesss Winner
Silver – Woodhouse Adventure Park – Adventure Tourism
Spirit of the Coorong – Tour and Transport Operators winner
Silver – Experience Coffin Bay

South Australia’s visitor economy at an “all-time high”

Minister for Tourism, Zoe Bettison said the diversity and excellence of the winners demonstrate what makes South Australia a must-visit tourism destination.

‘With South Australia’s visitor economy at an all-time high of $9.9 billion, it is clear this could only be achieved through the innovation and dedication of operators across the state who deliver incredible offerings which entice visitors from all over to see South Australia,” she said.

Winners from most categories will go on to represent South Australia in the national Australian Tourism Awards in Darwin next year.

For a full list of award winners click here



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