North Coast Shines at the NSW Tourism Awards



Tourism operators from across the North Coast took home six Gold Awards, six Silver, eight Bronze and one Highly Commended at the NSW Tourism Awards Gala Presentation in Sydney last night.

Restaurants and cafes from across the region dominated the Restaurant and Catering Services category with Port Macquarie’s The Corner Restaurant taking home the Gold, The Byron Bay Beach Café taking home the Silver and Wingham’s Bent on Food the Bronze.

The Honeycomb Valley Farm in Nabiac won Gold in the Hosted Accommodation category and also took home Silver for New Tourism Development.

Finalists from throughout the North Coast Destination Network represented one of the strongest regional groups among the state-wide finalists in the awards.

“We are so proud of the many winners across the North Coast and the quality and variety of our finalists in 2013,” said North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky.

The North Coast Winners on the night are:

Major Festival and Events:
                               Gold winner status for the Byron Bay Bluesfest

Major Tour and/or Transport Operations:        Gold to Port Stephen’s Moonshadow Cruises

New Tourism Development:                              Silver to the Manning Valley’s Honeycomb Valley Farm


Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and

Breweries:                                                          Bronze to Bago Vineyards, Greater Port Macquarie

Destination Marketing:                                       Silver for The Legendary Pacific Coast self drive touring route

Festivals and Events:                                         Bronze for Port Macquarie Hastings Council’s Tastings on Hastings food and wine festival

Unique Accommodation:                                    Silver to Byron Bay Cottages

Business Tourism:                                             Bronze for Shoal Bay Resort & Spa

A Trifecta for North Coast Tourism in the

Tourism Restaurant and Catering Services:     Gold to The Corner Restaurant, Port Macquarie

                                                                         Silver to Byron Beach Café

                                                                         Bronze to Wingham’s Bent on Food


Visitor Information and Services:                      Silver to Clarence River Tourism             

                                                                          Bronze to Lismore and Nimbin Visitor Information Centre


Heritage and Cultural Tourism:                          Silver to the Glasshouse, Port Macquarie


Local Government Award for Tourism:              Gold Port Macquarie Hastings Council


Tourist and Caravan Parks:                                Gold to Nambucca River Tourist Park

                                                                           Highly Commended to Suffolk Beach Holiday Park

Indigenous Tourism:                                           Bronze to Arakawai Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron Sate Conservation Area


Deluxe Accommodation:                                     Bronze to Shoal Bay Resort & Spa Farm, Manning Valley

Hosted Accommodation:                                    Gold to Honeycomb Valley Farm – Farmstay

Tourist Attractions:                                            Bronze to Dolphin Marine Magic –Pet Porpoise Pool

For further information: North Coast Destination Network Executive Officer, Ms Belinda Novicky, Phone: 0400033663

November 29, 2013