Top tourist attraction named at annual awards

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has taken top gong for major tourist attraction and the 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival for major festival, at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards announced Friday night.

Madame Tussauds Sydney won for new tourism development and Maria Island Walk in Tasmania for adventure tourism.

The Emporium Hotel in Queensland took first prize for luxury accommodation and Sydney Harbour YHA for backpacker accommodation.

Tasmanian operator Pennicott Wilderness Journeys was recognised for excellence in sustainable tourism and its Bruny Island cruises won gold in both the tourist attractions and ecotourism categories.

Winners were announced from 27 categories at the 28th annual awards event in Hobart.

"Tourism is Australia's largest services export industry and when combined with the domestic travel market contributes $96 billion annually to the national economy," says Tourism Australia's Andrew McEvoy.

For a full list of winners, see

  • Major Tourist Attraction – Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, NT.
  • Tourist Attraction – Bruny Island Cruises, Tas.
  • Major Festivals and Events – 2012 Tamworth Country Music Festival, NSW.
  • Festivals and Events – Deny Ute Muster, NSW.
  • Ecotourism – Bruny Island Cruises, Tas.
  • Heritage and Cultural Tourism – Venture North Australia, NT.
  • Indigenous Tourism – RT Tours Australia, NT.
  • Major Tour and/or Transport Operators – Yellow Water Cruises, NT.
  • Adventure Tourism – The Maria Island Walk, Tas.
  • Tourist and Caravan Parks – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort, Qld.
  • Backpacker Accommodation – Sydney Harbour, YHA.
  • Hosted Accommodation – Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat, Qld.
  • Unique Accommodation – Rocky Hills Retreat, Tas.
  • Luxury Accommodation – Emporium Hotel, Brisbane.
  • New Tourism Development – Madame Tussauds, Sydney, NSW.
  • Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys, Tas.