2013 QantasLink Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards


Winners were announced in 24 categories at the 2013 QantasLink Hunter and Central Coast Tourism Awards held at Wests New Lambton on Wednesday August 14th. 

Attended by more than 270 of the Hunter and Central Coast tourism community, the night was celebrated 1920's style with everyone dressing up and looking great for the occasion.

On behalf of Tourism Hunter & Central Coast Tourism, we would like to congratulate the following Gold Winners in their award categories.


Tourist Attractions -
Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures

Festivals and Events -
Convict Footprints on the Old North Road, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service

Ecotourism -
Strickland State Forest

Heritage and Cultural Tourism -
Norah Head Lighthouse

Indigenous Tourism -
Sand Dune Adventures

Specialised Tourism Services -
Stays In the Vines

Visitor Information and Services -
Singleton Visitor & Enterprise Centre

Meetings and Business Tourism -
Shoal Bay Resort & Spa

Major Tour and/or Transport Operators -
Moonshadow Cruises

Tour and/or Transport Operators -
Northern Highland Travel

Adventure Tourism -
State Forests of the Watagan Mountains

Destination Marketing -
Lake Macquarie Tourism's 2012-13 'Lots to Love' Love the Lake Campaign

Tourism Restaurants and Catering -
Esca Bimbadgen

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Boutique Breweries -
Margan Wines

Tourist and Caravan Parks -
Soldiers Point Holiday Park

Hosted Accommodation -
Hermitage Lodge

Unique Accommodation -
Somewhere Unique

Standard Accommodation -
Eco Inn Warners Bay

Deluxe Accommodation -
Scone Motor Inn

Luxury Accommodation -
Chateau Elan at The Vintage, Hunter Valley

New Tourism Development -
City Evolutions, The City of Newcastle

Excellence in Sustainable Tourism -

Young Achiever In Tourism -
Elyss Larkham, Moonshadow Cruises

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual to Local Tourism-
Associate Professor Kevin Lyons


Hall of Fame Inductees

The Hunter & Central Coast Awards for Excellence in Tourism Hall of Fame recognises those businesses who have achieved outstanding success by winning the same category for three consecutive years. These businesses are to be congratulated on their contribution to tourism development in the Hunter and Central Coast regions.

The 2013 Hall of Fame Inductees are:

Tourist Attractions - Glenworth Valley Outdoor Adventures
Ecotourism - Strickland State Forrest
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators - Moonshadow Cruises
Unique Accommodation - Somewhere Unique

Congratulations to this year's Hall of Fame inductees, who provide us with a blueprint for sustaining our momentum into 2013-2014 and beyond.