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Australian Tourism Awards

The creativity, innovation and passion of many Victorian tourism businesses has been recognised on the national stage, with 12 Victorian businesses getting a gong at the 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards last night.

I was delighted to join Tourism Australia, ATIC and VTIC and all the finalists representing Victoria at the awards, which was wonderful celebration of the diversity of our State’s visitor economy. There are many different bits of our sector, all doing things very differently. It’s what makes us – every bit different.

And the winners are:


  • Self Contained Accommodation – The Woods Ocean Grove
  • 3 – 3.5 Star Accommodation – Urban Camp Melbourne


  • Major Festivals and Events – Tesselaar KaBloom
  • 5 Star Luxury Accommodation – Chocolate Gannets
  • Excellence in Accessible Tourism – Accessible Accommodation


  • Major Tourist Attractions – Zoos Victoria - Melbourne Zoo
  • Cultural Tourism – Geelong Gallery
  • Tourism Retail, Hire and Services – Go Adventure Nagambie
  • Major Tour & Transport Operators – Searoad Ferries
  • Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries – Billson’s Brewery
  • Caravan & Holiday Parks – NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park
  • Hosted Accommodation – Kangaroo Ridge Retreat

Commenting on the awards, the Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events Steve Dimopoulos said, “Congratulations to all the Victorian finalists who work so hard every day to showcase our state to the world – and deliver significant benefits to their local communities.”

 Well done to all operators who represented Victoria at the awards.

It is businesses like these that are helping our State's visitor economy go from strength to strength, with visitor expenditure reaching a record $36.9 billion for the year ending September 2023 – and Tourism Research Australia forecasting a further $16 billion in capacity for growth by 2028.

Visit Victoria is privileged in our role to keep building and driving demand in Melbourne and regional Victoria through our new global tourism campaign, Every bit different, and blockbuster major, business and regional events calendars.

Brendan McClements

CEO, Visit Victoria