Fingers Crossed For Gold At The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards


The most anticipated awards event in the Australian tourism industry calendar will take place on 18 March 2022, when the largest ever representation of Bundaberg and the Southern Great Barrier Reef tourism operators travel to the Sunshine Coast for the 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

After such phenomenal success at the Queensland Tourism Awards, Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience, Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort, Fun Over Fifty and The Windmill Café Bargara, will be representing Team Bundaberg , with Bundaberg Rum seeking Hall of Fame glory with a third consecutive win.

A third of the overall categories being contested for Queensland are products and experiences from the Southern Great Barrier Reef, with Rockhampton’s Empire Apartment Hotel & Conference Centre, Beef 2021 also up for national recognition.

Bundaberg Rum’s Marketing & Experience Manager, Duncan Littler, shares the teams excitement heading into the National Awards To be in the running for two awards and potentially be inducted into the Australian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame makes us incredibly excited and proud. Our back-to-back award wins highlight the passion our team shares with guests every day, making the Bundaberg Rum Distillery a special place which visitors look forward to visiting and revisiting. We are thrilled with our achievements, especially in the recent years, and we have exciting plans for the future, which will raise the bar yet again.

“Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort is thrilled to be a finalist in the Australian Tourism Awards, after recently winning the Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism in 2021. It would be an honour to be recognised in this category, as it would showcase our continual commitment to the environment and sustainability, as well as giving us an opportunity to whole heartedly thank our entire team on Lady Elliot Island! “- Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort

Joey Caruana, owner of the Windmill Café Bargara said, “To have the opportunity to represent The Windmill Café and Bargara at the Australian Tourism Awards and showcase the Bundaberg regions diverse food bowl for a second year, is a true testament to our passionate, hardworking and, innovative team, supportive community, and high-quality local producers. After what has been an incredibly challenging two years for industry, we are overjoyed to have won the 2021 Queensland Tourism Award for Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services and look forward to continuing to share our passion with locals and travellers alike”.

Katherine Reid, Bundaberg Tourism CEO, said “This is not only the Australian tourism industry’s premier awards program and most anticipated event, but for 2022 it will be a night of solidarity, where each triumph will be celebrated and I have no doubt that everyone in region will be cheering alongside us as we rejoice together”..

“To have four Bundaberg Tourism members recognized at this national level is extraordinary and is testament to the energy, passion and resilience that our businesses operate with all year round. We congratulate Bundaberg Rum, the Windmill Café Bargara, Fun Over Fifty and Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort for being leaders in our business community, and we look forward to continuing to engage with the tourism industry in amplify the wonderful visitor experiences of the Bundaberg region and Southern Great Barrier Reef.”


About Australian Tourism Awards

The Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s peak Awards – recognising and promoting excellence in tourism. First established by the Federal Government in 1985, the Australian Tourism Awards are now owned and managed by Australian Tourism Awards Inc, on behalf of the tourism industry.

A wide and diverse range of tourism businesses enter their state and territory Tourism Awards. Over 200 reach the prestigious status of becoming a national finalist.

Winners from these finalists are announced at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Ceremony in front of an audience of their industry leaders and peers.  The prestigious Hall of Fame trophy is awarded to an entrant who has won the same category for three consecutive years.

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About Bundaberg Tourism

As the Regional Tourism Organisation, Bundaberg Tourism works in partnership with Bundaberg Regional Council and the local tourism industry to drive visitation to the destination, and to build and maintain a healthy and sustainable regional tourism economy. 

The not-for-profit, membership-based organization leads the sustainable recovery and growth of the region’s tourism industry, maximising economic benefits for businesses and communities and embracing best practice in delivery of marketing, visitor servicing and destination development priorities. 

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Katherine Reid                                                                                 Ellie Tonkin 

CEO, Bundaberg Tourism                                                            Marketing Manager, Bundaberg Tourism 

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