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Tourist Attractions - Uluru Camel Tours

Brolga Award Winners - Tourist Attractions - 2015

Uluru Camel Tours is an owner operated tour attraction based in the Red Centre that is home to over 55 working camels, making it Australia largest camel farm. This is the fourth year in a row they have been awarded the Brolga for best Tourist Attraction.

Festivals & Events - Tatts Finke Desert Race

Brolga Award Winners - Festivals and Events - 2015

Tatts Finke Desert Race is Australia’s premier off road race featuring off road buggies, trophy trucks, quad bikes and motorcycles. Celebrating its 40th year in 2015, the event attracted over 15000 spectators along the route through Central Australia and injected in excess of $6 million into the local economy.

Ecotourism - Sea Darwin

Brolga Awards - Ecotourism - 2015

Sea Darwin is an eco-certified marine a family-run cruise company which offers year round interpretative experiences in Top End saltwater country. Sea Darwin’s mission is to showcase Darwin Harbour and the turtles of Bare Sand Island in a way that fosters sustainability and lasting connections with this unique part of Australia.

Cultural Tourism - Venture North

Brolga Awards - Cultural Tourism - 2015

Venture North is a family owned tour company that holds a number of special entry permits giving it access into many restricted regions of the NT, including Arnhem Land and the Cobourg Peninsula. This is the fifth year in a row they have won the Brolga for Cultural Tourism.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism - Voyages Ayers Rock Resort

Brolga Awards - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism - 2015

Voyages Ayers Rock Resort lies in one of Australia’s most remote destinations and offers a choice of accommodation and authentic indigenous visitor experiences catering to every taste and budget. Managed by Voyages Indigenous Tourism Australia, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Indigenous Land Corporation, profits from all business activities are re-invested in the Indigenous and resort experiences and through the various training and development programs.

Specialised Tourism Services - Darwin Holiday Apartments

Brolga Awards - Specialised Tourism Services - 2015

Darwin Holiday Apartments offers over 50 unique self-contained holiday apartments and houses in and around Darwin. Born and bred in Darwin, the owners are passionate about offering an authentic experience, encouraging guests to immerse themselves in the tropical multi-cultural lifestyle of Darwin. Darwin Holiday Apartments have recently launched a free app that provides extensive information on Darwin events, activities, restaurants and tours and includes a unique geo-location service that enables visitors to easily find what's close to them.

Visitor Information Services - Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre

Brolga Awards - Visitor Information Services - 2015

Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre is run by the Regional Tourism Organisation for the Centre, Tourism Central Australia, which geographically covers Uluru, Kings Canyon, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and all the spectacular places in between. In the past 12 months, the Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre developed products and services that have set it apart from its competitors including the popular free walking tour for visitors.

Business Events Venue - Alice Springs Convention Centre

Brolga Awards - Business Events Venue - 2015

Alice Springs Convention Centre boasts 11 separate meeting and event areas, state of the art facilities and a dedicated sales and operations team and is the perfect location to showcase the rich cultural heritage and the unique landscape the Red Centre has to offer.

Major Tour & Transport Operator - AAT Kings

Brolga Awards - Major Tour and Transport Operator - 2015

AAT Kings offers a wide range of Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours across the Northern Territory. With a commitment to providing visitors with unique experiences and outstanding service, AAT Kings employs 170 people and operates 67 vehicles in the Northern Territory.

Tour & Transport Operator - Uluru Camel Tours

Brolga Awards - Tour and Transport Operator - 2015

Uluru Camel Tours is an owner operated tour attraction based in the Red Centre that is home to over 55 working camels, making it Australia largest camel farm. This is the fourth year in a row they have been awarded the Brolga for best Tour & Transport Operator.

Adventure Tourism - Uluru Camel Tours

Brolga Awards - Adventure Tourism - 2015

Uluru Camel Tours is an owner operated tour attraction based in the Red Centre that is home to over 55 working camels, making it Australia largest camel farm. This is the fourth year in a row they have been awarded the Brolga for best Tourist Attraction.

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services - AAT Kings

Brolga Awards - Restaurants and Catering Services - 2015

AAT Kings offers a wide range of Guided Holidays, Short Breaks and Day Tours across the Northern Territory. With a commitment to providing visitors with unique experiences and outstanding service, AAT Kings employs 170 people and operates 67 vehicles in the Northern Territory. A highlight is their Uluru BBQ Dinner - a 'pop up' outdoor restaurant located inside the Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park.

Caravan & Holiday Parks - BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park

Brolga Awards - Caravan and Holiday Parks - 2015

BIG4 MacDonnell Range Holiday Park is the most awarded holiday park in the Northern Territory and has been providing the ultimate holiday experience in Alice Springs for 30 years. Famous for its pancake breakfast and hospitality, this is its 24th Brolga Award.

Hosted Accommodation - Glen Helen Homestead Lodge

Brolga Awards - Hosted Accommodation - 2015

Glen Helen Homestead Lodge is an “Oasis in the Desert” where guests can bushwalk through the Western MacDonnell Ranges by day, cool off with a dip in the scenic Glen Helen waterhole, then replenish in their award-winning restaurant while entertained by in house musicians at night.

Standard Accommodation - Palms City Resort

Brolga Awards - Standard Accommodation - 2015

Palms City Resort is a three and half star property located on the picturesque Esplanade in Darwin City. The resorts location is the best in Darwin with the green leafy outlook of the Esplanade and within walking distance to all that the tropical city has to offer.

Self Contained Accommodation - Darwin Holiday Apartments

Brolga Awards - Self Contained Accommodation - 2015

Darwin Holiday Apartments offers over 50 unique self-contained holiday apartments and houses in and around Darwin. Born and bred in Darwin, the owners are passionate about offering an authentic experience, encouraging guests to immerse themselves in the tropical multi-cultural lifestyle of Darwin. Darwin Holiday Apartments have recently launched a free app that provides extensive information on Darwin events, activities, restaurants and tours and includes a unique geo-location service that enables visitors to easily find what's close to them.

Deluxe Accommodation - Lasseters Hotel

Brolga Awards - Deluxe Accommodation - 2015

Lasseters Hotel is a four and half star AAA Tourism rated deluxe property adjacent to the Alice Springs Golf Course. It hosts almost 67,000 guests per year in 205 hotel rooms. With three restaurants, two bars, a sports lounge, a night club, world class twenty four (24) hour health and fitness facility, Lavish beauty salon and day spa and an international standard casino, Lasseters is the centre of entertainment in Alice Springs.

Luxury Accommodation - Mandalay Luxury Stay

Brolga Awards - Luxury Accommodation - 2015

Mandalay Luxury Stay is one of Darwin’s premier luxury accommodation options. Multi-award winning, Mandalay Luxury Stay is furnished with local and international artwork and artifacts, guests are able to soak in both Indigenous and Asian cultures while relaxing in true five star, self-contained surrounds. Ideally located on The Esplanade and comfortably sleeping up to six guests, Mandalay Luxury Stay is perfectly suited to families celebrating a special occasion, executives on business or those that just enjoy the finer things in life.

New Tourism Product - NT Adventure Park

Brolga Awards - New Tourism Product - 2015

NT Adventure Park offers Quad Bike and Buggy tours, a beautiful Campground and Cabin facilities; and a unique event space for dining under the stars. NT Adventure Park is located just forty minutes from Darwin, just outside Berry Springs and provides a unique opportunity for people to visit the pristine upper Finniss Valley which backs up to Litchfield National Park on quad bikes and buggies.

Food Tourism - Sea Darwin’s Sunset Fish’n Chips

Brolga Awards - Food Tourism - 2015

Sea Darwin’s Sunset Fish’n Chips unique sunset cruise is a one and half hour food experience that brings together an interpretative harbour cruise with a feast of fresh, wild caught Northern Territory fish and chips, all with the backdrop of that famous Top End sunset.

Qantas Award for Excellence in Sustainable Tourism - Sea Darwin

Brolga Awards - Sustainable Tourism - 2015

Sea Darwin is an eco-certified marine a family-run cruise company which offers year round interpretative experiences in Top End saltwater country. Sea Darwin’s mission is to showcase Darwin Harbour and the turtles of Bare Sand Island in a way that fosters sustainability and lasting connections with this unique part of Australia.

Special Awards

Tourism Ministers Perpetual Trophy - Geoff McGeary OAM

Brolga Awards - Perpetual Trophy - 2015

Geoff McGeary OAM is the founder and owner of Australia Pacific Tours (APT). Mr McGeary took over his family touring business 50 years ago and his first foray into the Northern Territory came in 1964, when he took a group of Melbourne students on a camping trip to Central Australia. Since then his business has grown with offices in New Zealand, the UK and the USA, bringing overseas visitors to visit Australian and the Northern Territory. APT has become one of the leading travel companies in Australia, and the world, offering more than 100 different holidays to every corner of the globe, including the Northern Territory.

George Dunne Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - Nick De Silva

Brolga Awards - Outstanding Contribution by an Individual - 2015

Nick De Silva is a Hospitality Lecturer for Tourism and Hospitality Central, within the School of Service Industries at Charles Darwin University in Alice Springs. Nick recently celebrated his twenty fifth year with CDU and the Desert Lantern Training Restaurant and its predecessor Gillen House. During this time, Nick has provided the highest quality of training and customer service to several thousand students, from the Northern Territory and overseas. One of Nick’s most significant contributions has been his passion for encouraging young people to consider a career in the hospitality and tourism industry.

SKAL Tourism Industry Employee Award - Dale McIver

Brolga Awards - Industry Employee - 2015

Dale McIver has provided passion and commitment to tourism in Central Australia for the last seventeen years, since starting as a tour director for AAT Kings in the late 1990’s. A highly regarded and energetic person, Dale has fulfilled a number of different roles within the region and is known to consistently walks that extra mile for customers and clients. Nominated by the committee of the Henley on Todd Regatta for her contribution to help reinvigorate the event, Dale brought a wealth of knowledge of the event industry that she shared with the board and extensive marketing and sponsorship contacts.

Business Growth Award - [email protected]

Brolga Awards - Business Growth - 2015

[email protected] is a not-for-profit art and craft corporation one hundred percent owned and controlled by Anangu for over thirty years. [email protected] has a gallery in Uluru - Kata Tjuta National Park and a marketplace in Ayers Rock Resort.

Chairman’s Choice - AAT Kings

Brolga Awards - Chairmans Choice - 2015

AAT Kings is Australia’s premier tour operator, and for more than thirty years have been enthralling visitors with the iconic landscape of the Northern Territory. AAT Kings operate more than 70 tours throughout the Northern Territory, ranging from full and half‐day tours to extended Guided Holidays for both the domestic and international markets.

First Time Entrants Award - Outback Floatplanes

Brolga Awards - First Time Entrants - 2015

Outback Floatplanes offers a once in a lifetime experience that has been designed to allow visitors to experience all that the Top End has to offer in one action packed day. An adventure includes a scenic flight, spectacular floatplane landing on Sweets Lagoon, exhilarating airboat ride through rainforest channels, helicopter flight over floodplains and wetlands of the Finniss River, airboat fast lap, cooked meal on a billabong cruise and even a swim in a ‘croc-safe’ cage.

Page last updated on 06 February 2020