Accommodation and tourism operators in the Kimberley were recognised at the Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards on Saturday 14 November.
The region was successful in receiving nine gold, eight silver and two bronze medals on the night.
The prestigious Sir David Brand Medal went to Paul King, Managing Director of Seashells, for his contribution to Western Australian tourism.
Brian Lee, based on the Dampier Peninsula 200 km north of Broome, took out the much coveted FACET Golden Guide Award with his tagalong tours, where he shares his country as well as traditional fishing and crabbing methods.
Beaches of Broome were inducted into the Hall of Fame under the backpacker accommodation category.
CEO of Australia’s North West Tourism Glen Chidlow said the awards recognised the outstanding holiday experiences on offer in the region.
“Not only do we have incredible landscapes which attract people from all over the world to the North West, but we have an industry passionate about the region and dedicated to providing the best holiday experience possible - whether its accommodation, tours, or restaurants,” he said.
“It was a clean sweep in the unique accommodation category for the Kimberley, with Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures Horizontal Hotel, Berkeley River Lodge and Faraway Bay taking out gold, silver and bronze, highlighting the extraordinary places to stay in the region.”
“It’s fantastic our members receive accolades and be rewarded for their professionalism and enthusiasm in sharing the highlights of the region with its many visitors.
“The Kimberley is home to many vast, remote and truly spectacular national parks, limestone caves, plunging gorges, incredible waterfalls and world heritage listed geological landmarks. This, combined with the expertise of the tourism operators, produces an unforgettable holiday experience,” said Mr Chidlow.
Perth Airport Western Australian Tourism Awards
Gold – Horizontal Falls Seaplanes Adventures
Silver- Willie Creek Pearls
Festival & Events
Gold - Argyle Diamonds Ord Valley Muster
Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism
Silver - Brian Lee Tagalong Tours
Specialised Tourism Services
Gold - Willie Creek Pearls
Business Event Venues
Silver - Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Major Tour and/or Transport Operators
Gold - Adams
Silver - Helispirit
Gold - Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventure
Gold - Australia’s North West Tourism’s Kimberley Bucket List
Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries
Silver - Matso’s Broome Brewery
Caravan & Holiday Parks
Silver - Kimberleyland Holiday Park
Gold - Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures – The Horizontal Hotel
Silver - Berkeley River Lodge
Bronze - Faraway Bay
Gold – Mangrove Hotel
Bronze – Freshwater East Kimberley Apartments
Gold - Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Silver - El Questro Homestead
Hall of Fame
Beaches of Broome
FACET Golden Guide Award
Brian Lee Tagalong Tours
Sir David Brand Medal