The 2017 Golden Backpacker Award Winners have been announced at the annual gala dinner held at Skypoint on the Gold coast.
Nearly 200 guests enjoyed the dinner which saw Wildlife Tours win the best Australian tour operator and Bunk, Surfers Paradise win best Hostel in Australia. Gold Coast won the best destination for the first time and The Great Barrier Reef, won best visitor attraction for the third successive Year.
There were also winners from New Zealand, with Queenstown picking up the Best Destination and Franz Josef Glacier winning best activity.
There were two winners in the accommodation and Tour/Activity categories. Due to the large number of entries and subsequent number if votes, the organisers were able to award winners as both large and smaller operators.
Kevin Ellis, organiser of the week said: “Its great to see the Queensland operators get involved on such a level and we hope it inspires businesses, in other regional areas to get involved, then we can start to increase the number of winners in the other categories too.”
AJ Hackett received the lifetime achievement award for his pioneering work in bringing Bungy jumping to the southern hemisphere and for 30 years of running AJ Hackett Bungy.
A full list of winners can be found here.
Lifetime Achievement Award – AJ Hackett
Best Accommodation NSW – Bounce
Best Accommodation NT – Melaleuca On Mitchell
Best Accommodation QLD – Bunk Surfers Paradise (Large) Mooloolaba Backpackers (small)
Best Accommodation SA – Port Lincoln YHA
Best Accommodation TAS – Pickled Frog
Best Accommodation VIC – Greenhouse Backpackers
Best Accommodation WA – Billabong Backpackers Resort
Best Accommodation NZ – Pacific Lodge
BEST ACCOMMODATION AUSTRALIA – Bunk Surfers Paradise
Best Tour/Activity NSW – Skydive Australia
Best Tour/Activity NT – The Rock Tour
Best Tour/Activity QLD – AJ Hackett (large) Drop Bear Adventures (small)
Best Tour/Activity SA – Groovy Grape
Best Tour/Activity TAS – Jump Tours
Best Tour Activity VIC – Wildlife Adventures
Best Tour/Activity WA – Adventure Tours
Best Tour/Activity NZ – Kiwi Experience
BEST TOUR/ACTIVITY AUSTRALIA – Wildlife Adventures