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2017 South Australian Tourism Award Winners

See the full list of the South Australian Tourism Industry Council's award winners and discover what makes them the best in their category.

2017 Australian Tourism Awards

The South Australian Tourism Awards celebrate the very best of our world-famous tours, products, festivals and events. We raise our glass to 2017’s top tourism operators. From the ancient peaks of the Flinders Ranges to the lush valleys of the Adelaide Hills, thank you for showing South Australia to the world. 

2017 Award winners

Major Tourism Attractions supported by the City of Adelaide
Winner: Adelaide Zoo

Tourist Attractions supported by the Government of South Australia
Winner: Calypso Star Charters

Major Festivals and Events supported by the City of Adelaide
Winner: Santos Tour Down Under

Festivals and Events supported by the Government of South Australia
Hall of Fame & Winner: Sounds by the River

Ecotourism supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission
Winner (first-time entrant): Murray River Walk

Cultural Tourism supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Winner (first-time entrant): South Australian Museum

Major Tour and Transport Operators supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission
Winner: Wrightsair

Wrightsair flying over the Painted Desert

Wrightsair, Painted Desert, Outback South Australia


Qantas Award for Excellence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism
supported by Qantas
Winner: Aboriginal Cultural Tours

Specialised Tourism Services supported by SATIC
Winner: Proud Mary

Visitor Information Services
Winner (first-time entrant): Clare Valley Wine, Food and Tourism Centre

Business Event Venues supported by Bickford’s Group
Winner: Adelaide Hills Convention Centre

Tour and Transport Operators supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Hall of Fame & Winner: Adelaide’s Haunted Horizons


Adventure Tourism supported by Marree Hotel
Hall of Fame & Winner: Calypso Star Charters

Calypso Star Charters, Eyre Peninusla

Calypso Star Charters, Eyre Peninusla


Destination Marketing supported by Tourism Australia

Winner: Destination Riverland

Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services
Winner: The Tasting Room, Mayura Station

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries supported by the Government of South Australia
Winner: Dudley Wines

Caravan and Holiday Parks supported by Caravan and Camping Industry Association of SA
Winner: Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park

Hosted Accommodation supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Winner: Mulberry Lodge Country Retreat

Unique Accommodation supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission
Hall of Fame & Winner: Griffens Marina Blanchetown

Self-contained Accommodation supported by the Government of South Australia
Hall of Fame & Winner: The Frames

Standard Accommodation supported by the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of South Australia
Hall of Fame & Winner (first-time entrant): Marree Hotel

Deluxe Accommodation supported by Barossa Valley Brewing
Winner (first-time entrant): Yondah Beach House

Luxury Accommodation supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission
Winner: The Playford, MGallery by Sofitel

New Tourism Business supported by the Government of South Australia
Winner (first-time entrant): St Hugo


St Hugo, Barossa

St Hugo, Barossa


Excellence in Food Tourism supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Winner: Barossa Valley Cheese Company

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual supported by Qantas
Winner: John Culshaw

South Australian Tourism Student of the Year supported by Skal International Adelaide
Winner: Kelsey Reilly

Tourism Education & Training supported by the South Australian Tourism Industry Council
Winner: TAFE SA

Local Government Award for Tourism supported by Local Government Association of South Australia
Winner: Peterborough Tourism – District Council of Peterborough

South Australian Taxi Driver of the Year supported by Taxi Council South Australia
Winner: Samir Hasic

International Ready supported by the Australian Tourism Export Council
Winner: City of Adelaide – Welcome to China Project

Premier’s Award for Service Excellence supported by the Government of South Australia
Winner: Hahndorf Resort Tourist Park

RAA People’s Choice Tourism Award supported by RAA
Winner: Adelaide Zoo

See the full list of winners here

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