OQTA Awards Winners Announced

The winners of the 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards were announced over the weekend in host town, Cloncurry.

A total of 16 categories saw awards given to a range of Outback tourism operators, supporters, and government counterparts for their efforts over the past year.

General Manager of the Outback Queensland Tourism Association, Peter Homan, was pleased to see the Outback Queensland tourism industry come together to celebrate each other’s success.

“It was a fantastic to meet with over 250 tourism representatives in Cloncurry over the three days of the 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Symposium and Awards.”

“The winners of the tourism awards have gone above and beyond to provide outstanding service to the Outback Queensland tourism industry and deserve to be commended for their support” Homan said.

McKinlay Shire Council picked up two awards for their destination marketing and support for local tourism.

Kinnon & Co also received two awards for their accommodation as well as their commitment to providing an authentic cultural experience.

Goldfields Hotel in Forsyth took home the Best Outback Pub award while Boobook Ecotours took out the New Tourism Business award.

Three of the 16 categories focused on outstanding support from Outback Queensland locals.

Jodi Leigh Fox from Kronosaurus Korner was awarded the Young Achiever’s Award for her contribution to the industry while the Outback Mates award was given to Daniel Walker from Camden Park Station for his exceptional customer service and willingness to go that extra mile to support tourism in the Outback.

The Vince Evert Award was given to Bob Willow Wilson, the President, tour guide, and heart and soul of the Blackall Wool Scour.


The 2017 Outback Queensland Tourism Awards Winners:

Local Government Award for Tourism: McKinlay Shire Council

Best Outback Pub: Goldfields Hotel, Forsyth

Young Achiever’s Award: Jodi Leigh Fox, Kronosaurus Korner

Caravan & Holiday Park: Lakeview Caravan Park, Richmond

Visitor Information and Services: Julia Creek Visitor and Information Centre

Destination Marketing: McKinlay Shire Council

New Tourism Business: BooBook Ecotours

Hosted Accommodation: Cobbold Gorge Village

Standard Accommodation: Kinnon & Co

Tour & Transport Operator: Outback Aussie Tours

Cultural Tourism: Kinnon & Co

Festivals & Events: Mount Isa Rodeo

Tourist Attraction: Kronosaurus Korner

Major Tourist Attraction: The Australian Age of Dinosaurs

Outback Mates Award: Daniel Walker, Camden Park Station

Vince Evert Award: Bob “Willow” Wilson

For media information:
Peter Homan, General Manager, Outback Queensland Tourism Association
0438 394 492