Naracoorte Caves nominated for South Australian Tourism Awards

The Naracoorte Caves, along with two other Limestone Coast tourism sites, will be showcased at the 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner on Friday 9 November at the Adelaide Convention Centre.  

Recognised as Tourism’s Night of Nights, the annual Gala Dinner will recognise some of the State’s finest tourist attractions, accommodation, events and much more. 

“Being chosen as a finalist in this year’s tourism awards is a great achievement for the site and recognition for all involved with the Caves,” leading researcher and paleontologist Dr Liz Reed said.

“The Naracoorte Caves is a key tourism attraction for the Limestone Coast region. As South Australia’s only World Heritage area, it has global significance for its extensive fossil record of ancient Australia.

“Where megafauna once roamed, visitors to the region can now see firsthand the amazing fossil caves and hear about the scientific research being conducted. The Caves have been an important part of the Naracoorte community for more than 150 years, and a popular destination for locals and visitors alike.”

The nomination caps of an incredible fortnight of recognition for the Caves, as they have also been picked to go into the running as one of the Seven Wonders of Australia.

The Limestone Coast has also previously been well represented in the South Australian Tourism Awards; last year The Tasting Room – Mayura Station was named best in the category of Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services. 

South Australian Tourism Industry Council (SATIC) Chief Executive Officer, Shaun de Bruyn says the Limestone Coast is home to some of South Australia’s best tourism experiences.  

“The State Tourism Awards Gala Dinner is a premier event which celebrates South Australia’s finest tourism operators and acknowledges their commitment to delivering best business practice,” Mr de Bruyn said.  

“A Tourism Award is a prestigious accolade which raises brand reputation and consumer awareness amongst a highly competitive industry. 

“The Limestone Coast is one of the magnificent tourism regions we have on offer in South Australia and we are extremely excited to see some of their outstanding tourism products be showcased at Tourism’s Night of Nights.  

“I congratulate all finalists on their success and wish them the best of luck.” 

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, David Ridgway said it is fantastic to come together to celebrate the many achievements and contributions of tourism operators across the State.   

“Our tourism businesses, events and marketing efforts are helping raise the profile of South Australia and driving us towards our full 2020 tourism potential,” Minister Ridgway said. 

Rodney Harrex, Chief Executive of Tourism Awards Principal Partner – South Australian Tourism Commission, said the numbers continue to show that we are hitting the right tourism notes, attracting more visitors who are staying longer and spending big.  

“Our tourism operators are doing great things and our visitors are taking the message home to their friends, families and social networks,” Mr Harrex said. 

This year the South Australian Tourism Awards received 154 nominations. Most category winners will go on to represent South Australia at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in Launceston in 2019.  

Tickets to the 2018 South Australian Tourism Awards Gala Dinner are now on sale at: https://bit.ly/SATA-18.