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  • NAIDOC 2014 Celebrations

    From the 6th of July til the 11th of July NAIDOC week was celebrated .

    •  Monday the 7th, Marching at Raymond Terrace from the cenotaph to Port Stephens council chambers  for breakfast supplied by PSC, Laying of the wreaths, welcome to country and a smoking ceremony
    • Wednesday the 9th, Marching from nelson bay bowling club to apex park, Laying of the wreaths, welcome to country & a smoking ceremony.
    • Friday the 11th, Family fun day at Murrook Cultural Centre what a great day would have to be the biggest crowd in a while, attracting not only members and community but also enjoyed by people passing by & tourist, a day of coming together, kids activities (also enjoyed by adults), lunch and music.

    It was wonderful to see the number of attendees increase for all 3 events compared to previous years even with the colder weather.

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    Winners on the Pony Racing

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    Fun Day at Murrook with all the rides
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    Everybody had a fun day – Donna Witt pictured with all her grand kids & nephew.
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    Staff – Scott, Steve & John with his girlfriend Kylan
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    Nelson Bay celebrations after the march down the main st.

     

     


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  • SDA Wins Tourism Award 2 years in a row

    SAND DUNE ADVENTURES TAKES OUT GOLD

     QANTASLINK HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM - INDIGNEOUS TOURISM CATEGORY

    QHCCTA_gold_winner_gold_foil_logoSand Dune Adventures is grinning at winning 2 years in a row, having received the Gold Award for Excellence in Tourism in the “Indigenous Tourism Category” at the prestigious 2014 QantasLink Hunter/Central Coast Awards.    The award recognises excellence in tourism in the given category.

    Providing a variety of quad bike tours; Sand Dune Adventures showcases the richness of Aboriginal culture and heritage contained within the Worimi Sand Dunes which; are recorded as being the largest coastal dune system in the Southern Hemisphere.  Led by experienced Aboriginal guides; this breath taking experience offers 360 degree picturesque views of the Stockton Bight, Tasman Sea and the surrounding Blue Mountain Ranges; along with the exhilaration of riding across this desert-like landscape, this Award Winning experience should definitely be on everyone’s ‘Bucket List’ of things to do.

     

    Andrew Smith CEO comments,

    “Winning the first time around was a great honour but; to go back to back – two years in a row, is incredibly humbling. Tourism is a rich and dynamic industry and thanks to the commitment and passion of our Board Members, Staff and community members, we’ve gone from being a small modest not-for-profit enterprise to marketing on an International Platform. We’re also very thankful for our inclusion in the ‘Indigenous Tourism Champions Program’ administered by Tourism Australia, as well as the huge support we’ve continued to receive from Destination NSW , Destination Port Stephens and certainly our experienced counterparts.  We still have so much to learn and offer and we will continue to grow from strength to strength.

    All of the winners now go on to become finalists in the State Tourism Awards to be held in Sydney on Thursday, 27 November 2014.

     


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  • SDA wins awards

    Sand Dune Adventures “Tourist Attraction Winners”

    2013 Port Stephens Examiner Annual Business Awards
    GOLD WINNERS – Best Tourist Attraction
    Winners were announced across over 30 categories at the 2013 Port Stephens Annual Business Awards held at Wests Nelson Bay on Wednesday September 4th. The night was attended by more than 550 of Port Stephens community.
    Sand Dune Adventures were nominated in the Tourist Attraction Category. SDA were so surprised to get a phone call telling us that we had been nominated and then voted in by the public.

    For the staff that attended on the night we were very surprised & happy to win the Tourist Attraction category for 2013.


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