From the 6th of July til the 11th of July NAIDOC week was celebrated .
It was wonderful to see the number of attendees increase for all 3 events compared to previous years even with the colder weather.
Winners on the Pony Racing
SAND DUNE ADVENTURES TAKES OUT GOLD
QANTASLINK HUNTER AND CENTRAL COAST AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE IN TOURISM - INDIGNEOUS TOURISM CATEGORY
Sand 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.
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.