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. For further information please contact:
Sand Dune Adventures attends ATE for the first time!
The Australian Tourism Exchange (ATE) is Australia’s largest annual travel and tourism business-to-business event. It brings together Australia’s tourism industry in a forum to showcase their products directly to tourism wholesalers and retailers from around the world, through a combination of scheduled business appointments and networking events. It is also a unique opportunity for international travel Buyers to experience Australia first-hand.
Each year around 1200 Australian Seller delegates from approximately 460 companies, 600 key Buyer delegates from over 38 countries, and over 50 international and Australian media attend this global event.
In 2014, for the first time in its 35 year history, ATE is travelling to one of Australia’s premier regional destinations – Cairns. Right on the doorstep of Queensland’s stunning world-heritage listed Great Barrier Reef, Cairns is an exciting location for ATE14 and one of Australia’s best known leisure tourism destinations for the international market.
Starts At Sixty
Sand Dune Adventures recently had Janne and Geoff Hardy writers for Caravan & Motorhome magazine and Starts At Sixty website come along for a 1 hour quad bike tour.
Here is what they wrote:
“Its great to get to 67 and still be able to scare yourself… To do something that amazes you and to feel a huge sense of accomplishment when its done.
It happened to us during the week.
We are in Port Stephens house sitting and writing an article for Caravan and Motorhome On Tour magazine and for the article we are doing a bunch of famils. This is where you sample the tourist attractions on offer and the proprietors tell you all about how they work.
This week, we went Quad Bike Riding with Sand Dune Adventures.”
The article is attached if you would like to read it in full http://www.startsatsixty.com.au/travel/grey-nomads/doing-something-that-scares-you-at-67-is-exhilarating-the-mad-nomads
The NSW Tourism Awards 2013 Dinner and Ceremony will be held on Thursday 28th November at Royal Randwick Racecourse.
Sand Dune Adventures are Finalists in the “Indigenous Tourism” category. We had 4 staff heading down to the event and we unfortunately did not bring home an award but what a fantastic achievement to have reached this far as a finalist in the NSW Tourism Awards for 2014.
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Sand Dune Adventures “Tourist Attraction Winners”
2013 Port Stephens Examiner Annual Business Awards
GOLD WINNERS – 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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Sand Dune Adventures “GOLD Winners”
GOLD WINNERS – Indigenous Tourism
Winners were announced across 24 categories at the 2013 QantasLink Hunter and Central Coast Tourism Awards held at Wests New Lambton on Wednesday August 14th. Attended by more than 270 of the Hunter and Central Coast tourism community, the night was celebrated 1920’s style with everyone dressing up and looking great for the occasion.
Sand Dune Adventures was nominated in the Indigenous Tourism Category for it’s ‘hands-on and interactive’ adventure into the richness of Aboriginal culture and heritage all the while providing clients with the exhilaration of riding a Kymco 400cc Quad Bike, guided by experienced Local Aboriginal Guides.
Worimi Local Aboriginal Land Council (WLALC) CEO – Mr Andrew Smith said, “The magnificent sand dunes have been a targeted tourist destination for many many years and continues to offer visitors an array of activities including beach fishing; camping, 4x wheel driving and even public all terrain vehicle access to the only gazetted Recreational Vehicle Area in NSW. We (the Worimi Aboriginal Community) felt that it was time people understood the rich local Aboriginal cultural significance contained within the land and appreciated that when they visit this magical place, they are essentially stepping back in time to a traditional landscape.”