2019 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards

First established by the Federal Government in 1985, the Australian Tourism Awards are now owned and managed by the Australian Tourism Industry Council, on behalf of the tourism industry. A wide and diverse range of tourism businesses enter their state and territory Tourism Awards. Over 200 reach the prestigious status of becoming a national finalist.

Winners from these finalists are announced at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards Ceremony in front of an audience of their industry leaders and peers. The prestigious Hall of Fame trophy is awarded to an entrant who has won the same category for three consecutive years. For both the industry and the consumer an Australian Tourism Award is recognised as a mark of excellence in Australian tourism.

The winners of the 25 business categories at the Brolga Awards are automatically entered into the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards (QATA).

An individual award, Australian Tourism Legend, is also presented to a member of the tourism industry who over a number of years has greatly contributed to the Australian Tourism Industry.

Visit the Australian Tourism Awards website to view all the winners.

The 2018 Australian Tourism Award Winners were announced on 1st March 2019 in Launceston, Tasmania and the Northern Territory was recognised with the following:


Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services – Cicada Lodge Restaurant at Nitmiluk Gorge

Cicada Restaurant combines exceptional Australian food and wine experiences with world-class nature and wildlife. Spoilt for choice, visitors can indulge in 5 star service on the Nabilil Dreaming Sunset Cruise against a backdrop of stunning scenic beauty or at Cicada’s nightly chefs table, where local and native ingredients showcase the unique provenance of the region.

Luxury Accommodation – Cicada Lodge

Cicada Lodge delivers a luxury travel experience like no other! Anticipatory service staying in elegant, quality accommodation with unique access to the majesty of Nitmiluk Gorge and a truly authentic interaction with the unique Indigenous culture.


Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Tourism – Nitmiluk Tours & Cicada Lodge

Nitmiluk Tours is a 100% Indigenous owned tourism operation. With a proud and proven record of Indigenous employment and training, authentic Indigenous culture is showcased through every aspect of operations. The Jawoyn traditional owners offer a range of experiences from active adventure tours, cruises, cultural presentations, and scenic helicopter rides over Nitmiluk Gorge.


Tourist Attractions – Katherine Outback Experience

Katherine Outback Experience is the fusion of one man’s love and aptitude for training animals, singing / song writing, and sharing stories about life in outback Australia.  The outback show comprises authentic horse-starting and working dog demonstrations, humorous bush-tales and live music to entertain and educate guests about the Territory’s rich pastoral history.

Visitor Information Services – Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre

Located in the centre of town, Tourism Central Australia’s Alice Springs Visitor Information Centre offers friendly and fully trained staff and volunteer Ambassadors to provide comprehensive information, booking services and advice to enhance and extend the visitor’s length of stay, encourage dispersal and increase expenditure.

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