Adventure Tourism Awards 2018 winners

November 15th, 2018 | | Adventure Tourism Awards
From the 200 businesses nominations and over 20 000 consumer votes, 90 finalists were represented at the finals of the Adventure Tourism Awards dinner at Mantra on View on the Gold Coast.

Attended by 270 enthusiastic diners and hosted by Sam and Jordan (SloMo and Bewsey) the inaugural „Glassy” awards were a massive hit and brought the Awards into the hands of industry where they firmly belong.

2018 Adventure Tourism Awards Winners

Green Award/ Ecotourism
Kanu Kapers Australia

Best Transport Australia
Spaceships Campervans

Best Transport NZ
Kiwi Experience

Best Backpacker Night Australia
The Woolshed, Cairns

Best Backpacker Night NZ
Big Night Out, Queenstown

Best Accommodation NSW
Wake Up, Byron Bay

Best Accommodation NT
Jump Inn, Alice Springs

Best Accommodation QLD
Halse Lodge Noosa YHA

Best Accommodation SA
Adelaide Central YHA

Best Accommodation TAS
The Pickled Frog

Best Accommodation VIC
Melbourne Central YHA

Best Accommodation WA
Fremantle Prison YHA

Best Accommodation AUSTRALIA
Halse Lodge Noosa YHA

Best Accommodation NZ
Haka Lodges

Best Tour / Activity NSW
Intro Travel

Best Tour / Activity NT
The Rock Tour

Best Tour / Activity QLD
Drop Bear Adventures

Best Tour / Activity SA
Calypso Star Charters

Best Tour / Activity TAS
Jump Tours

Best Tour / Activity VIC
Welcome to Travel

Best Tour / Activity WA
Live Ningaloo

Best Tour / Activity AUSTRALIA
Drop Bear Adventures

Best Tour / Activity NZ
Hama Tours

Best Online Travel Agent
Dutchies Travel

Best Travel Agent AUSTRALIA
Peterpans Adventure Travel

Best Travel Agent NZ
Peterpans Adventure Travel

Best Marketed Destination


Young Industry Legend Award
Nathan Fleming

Industry Legend Award
Janet McGarry

Congratulations to all the winners, the industry and a great night.

And of course, thanks to all the sponsors, Adventium Technology, Hostelworld, Gold Coast Tourism, Tourism Australia, Vodafone, Visitoz, Ocean Rafting and Sealink.

Written by Mike Barrow

2 Responses

  1. Darren Floyd says:

    When you get a vote for best hostel in exchange for free wifi, no wonder Halse lodge wins every time

  2. Dave Cox says:

    Hi Darren
    This year for the first time we changed the judging process so that 50% of weighting was from consumer voting and 50% from an independent panel of judges reviewing an award submission. We implemented this to ensure the awards were fairer and to eliminate a business winning purely on incentivising consumers for votes. Unless a business could demonstrate their commitment to best practice, support of the sector and consistently high consumer reviews, then it was very difficult for them to win an award based purely on consumer votes. You can read further info on the judging process here:
    Kind regards
    President – AQ