Business awards shine a light on tourism excellence

The Giant Redback ride at Aussie World.
The Giant Redback ride at Aussie World. Brett Wortman

AUSSIE World, Noosa Dreamboats and Bli Bli House Luxury Bed and Breakfast have done the Sunshine Coast tourism industry proud by taking out top awards in this year's Sunshine Coast Business Awards.

Talented chef, Cameron Matthews from the Long Apron Restaurant at Spicers Clovelly Estate Montville was also honoured with the Outstanding Employee of the Year award.

Sunshine Coast Destination Ltd (SCDL) is a silver sponsor of the event and the organisation's chairman Barrie Adams presented the tourism winners with their awards at the event last night.

"These are highly deserving winners who have made significant contributions to the local tourism industry. We're extremely proud of their achievements and believe the awards are a great way to inspire other businesses to reach for the stars," Mr Adams said.

"The tourism industry has experienced some tough times in recent years but these awards go to show that determination and innovation can generate some extraordinary results." 

Other finalists in the tourism category included:
• Equathon Horse Riding
• Noosa Ferry Cruise Company
• Bellbird Creek Cafe
• Markets on Bulcock
• Maroochy River Resort & Bungalows
• Metzo Noosa Resort
• Mudjimba Beach Holiday Park
• Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat
• Noosa Flashpackers
• O Boat Hire
• Private Airport Transfers
• Private Caravan Hire
• Yabbaloumba Retreat

Now in its 18th year, the Sunshine Coast Business Awards are designed to recognise and celebrate the efforts and achievements of the diverse and dedicated Sunshine Coast business community - and are the most highly regarded industry awards in the region.

This year more than 600 guests attended the gala awards ceremony at the Innovation Centre at University of the Sunshine Coast, including some of the region's top business, community and government leaders.

Bli Bli House Luxury Bed & Breakfast: Bli Bli House Luxury Bed & Breakfast is one of the Sunshine Coast's newest Bed and Breakfast establishments. Each guest is offered a high degree of personal contact during their stay on the Coast. Phil and Merryl Greenbury have spent a number of years renovating this unique historic property which was once the focal part of a well known pioneer village in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. The house dates back to the early 1870's and now has been completely restored to its former glory. The guest wing reflects every detail of the bygone era. Bli Bli House boasts of personal service where each guest has a total experience of Victorian elegance.

Aussie World: The Aussie World theme park is located alongside the iconic Ettamogah Pub and has recently completed a two million dollar plus expansion project. There are over 30 thrilling rides and games, including the new water ride 'Plunge', thrill ride 'Redback' and the fun 'Giant Slide'.

Noosa Dreamboats: Noosa Dreamboats Classic Boat Cruises is a boutique tour operator based in Noosa Heads. On private guided tours of the Noosa River and Lakes, guests have the opportunity to experience the glamour, excitement and style of a bygone era and feel like movie stars on board the gorgeous 1940's style mahogany speed boat, 'Noosa Dream'. The business is owned and operated by Michael and Sandy Guthrie.

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