Isaac Tanioria, 4, of Redcliffe inspects one of the steam engines. Photo: David Nielsen
Isaac Tanioria, 4, of Redcliffe inspects one of the steam engines. Photo: David Nielsen

Workshops win national award

IPSWICH’S Workshops Rail Museum has been recognised among the best of the best in the country at the Australian Tourism Awards.

The awards were held in Perth last Friday, with the museum winning in the prestigious Best Heritage and Cultural Tourist Experience category.

The museum beat Fremantle Prison (Western Australia), Venture North (Northern Territory), Museum of Australian Democracy (Australian Capital Territory), Old Melbourne Gaol (Victoria), Innamincka Hotel (South Australia), Beaconsfield Mine and Heritage Centre (Tasmania), and the Temora Aviation Museum (New South Wales) to claim the top gong in the heritage and cultural tourism category.

Member for Ipswich Rachel Nolan said the awards were the most prestigious tourism event in the country and showcased the wealth of fantastic tourism products Australia had to offer.

“Local, state and national tourism awards are a great tool to help operators improve their business,” Ms Nolan said.

“In these tough economic times, every bit of promotion helps our tourism industry and money cannot buy this sort of publicity for the Workshops Rail Museum.”

Set at the birthplace of rail in Queensland, the Workshops Rail Museum features 15 hands-on, interactive exhibitions for visitors to explore.

The exhibits include historic carriages, a model railway, stories about the future of rail, and treasures such as the Vice-Regal carriage and Australia’s oldest working steam locomotive.

Workshops director Andrew Moritz said it was both gratifying and humbling to receive the award, which he said was testament to the dedication and hard work of staff and volunteers.

“It makes everyone proud to be a part of that and have their efforts recognised,” Mr Moritz said.

“Given everything that Ipswich and south-east Queensland has been through, it is recognition of the great things we can do.”



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