Darwin Convention Centre takes gold in Australian Tourism Awards

Darwin Convention Centre took gold in the 2023 Australian Tourism Awards.

Darwin Convention Centre has been named Australia’s top Business Event Venue at the 2023 Australian Tourism Awards, which fittingly were hosted at the venue last night.

Peppers Silo Hotel in Launceston and Pullman Bunker Bay Resort in WA rounded out the top three event venues.

The National Capital Authority’s Lights on the Lake in the ACT won gold in the Festivals & Events Category, followed by WA’s 2023 Ord Valley Muster and Tumbafest Inc in NSW.

Queensland’s Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers took home the top spot in the Major Festivals & Events category, with runners-up Tesselaar KaBloom in Victoria and the Darwin Festival.

Other notable mentions included The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa which was named Australia’s best 5 Star Luxury Accommodation.

Darwin Convention Centre has a strong track record of representing the Northern Territory at the national awards in the Business Event Venues category, placing Gold and Silver in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

“The fact that this is the second time that the Darwin Convention Centre has taken out the hotly contested top GOLD category at Australian tourism industry’s most prestigious awards, is acknowledgement of the venue’s continued successful performance in one of Australia’s most unique and sought after destinations,” said Harvey Lister, Chairman and CEO of ASM Global (Asia Pacific).

Darwin Convention Centre general manager Peter Savoff said the award was an incredible honour.

“We are thrilled to be representing the Northern Territory on the national stage as Winner in the category for Business Event Venues,” he said.

“This win is testament to the hard work and dedication of our whole Darwin Convention Centre team, the heart and soul of our operations. Every day our team strives to give their best, to serve our clients and deliver extraordinary events that exceed expectations.”

Minister for Tourism Joel Bowden said the Northern Territory is home to an “incredibly hard working tourism industry”.

“The 2023 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards reinforce what we already knew, our tourism operators do it best and there is no place better than our backyard,” he said.

“The Territory Labor Government and Federal Government launched the Choose Tourism campaign this week to get more Territorians working in this industry, and tonight’s accolades are just another reason to kick start your career in tourism.”

Federal Tourism Minister Don Farrell said the “bright future of the sector couldn’t be in better hands”.

“Tourism businesses are the backbone of our vibrant tourism industry, delivering world-class experiences to visitors from across Australia and around the world,” he said.

All the winners below.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism Experience

  • GOLD – wukalina Walk Tas
  • SILVER – Cape York Peninsula Lodge Qld
  • BRONZE – Ngurrangga Tours WA


  • GOLD – Fun Over 50 Holidays – Immersive Tours and Adventures Qld
  • SILVER – Sydney by Kayak NSW
  • BRONZE – National Arboretum Canberra ACT

Self Contained Accommodation

  • GOLD – The Woods Ocean Grove Vic
  • SILVER – Tree Chalets WA
  • BRONZE – The Granary | Richmond Hill Tas

Unique Accommodation

  • GOLD – Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm WA
  • SILVER – Jamala Wildlife Lodge ACT
  • BRONZE – Woodhouse Adventure Park SA

Hosted Accommodation

  • GOLD – The Dragonfly Inn Tas
  • SILVER – Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat Qld
  • BRONZE – Kangaroo Ridge Retreat Vic

Caravan & Holiday Parks

  • GOLD – BIG4 Adventure Whitsunday Resort Qld
  • SILVER – Alivio Tourist Park Canberra ACT
  • BRONZE – NRMA Phillip Island Beachfront Holiday Park Vic

Tourism Marketing & Campaigns

  • GOLD – The Tweed Tourism Company NSW
  • SILVER – Rockhampton Regional Council – Explore Rockhampton Qld
  • BRONZE – BIG Reasons to visit Mandurah – Visit Mandurah WA

New Tourism Business

  • GOLD – On Board Tas
  • SILVER – Nexus Airlines WA
  • BRONZE – Port River Cruises SA

Visitor Information Services

  • GOLD – Canberra & Region Visitors Centre ACT
  • SILVER – Mandurah Visitor Centre WA
  • BRONZE – Port Lincoln Visitor Information Centre SA

3 – 3.5 Star Accommodation

  • GOLD – Urban Camp Melbourne Vic
  • SILVER – ibis Adelaide SA
  • BRONZE – Magnums Accommodation Airlie Beach Qld

4 – 4.5 Star Deluxe Accommodation

  • GOLD – Beach Huts Middleton SA
  • SILVER – Ship Inn Stanley Tas
  • BRONZE – Cape York Peninsula Lodge Qld

5 Star Luxury Accommodation

  • GOLD – The Reef House Boutique Hotel & Spa | Adults Tropical Escapes Qld
  • SILVER – Chocolate Gannets Vic
  • BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort WA

Business Event Venues

  • GOLD – Darwin Convention Centre NT
  • SILVER – Peppers Silo Hotel Tas
  • BRONZE – Pullman Bunker Bay Resort WA

Tour & Transport Operators

  • GOLD – Air Adventure Golf Tas
  • SILVER – Swan River Seaplanes WA
  • BRONZE – NT Bird Specialists Birding & Photographic Safaris NT

Major Tour & Transport Operators

  • GOLD – Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tas
  • SILVER – Ocean Rafting Qld
  • BRONZE – Searoad Ferries Vic

Adventure Tourism

  • GOLD – Ocean Rafting Qld
  • SILVER – Bendleby Ranges SA
  • BRONZE – Balloon Aloft Australia NSW

Tourism Restaurants & Catering Services

  • GOLD – Grain of the Silos Tas
  • SILVER – Potager NSW
  • BRONZE – CORE Cider House WA

Tourism Retail, Hire & Services

  • GOLD – Origins Market WA
  • SILVER – The Museum Shop at the National Museum of Australia ACT
  • BRONZE – Go Adventure Nagambie Vic

Excellence in Accessible Tourism

  • GOLD – Adelaide Fringe SA
  • SILVER – Accessible Accommodation Vic
  • BRONZE – Katherine Outback Experience NT

Excellence in Food Tourism

  • GOLD – Love Lord Howe NSW
  • SILVER – The Truffle Farm – Home of Australia’s first black Truffle Tas
  • BRONZE – Adelaide Showground Farmers’ Market SA

Tourism Wineries, Distilleries & Breweries

  • GOLD – Bangor Vineyard Shed Tas
  • SILVER – Seppeltsfield Wines SA
  • BRONZE – Billson’s Brewery Vic

Cultural Tourism

  • GOLD – Royal Australian Mint ACT
  • SILVER – Fun Over 50 Holidays – Immersive Tours and Adventures Qld
  • BRONZE – Geelong Gallery Vic

Tourist Attractions

  • GOLD – Katherine Outback Experience NT
  • SILVER – Bundaberg Rum Distillery Visitor Experience Qld
  • BRONZE – d’Arenberg SA

Major Tourist Attractions

  • GOLD – Australian Reptile Park NSW
  • SILVER – Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Qld
  • BRONZE – Zoos Victoria – Melbourne Zoo Vic

Festivals & Events

  • GOLD – National Capital Authority – Lights on the Lake ACT
  • SILVER – 2023 Ord Valley Muster WA
  • BRONZE – Tumbafest Inc NSW

Major Festivals & Events

  • GOLD – Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers Qld
  • SILVER – Tesselaar KaBloom Vic
  • BRONZE – Darwin Festival NT