Cape Byron State Conservation Area is a finalist in three categories for the highly contested annual 2015 NSW Tourism Awards.
The finalist recognition is for Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Indigenous Tourism, Cape Byron Tourist Attraction and Byron Bay Cottages Unique Accommodation.
National Parks and Wildlife Service area manager Sue Walker said this outstanding achievement celebrates the extraordinary dedication by volunteers and staff in bringing the beauty and wonder of the natural and heritage Cape Byron to our community.
“The awards acknowledge tourism that showcases success throughout the year for best practice, creativity, professionalism and innovation,” Sue said.
“It’s great to see our Cape Byron Lighthouse, holiday accommodation and Aboriginal education recognised in this way. It’s about creating meaningful connections between our local community, visitors, volunteers and the Arakwal Aboriginal People and providing excellent experiences,” she said.
“The North Coast Tourism gold winning Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming offers creative education and tourism programs to promote deeper cultural awareness in respecting, valuing and appreciating Arakwal Country.
“Presented by Aboriginal guides, Delta Kay and Nigel Stewart, participants join in art, dance and ceremonies learning about the significance of the land and sea and importantly dolphins to Arakwal people.
“The North Coast Tourism gold winning unique accommodation at the historic Lighthouse and the renovated ‘beach shacks’ provide visitors with a unique experience in a natural environment.
“The North Coast Tourism silver winning Cape Byron State Conservation Area offers a wide array of experiences including the popular Lighthouse tours, maritime museum, the Cape and Pass cafes and the popular Cape Walking Track.
“The visitor experience is enhanced by more than 50 enthusiastic volunteers offering a local perspective, as well as information on the natural environment including the annual whale migration.”
NSW State Tourism Awards presentations are on 26 November.