Thursday, October 26, 2023


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

Tourism Excellence Takes Centre Stage

The 2023 Mackay Isaac Region Tourism Awards recently shone a spotlight on the outstanding accomplishments of local tourism operators, underlining their essential role in the region's economy. This prestigious event unfolded at the Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC) with 172 attendees representing the region's tourism businesses and industry stakeholders.

Mackay Regional Council Deputy Mayor, Karen May, emphasised the importance of these awards in acknowledging those who continually elevate the local tourism industry and excel in a competitive field.

"All of the winners and finalists at this year’s awards are a fantastic example of the exceptional tourism experiences offered in our region," she said.

These businesses contribute to the community's growth by attracting investment, fostering sustainability, creating jobs, and enhancing the overall quality of life in the region.

In a year marked by tourism success, the Mackay Isaac Region saw record levels of domestic travel and an upsurge in business and events tourism. The Isaac Regional Council Mayor, Anne Baker, highlighted the awards' role in setting local tourism operators apart and boosting their profiles, helping attract more domestic and international visitors.

Al Grundy, the CEO of Mackay Isaac Tourism, extended his congratulations to the winners, praising the awards' significance in recognising commitment to tourism excellence and celebrating the remarkable achievements of businesses and individuals throughout the region. Grundy noted that these dedicated businesses and individuals have positioned tourism as a vital economic driver in the Mackay Isaac Region, bringing in substantial investments and generating numerous job opportunities.


Best of Queensland Tour

GOLD: Wildcat Mackay

SILVER: Sarina Sugar Shed

Best of Queensland Food & Dining

GOLD: The Flackyard

SILVER: Sarina Sugar Shed Café

Best of Queensland Camping & Caravan Accommodation

GOLD: Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

SILVER: Discovery Parks Mackay

Best of Queensland Hotel & Motel Accommodation

GOLD: Ocean International

SILVER: Shamrock Gardens Motel

Festivals and Events

GOLD: St Lawrence Wetlands Weekend

Retail, Hire and Services

GOLD: Mt Pleasant Centre

Business Event Venues


SILVER: Windmill Motel & Events Centre

Tour and Transport Operators

GOLD: Oh Deere Farm Tours

SILVER: Bush Heli Services

Restaurants and Catering Services

GOLD: Moss on Wood

Standard Accommodation

GOLD: Comfort Resort Blue Pacific

Deluxe Accommodation

GOLD: Rydges Mackay Suites

SILVER: Country Roads Motor Inn Dysart

Excellence in Food Tourism

GOLD: Sarina Sugar Shed

SILVER: The Flackyard

Mackay Isaac Tourism Service Recognition Award

GOLD: Murray Gibbs

Outstanding Contribution by a Volunteer or Volunteer Group

GOLD: Friends of the MECC

Outstanding Contribution by an Individual

GOLD: Amanda Pelagalli

People's Choice Awards

GOLD: Shamrock Hotel

SILVER: Oh Deere Farm Stays

Sarina Sugar Shed

Wildcat Mackay

The Flackyard

Mt Pleasant Centre

Comfort Resort Blue Pacific


Murray Gibbs

Amanda Pelagalli

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