One of the longest-established visitor experiences in the state, Sovereign Hill in Ballarat, has again shown that excellence is timeless by being named the Major Tourist Attraction at the 2017 RACV Victorian Tourism Awards.
Retaining the award it won last year, Sovereign Hill’s gold award trumped Puffing Billy Railway (silver award), Falls Creek Alpine Resort (bronze) and the MCG.
The award for general Tourist Attraction went to A Maze’N Things on Phillip Island, while Peninsula Hot Springs on the Mornington Peninsula was named best Ecotourism attraction. It was a third win in a row for Peninsula Hot Springs, granting it Hall of Fame status along with Harmony Bed and Breakfast in Fingal (best Hosted Accommodation) and All Seasons Houseboats from Mildura (Unique Accommodation).
Other repeat winners from last year’s RACV Victorian Tourism Awards include the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix (Major Festivals and Events), Worn Gundidj @Tower Hill (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Tourism), Holmesglen at Eildon (Business Event Venues), Auswalk Walking Holidays (Adventure Tourism), Cave Hill Creek at Raglan (Standard Accommodation) and the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld (Deluxe Accommodation). The Royal Mail also won the award for Tourism Restaurants and Catering Services.
Some icons of Victorian life took out other awards, including the State Library of Victoria (Cultural Tourism), Parks Victoria (Specialised Tourism Services) and Arthurs Seat Eagle – the revamped chairlift – as best New Tourism Business.
The awards have been recognising excellence and innovation in Victorian tourism for more than 30 years.
The winners in each of the 30 awards categories will now compete against the tourism elite from other states and territories for the Australian Tourism Awards, which will be announced next February.