Achievements in tourism recognised

Clinton Walker started Ngurrangga Tours to educate and immerse people in the ways of his culture and history. Image credit: Welcome to Country – Ngurrangga Tours

Ngurrangga Tours, which delivers cultural tourism experiences within the Pilbara region, has won the Sir David Brand Award for Tourism as the most outstanding tourism operator in the 2023 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards.  

The fully Aboriginal owned and operated company focuses on tours to the coastal and inland areas within the Ngarluma and Yindjibarndi traditional country. 

Willie Creek Pearls, Live Ningaloo, CORE Cider House, Tree Chalets and the City of Fremantle were awarded Hall of Fame – for winning the gold medal in their categories three years in a row. 

Yanchep National Park has some excellent hiking and walking trails. Image credit: The Hike Collective

The Hike Collective, which offers bite-sized guided tours to explore the rugged landscapes and natural beauty of hiking trails within one hour of the Perth CBD, received a Gold Award in the Adventure Tourism category.  

Kate Gibson founder and owner of the Hike Collective is a Park Ambassador and a member of the WA Parks Foundation’s Ambassador Advisory Committee.  

A new category recognising operators for excellence in accessible tourism was awarded to Off The Beaten Track WA. This award-winning tour business immerses adventurers in the awe-inspiring beauty and hidden gems of Perth and WA’s south west. 

The gold medallists in selected categories will go on to represent WA at the 2023 Australian Tourism Awards.