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Awards and Accolades

At the 2011 National Tourism Awards (held in March 2012) Tasmania took out an unprecedented five awards.
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The winners were:

Part of the setting of the spectacular Maria Island WalkMaria Island Walk - Adventure Tourism
Set in the world heritage-listed Maria Island National Park on Tasmania’s spectacular East Coast, this spectacular four-day walk continues to represent the pinnacle of Tasmania’s adventure tourism offerings. Run by Ian Johnstone and his family,  it takes in some of Tasmania’s best assets - pristine wilderness, convict heritage, excellent Tasmanian food and wine, secluded beaches and knowledgeable guides with a passion for the island. They were awarded in the same category at the 2008 National Awards.

The unique MONA, HobartThe Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) - Best New Development
MONA continues to be the rising star on Tasmania’s horizon. A celebration of architecture and art in all its forms and beauty, MONA is the private collection of one man's thought provoking contemporary art work, set alongside the southern hemisphere’s largest collection of ancient coins, artifacts and Egyptian mummies. The site also includes eight striking glass and steel pavilions, a winery (Moorilla), a brewery (Moo Brew), a restaurant (The Source), a large lawn and soundstage for performances, as well as other casual wining and dining outlets.

Luxurious Saffire over looking the Freycinet National ParkSaffire Freycinet - Luxury Accommodation
A luxury lodge nestled amongst bushland in the spectacular surrounds of Tasmania's East Coast. Saffire’s entire ethos is based on setting a bold new direction for luxury holidaying. Only 20 exquisitely-appointed suites are available to guests, ensuring a bespoke, unforgettable experience that encourages a bond between the surrounding environment and its offerings. Saffire is an internationally award winning luxury lodge, which has also been included in the UK Conde Nast Gold List for 2012.

The Old Woolstore, HobartThe Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel - Deluxe Accommodation
A smart inner-city hotel and an iconic Hobart institution located just a block away from Hobart’s tranquil and picturesque waterfront. Formerly a wool storage and treatment facility around the turn of the 20th century, with part of the building (including the façade and saw-tooth roof line) listed by the National Trust as of historic importance, the building’s rich heritage has seen elements such as the original floors and equipment used at the wool store retained as hotel features, giving guests a glimpse into Hobart’s strong colonial history.
This is the third time in four years that The Old Woolstore has been a recipient of the Australian Tourism Awards Deluxe Accommodation category.


Pure Tasmania - Tourism Marketing
Major partner, privately owned Pure Tasmania projects a brand that brings together the best of Tasmania's tourism experiences. From lodges along stunning stretches of Tasmania's coast to villages nestled at the edge of World Heritage wilderness, and a chateau just a walk away from serene lakes and majestic mountains. Their suite of products offers accommodation and unforgettable experiences at some of Tasmania’s most iconic destinations including Strahan Village, West Coast Wilderness Railway, Gordon River Cruises, Freycinet Lodge, Cradle Mountain Chateau and Henry Jones Art Hotel.

Tasmania has received other accolades from the world's best travel and lifestyle magazines:

Henry's Restaurant – The Henry Jones Art Hotel
Signature restaurant of Hobart's award-winning Henry Jones Art Hotel, Henry's was this year awarded its first Chef Hat by the Australian Good Food & Travel Guide.
Henry's has also been awarded a wine glass by Australian Gourmet Traveller in recognition of its exceptional wine list and wine pairing.

MONA Pavilions
The stunning set of MONA Pavilions has been included in UK lifestyle magazine Tatler's list of the '101 Best Hotels in the World' for 2012.

A Launceston staple, the award-winning Stillwater was recently named in the top 5 in Australian Traveller’s 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards of Best Restaurants in Australia. Described by the magazine as “simple elegance in a historic mill overlooking the Tamar River in Launceston, Tasmania”, Stillwater ranked alongside top Australian restaurant contenders including Quay, Tetsuya’s, Aria Brisbane and Rockpool Bar & Grill, Sydney. An elegant space.