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About these Awards


The Experience Oz Best in Travel Experiences Awards pay tribute to the enormous contributions and efforts made by Australia's tourism operators in the tours and activities sector. These awards provide the opportunity to publicly acknowledge and showcase some of the finest operators within 12 major individual categories throughout the country, with a diversity of verticals ranging from day tours, to activities, to family attractions, cruises and a number of other key genres within the overall Tours and Activities umbrella.

Chosen from our extensive network of over 2,500 tour and attractions businesses throughout Australia, these awards recognise not only the raw excellence of select tourism product across the country, but also the accessibility of that product both to the domestic Australian community and the rest of the world via a mixture of direct and online channels.

As a consumer, you can have confidence that each of the below providers will offer a high quality travel experience - regardless of destination.

View aims, criteria & more below.


Aims & Objectives


The Experience Oz Best in Travel Experiences Awards aim to:




These awards are based on a combination of weighted factors including:




Award winners are organised by category that best reflects their core business.

Category 1: Activities (Adventure)


This category encompasses thrillseeking, adrenaline, heights and other unique adventure activities available across Australia that require physical exertion in some form.

Adventure Bay Charters
Port Lincoln, SA

AJ Hackett
Cairns, QLD

BridgeClimb Sydney
Sydney, NSW

Foaming Fury
Cairns, QLD

Raging Thunder
Cairns, QLD

Shark Dive Xtreme
Sydney, NSW

Skydive Australia
Multiple Locations

SkyPoint Climb
Gold Coast, QLD

Story Bridge Adventure Climb
Brisbane, QLD

Sydney Skydivers
Sydney, NSW

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Category 2: Activities (Family)


This category encompasses "activity" experiences (requiring either physical exertion or motion in some form) that are particularly suitable for those looking to participate with children in tow.

Aquaduck Safaris
Gold Coast, QLD

Big Kart Track
Sunshine Coast, QLD

DownUnder Jet
Sydney, NSW

Go Ride a Wave
Gold Coast, QLD

Gunnamatta Trail Rides
Mornington Peninsula, VIC

iFLY Indoor Skydiving
Multiple Locations

Illawarra Fly
Illawarra, NSW

Paradise Jet Boating
Gold Coast, QLD

Uluru Camel Tours
Alice Springs, NT

Blazing Saddles Adventures
Cairns, QLD

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Category 3: Attractions (Family)


This category highlights the best "static" attractions centered around a single location, aimed at those looking for entertainment with kids in tow.

Australia Zoo
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Aussie World
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary
Gold Coast, QLD

Gold Coast, QLD

Featherdale Wildlife Park
Sydney, NSW

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary
Brisbane, QLD

Luna Park Sydney
Sydney, NSW

Melbourne Zoo
Melbourne, VIC

Merlin Entertainments Attractions
Sydney, NSW

SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Village Roadshow Theme Parks
Gold Coast, QLD

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Category 4: Attractions (Unique)


This category encompasses one-of-a-kind attractions that blend together a unique mixture of either views, content, environment or other factor that cannot be replicated elsewhere in Australia.

Australian Outback Spectacular
Gold Coast, QLD

Dracula's Cabaret Restaurant
Gold Coast, Melbourne

Eureka Skydeck
Melbourne, VIC

Melbourne Star Wheel
Melbourne, VIC

Paronella Park
Mission Beach, QLD

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
Cairns, QLD

Sydney Tower Buffet Restaurant
Sydney, NSW

The Ginger Factory
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Tropical Fruit World
Duranbah, NSW

Wheel of Brisbane
Brisbane, QLD

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Category 5: Cruises (Other)


This category encompasses cruises that take marine journeys to destinations outside of rivers/canals, including to islands and open ocean.

Big Cat Cruises
Cairns, QLD

Cruise Whitsundays
Whitsundays, QLD

Dolphins in Paradise
Brisbane, QLD

Down Under Cruise & Dive
Cairns, QLD

Ocean Rafting
Whitsundays, QLD

Quicksilver Cruises
Cairns, QLD

Raging Thunder (Fitzroy Island)
Cairns, QLD

Rottnest Express
Perth, WA

Wavedancer Low Isles
Port Douglas, QLD

Wildlife Coast Cruises
Phillip Island, VIC

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Category 6: Cruises (River)


This category showcases the best river/waterway sightseeing cruises with an emphasis on views, scenery or aquatic transportation with sights as an added drawcard.

AAT Kings Murray River
Adelaide, SA

Captain Cook Cruises Sydney
Sydney, NSW

Gordon River Cruises
Strahan, TAS

Melbourne River Cruises
Melbourne, VIC

Mirimar Cruises
Brisbane, QLD

Noosa Everglades Discovery
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Sydney Showboats
Sydney, NSW

Tamar River Cruises
Launceston, TAS

Vagabond Cruises Vivid Lights
Sydney, NSW

Wyndham Cruises
Gold Coast, QLD

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Category 7: Cultural Experiences


This category showcases the best attractions, tours or activities with an educational, historical or cultural component that are both entertaining and informative.

AAT Kings Arnhemland Tour
Darwin, NT

National Maritime Museum
Sydney, NSW

Flames of the Forest
Port Douglas, QLD

The Quarantine Station
Sydney, NSW

Sovereign Hill
Ballarat, VIC

The Workshops Rail Museum
Ipswich, QLD

Tiwi Islands (AAT Kings)
Darwin, NT

Tjapukai Cultural Park
Cairns, QLD

Value (Down Under) Tours Daintree
Cairns, QLD

Sydney Outback Wilderness & Aboriginal Explorer + cruise
Sydney, NSW

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Category 8: Food & Wine


This category is centered on the best experiences in which food or drink forms the main, or at least a major, component of the tour or activity.

AAT Kings Barossa Valley
Adelaide, SA

Captain Cook Cruises Perth
Perth, WA

Catch a Crab Cruises
Tweed Heads, NSW

Darwin Harbour Cruises
Darwin, NT

Coastal Cruises Mooloolaba
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Go West Yarra Valley
Melbourne, VIC

Magistic Cruises Dinner Cruise
Sydney, NSW

Spirit of Cairns
Cairns, QLD

Spirit of Melbourne Cruising Restaurant
Melbourne, VIC

Swan Valley Tours
Perth, WA

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Category 9: Scenic Flights


This category encompasses airborne experiences in all forms of transportation including helicopter, light aircraft, hot air balloon and other miscellaneous aerial activities.

Balloon with HOT AIR
Cairns, QLD

Balloon Aloft Gold Coast
Gold Coast, QLD

Balloon Aloft Hunter Valley
Hunter Valley, NSW

Cloud 9 Seaplanes
Gold Coast, QLD

GBR Helicopters
Port Douglas, QLD

Global Ballooning
Melbourne, VIC

GSL Aviation
Whitsundays, QLD

Nautilus Aviation
Cairns, QLD

Sea World Helicopters
Gold Coast, QLD

Sydney Helitours
Sydney, NSW

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Category 10: Tours (Multi-Day)


This category encompasses tours which extend to include either an overnight stay, or multiple day itineraries before returning to the origin destination.

AAT Kings Kangaroo Island
Adelaide, SA

Australian Sunset Safaris
Fraser Coast, QLD

DownUnder Cruise & Dive Reef & Kuranda
Cairns, QLD

Bunyip Tours Penguins & Great Ocean Road
Melbourne, VIC

Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
Melbourne, VIC

Lady Elliot Island Tours
Multiple Locations

Silversonic Reef & Cape Tribulation
Port Douglas, QLD

Wildlife Tours Australia Grampians & Great Ocean Road
Melbourne, VIC

Tours Tasmania Hobart to Launceston
Hobart, TAS

The Rock Tour Uluru Camping Tours
Alice Springs, NT

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Category 11: Tours (Single Day)


This category is a selection of some of the premier tours which must be 12 hours or less in length, and ensure that participants end up back where they started after completion.

AAT Kings Blue Mountains/Jenolan
Sydney, NSW

AAT Kings Katherine Gorge
Darwin, NT

Croc Express (JPT Tours)
Brisbane, QLD

Emu Run Tours
Alice Springs, NT

Grayline Wave Rock
Perth, WA

Otway Discovery Tours
Great Ocean Road, VIC

Oz Trails Blue Mountains
Sydney, NSW

Scenic Hinterland Day Tours
Gold Coast, QLD

Tour Gold Coast Glow Worms
Gold Coast, QLD

Tropic Wings Skyrail & Kuranda
Cairns, QLD

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Category 12: Wildlife Experiences


This category is comprised of the best wildlife encounters and activities that occur outside of a regulated zoo or wildlife park environment.

Hartley's Crocodile Adventures
Port Douglas, QLD

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys
Hobart, TAS

Phillip Island Nature Parks
Phillip Island, VIC

Queensland Scuba Diving
Gold Coast, QLD

Rockingham Wild Encounters
Perth, WA

Rottnest Fast Ferries
Perth, WA

Tasman Venture
Hervey Bay, QLD

Werribee Open Range Zoo
Werribee, VIC

Whale One
Sunshine Coast, QLD

Whales in Paradise
Gold Coast, QLD

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People's Choice Awards


Have your say on the top experiences - and WIN your pick!

Vote for your Top Experiences

In addition to our individual category awards, it's also time for you, the public, to have your say. Cast your vote for the most desirable experience from the award-winners above, and we'll select one voter from each category to join the winning operator on their experience! Our People's Choice segment is an independent process and will come down to consumer choice with the aim to connect travellers with these many excellent operators to sample their top-notch experiences firsthand.

Vote for the best:


About Experience Oz

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Experiences are better than things

Experience Oz is an Australian online travel publisher and direct booking agent of TicketMates Australia, a long-running booking agent for tours and attractions experiences in over 50 regions all over Australia and New Zealand.

Through direct relationships with thousands of tour operators across both countries, we remain both connected to and passionate about the ANZ tourism industry, with a specific focus on the experiences that make for the essential backbone of travel adventures.

It's our belief that the role that experiences can often play as the driving force for travel in general is underrated, whether it be exploring incredible natural wonders, gaining insight into history and culture, or simply enjoying entertainment with friends and family. It's these experiences - not the flights, nor the hotel - which people will be sharing with others years to come.


Why Experiences?

"Experiences create conversation and storytelling; they can be shared with friends, and unlike possessions which can be replaced, memories made of your experiences cannot. They can lead to a healthier life, you don't need to upgrade them, and they get better over time. Things may last longer initially, but it's the memories of your experiences which will linger for the years and decades to come."

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- The Experience Oz team on Experiences, Not Things

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