Tourism Triumph: Coffs Coast Sweeps the 2023 North Coast Awards

Published on 03 August 2023


Tourism businesses on the Coffs Coast have taken out 3 gold and 4 silver awards at the 2023 North Coast Tourism Awards on Thursday night.

A collaboration between Destination North Coast and Business NSW, the awards recognise growth, and entrepreneurship and celebrate tourism businesses' success across 17 local government areas from the Queensland border to Tea Gardens/Hawks Nest.   

The Coffs Coast winners were:

  • Giingan Gumbaynggirr Cultural Experience (Gold, Excellence in Cultural Tourism)
  • Pacific Bay Resort (Gold, Business Event Venue of the Year)
  • Lindsay Russell - Broken Open Events (Gold, Outstanding Young Tourism Business Leader)
  • The Big Banana Fun Park (Silver, Tourism Attraction of the Year)
  • Woopi Brewing Co (Silver, Excellence in Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries)
  • Lydia Crossingham - The Observatory Holiday Apartments (Silver, Outstanding Young Tourism Business Leader)
  • Neil Manson - The Observatory Holiday Apartments (Silver, Outstanding Tourism Business Leader)


Congratulations to the other finalists:

  • Coffs Harbour Butterfly House
  • Wajaana Yaam Adventure Tours Boarding
  • Coffs Harbour Trike and Private Tours
  • Coffs Coast Accommodation 
  • The Observatory Holiday Apartments 


Fresh off the back of news that visitors spent a whopping $747m throughout the City of Coffs Harbour local government area in 2022, this recognition of our excellent tourism operators further cements Coffs Harbour’s reputation as a national and global tourism hot spot.

See the complete list of finalists and winners.