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Austin Tourist Park win part of strong Tamworth presence in NSW Inland Tourism Awards

August 03, 2007
Austin Tourist Park win part of strong Tamworth presence in NSW Inland Tourism Awards

Top Tourist Park chains much awarded Austin Tourist Park at Tamworth, has added to its laurels with another success in the NSW Inland Tourism Awards.

The Inland NSW Tourism Awards are held annually to showcase Inland NSWs finest tourism operators and individuals.

Austin is a 2006 CCIANSW Best Inland Park winner and winner in 2001 of the Hugh Diedrich Award for Outstanding Contribution to Top Tourist Parks of Aust.

Austin Tourist Park in Armidale Rd Tamworth won the 2004 2006 Caravan Camping Industry Assoc of NSW Award for Best Inland Park.

It was runner-up in the 2006 Inland Tourism Awards. Austin won the 2005 Inland NSW Tourism Award for best Inland Caravan Park.

Frank and Chris Edwards were the inaugural winners of the Hugh Diedrich Award for their outstanding contribution to Top Tourist Parks over many years and their generous contribution to promoting Top Tourist and the caravaning industry, Top Tourist Parks of Australia Chairman, Clive Johnson said in honoring Chris and Frank.

Austin Tourist Park is only 4km from the center of Tamworth and is close to most local tourist attractions and sporting facilities. It has sites for Recreational Vehicles to 15m

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Austin Tourist Park is on nine acres of gardens and trees. The modern park offers travellers a quiet, relaxed holiday. The entrance to the Park has views of the surrounding hills and the camping and caravan area at the back is adjacent to the Peel River with tranquil rural views.

Frank and Chris Edwards take the first Hugh Diedrich Award
Frank and Chris Edwards take the first Hugh Diedrich Award

Tamworth has had a number of wins in the 2007 Inland NSW Tourism Awards including for the annual Tamworth Country Music Festival in the Festivals Events category.

The Festival now receives automatic entry into the broader NSW state tourism awards with finalists announced after Monday October 8 with winners to be announced at a gala awards ceremony on Thursday November 15.

Tamworth's big Golden Guitar is filmed, snapped and focused on. It marks the site of the tourist centre and the Gallery of Stars Wax Museum. The 26th star to be immortalised in wax in the style of Madame Tussauds was Troy Cassar-Daley, who was done and dusted off for the 2006 unveiling. Once made in Nashville, the stars are Aussie produced now, and every couple of years a new figurine is added.

The Big Golden Guitar is a replica of the statuette used for the Australasian Country Music Awards. The 12m high statue weighs half a tonne and is made of fibreglass over a steel frame. It was unveiled by country music king Slim Dusty in 1988.

GoSeeAustralia parks  beside the  12m  Tamworth Golden Guitar
GoSeeAustralia parks beside the 12m Tamworth Golden Guitar

This is fantastic recognition for Tamworths internationally recognised event, Tourism Tamworth General Manager Rebel Thomson said. And with the winners of the state awards announced in November, should the Country Music Festival take out first place in its category, it will make for a great prelude for both the metropolitan launch in early December and the Festival itself in January.

The 2007 Tamworth Country Music Festival will be held Friday 19th - Sunday 28th January 2007 (inclusive), with Australia Day falling on Friday 26th.

Why not take make a long weekend of it and enjoy the one of the biggest and best Country Music Festivals in the World - the 2007 Country Music Awards will be held on Saturday 27th January, Rebel said.

Rebel  Thompson Tourism Tamworth General Manager
Rebel Thompson Tourism Tamworth General Manager

Every January, 50,000 visitors come to Tamworth to celebrate the Country Music Festival., she said.

These visitors make the Festival what it is today, and in 2007, Tamworth will be celebrate the 35th anniversary of the Festival, Rebel said. In addition to the Festival, Tamworths main Visitor Information Centre won the Visitor Information Services category in the Inland Tourism Awards.

And West Diggers was awarded first place in the Registered Clubs category. A number of other finalists from the Tamworth region featured strongly in the Awards, including Oakhampton Homestead Farmstay at Manilla and the Nundle Woollen Mill, but missed out on picking up agong this year.

On the subject of original talent in Tamworth, on November 28 Missy Higgins and Tim Rogers will perform at Tamworth Regional Entertainment Centre in 'Intimate Theatre' mode.

Missy Higgins will travel throughout Australia during November and December on a national tour called ... For One Night Only.

50,000 enjoy Tamworth country style
50,000 enjoy Tamworth country style

This years Inland NSW Tourism Awards Night - celebrating the rivers, the people, the Outback, was held at the Wentworth Services Sporting Club, on Sunday July 29.

Grahame Clarke, Aboriginal Ambassador for the 2002 Year of the Outback opened proceedings with a Welcome to Country.

Ted Wilson, Chairman, Inland NSW Tourism Awards, said that tourism awards acknowledge the importance of the tourism industry in regional NSW and highlight the vital role tourism plays in the growth of the region.

It is an opportunity to celebrate business excellence, commitment to customer service and innovation that continues to make this industry a success, he said.

Editor's Note: Tamworth Country Music Festival pictures courtesy of Tourism Tamworth.

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Splish splash at Austin Tourist Park
Splish splash at Austin Tourist Park