Excellence in caravan and camping tourism meet in Wollongong, NSW

July 25, 2008
Excellence in caravan and camping tourism meet in Wollongong, NSW

More than 200 members of the Caravan and Camping Industry Association of NSW (CCIA) gathered at Novotel North Beach in Wollongong on July 24 at the CCIAs Awards of Excellence.

Staged with an Outback Country flavour, country music star and Channel 9 Discover Down Under presenter, Tania Kernaghan, was the highlight entertainment and MC for the evening where holiday parks, manufacturers, dealers and suppliers to the industry were recognised for business and environmental excellence.

The CCIA Awards of Excellence is a prestigious annual event for the industry which celebrates the success of caravan and camping trade businesses (manufacturers, dealers and suppliers) and holiday parks in New South Wales. 23 Awards of Excellence winners and 20 Gumnut Awards recipients were awarded at the event in Wollongong.

For over 20 years the CCIAs Awards of Excellence has recognised best practice in service and product offerings of the caravan and camping industry in New South Wales.

The caravan and camping industry helps drive tourism to regional areas and provides a range of affordable holiday options to suit a variety of travellers, Barry Baillie, CEO, CCIA said.

As the feature entertainer for the evening, Tania Kernaghan engaged the audience with country tunes and captivatedthem with a song that she has written specifically for the caravan and camping market, titled Its a Freedom Thing.

CCIA Awards of Excellence winners include:

CCIA Excellence in Innovation Park: Beachcomber Holiday Park, Bodalla.

Commendation: Booderee National Park, Jervis Bay.

CCIA Excellence in Innovation Trade Trakka, Mt Kuring-gai.

Department of Lands Environmental Excellence Award Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, North Narrabeen

Trainee of the Year Park, Marie Wilson Darlington Beach Holiday Park, Arrawarra

Trainee of the Year Trade, Jarrod Ansell Jayco Sydney, St Marys

Best Manufactured Home Estate, Kincumber Nautical Village, Kincumber

Best Park Residential Section, The Rocks Village, South West Rocks

Commendation: Ballina Headlands Leisure Park, Ballina

Best Manufacturer Caravans, Camper Trailers Tents The Complete Campsite, West Gosford

Merv King Gives the opening address to the Industry Members
Merv King Gives the opening address to the Industry Members

Best Manufacturer Motorhomes Campervans, Winnebago Industries, Emu Plains

Best Manufactured Home Builder, Timberline Builtsmart Homes, Lisarow

Best Dealer / Retailer / Wholesaler Sydney Trakka, Mt Kuring-gai

Best Dealer / Retailer / Wholesaler Regional Australian Motorhomes, Bennetts Green

Commendation: Watsons Caravans RVs Coffs Harbour

Best Service /or Product Provider, CIL Insurances, Chatswood

Commendations: Tow-Ed, Prospect and Rhino Rack, Rydalmere

Best Hire Company, Murray River Caravan Hire, Bundalong

Commendation: Gold Coast Tweed Camper Caravan Hire, Banora Point

Best South Coast Park 3 to 4 Stars (less than 100 sites) BIG4 Nelligen Holiday Park, Nelligen

Best South Coast Park 3 to 4 Stars (more than 100 sites) Lakesea Park, South Durras

Best North Coast Park 3 to 4 Stars (more than 100 sites) BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park, Port Stephens

Best Inland Park 3 to 4 Stars (less than 100 sites) BIG4 Forbes Lachlan View Holiday Park, Forbes

Best Inland Park 3 to 4 Stars (more than 100 sites) Pembroke Tourist and Leisure Park, Armidale

Best Resort/Holiday Park 4 to 5 Stars (less than 100 sites) BIG4 Deniliquin Paringa Holiday Park Deniliquin

Best Resort/Holiday Park 4 to 5 Stars (more than 100 sites) Darlington Beach Holiday Park Arrawarra

Best of the Best NSW Trade Business, Winnebago Industries, Emu Plains

Best of the Best NSW Holiday / Resort Park, Darlington Beach Holiday Park, Arrawarra

Ben Binns of Winnebago Industries with Merv King President CCIA NSW
Ben Binns of Winnebago Industries with Merv King President CCIA NSW

The Gumnut Awards are an initiative of the CCIA and are designed to recognise CCIAs member parks for commitment to environmental sustainability and socially responsible management.

Bronze, Silver and Gold recipients were presented with their certificates at the CCIA Awards of Excellence Gala Dinner on 24 July. Gumnut Award Recipients include:

Park Bronze Gumnut Awards

Ocean Lake Caravan Park, Narooma

Tathra Beach Tourist Park, Tathra

Shaws Bay Holiday Park, East Ballina

Flat Rock Tent Park, East Ballina

Corindi Beach Holiday Park, Corindi Beach

Moonee Beach Holiday Park, Moonee Beach

Scotts Head Holiday Park, Scotts Head

Urunga Heads Holiday Park, Urunga

Terrace Reserve Holiday Park, Brunswick Heads

Ferry Reserve Holiday Park, Brunswick Heads

Clarkes Beach Holiday Park, Byron Bay

Broken Head Holiday Park, Broken Head

Trade Bronze Award

Watsons Caravans RVs Coffs Harbour, Coffs Harbour

Park Silver Gumnut Awards

Beachcomber Point Tourist Park, Bodalla

Ulladulla Headland Tourist Park, Ulladulla

BIG4 Soldiers Point Holiday Park, Soldiers Point

Park Gold Gumnut Awards

Sydney Lakeside Holiday Park, North Narrabeen

North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point

The CCIA Awards of Excellence were incorporated into the three day CCIA Annual Conference (23 25 July, 2008) at Novotel North Beach, Wollongong where members learnt about ways to identify changes in the market and progress their businesses and the industry.

Sponsors of the Awards of Excellence include: (Platinum) Department of Lands and Manufactured Homes Insurance Agency; (Gold) Sydney Turf Club and NRMA; (Silver) All Park Products, Austar, K-Mac Powerheads, The Senior NSW / ACT, and Tourism New South Wales.

GoSeeAustralia team Alan and Graham show the Caravan industy the latest developments on GoSeeAustralia
GoSeeAustralia team Alan and Graham show the Caravan industy the latest developments on GoSeeAustralia
CCIA Awards of Excellence delegates go a little bit country
CCIA Awards of Excellence delegates go a little bit country
Tania Kernaghan, with Graham Wallace of  ContACT
Tania Kernaghan, with Graham Wallace of ContACT