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SeaLink wins trifecta of Tourism Awards in single weekend

SeaLink Marine & Tourism secured victories in three separate tourism award ceremonies across the country in the same weekend, solidifying its position as a leader in the Australian tourism industry.

The weekend witnessed a sweep of gold awards for three of SeaLink's business units, with Western Australia winning back-to-back gold in the 2023 Perth Airport Tourism Awards, two top spots in the North Queensland Tourism Awards, and K’gari claiming several top honours at the Fraser Coast Business and Tourism Awards.

Donna Gauci, CEO of SeaLink Marine & Tourism, expressed her immense pride, "I am truly proud of the brilliant team we have right across the country. These wins are a testament to the passion, dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to excellence that defines SeaLink's ethos to deliver brilliant customer experiences every time.


Donna Gauci CEO Sea Link Marine Tourism
Donna Gauci
CEO SeaLink Marine & Tourism

"I am truly proud of the brilliant team we have right across the country. These wins are a testament to the passion, dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to excellence that defines SeaLink's ethos to deliver brilliant customer experiences every time."

"I am truly proud of the brilliant team we have right across the country. These wins are a testament to the passion, dedication, innovation, and unwavering commitment to excellence that defines SeaLink's ethos to deliver brilliant customer experiences every time."

“Our achievements in Western Australia to win back-to-back state awards, winning the People’s Choice and 100% Best of Queensland Score awards at the North Queensland Awards, and K’gari in the Queensland Fraser Coast Awards reflects the exceptional standards we uphold as well as acknowledging our genuine commitment to providing the best possible service to the local communities and experience to visitors to these amazing regions,” Gauci exclaimed.

SeaLink took home the following awards:

Western Australia: 2023 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards
  • Major Tour & Transport Operators: Gold

SeaLink WA has once again claimed Gold in the Major Tour & Transport Operators category at the 2023 Perth Airport WA Tourism Awards. This exceptional feat not only cements SeaLink WA’s status as an industry leader but also positions them for a potential back-to-back win at the upcoming National Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Darwin next year.

Leycester Cory, General Manager SeaLink Western Australia, said, "Our back-to-back wins highlight the dedication of our exceptional team for going above and beyond. I want to thank every one of our team members for your commitment and passion. This consecutive recognition as the best in the west is very humbling and motivates us to keep improving the brilliant experiences we offer.

“We look forward to representing SeaLink and Western Australia again in the national awards next year," Mr. Cory said.

North Queensland: North Queensland Tourism & Events Awards
  • Peoples’ Choice Award Transport and Hire Services Winner
  • 100% Best of Queensland Score

SeaLink North Queensland achieved a dual category triumph at the North Queensland Tourism & Events Awards, securing victories in two esteemed categories.

Darren Spearman, General Manager of SeaLink North Queensland, expressed his excitement, stating, "Securing the People’s Choice award for the second consecutive year and earning a perfect 100% Best of Queensland Score award from votes from our valued customers makes these wins all the more special. We aim to provide the best customer experience and the fact these two awards are based on customer reviews and votes is extra satisfying and rewarding for our team.

Spearman added, “It was also brilliant to see our partner win the Best Destination Event category for the SeaLink Magnetic Island Race Week.”

K'gari: Fraser Coast Business & Tourism Awards
  • Outstanding Medium & Large Business: SeaLink K’gari
  • Best Land Based Tour Operator: K’gari Explorer Tours
  • Best Resort and Deluxe Accommodation: K’gari Beach Resort

Receiving accolades at the prestigious Fraser Coast Business & Tourism Awards held in Hervey Bay, SeaLink K'gari was acknowledged as the year’s Outstanding Medium & Large Business. This recognition underscores the company's dedication to delivering exceptional experiences on the World Heritage-Listed K’gari (formerly Fraser Island). Adding to the celebration, SeaLink K'gari clinched further honours as the Best Land Based Tour Operator for K'gari Explorer Tours and the Best Resort and Deluxe Accommodation for K'gari Beach Resort, solidifying its status as a leading force in the tourism industry.

Kane Bassett, General Manager SeaLink K’gari said, “As a major provider and employer in the Fraser Coast region, this recognition reflects SeaLink's integral role in contributing to the vibrancy of the region's tourism and the local community.

“I want to thank our amazing team who has shown great resilience, flexibility and commitment during times that have been extremely tough for tourism. We maintained our passion to developing and supporting staff, and continuing to invest in our products and experiences, to share this amazing region with visitors from all over the world,” Mr. Bassett concluded.

SeaLink K’gari incorporates Kingfisher Bay Resort, K’gari Beach Resort, K’gari Explorer Tours and SeaLink K’gari ferries.

Donna Gauci continued, “This recognition of our teams across the country is something we are all very proud of at SeaLink Marine & Tourism. It is brilliant to receive this recognition from customers and industry peers and we look forward to continuing to raise the bar when it comes to offering our guests the best possible experiences to enjoy when they visit these amazing destinations.”

“We wish our SeaLink Western Australia team all the best in their pursuit of back-to-back gold at the national awards next year in Darwin,’” she said.