The team at Riverside Holiday Resort in the Northern NSW coastal town of Urunga in the Bellingen Shire, is elated after being announced as a finalist in the category for Excellence in Accessible Tourism at the NSW Tourism Awards 2022.

Riverside is no stranger to the awards, having won Gold in the category of 'Excellence in Accessible Tourism' twice previously in 2019 and 2021, and are three times winner in the category for 'Self-Contained Accommodation' in 2018, 2019, and 2021 earning them a spot in the Awards' 'Hall of Fame'.

This year, the awards are to return after last year's virtual event, and hiatus in 2020 due to Covid restrictions, to Sydney's Luna Park in an event to celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year.

The Awards, now in their 31st year, have 29 categories across the industry spectrum – including attractions, festivals and events, ecotourism, tour and transport operators, marketing and accommodation and outstanding contribution from an individual to name a few.

Riverside is one of 41 premier tourism businesses in the state who will be in attendance, joining an incredible range of Coffs Coast businesses; Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, Coffs Harbour, Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, Coffs Harbour, Observatory Holiday Apartments, Coffs Harbour, The Big Banana Fun Park, Coffs Harbour and The Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival.

Whether Riverside brings home an award or not on the night, the team have worked extremely hard over the past year, especially having to adapt to a rapidly changing environment due to the pandemic and floods,and will be celebrating all their achievemnets. Massive thanks to the amazing and dedicated Riverside staff who always go above and beyond in delivering the highest level of service to our guests!

Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga NSW Tourism Awards 2018 Winners Riverside Holiday Resort Gold Winners at the 2018 NSW Tourism Awards


The full list of 2022 NSW TOURISM AWARDS finalists:

Amaroo Valley Springs, Kangaroo Valley

Antica Australis, Carcoar

Ask Roz Blue Mountains

Aussie Ark, Barrington Tops

Balloon Aloft, Hunter Valley, Camden Valley, Mudgee and Byron Bay

Bandalong Cottages, Mudgee

Bathurst Visitor Information Centre

Bathurst Winter Festival

Belle Bois, Capertee Valley

Bent On Food, Wingham

Berger Houseboat Holidays, Tweed Heads

Beyond Ballooning, Lovedale

BIG4 Deniliquin Holiday Park

BIG4 Ingenia Holidays Soldiers Point

Birch, Moss Vale

Blue Mountains Stargazing

Blueberry Hills on Comleroy, Kurrajong

Bluesfest Byron Bay

Bularri Muurlay Nyanggan Aboriginal Corporation, Coffs Harbour

Bundyi Cultural Tours, Wagga Wagga

Cedars Mount View, Hunter Valley

Central Coast Council - Destination Central Coast

CoastXP, Newcastle/ Lake Macquarie

Cocky Guides, Sydney

Country Food Trails, Orange

Courabyra Wines, Tumbarumba

Eden Visitor Information Centre, Sapphire Coast

Eurobodalla Shire Council

Evamor Valley, Mudgee

Fairmont Resort Blue Mountains by MGallery

Food I Am, Wagga Wagga

Fullerton Hotel Sydney

Glenayr Farm Mudgee

GLOW at Sydney Zoo, Bungarribee

Greater Hume Visitor Information Centre

Hello Koalas Sculpture Trail, Port Macquarie

Ingenia Holidays One Mile Beach

Italian Cooking Experience with Stefano Marvello, Bowral

Jodha Bai Retreat, Terranora

Kalinya Estate, Bargo

Local Sauce Tours, Redfern

Love Lord Howe

Margan Wines & Restaurant, Broke

MidCoast Council - Destination Barrington Coast

Mt Hay Retreat, Berry

Mt Warning Estate, Dum Dum

Mudgee Region Tourism

Navigate Expeditions, Sapphire Coast

North Star Holiday Resort, Hastings Point

NRMA Ocean Beach Holiday Resort, Central Coast

Oakvale Wildlife Park, Port Stephens

Observatory Holiday Apartments, Coffs Harbour

Old Dubbo Gaol

Orange Trike Tours

Outback Astronomy, Broken Hill

Peppertree Hill, Mudgee

Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary

Potager, Carool

Reflections Holiday Parks Byron Bay

Riverside Holiday Resort Urunga

Sea Horse Diamond Beach

Shoalhaven City Council, Tourism

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Shellharbour

Sydney By Kayak, Lavender Bay

Sydney Harbour Kayaks, The Spit Bridge, Mosman

Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo

The Australian Reptile Park, Somersby

The Big Banana Fun Park, Coffs Harbour

The Byng Street Boutique Hotel, Orange

The Coffs Coast Food & Wine Festival

The Depot Historic Vehicle and Memorabilia Collection, Deniliquin

The Remington Orange

The Tweed Tourism Company

Travengers AU, Sydney

Tropical Fruit World, Duranbah

Tumbafest Inc, Tumbarumba

Tweed Eco Cruises, Tweed Heads

Vision Walks - Eco Tours, Byron Bay

Wajaana Yaam Gumbaynggirr Adventure Tours, Coffs Harbour

Wildlife Retreat at Taronga, Mosman

Zoofari Lodge, Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo


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Taryn Blight

Written by Taryn Blight