Congratulations to the best of the best in the backpacking industry for 2016 in Australia and NZ!
If you’re travelling around Australia or New Zealand in 2017 then why not start your search with a quick look over the recently crowned winners of the 2016 TNT Golden Backpack Awards. This list will help fill up your travel itinerary as you travel around Australia and NZ in 2017.
First up, we’d like to congratulate The Whitsundays for taking out the award for best destination in 2016! Most backpackers have The Whitsundays on their Australian travel itinerary and who can blame them with all the tropical adventure that can be had up there. Whether it’s sailing around any of the 74 stunning islands, learning to dive on some of the best reefs in the world, catching a see plane to see it all by air, camping on a secluded island for a couple nights or simply making the most of any of the water adventure activities, The Whitsundays has all your tropical playground experiences covered.
If you are wondering whats on at The Whitsundays over the coming months be sure to check out their events calendar here -- What’s On -- The Whitsundays
The award for best overall backpacker accommodation for Australia went to Base Sydney. With it being one of the most centrally located budget accommodation options just minutes from Darling Harbour along with it’s girl only floor called The Sanctuary, Base Sydney is certainly a popular choice for many backpackers, especially for downing a few cold drinks at their party den called The Scary Canary. However if you are travelling beyond Sydney, Base has you covered across many parts of Australia and NZ.
While the award for best overall tour activity in Australia was won by Skydive Australia. What better way for backpackers to take in the sights of Australia than from the air, with the 15 premium dropzones across Australia, which include the following options:
NEW SOUTH WALES
Byron Bay, Central Coast, Hunter Valley, Newcastle, Sydney -- Wollongong
Airlie Beach, Brisbane, Cairns, Mission Beach
Great Ocean Road, Melbourne, Yarra Valley
Perth City, Rockingham, York
Congratulations to all of the other winners listed below from the 2016 TNT Golden Backpacker Awards:
Best Destination – The Whitsundays
Best Tour Activity NSW & Australia Wide – Skydive Australia
Best Tour Activity (NT) – The Rock Tour
Best Tour Activity (QLD) – Drop Bear Adventures
Best Tour Activity (SA) – Calypso Star Charters
Best Tour Activity (TAS) – Under Down Under
Best Tour Activity (VIC) – Wildlife Tours
Best Tour Activity (WA) – Adventure Tours Australia
Best Accommodation (NSW) – Base Sydney
Best Accommodation (NT) – Melaleuca On Mitchell
Best Accommodation QLD & Australia Wide – BUNK Backpackers
Best Accommodation (SA) – Port Lincoln YHA
Best Accommodation (TAS) – The Pickled Frog
Best Accommodation (VIC) – Greenhouse Backpacker
Best Accommodation (WA) – Billabong Backpackers Resort
Best Holiday Park – Cairns Holiday Park
Best Online Travel Agent & Best Large Travel Agent – Peterpans
Backpacker Night – Wicked Club Crawl
Best Campervan – JUCY
Best Small/Independent Travel Agent – One Stop Adventures
Best Destination – The Whitsundays
Best Transport – Greyhound Australia
Best Visitor Attraction – The Great Barrier Reef
Best Technology/Recruitment/Service Company – Visitoz
Best Destination – Queenstown
If you’d like some advice on how best to arrange a “sickie” to get off work and take some time off in Queenstown then take a look at this funny video from Destination Queenstown.
Best Accommodation – Pacific Coast Lodge and Backpackers
Best Backpacker Night – Pipi Patch
Best Campervan – Spaceships
Best Tour/Activity – Haka Tours
Best Transport – Kiwi Experience
Best Travel Agent – STA Travel
Best Visitor Attraction – Franz Josef Glacier Guides
Best Cultural Experience – Tamaki Maori Village
If you’d like to read a bit more about the winners above be sure to check out the summary in the latest digital edition of the TNT Magazine . We hope that this list helps you get started on planning your big Australia and New Zealand backpacking travel adventures!