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Byron Shire Marine parks are winners

AWARD: Delta Kay and Nigel Stewart with the silver award in the NSW Tourism Award
AWARD: Delta Kay and Nigel Stewart with the silver award in the NSW Tourism Award Christian Morrow

HOT on the heels of its recognition in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature Green List, Cape Byron State Conservation Area has picked up a Silver award for Tourist Attractions in the NSW Tourism Awards.

On top of that, Byron's own Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming Cape Byron State Conservation Area has won the Silver for Indigenous Tourism.

Lawrence Orel from NSW NPWS said Cape Byron State Conservation Area is a managed reserve where tourism opportunities are enhanced through strong partnerships with the Arakwal Aboriginal people.

"The Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming is a creative education and tourism program for a deeper cultural awareness in respecting, valuing and appreciating Arakwal Country," he said.

"Participants join traditional owners in art, dance and ceremonies about land and sea, and the importance of dolphins to Arakwal people.

"The silver winning Cape Byron State Conservation Area offers a wide array of unique accommodation such as the renovated 'beach shacks' and lighthouse keeper's cottages, educational and lighthouse tours, a maritime museum and the popular Cape Walking Track."

"The visitor experience is enhanced by more than 50 enthusiastic volunteers offering a local perspective.

"These awards are recognition for a lot of hard work by many dedicated people."

Byron Shire business operators took out seven awards across 28 categories at the awards in Sydney.

Other winners are:

Byron Beach Cafe: Gold for Tourism Restaurants and Catering.

Byron Bay Bluesfest: Silver for Major Festivals and Events.

Flash Camp: Two silver for New Tourism Development and for Unique Accommodation.

CanGoEverywhere: Bronze for New Tourism Development.

Topics:  byron bay, indigenous, national parks


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