Past Finalists 2017
Heritage Tourism Product
Australian Heritage Festival
The Australian Heritage Festival, WA's largest heritage festival, provides a wide range of heritage experiences including performances, tours, workshops and exhibitions.
The annual Australian Heritage Festival works with more than 80 organisations to offer a large and varied program of free and low cost heritage experiences, with events offered across the State in both metropolitan and regional areas. An annual theme inspires event holders to offer targeted interpretation of Australia's historic, natural and Aboriginal heritage.
In 2016, the festival offered 160 events and has attracted nearly 500,000 visitors to heritage-related sites and activities since the festival started in Western Australia in 2012.
Busselton Jetty Experience
The 151 year-old Busselton Jetty has firmly established itself as a unique attraction and continues to grow as a leading tourist experience in the South West and Western Australia with approximately 400,000 visitors per year.
The Jetty experiences include the Jetty Train, Underwater Observatory, Interpretive Centre and Museum.
In the past year, more visitor experiences have been added to the Busselton Jetty Experience. There is now a guided walking or buggy tour, heritage nodes to explore, fishing clinics and a fun maritime and heritage Bollard Trail Quiz quiz along the length of the jetty. A highlight of the new program is the Underwater Helmet and Snorkel Tour.
The Jetty is managed by the Busselton Jetty Environment and Conservation Association (BJECA), a not-for-profit organisation. It is already working on plans to develop a new major attraction onsite to will secure the Jetty’s future.
Kings Park Free Guided Walks
For the past three decades, Kings Park has been one of the first ports-of-call for visitors from around the world. The Kings Park Guides volunteer at the Visitor Information Centre and provide award-winning customer service by sharing their knowledge about the history and heritage of Kings Park and Western Australia.
The Guides lead free guided walks three times a day, as well as the popular ‘Past and Present’ walk, a one-hour tour that draws visitors into the stories of the park’s history including its Indigenous and post-settlement history, the State War Memorial and other memorials, and how our State’s unique history has shaped our present identity.
The guided walks also explain the importance of Kings Park in the commemoration of Western Australians who served their country in overseas conflicts.
Over the years, tens of thousands of visitors have benefited from the information imparted by these passionate and knowledgeable volunteer guides.
Leonora Heritage Trail
The Leonora Heritage Trail, launched in 2016, is a self-guided tour that highlights 30 significant heritage places within the townsite, dating from 1898 to the late 1930s.
Footpath markers lead visitors past buildings and places that give visitors glimpses into domestic, social and working life in this remote gold mining town and the stories of people associated with these places, in the first half of the 20th century.
This self-guided, 1.6km walking trail takes approximately one hour. Visitors can download an interactive online e-trail on a tablet or smartphone to follow the footpath markers identifying the location of sites. Alternatively, a guidebook with a synopsis of the history of each place is available free from the visitor centre, museum or local businesses.
Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail
The Ngurin Bush Tucker Trail, a 2km self-guided walk, was developed as part of Roebourne’s 150-year anniversary celebrations in 2016.
With valuable information and learnings from Ngarluma elders David Walker, Violet Samson and Pansy Hicks, the trail’s interpretive signage uses Ngarluma names for bush tucker, bush medicines and other artefacts used by Aboriginal people in their traditional way of life, with some still being used today.
The trail was developed in close liaison with the Ngarluma people, the traditional owners of the land, in the belief that giving people a better understanding will engender a greater respect for Aboriginal people and their culture.