Byron Bay has scooped the pool at the annual New South Wales Tourism awards.
Bluesfest added to its growing collection of gongs, being voted the state’s best festival or event.
Wollongbar campus of North Coast TAFE won the award for Tourism Education and Training.
The Cape Byron State Conservation Area took home gold in the tourist attraction category, while the associated Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming program won top honours for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander tourism.
Indigenous education officer, Delta Kay, said it was a proud moment.
“Byron’s done really well this year,” she said.
“We’re pretty shocked and totally excited about our win.
“Last year we got silver for Arakwal Dolphin Dreaming, so to be able to bring home the gold is fantastic.”
Ms Kay is a key player in the program and has taken the reigns from her sister who started it some time ago.
“Dolphin Dreaming has been running for many, many years,” she said.
“We teach our local Aboriginal culture through stories, song and dance.
“It’s a very hands-on program and we utilise the great outdoors of the Cape Byron Conservation Area when we deliver the programs.”