Golden Backpack Awards 2016

A comprehensive list of all of the nominees for this years Golden Backpack Awards 2016

To vote for your favorite operators/agents/accommodation or service providers CLICK HERE

Best Tour Activity – New South Wales

  • Skydive Australia – Byron Bay
  • Lets go surfing
  • G-Adventures
  • Oz Snow Adventure
  • Skydive Australia – Sydney-Wollongong
  • Kangariffic tour
  • Surf Camp Australia
  • Barefoot Downunder
  • Sydney Bridge Climb

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BridgeClimb leads small group tours on the Sydney Harbour Bridge, 134 metres above Sydney’s sparkling Harbour. Climbers will experience spectacular views while trained Climb Leaders reveal the secrets of Sydney and its Harbour Bridge. BridgeClimb is the ultimate adventure and the ‘must do’ experience in Sydney. Along with running with the bulls in Spain and rock climbing in Yosemite Valley in the USA, BridgeClimb Sydney has been rated in the Lonely Planet’s top ten biggest adrenaline rush experiences in the world!

  • Sydney Skydivers

Best Tour Activity – Northern Territory

  • Jump Tours
  • Mulgas Adventures
  • The Rock Tour
  • Wayoutback Australian Safaris
  • Emu Run Experience
  • Kakadu 4WD experience
  • G-Adventures
  • Adventure Tours Australia

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  • Crocosaurus Cove

Best Tour Activity – Queensland

  • Whitsundays Sailing Adventures
  • Raging Thunder
  • Skydive Australia – Mission Beach
  • G-Adventures
  • Skydive Australia – Cairns
  • Down Under Cruise & Dive

new-prelim-aDown Under Cruise & Dive’s new premium reef vessel EVOLUTION departs Cairns daily offering a fast, comfortable and affordable cruise, with five hours spent visiting two spectacular Outer Great Barrier Reef destinations. This large modern vessel is state of the art and has received several awards for its design and on-board features. Offering more activities during the tour than their competitors Down Under Cruise and Dive offer one of the best value for money tours in Australia. Snorkelling, scuba diving and PADI courses, semi-submarine tours, marine biology lessons and tours, scenic helicopter flights, BBQ buffet lunch and on-board entertainment are all available on your day of travel whilst enjoying the most luxurious reef vessel available in Australia.

  • AJ Hackett Cairns
  • Nomads Fraser Island Tours

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Nomads Fraser Island Tours offer the fully inclusive island package – allowing you to sit back, explore, make new friends and cruise along the world’s largest sand island in a 4WD! There’s no camping on this 4WD tour – enjoy the luxuries of on island dorm accommodation. With 3 Day and 2 Day options available, experience the beauty of Fraser with Nomads!

  • Drop Bear Adventures
  • Pro Dive Cairns
  • True Blue Sailing
  • Cairns Dive Centre
  • Deep Sea Divers Den
  • Cairns Skydivers (Tandem Cairns)
  • Airlie Beach Skydivers
  • Dingos Fraser Island Tours
  • Wicked Club Crawl

Best Tour Activity – South Australia

  • Calypso Star Charters
  • Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours (Sealink)

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At Kangaroo Island Adventure Tours we’re passionate locals’ who love sharing our island with travellers’ from all around the globe. Our great value, Kangaroo Island Wilderness Tours are led by fun-loving, professional guides who also happen to be Kangaroo Island specialists – unlike other operators, we only operate tours on Kangaroo Island.  We want to share with you the wilderness thrill of a lifetime, Kangaroo Island style, and we’ll stop at nothing to make sure you get it.  Following your 45 minute journey from the mainland, our comfortable, 20-seater coach will be waiting as you disembark the SeaLink ferry at Penneshaw. Prepare for an entertaining and information packed journey filled with pristine wilderness, spectacular coastline and unforgettable characters from both KI’s human and animal kingdoms.  Thanks to our small group sizes, you’ll have ample opportunity to speak to, and learn from your guide, while getting to know your fellow adventurers.
 
  • Groovy Grape Tours
  • Adventure Tours Australia

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  • Taste the Barossa
  • Swim with Tuna
  • Nullarbor Traveller

Best Tour Activity – Tasmania

  • Jump Tours
  • Under Down Under
  • Adventure Tours Australia

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Best Tour Activity – Western Australia

  • Skydive Australia – Rockingham
  • Aussie Wanderer Tours & Safaris
  • Adventure Tours Australia

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  • Kimberley Wild Adventure Tours
  • Red Earth Safaris
  • Three Island Whale Shark Dive
  • Nullabor Traveller

Best Tour Activity – Victoria

  • Great Ocean Road Surf Tours
  • Wildlife Tours Australia
  • G Adventures
  • Bunyip Yours

Best Accommodation – Northern Territory

  • Alice Lodge Backpackers
  • YHA Alice Springs
  • Melaleuca on Mitchell

Best Accommodation – Queensland

  • Gilligans Backpacker Hotel & Resort
  • Emus Beach Resort
  • Bunk Backpackers
  • United Backpackers Port Douglas
  • Nomads Noosa

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Tropical resort style accommodation located in the heart of Noosa Heads. Nomads Noosa is the place to chill out, relax and let loose. With a tropical style swimming pool, lush gardens, volleyball courts, onsite parking, a Travel Desk and of course – KB’s Bar, Nomads Noosa is the ultimate base to explore Fraser Island and the Sunshine Coast.

  • Carins YHA
  • Surfers Paradise Backpackers Resort
  • Magnums Airlie Beach
  • Dingos Backpacker Resort
  • Backpackers In Paradise
  • Base Airlie Beach

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Your “Base” in Airlie Beach – the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands! Base Airlie Beach offers a fun and vibrant atmosphere, a great location and modern and stylish accommodation.

 

  • Rambutan Townsville
  • Islander Resort Hotel
  • Bungalow Bay Koala Village

Best Accommodation – South Australia

  • Port Lincoln YHA
  • Yha Adelaide
  • Port Elliot YHA
  • Adelaide’s Shakespeare Backpackers International Hostel
  • Hostel 109
  • Barossa Backpackers
  • Vivonne Bay Lodge, Kangaroo Island

VivonneBayLodge_logo_CMYK_pos    Vivonne Bay Lodge, on Knofel Drive in Vivonne Bay, is located on 206 hectares of bushland, with 1 kilometre of beach frontage and 10 kilometres of sign posted walking and biking trails. Vivonne Bay is situated on the South Coast of Kangaroo Island, and is centrally located to many of Kangaroo Island’s top attractions and activities. Vivonne Bay Lodge is a fantastic choice for your Kangaroo Island accommodation.  There’s abundant wildlife and native vegetation throughout the property, with recreational and barbecue facilities. Private rooms cater for up to four people with shared bathroom facilities and free Wi-Fi. Adventure tickets are complimentary that include use of bikes, kayaks and sandboards.

  • Groovy Grape Tours

Best Accommodation – Tasmania

  • The Pickled Frog
  • Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
  • Arthouse Backpackers
  • Bicheno Backpackers

Best Accommodation – Victoria

  • United Backpackers Melbourne
  • Base St Kilda

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The home of Australia’s biggest backpacker night, Base St Kilda is all about the traveller! With modern and secure accommodation in the heart of Melbourne’s beach side suburb of St Kilda, Base is the place to be. Facilities include: daily activities in the warmer months, Travel Desk, Job Search desk, 24 hour reception and more!

  • HabitatHQ
  • The Ritz for Backpackers
  • Urban central
  • Groovy Grape Tours
  • Greenhouse backpackers
  • Space Hotel
  • Bells Beach Backpackers

Best Accommodation – Western Australia

  • Billabong Backpackers Resort
  • Coolibah Lodge
  • Ningaloo Club Coral Bay
  • Globe Backpackers
  • The Witch’s Hat
  • Perth City YHA
  • Ocean Beach Backpackers
  • The Old Swan Barracks

Best Accommodation – New South Wales

  • Air BNB
  • Big Hostel
  • YHA backpackers Sydney Harbour
  • Base Kent Street Sydney

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Central accommodation with a cosmopolitan buzz, Base Sydney is just a short walk from Town Hall Station, Darling Harbour and many of Sydney’s major attractions. With an onsite Travel Desk, Job Search service and of course – ‘The Scary Canary’ Bar & Restaurant, Base has everything you need to enjoy your visit to Sydney.

  • YHA Blue mountain katoomba

Best Accommodation – New Zealand

  • Haka Lodge
  • Pacific Coast Lodge & Backpackers
  • Copperbeech backpackers
  • Trek Global Backpackers
  • Base Auckland

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Centrally located with a range of dorm, female only and private rooms available, Base Auckland is your “Kiwi” home away from home. With an onsite Gym, Travel Desk, Cafe, Job Search Desk, Nightclub and Rooftop Bar – Base Auckland is where it’s at!

  • Base Backpackers Queenstown

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Modern accommodation in the heart of New Zealand’s adventure and party capital. Choose from a range of dorms, female only, triple, quad and private rooms at Base Queenstown. Home of ‘Loco’ – the best Bar & Restaurant in Queenstown (we may be biased), Base Queenstown has everything you need!

  • DownTown Backpackers
  • Adventure Queenstown Hostel
  • Ponsonby Backpackers
  • YHA NZ
  • Rainforest retreat
  • Tamaki Maori Village

Best Backpacker Night – New Zealand

  • Pippi Patch

 

There’s something about the New Zealand town of Paihia that makes you want to party. Base Bay of Island’s very own Pipi Patch Bar is the ultimate place to do just that! Tip: no visit to the Bay of Islands is complete without trying the infamous “Pipi Bomb!” You’re welcome…

  • Big Night Out
  • Blend Bar
  • Kiwi Crawl
  • Trek Global

Best Campervan – New Zealand

  • Spaceships Campervans
  • Mighty Campers
  • Jucy Rentals NZ

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At JUCY, we stand for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. We pride ourselves on offering unique and exciting travel experiences. JUCY started in 2001 in Auckland, New Zealand with a fleet of just 35 rental cars. Today we’ve got more than 3,800 cars, campas and motorhomes across Australia, New Zealand and the US. In New Zealand we also operate the JUCY Cruise boat in Milford Sound and JUCY Snooze accommodation in Auckland and Christchurch! In Australia we are located in all major centres across QLD, NSW, VIC and a newly opened branch in Adelaide.

  • Hippie Campers

Best Cultural Experience

  • Dolphin Seafaris
  • Tamaki Maori Village
  • Daintree Dreaming

Best Tour/Activity – New Zealand

  • N-ZONE NEW ZEALAND
  • Skydive Taupo
  • Haka Tours Ltd
  • Dolphin Seafaris
  • Shotover Canyon Swing
  • Canoe & Kayak Taupo
  • Mojo Surf NZ
  • Franz Josef Glacier Guides
  • Flying Kiwi Adventures
  • Taupo Bungy

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  • AJ Hackett NZ
  • The Legendary Black Water Rafting Co
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves

Best Transport – New Zealand

  • Hippie campers
  • Stray
  • Haka Tours
  • Kiwi Experience

Best Travel Agent – New Zealand

  • STA Travel
  • Peterpans New Zealand
  • Flight Centre
  • Nelson I-Site

Best Destination – New Zealand

  • Rotorua – Aotearoa
  • Great Lake Taupo
  • Queenstown
  • Tourism Bay of Plenty
  • Waitomo
  • Bay of islands

Best Visitor Attraction – New Zealand

  • Franz Josef Glacier Guides
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Skyline Tower- Queenstown
  • Lake Taupo
  • Bay of Islands
  • Tongariro National Park

Best Holiday Park – Australia

  • Ledge Point Caravan Park
  • Cairns Holiday Park
  • Bungalow Bay Magnetic Island
  • Harbour View Holiday Park
  • Big 4 Gold Coast Holiday Park

Best Airline – Australia

  • Jetstar Airways
  • Qantas
  • Virgin
  • Tiger
  • Rex

Best Online Travel Agent

  • Peter Pans Adventure Travel
  • Xtreme Travel

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There’s no shame in starting small when you’re laying the foundation for something great. That’s precisely what we’ve done and now we have a group of businesses…  At Xtreme Travel our goal has always been simple and the same, its to help people experience and get the most out of travel.So when your ready to take your travel dream to reality and get the best travel deals, great travel advice and knowledge about places from around the world, then let us help you discover the delights of travel, save you time finding your ideal package and enjoy your well earned experience.

As Xtreme Travel originated from a travel dream, a dream which initially inspired me Mike Land (AKA Mr ADRENALIN) the founder of our company and an adrenalin junky to travel this world extensively, both backpacking and experiencing some of the finest hotels whilst visiting over 46 countries for new and unusual adventures. So whether you’re a first time backpacker, a seasoned traveller or looking for a family holiday, let us help you find that ideal destination….as dreams can become a reality”

 

  • fraserisland.com.au
  • Tournado
  • Uluru Adventures
  • Travel Freedom
  • One Stop Adventures

One Stop Adventures - LogoOne Stop Adventures is Australia, New Zealand and Fiji’s leading one stop online adventure travel shop which gives the traveller the opportunity to choose their own adventure from a great range of quality packages, tours, activities and transport options.

 

  • Georgie’s Getaway

Best Backpacker Night – Australia

  • Gilligans
  • Birdees
  • Full moon Down Under
  • X Base Backpackers – St Kilda

 

It’s a party at Red Eye Bar 7 nights a week! Base St Kilda’s very own Red Eye Bar is all about the traveller – the ideal place to meet like minded people. With Bingo, Dildo Racing (yes… you read correctly), Drag Queens, DJs, Live Music and more – you can be sure to have an unforgettable time in the world’s most liveable city.

  • partyincairns.com
  • Turf Bar Under
  • Down Under Bar

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Home to Queensland’s biggest backpacker night, Down Under Bar & Grill Brisbane is where it’s at. Located within the newly rebranded Nomads Brisbane – there’s no such thing as the weekend at “DUB” (as the locals call it) – every night is a Saturday night!

  • Cheeky Monkeys
  • The Woolshed
  • Big night out
  • Bells Beach Backpackers
  • Wicked Club Crawl

Best Campervan – Australia

  • JUCY

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At JUCY, we stand for fun, adventure and the spirit of travelling. We pride ourselves on offering unique and exciting travel experiences. JUCY started in 2001 in Auckland, New Zealand with a fleet of just 35 rental cars. Today we’ve got more than 3,800 cars, campas and motorhomes across Australia, New Zealand and the US. In New Zealand we also operate the JUCY Cruise boat in Milford Sound and JUCY Snooze accommodation in Auckland and Christchurch! In Australia we are located in all major centres across QLD, NSW, VIC and a newly opened branch in Adelaide.

  • Hippie Camper
  • Mighty Campers
  • Travellers Autobarn
  • Reloc8it

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“VROOM VROOM LETS START THAT ULTIMATE ROAD TRIP
AS AT RELOC8IT, WE RELOCATE CAMPERVANS EVERY DAY FOR PEOPLE  JUST LIKE YOU WHO WANT TO EXPERIENCE AUSTRALIA THE LAND DOWN UNDER, WORLD FAMOUS FOR OUR NATURAL WONDERS AND WIDE OPEN SPACES, OUR BEACHES AND “THE BUSH” SO YOU CAN HAVE THE BEST TRAVEL EXPERIENCES AT THE BEST HEAVILY DISCOUNTED RATES YOU’LL EVER EVER EVER GONNA GET !
AND WITH CAMPERVAN RELOCATION DEPOTS IN CAIRNS, TOWNSVILLE, AIRLIE BEACH, BRISBANE, SYDNEY, MELBOURNE, ADELAIDE, ALICE SPRINGS, DARWIN PERTH AND BROOME TO NAME A FEW, RELOC8IT WILL GET YOU DRIVING AWAY FOR YOUR ULTIMATE AUSSIE ADVENTURE”  and check pout our youtube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=7&v=6JRWAKF_i2A
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  • Wicked

Best Destination – Australia

  • Western Australia
  • Cairns
  • The Whitsundays
  • Noosa
  • Melbourne
  • Sydney
  • Gold coast
  • Tourism Central Australia
  • Tourism Northern Territories

Best Large Travel Agent – Australia

  • Backpacker by STA Travel
  • Peter Pans Adventure Travel
  • Flight Centre
  • Happy Travels
  • Backpacker World Travel
  • Greyhound Wicked Travel

Best Small/independent travel agent – Australia

  • Adventure Cairns And Beyond
  • Gilligans Travels
  • Friendly Backpacker travel melbourne
  • Crooked Compass
  • Lake 67
  • Duck Travel
  • Tropical Tour bookings
  • One Stop Adventures
  • Georgie’s Getaway

Best Transport – Australia

  • Integrity Coach Lines
  • Loka
  • Premier Transport Group
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Premier Motor Service operate the most modern fleet of five star luxury coaches along Australia’s East Coast. Our coaches are all seat belted, have climate controlled air conditioning, aircraft style reclining seating, panoramic glare free windows and on-board washroom and toilet. We off competitive fares and value bus passes to back packers travelling in our beautiful country.
So make the right choice! Travel with Premier Motor Service – the coach company that is leading the way!
  • Greyhound
  • Spaceships

Best Visitor Attraction – Australia

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
  • 12 Apostles, Great Ocean Road
  • Sydney Harbour
  • Kakadu
  • Fraser Island
  • Blue Mountains
  • Whitehaven Beach
  • Daintree National Park
  • Koala Park on Magnetic Island

Best Technology, Services, Recruitment or Training provider

  • Visit Oz
  • Global Work and Travel
  • Taxback.com
  • Backpackers Buddy
  • Workstay.com.au
  • Hero Travel
  • Website Travel
  • Fruitpickingjobs.com.au
  • Workingholidayjobs.com.au
  • Travello App