THE NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service has taken out four awards at the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards - two Gold, a silver and a bronze including the Gold 2012 Tourist Attractions Award for Cape Byron State Conservation Area.
The NSW Environment Minister Robyn Parker said the NPWS winners announced last week at a gala awards ceremony in Sydney were Blue Mountains National Park, Cape Byron State Conservation Area and Oxley Wild River's Green Gully Track.
The prestigious annual awards, which are presented by the Tourism Industry Council NSW and supported by Destination NSW, celebrate and acknowledge tourism businesses that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and success throughout the year.
Cape Byron State Conservation Area, which took out the Gold 2012 Tourist Attractions Award, has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to tourism in the region.
"The Conservation Area offers an unparalleled nature experience in the heart of Byron Bay, one of Australia's most popular coastal getaways and Australia's most easterly point," Ms Parker said.
"Blue Mountains National Park is truly a hallmark destination, drawing visitors from every corner of the globe.
"It is both World Heritage and one of Australia's sixteen National Landscapes, making it an iconic tourism destination, rich in history, wildlife and world famous scenery.
"The park is a most deserving winner of the 2012 NSW Tourism Award for Major Tourist Attractions."
Blue Mountains National Park offers visitors more than 320 kilometres of walking tracks, 37 of which are on the NSW State Heritage Register. Many tracks reflect fascinating histories and culture and many are feats of engineering genius.
"The Silver Award for Heritage and Cultural Tourism also went to Blue Mountains National Park. The award recognises that a walk in the Blue Mountains is more than just a walk through nature - it is a walk through time and an opportunity to discover our history, heritage and culture," Ms Parker said.
The Green Gully Track, which won bronze in the New Tourism Development category, is a challenging, self-reliant, 65 kilometre hike through the spectacular Apsley-Macleay gorges of Oxley Wild Rivers National Park, one of the largest gorge systems in Australia.
Ms Parker said the NSW Government is committed to increasing visitor access to our parks and reserves and boosting local economies through tourism and visitation.
For more information about our national park winners visit the Department's website; for more information on the 2012 NSW Tourism Awards visit here; and for more information on how to visit, explore, discover and enjoy these special places, go to the NPWS website.