SA’s Port River Cruises take out national tourism award for best new business

Port River Cruises have awarded bronze at the recent Qantas Australian Tourism awards for the new tourism business category.

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Port River Cruises have taken home bronze at the recent Qantas Australian Tourism awards for the new tourism business category.

The Port Adelaide business was one of 10 SA businesses recognised at the prestigious event which celebrates excellence across 26 categories, recognising the best in the nation’s tourism industry.

“What an amazing achievement. We are so proud of what we have achieved and the amazing team that bring our operation together,” the team wrote on Facebook.

“Thank-you to all our customers for supporting us. This is a huge recognition on the National level. Could not be prouder.”

Port River Cruises are a family owned and operated business in the heart of the port. Their legacy spans over three decades in the marine tourism realm with their unwavering dedication and commitment to delivering unparalleled experiences to their cherished customers.

Their journey began in August 2022, offering a Dolphin and Ships Graveyard tour, cultural tours, private charters and live music events.

Its on cruises you can enjoy an award-winning experience exploring Adelaide’s Port River and its rich maritime history. Glide through the Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, home to a local dolphin pod, and marvel at the iconic Ships Graveyard, where giant wrecks tell tales of the past. You can also admire the 10,000-year-old mangrove forests along the way, some of the oldest in the Southern Hemisphere!

Guided by knowledgeable skippers, guests learn about famous ships, historic landmarks, and the abundant birdlife of the International Bird Sanctuary. They have tours running multiple times daily, making this 90-minute adventure a must-do activity for visitors to Adelaide.

Shaun de Bruyn, Chairperson of the Australian Tourism Awards, commended South Australia’s tourism operators for their unwavering commitment to excellence.

“It is always a proud moment to witness tourism operators from South Australia being recognised for their outstanding commitment to excellence in their businesses and our state’s tourism industry more broadly,” he said.

“Since the introduction of an accessible tourism category in our state-based awards in 2018, South Australian tourism operators have been exemplary in embracing accessible tourism practices, setting a benchmark for the industry. This commitment to inclusivity has not only created more opportunities for people with diverse abilities to experience South Australia but has also positioned the state as a leader in driving positive change.”

While Port River Cruises won bronze, Tasmania’s On Board took home the gold and Nexus airlines in Western Australia clinched silver.

Port River Cruises
Where: 1 McLaren Wharf, Port Adelaide, SA, Australia, South Australia

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