Ocean Safari enjoyed success at the Queensland Tourism Awards in Brisbane on Friday night, winning bronze in The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism category.
Owners Peter and Jan Claxton attended the awards ceremony and spoke proudly of the achievement. “We are so thrilled to have won Bronze in The Steve Irwin Award for Ecotourism category at the Queensland Tourism Awards. We are especially proud to be honoured in this category as we are passionate ambassadors for ecologically sustainable tourism in this beautiful region where the Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef, two world heritage areas side by side,” said Jan.
“It is extremely rewarding and we are so proud of our team based at Cape Tribulation. Operating in a relatively remote region can sometimes present operational challenges but our team do an amazing job of running such a tight ship. Not only do they work hard running daily tours to the Great Barrier Reef with Ocean Safari, but also do a fantastic job in operating our onsite accommodation and café, Safari Lodge and Turtle Rock Café, offering a place for visitors to eat, stay and play in the tropical rainforest. We must also truly thank all of those who support us, including our guests, agents and industry partners and congratulate all the other winners of the night,” said Jan.
The win follows on the back of Ocean Safari’s success last year, winning gold in the Tour and Transport Operator category at a Queensland level and silver on a national level at the Australian Tourism Awards.
To add to the excitement of the night, Ocean Rafting’s sister company, Ocean Rafting, which is based in the Whitsundays, won a Gold award in the Major Tour and/or Transport Operator category.
Ocean Safari offers an exhilarating ride to snorkel the pristine untouched Great Barrier Reef off the Daintree Coast. The half day eco tour takes a maximum of 25 passengers and visits two different snorkel destinations, each with an extraordinary array of marine life and coral species. After a fast 25 minute ride, guests are ready to snorkel two fabulous location and on most days, the rainforest can be seen along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef alongside sea turtles, which are found in abundance swimming over reefs full of colourful coral.