Golden Backpacker Awards 2012 winners and finalists

Here’s the full list of winners and finalists for TNT’s 2012 Golden Backpack Awards.   

Queensland Awards

Best Hostel: Bunk

Finalists: Gilligan’s, Bunk, Greenhouse Backpackers Cairns, Base Airlie Beach, Nomads Cairns.

Best tour/activity: AJ Hackett Bungy Cairns

Finalists: Whitsunday Sailing Adventures, True Blue Sailing, AJ Hacket Cairns, Passions of Paradise, Pro Dive Cairns.

Best Backpacker Night: Full Moon Down Under Base

Finalists: The Woolshed, Birdee Num Nums,  Full Moon down under (Base), Gilligans, The Down under bar and grill, Airlie Beach.

Tasmania Awards

Best Hostel: The Pickled Frog, Hobart

Finalists: Launceston Backpackers, Bicheno Backpackers, The Pickled Frog, Central City Backpackers, Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Best tour/activity: Jump Tours

Finalists: Adventure Tours, 6-day Taste of Tasmania, Under Down Under, Jump Tours, Tours Tasmania ‘one day tour’, Cradle Mountain Canyon Tours.

Best Backpacker Night: The Pickled Frog

Finalists: BBQ night – Strahan YHA, Pickled Frog, Backpacker Hub, Lloyds Hotel, Republic Bar & Cafe


Northern Territory awards

Best Hostel: Toddy’s Backpackers

Finalists: Annie’s place, Youth Shack, Melaleuca On Mitchell, Toddy’s Backpackers, Banyan View Lodge.

Best tour/activity: The Rock Tour

Finalists: Rock Tour, Adventure Tours, Crocosaurus Cove, Topdeck, Wayoutback Kakadu.

Best Backpacker Night: The Rock Bar

Finalists: Bojangles Saloon & Dining Room, Annie’s Place, The Rock Bar, Melaleuca On Mitchell, Shenanigan


Western Australia Awards

Best Hostel: Old Swan Barracks

Finalists: Billabong Backpackers Resort, Witches Hat, Emperors Crown, The Old Swan Barracks, Perth City YHA

Best tour/activity: Western Xposure

Finalists: Red Earth Safaris, Aussie Wanderer, Nullabor Traveller, Western Exposure, Easy Rider Tours.

Best Backpacker Night: Mustang

Finalists: Mustang Bar, Hip-E Club, Kimberley Club Broome, Old Swan Barracks, Night Cruiser Party Bus.


Victoria Awards

Best Hostel: Habitat HQ

Finalists: Greenhouse Backpackers, Space Hotel, Urban Central, Habitat HQ, Coffee Palace

Best tour/activity: Groovy Grape, Great Ocean Road

Finalists: Bunyip, Great Ocean Road, Autopia Tours, Great Ocean Road, The Official Neighbours Tour, Wildlife Tours, Great

Best Backpacker Night: The Official Neighbours Night

Finalists: The Official Neighbours Night, Habitat HQ open mic night, Turf Bar (Hit The Turf), Blue Moon Bar, Red Eye Bar.

New South Wales Awards

Best Hostel: Wake Up!

Finalists: Bounce, Art Factory Byron Bay, Sydney Harbour, YHA Woodduck (Boomerang), Wake Up!

Best tour/activity: Mojosurf

Finalists: Sky Dive the Beach , Oz Snow Adventures, Surf Camp Australia, OZIntro, Mojosurf

Best Backpacker Night: Scary Canary 

Finalists: Spot X Mojo Surf, Oz Party Bus, Scary Canary, Side Bar, Scubar.


South Australia Awards

Best Hostel: Shakespeare Backpackers

Finalists: Barossa backpackers, Shakespeare Backpackers, Backpack OZ Adelaide, Nomads Traveller’s Inn Adelaide, Adelaide Central YHA

Best tour/activity: Groovy Grape, Barossa Valley

Finalists: Groovy Grape, Adventure Bay Charters, Sealink SA, Nullarbor Traveller, Shark Cage Diving – Calypso Star Charters

Best Backpacker Night: Backpack OZ

Finalists: Adelaide Pub Crawl , Adelaide Central YHA, Bar 108, P.J.O’briens Irish Pub, BackpackOZ


New Zealand Awards

Best Hostel: Nomads Queenstown

Finalists: Base Queenstown, Jucy Hotel, Auckland, Nomads Wellington, Nomads Queenstown, Downtown Backpackers Wellington

Best tour/activity: AJ Hackett Bungy, Queenstown

Finalists: JUCY Cruize Milford Sound, Shotover Canyon Swing, Zorbing Rotorua, MojoSurf NZ, AJ Hacket Bungy

Best Backpacker Night: Big Night Out, Queenstown

Finalists: Base Queenstown, Globe Bar (Base Auckland), The World Bar, Queenstown, Big Night Out, Queenstown, Minus5 Ice Bar

Australia National Awards

Best Car / Campervan Rental Australia: Spaceships

Finalists: Hippie Camper, Jucy Rentals AUS, Spaceships, Travellers Auto Barn, Wicked Campers.

Best Car / Campervan Rental New Zealand: Jucy

Finalists: Escape Rentals, Mighty Cars and Campers, Jucy Rentals NZ Hippie Camper, Spaceships

Best Tour Operator Australia: Oz Experience

Finalists: Mojosurf Australia, Oz Experience, Adventure Tours Australia, Topdeck, Wildlife Tours Australia

Best transport company Australia: Greyhound Australia

Finalists: Great Southern Rail, Greyhound Australia, Jet Star, Oz Experience, Premier Motor Service, Virgin Australia


Best Tour / Transport Operator New Zealand: Kiwi Experience

Finalists: Kiwi Experience, Stray, Magic Travellers Network, Jucy Cruise.


General Awards

Best large travel agent: Peterpans Adventure Travel

Finalists: Adventure Travel Bugs, Backpackers World Travel, Peterpans Travel Adventure, Tribal Travel, Mad Travel Shop.

Best small travel agent: Cairns Tribal Travel

Finalists: Cairns Tribal Travel, Ultimate OZ, Duck Travel Shop Sydney, Mr,

Best Backpacker Website: Hostelworld

Finalists: Hostelbookers, Hostelworld,,,

Best Recruitment Service: Travellers at Work

Finalists: Travellers at Work, The Job Shop, Down under jobs (hotel discovery), TNT down under jobs, Australian Backpacker Jobs.

Best  Indigenous Cultural Experience: Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua

Finalists: Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, Mitai Maori Village, Rotorua, Whakarewarewa Thermal Village Tours, Rotorua, Tamaki Maori Village, Daintree Dreaming.

Innovation Award

Presented to

Outstanding Achievement Award

Presented to Peter Ovenden

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