Per­son­alised tour wins gold

Tourism show­cased in ma­jor award night

Daily Mercury - - NEWS - Troy Kip­pen troy.kip­pen@dai­ly­mer­cury.com.au

RAIN­FOR­EST Scuba owner Luana Royle was very sur­prised to pick up quite so many awards at the Mackay Tourism Awards night, but it was the gold in tour and trans­port cat­e­gory that had her most ex­cited.

Ms Royle has re­cently started a Per­son­alised Pri­vate Platy­pus Tour which picked up the gong.

“I have found a small hole in the mar­ket,” she said.

The tours are de­signed to de­liver a per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence for the visi­tor.

“If they want to do walk­ing then I de­sign a tour that in­cludes a lot of walk­ing,” she said.

“If they want to see the Sa­rina Sugar Shed then I include it in the tour.”

The idea came from her own ex­pe­ri­ence from travel.

“I hate those big tour groups, where they are just con­stantly herd­ing you on and off the bus,” she said.

The Per­son­alised Pri­vate Platy­pus Tour is de­signed for up to six visi­tors at any time.

Rain­for­est Scuba has been in busi­ness since 2012.

This is the third year that the scuba tour has won gold in the Ad­ven­ture Tourism and Eco­tourism cat­e­gories.

Ms Royle re­ceived sil­ver for the Tourist At­trac­tion cat­e­gory behind the Sa­rina Sugar Shed, af­ter tak­ing out bronze in that di­vi­sion last year.

PHO­TOS: CHERRIE HUGHES

AWARD NIGHT: Mackay Tourism's Tas Web­ber, Cr Fran Mann and Cr Amanda Camm ac­cept­ing the Sa­rina Sugar Shed award.

Rea­gan Forsyth of Mackay Tran­sit Coaches pre­sent­ing an award to Scott Grant from Ibis Mackay.

Mackay Ma­rina Run's Barry Comben and Sandy Strong.

MC Della Whearty, Rita Jewell (Pasta Rita), Rob Porter (Mackay Air­port), Mayor Anne Baker and Mayor Greg Wil­liamson.

Mackay Re­gional Coun­cil's Craig Doyle (left) and Mayor Greg Wil­liamson (right) with Las­sara Reinke.

Rachael El­lis and James Cun­ning­ham from the Wind­mill Mo­tel with award spon­sor Bay­den Mathe­son.

Dwayne and Michele Shea from The Old Sta­tion Tea­house.

Gor­don and Carol Lockie from The Feath­ered Nest - Lux­ury Wildlife Re­treat.

Mackay Air­port's Rob Porter and Riviera’s Daniel Har­ri­son.

Luana Royle from Rain­for­est Scuba.

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