The Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Fairymead House have been highlighted in a state-wide award program for providing outstanding visitor experiences.
The Best of Queensland Experiences Program works to assist the tourism industry in achieving positive word of mouth and increasing visitation through a points-based awards initiative.
Tourism facilities are awarded “Best of Queensland Experience” if an overall 80 out of 100 points is achieved within the program through a criteria including positive customer reviews, online booking platform, an active and engaging social media presence and more.
Bundaberg Region Mayor Jack Dempsey said the Hinkler Hall of Aviation, situated in the Botanic Gardens, was a popular attraction for both locals and tourists and received an impressive 100 points as part of the program.
“The Hinkler Hall of Aviation is a fantastic facility showcasing the life and extraordinary achievements of Bundaberg's pioneer pilot, Bert Hinkler,” he said.
“Being identified at a ‘Best of Queensland Experience' highlights just how popular the facility is and the great experience it provides visitors.”
Mayor Dempsey said the Fairymead House Sugar Museum, a tribute to the region's sugar industry, received the Best of Queensland Experience award for 2021 as well.
“Also located in the Botanic Gardens, this museum showcases the work of the Young Family, who established Fairymead Plantation and Fairymead Sugar Mill,” he said.
“The top level of Fairymead House is a museum dedicated to the families (Young brothers, Toft brothers, Bonel brothers, south sea islander workers) that had a major influence on the regions sugar industry.
“The lower level of Fairymead House is a museum dedicated to the process of producing sugar.
“I would like to thank the Council staff at both of these fantastic museums for their dedication in providing the region with two top tourism facilities.”
The program was developed in partnership with the state’s Regional Tourism Organisations, Queensland Tourism Industry Council and the Department of Tourism, Innovation and Sport.
Discover more about the Hinkler Hall of Aviation and Fairymead House here.