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Green Olive at Red Hill Wins National Gold for The Mornington Peninsula

Triumph has come in waves for the Mornington Peninsula over the weekend, with notable accolades awarded to leading businesses of the region at the 2021 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Congratulations to Green Olive at Red Hill for their exceptional first-place gold recognition in the category of Excellence in Food Tourism.

With this commendation, Green Olive at Red Hill has achieved the status of being the best in the country in the food tourism space, from an event that represents the industry’s peak Awards.

Praise is also to be given to Searoad Ferries for receiving Bronze in the Major Tour and Transport Operators category.

Hundreds of national industry leaders and representatives attended Sunshine Coast’s Convention Centre on the evening of Friday 18th March for the annual ceremony, following on from each state and territory’s individual awards event.

Recognising and promoting excellence in the tourism industry, the Australian Tourism Awards sees the acknowledgment of over 200 businesses across the country who have reached the esteemed status of becoming national finalists.

Further celebration is due for Carmel at Sorrento and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park for their outstanding achievement in being the additional two national finalists from the Mornington Peninsula at this year’s ceremony.

For Angela Cleland, Chief Executive Officer of the Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Board, these achievements are to be significantly commended.

“Green Olive at Red Hill, Searoad Ferries, Carmel at Sorrento and Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park have each excelled in their work within the tourism space, and this recognition on a national scale is remarkable. We are so excited to be celebrating a gold placing for Green Olive at Red Hill and extend our congratulations to all those involved in this outstanding achievement.”

The Finalists

For Green Olive at Red Hill, it is their whole farm experience that has made them a leading food, wine and local produce destination on the Mornington Peninsula. An all-day grazing menu, pre-packed picnics and panoramic vineyard views have become standout highlights for visitors to enjoy.

An admired ferry service in Victoria and beyond, Searoad Ferries in Sorrento crosses the southern tip of Melbourne's Port Phillip Bay and connects the Great Ocean Road and the Bellarine to the Mornington Peninsula. The 40-minute commute promotes endless coastal scenery and the sightings of famous marine wildlife, including dolphins and whales.

Exclusive, stylish and perfectly positioned, Carmel at Sorrento promotes luxury accommodation in the heart of a recognised coastal paradise. Six three-bedroom fully appointed apartments and an exclusive penthouse suite have made this location a jewel of the Mornington Peninsula.

50 minutes from central Melbourne, Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park in Pearcedale offers iconic experiences for visitors to get up close to the native animals who call Australia home. The business was notably inducted into the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame at the state’s 2021 gala ceremony held in February this year.


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