Coffs Coast’s big tourism winners on the podium

LEADING Coffs Coast's tourism hot-spots have been recognised for their excellence at the 2015 North Coast Tourism Awards.

Four accolades were presented to the region's tourist destinations at a ceremony in Byron Bay on Saturday, hosted by television personality Shelley Craft.

The Big Banana Fun Park once again proved its popularity with judges, named the winner of the Major Tourist Attraction.

Bellingen's Lilypad Luxury Cabins also proved popular with the award for Self-Contained Accommodation.

Sealy Lookout and Orara East State Forest were awarded the coveted Best Tourist Attraction, while the Coffs Coast's state forests were the recipient of the Specialised Tourism Service Award.

Forestry Corporation of NSW's tourism manager Louise Faulkner said the awards recognised the contribution state forests made to the region.

"These awards help us celebrate what is great about our state forests and we encourage anyone who hasn't paid a visit to their local state forest to do so and enjoy the best nature has to offer," she said.

North Coast Destination Network executive officer Belinda Novicky said the awards highlighted the excellence in Mid North and North Coast tourism destinations.

"There were a number of new contenders for the awards this year, which is always encouraging for our region's future success and product mix," Ms Novicky said.

"It's clear there are a number of future winners along the coast, but this year winners were dominated by well-established names that illustrate the consistency of quality in our region."

The awards are held annually.

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