Wildlife sanctuary bags another award

Pearcedale’s Moonlit Sanctuary has won another tourism award. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Moonlit Sanctuary has once again shone at the Australian Tourism awards.

The Pearcedale wildlife sanctuary was thrilled to take out the bronze award in the Ecotourism category at the Australian Tourism Awards in Canberra on Friday 6 March.

“As a privately-owned Sanctuary, our aim is to grow awareness of the work we do towards conservation and endangered species recovery,” Michael Johnson, founder and director of Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park, said.

“We were particularly pleased to receive such a high level of recognition for ecotourism as this category reflects our values.”

Mr Johnson added: “Our priority is to always give our visitors an excellent and meaningful experience and it is an immense honour to have our efforts recognised”.

For 35 years the Australian Tourism Awards have showcased and recognised the countries’ leaders in tourism excellence.

They are the tourism industry’s peak awards and encourage businesses to meet and strive to exceed industry standards.

The awards play an integral role in rewarding business excellence, innovation, industry professionalism and collaboration with only 200 reaching the esteemed status of becoming a national finalist.

For several years, Moonlit has won diverse prizes and accreditations for both tourism and conservation sectors including the Premier’s Sustainability Award.

The gold award-winner in the ecotourism was Margaret Island Walk in Tasmania with silver going to Lady Elliot Island Eco Resort in Queensland.