Ocean Safari continues winning streak with latest tourism award



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SILVER LADIES: Managers of Ocean Safari, Kellie Roberts and Brooke Nikora, were on hand to accept the award in Tasmania. Image: Supplied.

Cape Tribulation-based Ocean Safari has continued raking in tourism accolades with a silver gong at the Australian Tourism Awards.

The latest award, announced on Friday in Launceston Tasmania, is the third tourism award the business has snagged in recent times.

Ocean Safari previously won the same award nationally in 2015 and was the winner of the Tour and Transport Operator category at the 2018 Queensland Tourism Awards.

Business owners, Peter and Jan Claxton, said the business would not be what it is without the dedicated staff.

“We are incredibly proud to have received this recognition and we really want to thank our passionate staff, who do an amazing job running the daily operations in such a remote region,” Mr Claxton said.

“Their contribution to the overall growth, success and reputation of the business is paramount and of course we can’t fail to also thank all of our guests, agents and industry partners.” 

Mr and Mrs Claxton said they are lucky to work in such a beautiful part of Australia and said Tropical North Queensland is an ideal holiday destination.

“We are blessed to operate in such a unique area, where the rainforest meets the reef, and the coral reefs which we showcase to guests truly are untouched and pristine,” Mr Claxton said.

“Our team take great pride in their duties to educate and to act as ambassadors in protecting the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park.”

Since taking over operations of Ocean Safari 11 years ago, the Claxtons have turned the reef touring business into a must-do for visitors to the region.

The business has seen continuous growth over the years, including the construction of onsite accommodation at Safari Lodge and the onsite eatery, Turtle Rock Café, offering a place for visitors to eat, stay, and play in the tropical rainforest.

Mr Claxton said getting the silver award is something the business is very proud of considering the level of competition for the awards.

“Winning silver as the best tour and transport operator in Australia is a huge achievement and something we are very proud of,” he said.

“We must also congratulate all of the other winners on the night, particularly our fellow Queensland operators.”

Ocean Safari offers half-day snorkelling adventures at two magical and pristine locations on the Great Barrier Reef launching directly from the rainforest of Cape Tribulation.

On most days, guests can view the untouched the rainforest along the mainland beach whilst snorkelling alongside sea turtles and other marine life.

Experience the wonder of swimming over reefs full of colourful coral in small groups that really allow you to take in the magic of this extraordinary location.

To book your life-changing reef experience today, called Ocean Safari on 07 4098 0006 or visit the Ocean Safari website.



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