TWO Fraser Coast experiences have been named as national finalists in the 2021 Grey Nomad Awards.
The Gallipoli to Armistice Trail in Maryborough is a finalist in the Best Grey Nomad Trail category, while the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival is in the running for the Best Grey Nomad Festival or Event.
The Mary Valley Rattler near Gympie is also a finalist in the Best Grey Nomad Historic Attraction category.
The Gallipoli to Armistice Trail at Queens’s Park reflects the courage of the original ANZACs who fought in World War 1.
The trail includes a statue of Duncan Chapman, the first Allied man (and a Maryborough resident) to step ashore at Gallipoli.
The multi-media memorial allows people who walk the trail to read, hear and feel the experiences of those who risked their lives during The Great War.
Meanwhile, the Hervey Bay Seafood Festival showcases an array of seafood stalls hosted by some of the best local restaurants.
The 2021 event also included food trucks, speciality bars, regional winery stalls, desert options, and music – all at the central Seafront Oval on the Charlton Esplanade.
The Grey Nomad Awards are billed as providing credible information to mature-age travellers about tourism operators who care about their needs, while supporting positive aging through soft adventure and social inclusion.
Awards Director Kim Morgan said the Grey Nomad Awards shine a light on regional Australia “by rewarding organisations and destinations that cater in an exemplary way to mature age visitors.”
Kim said the awards will help over 50s decide where to travel safely in 2022 and what they can experience along the way.
She said that the ongoing uncertainty for tourism businesses throughout last year made it especially challenging for them to face each day with confidence and the unwavering customer focus that is necessary to be recognised in the Grey Nomad Awards.
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The awards are judged by mature-age tourism professionals, some of whom have experienced the grey nomad lifestyle personally, adding weight to the finalists’ success.
Winners of all 11 different categories will be announced online on 4 March, 2022.
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