We're proud winners of the Eco Tourism category in the 2012 Greater Sydney Tourism Awards, with the extra honour of being Highly Commended in both the Adventure Tourism, and Tour & Transport Operator categories.

These awards recognise excellence in the tourism industry with detailed award submissions carefully evaluated and scored by respected industry judges.

It's the first time we've been recognised with a win at this level and means we'll go through to the next stage as finalists at the NSW Tourism Awards, announced in November 2012.

Winners of the Greater Sydney Tourism Awards were announced on Thursday 19th July at the Gala Dinner held at Doltone House, Sylvania. It's the first time Sutherland Shire Tourism has been honoured with hosting the event.

Greater Sydney Tourism Awards 2012 Tour Operators

With many Shire businesses recognised as finalists and Highly Commended, there was plenty to celebrate, including for the winner of Heritage Tourism, Cronulla and National Park Ferries (the ferry is our favourite way to begin our Royal National Park walks).

Eco Tourism winners at Greater Sydney Tourism Awards 2012

Ian and Tara Wells, owner operators of Royal Coast Walks, accepting the Eco Tourism Award at the Greater Sydney Tourism Awards 2012.

We work hard to provide the best guest experience we can and have proudly been recognised over the last three years with many other tourism awards.

Updated 20 July 2012


Tara Wells is a freelance journalist who is delighted to combine her love of hiking – and Sydney – with storytelling.


  1. Comment by Hollie-Berri

    Hollie-Berri October 10, 2012 at 7:33 am

    Im very proud of you both!
    What a magnificent team you are and motivating for other businesses.
    Well done!
    I’m very very happy for you

    • Comment by Tara_Wells

      Tara_Wells October 10, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Thanks so much Hollie-Berri. As you’d understand being a small business, it’s a lot of hard work but well worth it when we see how much people enjoy what we do, and to receive this kind of acknowledgement. Thanks again.

  2. Comment by Simone

    Simone October 10, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Over 2 years ago I went on a 2 day, 1 night Sydney Coast Walk – I needed to clear my head from Sydney life and I loved it. I went on my own and as a girl I initially had hesitations but the Sydney Coast team were great and I had a fantastic time. Thank you and congratulations… You deserve all the best!

    • Comment by Tara Wells

      Tara Wells October 10, 2012 at 10:46 am

      Wow Simone, we really appreciate your kind feedback even after these years have gone by. We’ve made lots of improvements to our two day Wattamolla Tour on the Coast Track since you joined us and glad that even then you were left with a lasting impression. It means a lot to us – thanks.

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