Warialda district tourism destination, Faraway Domes has been awarded the best New Tourism Business in regional New South Wales, just nine months after welcoming its first guests.
Leading regional tourism businesses, events, and visitor experiences were recognised at the 2019 Destination Country and Outback and Destination Riverina Murray Regional Tourism Awards in Dubbo on Saturday night.
Faraway Domes CEO, Kate Munsie said: “We feel so honoured to be recognised in the prestigious awards so early in our journey. It’s such a credit to the hard work my family has dedicated to the project.” Developed to attract more visitors to the region and boost local tourism, Faraway Domes is a self-contained private geodesic dome structure and the first of its kind in New South Wales.
The Munsie family developed the idea to create Faraway Domes, to diversify their 9,000 acre cattle operation during the drought. Judges acknowledged the Munsie family’s commitment to create an experience for all visitors to reconnect with regional Australia.
“This is not just about accommodating people, it’s about offering people a tourism experience to connect, escape and discover in Outback NSW. All the additional services offered by Faraway Domes… align with this philosophy to enable the guest to escape and discover.”
Faraway Domes will now gain finalist status in the NSW Tourism Awards to be held in Sydney in November. Regional Tourism Awards Chair, Jane Barnes, congratulated all winners and finalists on their contribution to regional tourism. “Finalists in this year’s program were of a high caliber with a number of first-time entrants on the list. We are thrilled to recognise the best of the region’s tourism industry,” said Ms. Barnes.