Awards

Since opening in August 2002, we have received many awards, recognising excellence in spheres from heritage conservation to tourism.

2014

  • Gold - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage & Cultural Tourism' category
  • Bronze - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category

2013

  • Winner – Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Awards ‘Tourism / Event of the Year’
  • Silver - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Silver - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category
  • Special Commendation - Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards 'Organisation with 7 staff or more' category for the ‘I’ve Been Working on the Railway’ exhibition

2012

  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Winner – Ipswich Chamber of Commerce & Industry Business Awards ‘Discover Ipswich Tourism / Event of the Year’
  • Silver – National Trust of Queensland Awards ‘Governor’s Heritage Award’ category for the ‘Behind the Tin Fence: A History of the Ipswich Railway Workshops’ publication

2011

  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category
  • Silver - Australian Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category 

2010

  • Winner - Australian Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category
  • Winner - Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category

2009

  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category 
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category
  • Winner - Association of Tourist Railways Queensland Chuff Awards for Great Service for Maree McLachlan
  • Finalist - Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category

2008

  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category
  • Highly Commended - Australian Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category 
  • Winner - Association of Tourist & Heritage Rail Australia Awards 'Tourism Promotion' category
  • Winner - Association of Tourist Railways Queensland Chuff Awards for Great Service for Mrs Irma Deas (Volunteer)
  • Winner - Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category

2007

  • Winner - Australian Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Cultural Tourism' category
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Tourist Attractions' category 
  • Special Commendation - Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards 'Organisation with 7 staff or more' category for the 'Great Railway Journeys of Australia' exhibition
  • Special Commendation - Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards 'Individual Awards: Volunteer' category for Mr Merv Volker (Volunteer) 
  • Winner - Association of Tourist Railways Queensland Chuff Awards for Great Service for Mr Merv Volker (Volunteer)

2006

  • Winner - Ipswich Australia Day Awards 'Community Event' for the 2005 Annual Workers Reunion
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Significant Tourist Attraction' category 
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Culture' category 
  • Finalist - Bendigo Bank Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category
  • Special Commendation - Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards 'Organisation with 7 staff or more' category for the '60th Anniversary of VP Day Celebrations' events 
  • Finalist - City of Ipswich Business Awards 'Contribution to Tourism' category 
  • Finalist - Mayor of Ipswich Employee Awards 'Tourism and Hospitality' category for Ms Maree McLachlan (Visitor Services Officer Supervisor)

2005

  • Winner - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Culture' category 
  • Winner - The Queensland Times Ipswich & Valleys Tourism Awards 'Significant Tourist Attraction' category 
  • Winner - The Queensland Times Ipswich & Valleys Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Culture' category 
  • Winner - Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards 'Organisation with 7 staff or more' category for the 'Friends of Thomas 2004/05' event 
  • Finalist - Bendigo Bank Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category 
  • Finalist - Queensland Group City of Ipswich Business Awards 'Contribution to Tourism' category

2004

  • Winner - Bendigo Bank Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category
  • Finalist - Queensland Tourism Awards 'Heritage and Culture' category 
  • Special Commendation - Gallery and Museum Achievement Awards 'Organisation with 7 staff or more' category for the 'Friends of Thomas 2003' event

2003

  • Winner - Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence Awards 'Ron Brown Memorial Heritage Conservation - Heritage' category
  • Winner - Ipswich City Council Awards for Excellence Awards 'Ron Brown Memorial Heritage Conservation - Commercial/Industrial' category
  • Winner - Queensland Master Builders Association, Housing and Construction Awards 'Refurbishment/Renovation of a Historic Building over $10 Million' category, awarded to Abigroup Contractors for The Workshops Rail Museum
  • Gold Award - National Trust of Queensland Awards 'Adaptive Reuse' category 
  • Finalist - Bendigo Bank Ipswich Chamber of Commerce Business Awards 'Tourism' category 
  • Bronze - Cream Advertising Awards 'Travel and Tourism' category