The Workshops Rail Museum honoured at Qld Tourism Awards

13 November 2009

The Workshops Rail Museum's achievements in tourism have been honoured with two finalist awards at the 2009 Queensland Tourism Awards held on the Gold Coast overnight.

The Ipswich attraction was named as 2009 finalist in both the Tourist Attractions and the Heritage and Cultural Tourism categories.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said that the awards were a wonderful acknowledgement of the dedication and hard work of the Museum team.

"The staff at the Museum and at QR strive to provide a quality experience for our visitors, and these awards recognise our place as an important tourist destination for the region," Mr Moritz said.
"We are consistently achieving high visitation with more than 100,000 visitors a year for the last two financial years."

Daintree Discovery Centre won the Tourist Attraction category and the Heritage and Cultural Tourism category was won by Paronella Park.

Since opening in 2002 as part of the Queensland Museum, The Workshops Rail Museum has offered unique experiences for visitors including multi-media exhibitions, guided tours of QR's heritage railway workshops and a popular major events program.

The Workshops Rail Museum continually introduces new activities to enhance the visitor experience for tourists and attracts over 100,000 people annually.

"A recently added event called The Great Train Robbery proved extremely popular with visitors and we look forward to developing our steam train program in the coming years to provide more opportunities for visitors to enjoy a genuine cultural heritage experience," Mr Moritz said.

The Workshops Rail Museum, part of the Queensland Museum, is located at North Street, North Ipswich. For further information, visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or phone (07) 3432 5100.

Media Contact: Glenn Price 3432 5100 or 0407 128 995