The Workshops Rail Museum named best tourist attraction at Qld Tourism Awards

24 November 2012

Queensland Tourism AwardsThe Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich has won the Tourist Attraction category for the second year in a row at the prestigious Queensland Tourism Awards held overnight.

The Workshops Rail Museum was also named a finalist in the Heritage & Cultural Tourism category.

Director of The Workshops Rail Museum Andrew Moritz said the award capped off an amazing decade for the Ipswich attraction.

“When we opened the Museum in 2002 at the historic Ipswich Railway Workshops we knew we had something special, but the success of the Museum over the past 10 years has surpassed all our wildest expectations.

“At the heart of it is the amazing story of the men and women of the Ipswich Railway Workshops site from 1865 and their contribution to the development of Queensland and the intrinsic link forever with the Ipswich community.”

The Workshops Rail Museum opened to the public in 2002 as part of the Queensland Museum Network and is a wholly interactive experience exploring the rail in Queensland story through exhibitions, tours, demonstrations and steam train journeys.

Other tourist attractions in the category were the Birdsville Hotel, Bundaberg Distilling Company Bondstore, Daydream Island Resort and Spa – Living Reef, Hamilton Island Gold Club and Paronella Park.

Other tourism experiences in the Heritage & Cultural Tourism category were Kinnon & Co and Paronella Park with Kinnon & Co winning the category.

The Workshops Rail Museum will now progress to represent Queensland in the Tourist Attraction category at the Australian Tourism Awards to be held in Hobart in February 2013.

The Workshops Rail Museum, celebrating 10 years this year, is part of the Queensland Museum Network celebrating 150 years in 2012.

For further information and ticket prices, phone (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.

Museum Media Contact: Glenn Price | Ph: 3432 5100 or 0407 128 99