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Bundaberg Rum crowned Australia's top shelf distillery

Bundaberg Rum crowned Australia's top shelf distillery

The Bundaberg Rum Distillery has taken home Gold at the Qantas Australian Tourism Awards in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category.

It's the first time a distillery has won the award and adds to recent wins at the Queensland Tourism Awards, where it was awarded Gold in the Tourism Wineries, Distilleries and Breweries category and Silver in the Tourist Attraction category. 

The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards are the tourism industry’s most prestigious award ceremony – recognising and promoting excellence in Australian tourism since 1985. While a wide and diverse range of tourism businesses enter on behalf of their state and more than 200 reach the status of becoming a national finalist, only a handful go on to win the national Gold, Silver and Bronze awards. 

More than 70,000 visitors make their way to the iconic distillery each year with the latest win further establishing the attraction as a must-do bucket list experience for all Australians. 

Duncan Littler, Bundaberg Rum Visitor Experience Operations & Brand Manager (above), said: “There are so many great distillery, brewery and winery experiences in Australia, so to be recognised as ‘the best of the best’ at the Australian Tourism Awards is absolutely amazing! We couldn’t have won without the fantastic team we have in Bundaberg; world class experiences are made up of outstanding people, amazing passion and a fantastic place. We are so proud that we have all three of these.” 

“This new award shines a spotlight on the range of offerings from our distillery, including the hugely popular Blend Your Own Rum experience. We hope that this win will help inspire people to visit beautiful Bundaberg and experience all the great things our fantastic region has to offer."

Duncan Littler with assistant brand manager Taylor Reynolds

"The decision by the business to invest $8.5million into the project has taken us on a wonderful journey; taking the distillery from being a great brand home to a complete food and drink experience.”