QHA 2017 Awards for Excellence winners announced

A host of emerging talent along with some well-established operations across the State are among winners of the QHA 2017 Awards for Excellence presented at a gala event at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last night.

Queensland Hotels Association (QHA) Chief Executive Bernie Hogan said the mix of award recipients ― including character bush pubs, regional resorts, suburban locals and boutique accommodation venues ― was testament to the strength and vitality of the Queensland hotel industry.

“Our judges were spoilt for choice among those hotels nominated,” he said.

“Congratulations to the winners.” The hard work and bold business sense they’ve put into producing stand-out venues deserves our praise, support and encouragement as we recognise the contribution they make to the State’s economy.”

“The sheer diversity of theses winners demonstrate the depth and breadth of quality that Queensland hotels have on offer,” he said.

“Whether you’re looking for top-quality pub grub, a great place for craft beer or luxurious escape from the bustle, we’ve got the lot.”

The full list of winners is given below, and is also available on the QHA website


Best Traditional Hotel Bar - Victoria Hotel

Best Boutique Bar - Sazerac

Best Themed Bar - The Walrus Club

Best Entertainment Venue - Eatons Hill Hotel

Best Bush Pub - Mena Creek Hotel

Best Outdoor / Non-Enclosed Facility - Grand View Hotel Bowen

Best On-Premise Liquor Outlet - Porters Plainland Hotel

Best Detached Bottleshop - Mossman Hotel Bottle-O Mossman

Responsible Service of Alcohol - Mon-Komo Hotel

Responsible Service of Gaming - Spirit Hotels Group

Best Keno Venue - Porters Plainland Hotel

Best PubTAB Venue - Eatons Hill Hotel

Best Gaming Venue Hope Island Tavern

Best Redeveloped Licensed Premises Up To $2m Grand View Hotel Bowen

Best Redeveloped Licensed Premised Above $2m - Pig ‘N’ Whistle Redbank Plains

Best Redeveloped Accommodation Hotel / Resort - Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

Best Pub-Style Accommodation - Victoria Hotel

Best Mid-Range Accommodation - Halifax Hotel

Best Superior Accommodation - Rydges South Bank Hotel

Best Boutique Accommodation - The New Inchcolm Hotel & Suites

Best Deluxe Accommodation - The Star Gold Coast

Best Suite / Apartment Accommodation - Meriton Suites Southport

Best Meeting & Events Venue - Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort Port Douglas

Best Casual Dining - Rodeo Bar & Grill, Isa Hotel

Best Prestige Restaurant - Kiyomi, The Star Gold Coast

Best Restaurant - Accommodation Hotels - Tumbling Stone, The Johnson

Best Restaurant – Hotels - The Boatshed, Regatta Hotel

Best Draught Beer - The Charming Squire

Best Environmental Practice - Hilton Hotel Brisbane

Best Marketed Hotel 1-99 Employees - Sandstone Point Hotel

Best Marketed Hotel 100+ Employees - Rydges South Bank Hotel

Outstanding Achievement in Training - Hilton Hotel Brisbane

Workplace Health & Safety Award - Spirit Hotels Group

Outstanding Community Service & Achievement 1-99 Employees - Next Hotels Brisbane

Outstanding Community Service & Achievement 100+ Employees - Hilton Hotel Brisbane

Hall of Fame - Best Bush Pub - New Royal Hotel, Rubyvale

Hall of Fame - Best Boutique Accommodation Hotel - Spicers Tamarind Retreat

Hall of Fame - Best Meetings & Events Venue - RACV Royal Pines Resort

Hotel of the Year - Grand View Hotel

Hotelier of the Year - John Klein, Victoria Hotel Goondiwindi


Administration Employee of the Year - Robynne Sondergeld, Red Earth Hotel Mt Isa

Food & Beverage Employee of the Year - Nicholas Stanton-Cook, Hotel Allen Townsville

Chef of the Year - Selvakumar Gopalakrishnan, Surfers Paradise Marriott Hotel

Guest Services Employee of the Year - Ilse Maritz, Ilse Maritz, The Johnson, Spring Hill