KOSCIUSZKO, Australia's iconic four seasons national park, received a formal commendation at the Canberra and Capital Region Tourism Awards on Friday in the highly contested category of Major Tourist Attraction.
NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Manager of Tourism and Visitor Services Mark Lees said Kosciuszko National Park faced stiff competition from attractions like the Australian War Memorial, the National Museum of Australia, and the category winner: the National Gallery of Australia.
"This is the first time an attraction in the Snowy Mountains has entered this category and we are extremely proud to have received the commendation," Mr Lees said.
"Kosciuszko taps into the adventuring spirits of two million visitors each year and offers unique mountain experiences that showcase the natural and cultural heritage of the High Country."
Kosciuszko National Park is one of the world's great national parks and the largest in New South Wales. Covering 690,000 hectares it contains Australia's highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, as well as the Snowy, Murray and Murrumbidgee Rivers, and every alpine resort in NSW.
"The Parks Service is working to increase visitation to national parks while protecting our natural environment and it's fantastic to see the staff in Kosciuszko recognised for their passion and dedication.
"The Kosciuszko team works to ensure visitors enjoy a vast range of high quality experiences while gaining a stronger appreciation for preserving this environmental wonderland for future generations.
"In Kosci people can ski in winter, cast a line for trout in summer, hike to the top of Australia's highest mountain or relax at a campsite and breathe in the fresh mountain air, so we truly have something for everyone," Mr Lees said.