Congratulations Uluru!

From left, Uluru's Chris Martin and Parks Australia assistant secretary Anna Morgan look on as traditional owner and board member Sammy Wilson accepts the award.

I’m delighted and proud to tell you that Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park has won the top prize at the Qantas Australia Tourism Awards in Hobart.

Traditional owner and board member Sammy Wilson enthusiastically accepted the prestigious award on Friday night on behalf of the park, speaking in his traditional language Pitjantjatjara and English to more than 850 guests.

My colleagues tell me that the ‘NT’ table were overwhelmed when they won the prize, topping off an evening that saw the Northern Territory garner an extraordinary five gold awards in different categories.

This included one of Kakadu’s key Aboriginal operators Gagudju Dreaming who took out the prize for best major tour or transport operator for their Yellow Water Cruises.

These awards recognise our parks are delivering world-class, nature-based experiences for visitors, valued by all Australians and our many friends around the globe.

I would also like to take this moment to thank all of the traditional owners and staff at Uluru for their hard work – the prize is testament to your skills and efforts in many different areas, from natural resource management and cultural conservation to visitor and frontline services. Well done all.

Peter Cochrane Director of National Parks