Taronga Zoo's 'Roar and Snore' overnight accommodation has won two NSW Tourism Awards in its first year of operation.
Roar and Snore's "Sunday Telegraph People's Choice Award" and a Silver Award in the "New Tourism Development" category were announced at a gala ceremony last night at the Sydney Visitor and Convention Centre.
Both wins were recorded within the first year since opening with hundreds of guests having already enjoyed sleeping at the Zoo in luxurious tented accommodation.
The Zoo's General Manager Marketing, Guest and Commercial Operations, Paul Davies, said: 'This is an outstanding result of our staff, who've worked incredibly hard to make Roar and Snore successful."
"We're seeing huge interest from overseas tourists, and everyone's saying that a stay in the tented camp overlooking Sydney Harbour is fantastic. It's also a great opportunity to introduce visitors to our keepers' remarkable work for wildlife."
"Taronga's great collection of Australia wildlife is of particular interest to international visitors, and the whole visit includes hands-on experiences from feeding the giraffes their breakfast to helping prepare food for the Zoo’s nocturnal wildlife."
"The "Sunday Telegraph People's Choice" win is especially rewarding. Roar and Snore had the highest number of online public votes across all finalists in the awards ranging across tourist attractions, events, tourism experiences, tour operators, adventure tourism, accommodations and new tourism developments."
Roar and Snore has a dress circle location amid the Zoo's wildlife and overlooking spectacular Sydney Harbour in Australia. The cliff-top location boasts ultra-comfortable safari-style tents, each with a view of the Harbour and Sydney's majestic city skyline and is a the base for the tours and wildlife encounters.
From arrival in the evening to the next day's dawn, the views of the Sydney Opera House and the Sydney Harbour Bridge are always changing with the city's lights sparkling at night and the Harbour's surface criss-crossed with boats.
Mr Davies said: "What started out as a simple camping experience at our Education Centre has now moved centre-stage with accommodation and meals to match the remarkable wildlife experience of staying in the zoo overnight. Besides meeting Australian animals during the visit, there’s lots of free-ranging wildlife living just outside your tents from kookaburras with their laughing, early morning calls to Brushtail and Ringtail Possums, which are often met during the night walks in the Zoo."
For more Roar and Snore information: http://taronga.org.au/taronga-zoo/education/sleep-@-the-zoo/roar--snore.aspx