People’s Choice Awards finalists announced

THE finalists for the 2016 Wellington People’s Choice Awards have been announced.

Since December 12, locals and visitors had placed their votes for their favourite business, attraction or group.

Businesses have been voted for by customers as one that stands out above their competitors.

The Wellington People’s Choice Awards aims to find the best of the best in food and beverage, accommodation, attractions and events.

This year has seen a large volume of votes come in, with best coffee and best customer service categories among the most popular.

New businesses and old favourites from across the shire have been nominated, with an assortment of businesses proving popular with the voters.

Wellington Regional Tourism president Kellie Willis said it was good to see the whole shire represented among the finalists.

“With finalists coming from Yarram, Dargo, Licola and Heyfield, we live in a great region with great diversity,” she said.

The winners will be named during the awards night on Monday, March 21 at Duart Homestead, Maffra.


Good access is good business: Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra; Chrispy’s Caf , Sale; Licola Wilderness Village; Avon Ridge Vineyard, Maffra.

Best function venue: Criterion Hotel, Sale; Cafe 3858, Heyfield; Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat, Willung South; Avon Ridge Vineyard, Maffra.

Best bistro/pub grub: Briagolong Hotel, Criterion Hotel, Sale; Club Hotel, Yarram; Star Hotel, Sale.

Best restaurant: Tinamba Hotel; Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat, Willung South; Red Poppy Bistro (Sale RSL), Criterion Hotel, Sale.

Best caf /bakery/takeaway: The Old Bakery Pizza Restaurant, Yarram; Cafe 3858, Heyfield; Triple F Cafe, Sale; Cafe L’Attitude, Maffra.

Best coffee: Triple F Cafe, Sale; Chrispy’s Cafe, Sale; Cafe 3858, Heyfield; Cafe L’Attitude, Maffra.

Best caravan park/camping area: Best Friends Holiday Retreat, Tarra Valley; Fernholme Tarra Valley Caravan Park; Licola Wilderness Village; Stratford on the River Tourist Park.

Best bed and breakfast/cottages accommodation: Happy Days Accommodation, Tinamba; Best Friends Holiday Retreat, Tarra Valley; Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat, Willung South; Forest Lodge Farm, Jack River.

Best hotel/motel accommodation: Dargo Hotel; Quest Serviced Apartments, Sale; Best Western Aspen and Apartments, Sale; Heyfield Railway Hotel.

Best self-contained/apartment/backpacker: Stratford on the River Tourist Park; Forest Lodge Farm, Jack River; Cambrai Hostel, Maffra; Dargo River Inn.

Best winery experience: Toms Cap Vineyard Retreat, Willung South; Blue Gables Vineyard, Maffra West Upper; Glenmaggie Wines; Avon Ridge Vineyard, Maffra.

Best museum/gallery: Courthouse Gallery, Yarram; Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra; Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale; Briagolong Art Gallery.

Best family activity: Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra; Licola Wilderness Village Family Day; Tarra Festival, Yarram; Port of Sale Heritage Cruises.

Best visitor attraction: 90 Mile Beach; Krusic Ride Park, Dutson; Gippsland Vehicle Collection, Maffra; Tarra Bulga National Park.

Best Wellington event: Tinamba Food and Wine Festival; Heyfield Food and Wine Festival; Sale Show; Tarra Festival, Yarram.

Best customer service business: Best Friend Holiday Retreat, Tarra Valley; Triple F Caf , Sale; Krusic Ride Park, Dutson; Licola Wilderness Village.