About the Awards
The Outdoors Queensland Awards (formerly known as the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) recognise and reward excellence in the outdoors community. The Awards celebrate individuals, organisations, programs, events and activities that have been successful in significantly improving outcomes for participants, clients and communities.
The Outdoors Queensland Awards are for the ‘outdoors community in Queensland’ – outdoor enthusiasts, adventure tourism operators, outdoor education providers, activity clubs, land managers, retailers … and more.
The Outdoors Queensland Awards are an important means of recognising the size and diversity of the outdoors community and industry and provide an opportunity for outdoor individuals and organisations to be rewarded and recognised for their contribution. They are also a means of recognising how important the outdoors, outdoor activity and the environment are to the lifestyle of Queenslanders.
The 2018 Outdoors Queensland Award Winners.
Congratulations to all the winners of the 2018 Outdoors Queensland Awards
The Brisbane City Council Award for Outstanding Achievement (Organisation)
This award is open to clubs, organisations and enterprises that have made a valuable contribution to the outdoor community and operate with professionalism and to high standards.
Winner: Mountain Bike Australia
- Bremer State High School
- Outward Bound Australia
- Savannah Guides
The Queensland Government Award for Outstanding Achievement (Individual)
This award is for individuals who have demonstrated professionalism, high achievement in a particular field and exemplary role modelling.
Winner: Phil Harrison
The Queensland Government Encouraging Participation Award
The recipient of this award will have achieved significant success in encouraging participation in outdoor activities through innovative program development and/or marketing.
Winner: Peter Lister
- Mathew Townsend
- QLD Moto Park
- Wide Bay Laser Skirmish
The K2 Basecamp Young Achiever Award
This award recognises the efforts and achievements of a individual new to the outdoor sector; a student, young person or other making a change into the field.
Winner: April Cunningham
- Alana Scott
- Henry Friend
- Lucy Graham
The QORF Government Achievement Award
This award recognises the achievements of local or state government departments and/or agencies that have produced positive outcomes for the outdoor sector.
Winner: Sport and Recreation, Traditional Indigenous Games Trails
- Stanley River Environmental Education Centre
The Brisbane City Council Outdoor Event Award
This award is for individuals, organisations or committees that have developed and managed a significant* outdoor recreation event, that might include one-off or annual events such as Come-and Try days, Adventure Races, Expos or Festivals, major state / national / international championships, jamborees …
Winner: ZACH MACH Adventure Challenge
- Coast High 50 – Those Guys Events
- Bunya to Bay – Stanley River Environmental Education Centre
The Nature Play QLD Nature Play Education Award
This award is for educational services or institutions, such as schools or childcare centres, that have increased the time kids spend in outdoor learning, Forest School or unstructured outdoor play.
Winner: Hilder Road State School – Fish Creek Kids
- Kurilpa Community Child Care Centre
- Pelican Waters Golden Beach Kindergarten
The Queensland Government Award for Outdoor Places and Spaces
This award recognises that outdoor recreation activities require access to places and spaces. Nominees for this award will have developed one or more outstanding outdoor recreation facilities or venues.
Winner: Bushrangers MTB Club, Parklands MTB Trails Project
- QLD Moto Park
- Camp Kokoda
- Apex Camps
The Queensland Government Nature Play Community Award
This award is for communities (individuals or organisations) that have developed initiatives to increase the time kids spend in unstructured play outdoors and in nature.
Winner: Heidi and Geoff Webb, Educational Gardens
- The Village, Sun and Stars Bushcraft
Go to QORFTV, QORF’s YouTube channel to view all the 2018 Finalist videos
The Awards Dinner
The award winners were announced at the Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner held at the Rydges South Bank Brisbane on Friday October 26th, 2018.
The annual Outdoors Queensland Awards Dinner is a popular networking opportunity for members of the outdoor community to get together to celebrate the Award winners – the individuals and organisations who have made a positive and lasting difference to the outdoors and outdoor recreation in Queensland, in all its various guises.
Date: Friday October 26
Time: 6.30 pm arrival for 7.00 pm start (end approx 11.00 pm)
Dress Code: Smart Casual – or a chance to get dressed up!
Guest speaker for the evening was Jemma Wilson, a professional offroad motorcycle racer, who has won both state and Australian championships (see below). Her presentation was very entertaining and brought home to many that offload motorcycling truly is an exciting outdoor activity.
In addition there was raffle prizes (courtesy of K2 Basecamp), great food, good company and lots of fun!
Check out the photos from the 2018 Awards Dinner
The Outdoors Queensland Distinguished Achievers Award
This award recognises and acknowledges the achievements of the consistent winners of the Outdoors Queensland Awards (and formerly the Queensland Outdoor Recreation Awards) since their inception in 2002.
QORF thanks and acknowledges the ongoing support to the Outdoors Queensland Awards from all our sponsors: The Queensland Government, the Brisbane City Council, K2 Basecamp and Nature Play QLD.