Gold Coast events miss out on national awards at Australian Event Awards

The Spirit of Anzac Centenary Experience has been named Australia’s favourite event, beating out the Gold Coast’s much loved Blues On Broadbeach Music Festival.

The travelling exhibition, which tells the story of Australia’s involvement in the First World War, won the top award at the Australian Event Awards which was on in Caloundra last night.

Unfortunately no Gold Coast events won national gongs this year, however Tafe Queensland did take home the Best Education / Training Program award for their East Coast Region Diploma of Event Management.


Blues on Broadbeach Music Festival did not miss out completely, winning awards for the ‘Best Regional Event QLD’ and ‘Best Tourism Event QLD’.

“To be given two top prizes amongst the quality of events held throughout Queensland and Australia is something we are very proud of” said CEO of Broadbeach Alliance, Jan McCormick.  “However, when you consider this is a not-for-profit organisation with a team of seven people and the festival is free to attend, the achievement is even more significant.”

Co-chair of the Australian Events Awards Judging Panel, Sandy Hollway AO said events have an enormous impact on the lives of everyday Australians.

“These national awards put a spotlight on industry suppliers and organisations delivering incredible entertainment, technical know-how, design, creativity, management and innovation – achievements often conducted quietly by people behind the scenes.”

For the full list of winners at this year’s Australian Event Awards, visit: