Groundwater CMF takes out top gong at the Australian Tourism Awards

7 March 2020
Groundwater Australian Tourism Awards

Queensland’s much-loved Groundwater Country Music Festival was awarded the top gong in the ‘Festivals and Events’ category at the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards last night, in front of an audience of highly-respected industry leaders and peers.

“This award is symbolic of the Gold Coast thinking outside the box, I don’t think eight years ago anyone would have linked Broadbeach with country music and now it’s a well-known annual pilgrimage for fans all over Australia,” said Festival Director and Acting CEO of Broadbeach Alliance, Mark Duckworth, who accepted the award last night. “The team worked so hard to make this festival work and we couldn’t be happier.”

The 2018 Groundwater Country Music Festival (formerly Broadbeach Country Music Festival) took out gold in the ‘Festivals and Events’ category at the Queensland Tourism Awards last November, automatically putting it in the running to win the national award at the Australian Tourism Awards.

The Australian Tourism Awards

As the tourism industry’s peak accolades, the Australian Tourism Awards acknowledge and promote excellence in tourism each year across 25 categories ranging from cultural tourism to destination marketing.

Held across Broadbeach’s streets, parks, and bars for three days every July, patrons travel from Australia and overseas to attend Groundwater each year to soak up the sun while listening to some of the best and most diverse country acts in the world.

Many patrons turn this free festival experience into a long weekend, taking advantage of Broadbeach’s sensational dining, incredible beaches, and chic accommodation options that satisfy all budgets and tastes.

2018 was an incredible year with The McClymonts, Granger Smith, and Adam Harvey gracing the stage, as was last year’s festival which was headlined by Lee Kernaghan, Davisson Brothers Band, and The Wolfe Brothers.

Groundwater 2020 is set to be a scorcher this July with the recently announced line-up including Kasey Chambers, Shannon Noll, Gina Jeffreys, Sunny Cowgirls and many more.  Get your skates on if you haven’t been…Groundwater is definitely a bucket list music festival!

It’s Live! in Queensland

One of Australia’s fastest-growing music festivals, Groundwater Country Music Festival saw over 70,000 people attend the three-day event last year. The festival allows patrons to enjoy over 130 hours of entertainment in stunning locations throughout Broadbeach’s streets, parks, bars and restaurants.

Fly or drive and stay in the heart of Broadbeach with the festival right on your doorstep! There are many sophisticated accommodation options in the precinct from five-star hotels to self-contained apartments, satisfying all needs and budgets. Check out Broadbeach accommodation here.

The 8th Groundwater Country Music Festival will be held from Friday 24th July to Sunday 26th July 2020.

Groundwater Country Music Festival is supported by the Queensland Government through Tourism and Events Queensland and features on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar, worth $880m to the state’s economy in 2020.

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