Mandurah Crab Fest wins bronze at Australian Tourism Awards


Mandurah deputy Mayor Darren Lee, People and Communities director Leslie Wilkinson and Mayor Marina Vergone at the awards night.
Mandurah deputy Mayor Darren Lee, People and Communities director Leslie Wilkinson and Mayor Marina Vergone at the awards night.

THE Mandurah Crab Fest took bronze in the major festivals and events category in the 2017 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards last Friday.

Silver went to the Australian Grand Prix and gold to Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers.

This year’s Crab Fest is the 19th event.

Crab Fest is Mandurah’s signature annual tourism event, with an average yearly attendance of more than 100,000 visitors.

This year, the two-day festival includes 56 hours of entertainment across five stages, celebrities, unique dining experiences, waterway activations and blue manna crabs.

Mandurah and Peel Tourism Organisation chief executive Karen Priest said the award reflected the maturity of Crab Fest as a tourism product.

“Crab Fest is a perfect signature event for Mandurah as it builds on our region’s natural assets and cultural heritage,” she said.

“As a tourism product, it is highly accessible and, through the many free and ticketed events in the program, appeals to a wide selection of audiences.”