The Golden Backpack Awards are the original and most established awards dedicated to the independent travel sector 


Introducing the 2017


Rewarding and acknowledging those companies who work hardest to make backpacking around Australia and New Zealand that extra bit special.

9th November 2017, Gold Coast Australia

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The 11th Golden Backpack Awards

2017 sees the 11th Golden Backpack Awards ceremony take place alongside the Independent Travel Exchange (ITE) and the Adventure Travel and Backpacker Industry Conference (ABiC) in  it’s 22nd year.

Best of the best

These events show off the best of the best in the adventure and backpacking sector. The Golden Backpack awards, ITE and ABiC are built on over 30 years of TNT being a leading voice of this industry sector and celebrates 20 years of being at the forefront of travel industry events.

Find out more

To find out how to get involved with the event, Please email kevin.ellis@tntmagazine.com

Nominations for the Golden Backpack Awards 2017 will be opening soon.

be part of it

In 2015, almost 40 companies were recognised for their outstanding customer service in both state and national categories. To see the shortlist and winners from last year click here

how it works

After entering the awards through a simple nominating process, the awards are consumer voted following a national campaign in TNT Magazine, on www.tntdownunder.com and www.tntmagazine.com and their social media channels.

Credible and authoritative

The voting process is closely monitored and supplemented by secret shopper assessments.To see some of the awards press coverage, click here.

If you contribute to the backpacking and travel industry and have something to be proud of within your business, then you need to be part of this.


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