Groundwater Country Music Festival takes out the top gong at Australian Tourism Awards

Queensland’s much-loved Groundwater Country Music Festival was recently awarded the top gong in the ‘Festivals and Events’ category at the 2019 Australian Tourism Awards.

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 last weekend.

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.

“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.

“The team worked so hard to make this festival work and we couldn’t be happier.”

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. For more information on this free, family-friendly event, head on over to

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