Double the recognition, double the celebration! Congratulations to Torie Mackinnon from Moonraker Dolphin Swims and Jodi Neary from The Ranch Mornington Peninsula for being awarded the 2022 Mornington Peninsula Regional Tourism Legend’s Award and the inaugural Emerging Leader Award respectively.
About Torie Mackinnon and Moonraker Dolphin Swims
As the Managing Director of Moonraker Dolphin Swims for 20 years now, Torie Mackinnon has made a profound impact in championing marine tourism on the Mornington Peninsula. Alongside her passion to bring awareness to the underwater wildlife that call the region home, she has been at the forefront of making the second-generation family-owned and operated business a leader in sustainable and eco-friendly marine tours.At the age of 17, Torie was the youngest person in Australia to obtain a captain’s certificate and in 2012, was named Telstra Victorian Young Business Woman of the Year. The Tourism Legend’s Award recongises an individual’s commitment to their own organisiation and acknowledges their contribution to and leadership within the tourism industry as a whole.
Based in Sorrento, Moonraker Dolphin Swims offer a range of dolphin and seal swim journeys as well as the opportunities for private and school tours. Cruise along the bay and get up close to beautiful Mornington Peninsula marine life, as part of swimming, sightseeing and snorkelling experiences. Operating on the Mornington Peninsula for 30 years, Moonraker Dolphin Swims are committed to creating bucket-list worthy marine adventures that are a must-do when visiting the region.
The business has been recognised at Victorian, Australian and Global Awards ceremonies, and has been inducted into both the Victorian Tourism Awards Hall of Fame for Eco Tourism, and Eco Tourism Australia’s Hall of Fame for 20 years of accreditation at Australia’s highest level.
About Jodi Neary and The Ranch Mornington Peninsula
Holding the position of Owner/Managing Director at the Ranch Mornington Peninsula for over six years, Jodi Neary has been making strides within the region’s outdoor attraction and adventure scene. The Emerging Leader Award announced in 2021 is presented to someone who exhibits the qualities of a future leader and will make considerable contribution to the industry throughout their career. Jodi has also been accepted into the Melbourne Tourism Leaders Program.
With an array of exciting outdoor thrill-seeking experiences scattered across the 200-acre property, The Ranch Mornington Peninsula makes for an unmissable adventure destination. Rock climbing, mountainboarding, horse riding and a flying fox are just some of the activities on show, with the park open to both the public and school camping groups. Cabin accommodation is also available to book on-site.
Explore more of Moonraker Dolphin Swims here and The Ranch Mornington Peninsula here.