Nature is the star of the show in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, and its diversity offers endless opportunities for delegates to mix business with pleasure.
Adventure is calling with so many opportunities for thrill seekers to get an adrenalin rush. Take in the sights and sounds of the rainforest while zip lining through the rainforest canopy. Get a bird’s eye view of the region while hurtling through the air during a skydive, floating in a hot air balloon or bungy jumping in beautiful tropical surrounds. Closer to the ground, race your teammates mountain biking through the rainforest or set off for a kayak excursion off one of the many beaches.
Venture into the rainforest of and enter a world steeped in ancient Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture with spirits and legends recorded in rock art. Take an Indigenous cultural tour to learn about ancient ancestral pasts and the secrets of bush medicine, or try your hand at spear and boomerang throwing. Have a go playing the didgeridoo or settle in for a traditional dance and musical performance and feel the rhythm move you.
Witness some of Australia’s most precious and beautiful birds in their natural habitat, encounter an elusive cassowary or spot a platypus in a stream. On the reef, dive with turtles, swim with the minke whales or spy Nemo amongst the corals. Get up close and personal with the local residents of one of the region’s wildlife parks by cuddling a koala, hand-feeding kangaroos, pole-feeding a crocodile or, for the more daring, posing for a photo with a python.
The region offers a smorgasbord of flavours with something to tantalise everyone’s taste buds. Enjoy a unique food and wine experience traveling from Cairns to the lush Atherton Tablelands. Visit a tropical fruit winery, an award-winning distillery, a cheese and chocolate factory or coffee and macadamia plantations. Venture off the beaten track, onto small family farms and hear the stories behind regional fare and how it travels from paddock to plate all the while savouring the mouth-watering flavours of the tropics.
Reconnect with your inner self and ease your stress away by indulging in a pampering session at one of the region’s many spas or taking a yoga class on the beach. Browse the exclusive boutiques for locally inspired jewellery and tropical clothing or stock up on creative gifts for your friends and family. Relax with a coffee right on the farm where it is grown or enjoy an al fresco meal by an award-winning chef. Unwind with a book on the beach, let the gentle current guide you during a stand up paddle boarding session or seek a shaded hammock for some quality downtime.
Help colleagues bond and work together effectively amongst the unique environments of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest with exciting team-building ideas such as white water rafting on the Barron River, an Amazing Race style competition through the Cairns CBD, a golf session on one of the region’s undulating greens, a cooking school with a renowned master chef or a ropes course challenge in a wildlife park.
Get delegates involved in corporate social responsibility activities during their conference as part of a team building exercise, partner program or with post touring. Plant trees with the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation or Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, participate in a turtle release with Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre or work towards the conservation of the environment with Conservation Volunteers Australia. Many products in our region are accredited under the independent Eco Certification Program – whether you are spending a day snorkelling on the Great Barrier Reef, wandering through ancient rainforests, rafting down rapids or soaring over the tablelands, your footprint can be minimal.