Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

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The Natural Place to Meet

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is a tropical region encouraging genuine connections to nature and each other. Five-star hotels and resorts line the waterfront of Cairns, Palm Cove, Port Douglas, and our tropical islands. Create great moments in the oldest rainforest, choose your own adventure on the largest coral reef and learn from two indigenous cultures.

 

CONNECT GREAT.  LEAVE GREATER.

Tropic Wings Cairns Tours

Cairns was the ideal location for Arinex’ nationwide team to gather for our company conference and 50th anniversary celebration. The region’s philosophy of ‘See Great, Leave Greater’ perfectly aligned with our commitment to sustainability and we were honoured that our event could contribute to the region’s long-term wellbeing. Our team left truly inspired by this beautiful region and all that it has to offer. – Nicole Walker, Arinex Managing Director

Latest News

Keep up-to-date with the latest news, articles and media releases from the Business Events Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Industry.

Media Release
5 Mar 2024
Tropical North Queensland resilience attracts business events

The resilience of Tropical North Queensland after record flooding in December has inspired corporations planning incentive events for international destinations this year to move their business to Cairns.

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Blog post
30 Jan 2024
10 reasons to hold your business event in the 10-minute city

If you’re seeking a destination to work, connect, or explore without having to travel the distance, we’ve got you covered here with these ten reasons to hold your business event in the 10-minute city of Cairns!

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Media Release
6 Dec 2023
Content grants to showcase business event offerings

Fifteen business event suppliers of Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have received grants of up to $5,000 each to produce new content or update their website performance as part of the Create Great Program.

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Media Release
10 Nov 2023
Cairns announced as host city for incentive showcase

Tourism Australia’s signature incentive showcase will return in 2024 with the event, normally held every two years, to be held in Tropical North Queensland, as Australia continues to rebuild a strong pipeline of international business events.

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Blog post
6 Nov 2023
10 Tips for Delivering Sustainable Events in Cairns & GBR

If you are an event organiser planning an event in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, lighten your footprint with these ten tips for delivering sustainable events in our region.

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Media Release
11 Oct 2023
Delegates keen to return to Cannes in Cairns

The highly successful Cannes in Cairns event for the advertising, marketing and media industry is expected to attract 2000 delegates in 2024 after numbers doubled this year from the 650 who attended the inaugural Cairns event in 2022.

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Media Release
26 Sep 2023
Sustainable events a focus in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

Connect Great and Leave Greater in Cairns and Great Barrier Reef where two World Heritage Areas are a natural delegate booster for business events.

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Media Release
25 Sep 2023
Travel for good on a Tropical North Queensland expedition

Expeditions exploring the World Heritage-listed reef and rainforest in Tropical North Queensland are giving travellers the opportunity to understand the global importance of these ecosystems and help the organisations caring for their future.

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Media Release
3 Aug 2023
Planners introduced to sustainable Cairns events

Australia’s leading event planners have been gifted a tree to increase the habitat of tree kangaroos on the Atherton Tablelands in Tropical North Queensland as a thank you for attending the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef Business Events Regional Showcase in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne this week.

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Media Release
23 Mar 2023
Cairns showcases a week of business events

A conference for one of Australia’s leading event management companies is kicking off a bumper week of business event activities in Cairns from Monday (March 27) showcasing the destination’s capability to host sustainable meetings, conferences and incentives.

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Blog post
15 Feb 2023
Cairns & Great Barrier Reef – the home of sustainability

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is in an enviable position. Gateway to two World Heritage-listed icons – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest, and a regional city, local business events professionals and companies that are acutely aware of their responsibility for the ongoing sustainability of not just the Tropical North Queensland environment but those who call it home.

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Media Release
13 Feb 2023
Sustainable events made easier in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef

A carbon offset program for business events and online hubs designed to make sustainable and accessible travel easy to access are among the new initiatives to be revealed by Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef at AIME 2023.

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Media Release
3 Feb 2023
Sustainable Travel Hub launches in Tropical North Queensland

Travellers can easily find interactive conservation projects, immersive cultural experiences and eco-certified operators with the launch of the Tropical North Queensland Sustainable Travel Hub today (February 3).

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Media Release
14 Nov 2022
Australia’s first offshore nursery gives birth

Corals grown in Australia’s first offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island off Cairns have spawned for the first time after being planted on the Great Barrier Reef four years ago.

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Blog post
13 May 2022
Nurturing Nature & Delegates

Business events can reduce their environmental impact, ensure events are staged with a greater purpose, and provide a sense of achievement for delegates who attend.

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Cairns
4 Oct 2023
Beer that helps the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the natural place to meet… and eat and drink! Ask anyone who’s visited, and they’ll tell you discovering our reef and rainforest is thirsty work.

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Cairns
4 Oct 2021
Introduce your delegates to the world’s oldest rainforest

Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an experience through Australia’s most famous rainforest, the Wet Tropics, whose ancestry predates dinosaurs and is home to 15 of the 26 families of ancient flowering plants in the world, just to name a few accolades.

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Cairns
5 Oct 2021
Minimise the impact of where your delegates lay their head

As Crystalbrook Collection expands across Australia, their three Cairns-based properties lead the way on their mantra “travel with a lighter footprint”. 

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Cairns
Delegates contribute to reef health

As a natural delegate booster, it’s hard to go past the world’s most extraordinary reef; the World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef.

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Cairns
Whatever the weather, Cairns is the natural place to meet

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is a full sensory experience for delegates. Our seasons deliver warm days all year. Regular rainfall over summer and autumn keeps the landscape a rich green; the rainforest is at its most lush and waterfalls are full and spectacular for pre and post-touring adventures.

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@tropicalnorthqueensland

If there's one thing we know about those lovely tropical raindrops, it's that it sometimes they make everything just a little more magical! ✨🌴

📍 @lake_barrine_teahouse

🎥 @megannamourr #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #athertontablelands
Good morning #Cairns 👋👋 

🎥 @trendy.neo #explorecairnsgbr #exploretnq

[ID Warm orange and yellow sunrise over Cairns]
Winter is only a few months away, you know what that means? It's nearly minke whale season!! 🐋

Did you know that Tropical North Queensland is the only known predictable aggregation in the world & the only place where people are able to swim alongside this majestic animal - book a tour with @mikeballdive @divers_den @prodivecairns or @spiritoffreedomcairns to experience it for yourself 🩵

🎥 @z0moments #exploreTNQ #exploreCairnsGBR #minkewhale #greatbarrierreef

[ID Minke Whales calmly swimming past the camera through the ocean]
POV you're playing passenger princess on the way to @lizardisland ✈️👸

This stunning island is renowned for its diving, with the world-famous Cod Hole on the northern tip of Ribbon Reef just 50 minutes from the Island 🐠 Here you might find some friendly grey reef sharks, schooling sweetlips & a dazzling array of tropical reef fish, maybe even the site’s namesake, the Potato Cod 🤿

While you're there, don't forget to make your way over to the Lizard Island Research Station – a coral reef research facility that is recognised as the major island-based research facility on the @gbrmarinepark! 🌊

🎥 @sveabark #exploreTNQ #exploreCairnsGBR #capeyork

[ID: Boarding a small charter plane and flying over bright blue ocean and coral reefs on the way to Lizard Island, where there is white sand, lush forest and only a few buildings visible from the air.]
hot off the press @capetribhorserides is ready for you to saddle up and head to the beautiful beaches of @portdouglasdaintree 🌴🐴

🎥 @amys.camera.lens #exploreTNQ #exploreCairnsGBR #portdouglasdaintree

[ID: Collection of aerial videos of horses and riders walking along the beach and in the water at Cape Tribulation, where the beach is lined with palm trees and green rainforest]
Say hello to some of our furry friends at #GraniteGorge near the @athertontablelands 🌴 Popular with day trippers & campers alike, Granite Gorge's big drawcard is the rock wallabies 🦘 This particular colony is an endangered species that is only found in the Mareeba area 🦋 This is the only place where you can feed them in the wild 🍴 So it's not surprising that they're the first thing most people go looking for when they arrive at the park 🌾👀

🎥 @travelloef #exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr #thisisqueensland #seeaustrlia #mareeba

[ID: Wallaby with joey poking out of pouch sitting on a rock at Granite Gorge]
What’s your favourite hike in #Cairns? 🌴🥾

#exploretnq #explorecairnsgbr
Could this be the world’s prettiest walking trail? 🌴🩷

Say hello to Flagstaff Hill in @portdouglasdaintree 📍

🎥 @janevisuals #exploreTNQ #explorecairnsGBR #portdouglasdaintree

[ID: collection of videos from the walking trail on Flagstaff Hill in Port Douglas, overlooking Four Mile Beach and the forest and Palm Trees lining the sand. It is sunset and the sky is bright purple and pink, it is still and calm.]
Ready to go back to #CapeTribulation? 🌴🦋

We sure are! Cape Tribulation is open and ready for you to explore once again, visit our website for the latest travel advice. 

⚠️ Before you travel: Remember to check business hours directly with any tours, attractions or accommodation providers.

#exploreTNQ #exploreCairnsGBR #portdouglasdaintree

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