Arrive into Cairns International Airport and feel enveloped in the tropical warmth the moment you step off the plane. Welcome to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef – the only place on the planet where two World Heritage listed areas coexist side by side. Nestled between the Wet Tropics Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef, this truly is the natural place to meet.
Image: Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
This afternoon is all about breaking the ice and getting your team to connect. Choose from a range of team building activities such as an amazing race around the city, beach volleyball, white water rafting, high ropes course, or a cocktail-making masterclass.
Image: Cairns Esplanade
Check into your luxury hotel and freshen up before a welcome function poolside. Tantalise your tastebuds with fresh local produce at a typical Aussie BBQ Feast and get to know your fellow delegates over a few cocktails.
Image: Cairns Hotel
Cairns to Kuranda
Today your journey will take you over and through the world’s oldest living rainforest as you glide just metres above the canopy in a glass-floor gondola. A guided walk with a ranger will immerse you in the wonders of the surrounding tropical rainforest environment. Catch a glimpse of the breath-taking bright blue Ulysses butterfly or the elusive tree kangaroo! Upon arrival in Kuranda, ‘the village in the rainforest’, enjoy some leisure time to explore this picturesque place. The Heritage Markets are a must-see and feature a wealth of local arts, crafts and produce.
Image: Kuranda Heritage Markets
Enjoy a tropical lunch at a nature park in the rainforest before having your photo taken with a koala or crocodile, hand-feeding wallabies and kangaroos, and driving through land and water on an Army Duck tour. Your trip back to Cairns lets you see yet another facet of the rainforest, this time in a luxury cabin on the iconic railway. Journey through manmade tunnels and past deep ravines and picturesque waterfalls on your descent back to sea level.
Image: Kuranda Scenic Railway
After some down time at your hotel, an evening of Indigenous culture awaits. Learn the traditions of the local Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, take part in a traditional Djabugay Aboriginal dance performance and fire ceremony and a satiate your hunger with a delicious buffet dinner showcasing local bush foods.
Great Barrier Reef
The time has come for you to experience the magical world of the Great Barrier Reef! Travelling by high-speed catamaran or luxury sailboat, choose from a visit to an outer barrier reef pontoon or a tropical island paradise. Activities include snorkelling, scuba or helmet diving, semisubmersible tours or simply relaxing on the sun deck or on the beach.
Image: Great Adventures Pontoon
After enjoying a sumptuous lunch with fresh seafood, meats, and salads, it’s time to take to the skies and get a bird’s eye view of the reef on a scenic helicopter flight. An unforgettable experience!
Image: Nautilus Aviation
Cairns to Atherton
Rise and shine by watching the sun come up over the Atherton Tablelands in a hot air balloon. Once you’re back on firm land, embark on a culinary tour of this volcanic plateau – the food bowl of the region. Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast at a local coffee plantation and spend time visiting the grounds and learning about the harvesting of those precious coffee beans.
Image: Cairns Hot Air Balloon
Experience a variety of locally produced fruit wines and liqueurs over lunch in the surrounding fruit orchards, followed by a visit to a local dairy farm to sample rich cheeses and mouth-watering chocolates. If you’re still hungry, afternoon tea awaits at a lakeside teahouse, where you can taste homemade scones and enjoy a cuppa in a historic teahouse overlooking a crater lake.
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Celebrate your last evening with an exclusive offsite dinner. Venue options range from beach or rainforest locations, restored fuel tanks, sugarcane fields, botanic gardens, heritage buildings, an artillery museum, or waterfront settings. Each unique experience is guaranteed to leave lasting memories. Keep the party going afterwards by hitting one of the many quirky bars scattered across the city. Have a drink at an art gallery or venture down one of Cairns’ laneways.
Image: Nu Nu Restaurant
Enjoy free time before departing Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef. Indulge in some shopping, stroll along the Cairns Esplanade or stop in at the markets for your last minute fix of local fresh produce.
Image: Rusty’s Markets
- Feel the adrenaline rush of a bungy jump or swing through the rainforest
- Play a round of golf on a championship course with a professional
- Catch your own coral trout or red emperor while game fishing in the Coral Sea
- Ride a mountain bike along the beach or down world-class trails.
- Challenge yourself on a ropes course at the Cairns Zoom and see the city from a unique vantage point on the rooftop.
- Join in a free fitness class such as yoga, pilates, beach volleyball, aqua aerobics or zumba right along the Cairns Esplanade.
- See aquatic and land-based animals as you learn about their ecosystem at the aquarium.
- Speed, spin and slide around the Cairns Marina on a jet boat.
Image: AJ Hackett
Optional Detour – Partner Program
- Sip on French champagne at an exclusive Louis Vuitton ‘Art of Packing’ workshop.
- Partake in a chic high tea experience then escape and unwind with a spa treatment.
- Take a cooking class with a passionate local who will teach you cooking skills using the tropical produce of our region.