Exciting new Cairns & Great Barrier Reef experiences

A cultural dinner event created by Traditional Owners, luxurious accommodation and a horseback tour of a cattle station are among the new options for business events in the Cairns and Great Barrier Reef region.

Tourism Tropical North Queensland General Manager Rosie Douglas said millions of dollars of investment was underway in tourism and events infrastructure in Cairns.

“Some of the city’s newest bespoke experiences were enjoyed earlier this year by more than 6000 Amway China business owners visiting the region in waves of 900 guests at a time,” she said.

“The seamless operation of this major incentive program is proof that Cairns has the infrastructure and capability to welcome large groups with new hotels adding to the city’s room stock.

“Bailey, the second of the three new five-star Crystalbrook Collection hotels, opens in October adding 217 luxury rooms and three restaurants and bars to the city centre.

“Luxury Lodges of Australia now has three lodges in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region offering incentive groups the choice of reef, rainforest and outback settings.

“Mt Mulligan Lodge, an outback working cattle station, and Silky Oaks in the World Heritage-listed Daintree rainforest have recently been included in addition to Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef.

“A working cattle station can also be experienced at KUR-Cow Barnwell where guests can take a scenic helicopter flight over the Wet Tropics rainforest to land on the property.

“The station can be explored on horseback, drovers showcase their bush skills and a hay ride gives guests the opportunity to feed the cattle and learn about the different breeds before tasting the varieties of beef at the restaurant.

“The Mandingalbay Yidinji people have developed a four-course Deadly Dinner featuring local produce and Australian native ingredients on their traditional country across the water from Cairns city.

“Beginning with a boat cruise, the evening includes a smoking and cleansing ceremony, traditional dance, storytelling and an internationally renowned harpist.

“There is much confidence in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef with a $55 million upgrade of the domestic terminal at Cairns Airport and the $127 million expansion of the Cairns shipping channel underway.

“The $176 million expansion and upgrade of the Cairns Convention Centre to include a new exhibition space and meeting rooms has progressed and will commence next year.

“A Global Tourism Hub will be developed in Cairns city with Expressions of Interest from national and international firms currently being assessed.”