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.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
When your delegates have the chance to get amongst an ancient tropical landscape that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years, it pays to explore it from a couple of angles. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an aerial rainforest experience and a ground-level one too. Over an hour and a half (one way), gondolas glide metres above the canopy, before descending to the forest floor for further exploration on foot, with guided ranger tours at Red Peak and even more to discover from The Edge Lookout, overlooking Barron Falls.
Deemed the second most irreplaceable terrestrial habitat on earth, it would be remiss to hold a business event in Tropical North Queensland without a visit to the Wet Tropics Rainforest on the agenda. This rainforest area was awarded its World Heritage status for ticking the boxes of all four World Heritage-listed criteria, not least of all because it’s home to the greatest diversity of plants and animals in Australia. When you conference in a region with two World Heritage listed areas, side-by-side, (the Great Barrier Reef being the other one) you’ll want to put thought into what impact delegates leave behind (and take with them).
It’s completely sustainable
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is a sustainable tourism leader, one of the first in the world to hold EarthCheck’s Master Certification, and only one of 10 operators globally who have achieved this. Everything down to the boardwalks which are elevated off the ground, has been designed to create the lowest possible impact on the rainforest and its inhabitants.
They support the environment they operate in
The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation was established in 2005 to raise funds to support tropical rainforest research and education projects. So far, the foundation has raised more than $465k to go towards research into improving rainforest management globally, and rainforest conservation and protection projects. And on a local front, Skyrail host Tropical Tree Days – tree planting events for the community to participate in.
Whilst delegates are out of the office, they still need to be connected. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway provides solar-powered charging stations for all devices in the Canopy Café. Powered by recycled batteries and solar panels, the internal charging stations are complemented by the external ones in the car park at the Smithfield terminal; with electric vehicles also getting some love. In a show of EV support, local bus company, Tropic Wings, can shuttle your delegates to and from Skyrail aboard their electric bus.
Paperless, convenient, and inclusive
Identifying the need to replace printed collateral and still overcome language barriers, Skyrail Rainforest Cableway introduced a multi-lingual interpretive app and audio guide to complete the educational experience in the rainforest. A delegate’s phone becomes an integral tool during a conference; home to the event app, BAU work apps, and now a handy guide to the world’s oldest rainforest.
Designed to be efficient
The open-air design of Skyrail’s terminal buildings in both Smithfield and Kuranda, coupled with their energy management system that controls low energy lights and air conditioning, and solar panels to charge gondola batteries means their energy consumption remains at an all-time low.
Tanks collect our tropical rainwater for use in toilets, low flow taps have been installed and fully irrigated landscaping is fed by composted coffee grinds from the Canopy Café and an onsite worm farm.
It’s totally accessible
The thing about rainforests is that you normally need to be of sure foot to get amongst it. With Skyrail, you don’t need to be an avid bushwalker, or even wear sneakers for that matter, to enjoy the experience (conference attire fits the bill). Dial-up the action as much as your delegates want to; the only walking that’s required is at mid-stations, with less than 600m walking between the two stops. For the rest of the time, the gondola will be doing all the huffy puffy, gliding gently over the rainforest canopy.
If that’s not enough, the rainforest can come to you! A Skyrail Ranger can present a sustainability seminar as part of your conference agenda; 40 minutes for your delegates to be inspired by a world leader in sustainable business practices.
Skyrail Rainforest Cableway is an amazing way to complement your conference agenda, providing time for delegates to ponder their learnings and recharge for the next session.