Key Industries

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef attracts thousands of thought leaders, innovators and high achievers who influence and inspire colleagues across a range of diverse industries. The diversity of the surrounding natural environment frequently attracts the attention of a range of various professions.


Tropical fruits, sugar, coffee, fishing, grass-fed beef, free-range pork and dairy have long been part of the agriculture industry in Tropical North Queensland, while new exotic crops include cacao and vanilla. Food processing is also innovating with banana flour the newest food product in a region producing smoked meats, charcuterie, and award-winning spirits.



Tourism management and training in environmentally sensitive areas is an area of expertise in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef. Innovative programs like the Savannah Guides and the Master Reef Guides provide focused training for guide interpretation in our World Heritage areas. Tour operators also assist in managing the environment they work in with scientific monitoring and by assisting in research.


Marine Services

Cairns has a thriving marine precinct, including three shipyards as well as HMAS Cairns naval base and Defence contractors. In addition to servicing the needs of defence, Cairns is home to a large and diverse marine sector that includes a world-renowned tourism reef fleet, commercial fishing and shipping and plays host to superyachts and cruise ships.


Renewable Energy

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef have abundant renewable energy resources such as solar, wind and biomass. As a result of this resource the region has over 100 businesses operating in the renewable energy sector. The renewable energy industry includes household, commercial and industrial, and utility-scale project expertise.

Education and Training

From primary to tertiary, Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is perfectly positioned for education. The region boasts world-class facilities including James Cook University, ranked in the world’s top 4% of tertiary institutions, Central Queensland University, Great Barrier Reef International Marine College and TAFE North. Apprenticeships, traineeships, industry-based training and courses for domestic and international students cover a wide range of topics and areas of expertise.


Aviation is an emerging sector for the region due to its strategic location in Asia Pacific and excellent infrastructure. Several international and national companies have major service centres in Cairns including Jet Aviation, who are an official Bombardier service centre and have the largest avionics workshop in the southern hemisphere, and UK owned Cobham Aviation Services. Cairns Aviation Skills Centre and CQUniversity Aviation Campus are both located at Cairns Airport, delivering vocational and Bachelor Qualifications.

Tropical Health and Life Sciences

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the ideal location for tropical forest science, biopharmaceuticals, tropical health, tropical foods, and natural resource management. James Cook University, home of the Australian Institute of Tropical Health and Medicine, the Australian Tropical Forest Institute and the Australian Tropical Herbarium, conducts internationally acclaimed research encompassing public health, bimolecular, clinical, and translational health systems. Research is conducted across several James Cook University centres exploring key areas including tropical infectious diseases, health security and biosecurity, chronic disorders with high prevalence in the tropics, genetic diseases and health services in regional and remote communities.

Group activities, team building, partner programs, field trips and pre and post touring options are endless in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.

Choose your own adventure in the oldest rainforest.

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This could be your welcome function with @sailawayportdouglas.

Create Great. Leave Greater.

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Need to get your team motivated? White water rafting with @cairnsadventuregroup will do it. What a way to create a great memory! 

In Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, sitting next to your colleagues, doens't feel like you're at work.

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When you visit Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, we invite you to learn from two Indigenous cultures; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island People. A Dreamtime walk through the Wet Tropics Rainforest, a smoking ceremony and welcome to country on arrival or a cultural performance to kick off your celebrations will help your group to embrace the spirit of this place, where stories are shared and memories are created.

Create Great. Leave Greater.

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Ever thought about your delegates sleeping on the reef? Liveaboards, overnight tours and even night diving are an experience like no other. Add that extra touch to an already amazing visit to the Great Barrier Reef for your delegates.

Choose your own adventure on the largest coral reef system.

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That's a wrap folks! The team at Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef (Kelsey, Rosie, Kahlia and Kylie), wish you all the very Merriest Christmas. We will see you in the new year!

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The sugar cane fields of Cairns & Great Barrier Reef provide a quintessential tropical setting for your offsite dinner. Your delegates will make genuine connections with each other and with our awe-inspiring nature. 

Surrounding your team with great, makes your business greater.

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Waterfront. Palm Cove. Nu Nu Restaurant. Need we say more?

Okay, a little bit more. A venue that has it all for your tropical gala dinner, welcome cocktail function, conference lunch, or anything in between; @nunurestaurant is the one. Only 30 minutes north of Cairns, at the southern end of the beachside village of Palm Cove, Nu Nu is an iconic Cairns & Great Barrier Reef offsite venue.

Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is the natural place to meet.

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Dining inside a working brewery, amongst the shiny beer tanks is a memorable element for your conference. @hemingwayscairns hosted our group for lunch during our educational program BE Immersed: Cairns & Great Barrier Reef earlier this year. The event can be enhanced with a brewery tour and a tasting paddle for each delegate.

In Cairns & Great Barrier Reef, sitting next to your colleagues, doesn't feel like you're at work.

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A conference in summer in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is a breeze! Our venues are designed to enjoy the tropical lifestyle; with breezeways, giant fans (@riley.crystalbrookcollection), adjustable awnings that move with the sun, covered walkways, open-air conference areas and a bazillion shady trees (palms and friends) 🌴 🌳 🌲..

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