Cairns and Port Douglas: three of the best experiences

GBRUK buyers have sampled an exhilarating itinerary in Cairns and Port Douglas in Australia, part of a three-day educational programme following on from Dreamtime 2015, Tourism Australia’s business incentive showcase which took place in Adelaide, South Australia from 6-8 December. The group visited Cairns from 9-11 December, hosted by partners including Etihad Airways, Virgin Australia and Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Business Events.

Great Barrier Reef
Located off the coast from Cairns, the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest reef system and the only living thing that can be seen from space. Groups will be spoilt for choice – our options, provided by Quicksilver Tours on the renowned Agincourt Reef, included diving, helicopter rides, a snorkelling tour and a submarine experience. These options enabled the group to get up close and very personal with marine life on the reef, made up of more than 2,900 individual reefs, 600 continental islands, 300 coral cays and 150 inshore mangrove islands. Introductory and certified dives offered a 40-minute encounter with marine life, while helicopter rides with GBR Helicopters (each seating between three and six people), provided stunning and breathtaking views of the reef. A semi-submersible tour and a helmet dive was also available – perfect for those who didn’t want to get their hair wet,

Rainforest experience
Groups can enjoy a sumptuous sit-down dinner in one of the oldest rainforests on earth, at Flames of the Forest, located in Tropical North Queensland and around a 10-minute drive from Port Douglas. The venue offers a sit-down dining experience with local food specialities including kangaroo, suited for between 30 and up to  850 guests, Our group was lucky enough to experience a pyrotechnic show with cocktails and canapés before our sit-down dinner, with additional  live entertainment throughout the evening.

Boonooloo Beach House
For an evening with a difference, head to Boonooloo Beach House, around a 75-minute drive from Cairns and 30 minutes from Port Douglas. The Beach House in Newell Beach has an enviable location – where the World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef. The venue caters for sit-down dinners for up to 80 or cocktails and canapés for 110, with views towards Port Douglas, Low Isles and Snapper Island.On the evening we visited, our group enjoyed a relaxed evening on the beachfront with live entertainment.