Tropical team player
When you want to bring your group together there is no better place to do so than in Australia’s tropical north.
Cairns and Tropical North Queensland is not only tailor-made for the meetings sector, it caters exceptionally well for bringing groups together.
Its location, amazing warm year-round weather, experiences on land and water, and unique offerings is seeing it grow as not only a great place for conferences but a destination that provides a variety of options for planners and companies who want to get their people out of their comfort zone and into a new mode of thinking.
The city of Cairns, Palm Cove, and the northern town of Port Douglas, offer a range of team-building experiences that cover both active and passive options – everything from white water rafting and mountain biking to cooking classes, golf clinics, and even cocktail making.
Active activities available include:
- White water rafting
- Mountain biking through the rainforest
- Beach challenges ranging from Beach Olympic-style events to sand castle competitions
- High ropes courses and power jumping at Cairns Zoom
- More passive options include:
- Cooking classes
- Amazing Race / Treasure Hunts
- Golf clinics
- Cocktail making classes
The region also offers corporate social responsibility-type experiences such as tree planting and building bikes for local charities. Turn over for further details.
That’s my team
Cairns and the surrounding region is a great place for team engagement.
Testing your mettle on a high ropes course in the heart of Cairns is as easy as visiting the Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome located on top of the casino, just metres from major hotels and the central business district.
Participants can test their strength and bravery on more than 65 different crossings over two height levels, encompassing a climbing wall, log bridges, tunnels, swinging beer kegs, skateboards, seesaws, and cargo nets.
For those who love a bit of a rush you can certainly feel the adrenaline pumping as you zipline over the top of crocodile cages.
The venue also now offers the Dome Climb, climbing experience at the top of the dome. The External Walk is described as an exhilarating scenic walk around the outside perimeter of the Cairns Wildlife Dome providing the only elevated 360 degree view of the Cairns city, the Pacific Ocean, Trinity Inlet, the Cairns Marina, The Esplanade, and the mountains of the Lamb Range.
Participants are safely attached on the ‘SafeRoller’ as they walk along a 60cm (2ft) platform without handrails. Viewing areas at each of the four corners of the dome allow participants to stop and take in the views and let others securely past.
There is also an internal walk in which participants take a spiral staircase in the centre of the dome all the way to the top. Participants follow the winding steps getting a gradually higher perspective of the birdlife resting in the tree tops. Platforms also surround the staircase providing breaks between elements on the Zoom High Course.
Visit www.cairnszoom.com.au to learn more.
Another great option for those who like to test their limits is whitewater rafting with www.raft.com.au. RNR White Water Rafting offers some exciting team-building activities from ropes courses to a treasure hunt down the river.
Rafting experiences are held on the Tully River and the Barron River, each offering very different options.
On Tully River participants can raft and negotiate up to 45 rapids of varying degrees, with a riverside BBQ lunch held in the middle of the day.
For something completely different why not take a cocktail making class with your group at the 6 Degrees Bar and Lounge in the Hilton Cairns Led by the Hilton Cairns’ head bartender your group will learn how to make classic cocktails, learn more about cocktail making, taste cocktails, design their own, and receive a booklet to take home to help recreate your masterpiece.
For the foodies in your group, enjoy a cooking demonstration followed by lunch with Ochre Restaurant and Catering, located in the heart of Cairns. In the demonstration Ochre’s chef will guide the group through a history of bush tucker with sampling of native spices and fruits. Following a morning tea break the chef will then demonstrate preparing, cooking and presentation of several dishes that can be produced at home.
Later guests sit down to a lunch of the food prepared during the demonstration. Visit www.ochrerestaurant.com.au to learn more.
If you’re based in Port Douglas then Port Douglas Catering and Events also offers cooking demonstrations and classes for groups. Visit www.portdouglascatering.com.au for further details.
Golf enthusiasts should also enjoy the options available in Cairns and Tropical North Queensland, with numerous courses offering group lessons.
With one of the best layouts in the region, Paradise Palms, about 20 minutes from Cairns and five minutes from Palm Cove, is a good option for team-building on the golf course. For those staying in Port Douglas the impressive Sea Temple Golf Club and the Mirage Country Club also offer group golfing lessons for groups.
For those serious about their team-building activity, David Arnfield Corporate Training is now available in the region.
David Arnfield had a long association with AFL football, most recently with the Port Adelaide Football Club where he was the senior fitness adviser and team runner, training and rehabilitation manager, and corporate training manager and leadership coordinator.
Moving to the Cairns region he established David Arnfield Corporate Training and Queensland Elite Sports Training (QUEST) focusing on team-building, leadership, fitness, setting team goals, and player education.
Corporate training focuses on key issues identified by each company with a focus on goal setting, planning, leadership, motivation and commitment, and teamwork.
Visit www.questtrainingcamps.com.au to learn more.
One of the more long-term providers in the region is Off-site Connections Event Solutions which can also tailor team-building programs to events, including activities like an Amazing Race-style experience. Visit www.offsiteconnections.com to learn more.
Whatever your goal is in the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef region there is certainly something for groups of all shapes and sizes.