An incentive to Tropical North Queensland is a recipe for happy delegates who will no doubt strive harder to achieve their goals. The following is a sample of a three-day program that makes the most of the destination.
Flying directly into Cairns International Airport, welcome signs will greet delegates along with some friendly natives including baby crocodiles for a photo op with a difference. Head by Harley Davidson to Cairns Zoom, one of the region’s latest attractions, to shake the cobwebs away. Located in the heart of the city, delegates can test their strength and bravery on more than 65 different crossings over two height levels as well as the ultimate adrenalin rush – a zipline over the top of crocodile cages. Brave delegates can also try the External Walk – a scenic walk around the outside perimeter of the Cairns Wildlife Dome for a bird’s eye view of the city and reef. Famished after the activity enjoy a cooking demonstration and history lesson on bush tucker food with Ochre Restaurant and Catering before enjoying a sumptuous meal of fresh seafood and modern Australian cuisine. Next head to the 6 Degrees Bar and Lounge in the nearby Hilton Cairns for a cocktail making class with the head bartender. Dinner tonight is on the edge of the Trinity Inlet in the meticulously refurbished historic Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal.
A visit to the outer Great Barrier Reef can now be done in half a day thanks to Sunlover, which this year introduced a new product for groups short on time. The half-day option leaves Cairns Marina at 7am and has the group on the Sunlover Moore Reef pontoon well before full-day visitors allowing the group to enjoy snorkelling, helicopter rides, diving, and other options exclusively. Back on dry land by 12.45pm, head to the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park which is currently undergoing a $12 million enhancement program for lunch, an Indigenous performance and try your hand at boomerang and spear throwing. Alternatively, split your group up for either golf on the stunning Paradise Palms Golf Course with tips from the resident professional, or pampering at one of the many spas in beautiful Palm Cove – often described as `the spa capital of Australia’. Dine this evening below the old melaleuca trees in Palm Cove or in an off-site rainforest setting nearby.
Rise and shine early for sea kayaking and a river drift snorkelling experience in Port Douglas. Next enjoy lunch at Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures where delegates have the opportunity to feed a crocodile – a special option now available just for the groups market. It’s ‘on ya bike’ next for an Amazing Race-style team-building experience around beautiful Port Douglas with the assistance of one of the local DMCs before your final gala dinner deep in the heart of the rainforest with the award-winning Flames of the Forest.
A truly memorable end to a three-day visit to one of Australia’s most stunning destinations. m