Posted: 31 Dec 2017
Happy New Year......don't forget to check out our great New Year Eve specials on our option A tour. Seats are selling fast due to demand!
Posted: 30 Dec 2017
Fun and enjoyable day out with loads of interesting facts by our guide. The scenery was nice, lunch yummy and Paronella park a must see. Great value for money!
Posted: 29 Dec 2017
Had a fantastic time quad biking through the rainforest with the family . The tour was suitable for 1st time quad bikers like my wife , who was made to feel at ease and safe by the team and tough enough for wannabe adrenaline junkies like the kids . We we...
Posted: 24 Dec 2017
I booked the cairns quad adventure for my last day in cairns on the 9th december and from being pick up and dropped off marley made me feel welcome and was very professional, also he was very knowledgeable about cairns and told me some amazing facts about...
Posted: 23 Dec 2017
Seat are selling fast for our Christmas Eve tour of the beautiful Atherton Tablelands and Paronella Park. Go to our website for more details. Note: we do not run on Christmas Day. Merry Christmas!
Posted: 22 Dec 2017
Casey and I had a lot of fun riding the ATV in the rainforest. Lots of bumps terrains, mud, and going over waters. It was an adventure for sure, not something boring. Of course they make sure you are safe and comfortable riding the quads.
Posted: 21 Dec 2017
Cairns Historical Society & Cairns Museum Christmas Party on 14th December saw over 100 Members, Patrons, Sponsors, Volunteers and Staff viewing the newest Temporary Exhibition "Water, Water Everywhere" while listening to the gorgeous harmonies of the Sou...
The party continued upstairs on the School of Arts balcony overlooking the city place. The entertainment continued with Maggie Helena providing background carols and The Cotton Club providing canapes and drinks.
Prizes were drawn, photos were taken and a fun night was had by all!
Posted: 21 Dec 2017
Don’t forget our fabulous range of Unique Cairns merchandise available from our Gift Shop. Who doesn’t need a tea towel or a fan or some wonderful holiday reading? Or perhaps a Cairns Museum Gift Voucher? Visit our Gift Shop located at Cairns Schoo...
Who doesn’t need a tea towel or a fan or some wonderful holiday reading? Or perhaps a Cairns Museum Gift Voucher?
Visit our Gift Shop located at Cairns School of Arts Building - Cnr Lake and Shields Streets
Posted: 21 Dec 2017
We have a sunbird nest on level 3 with two newly laid eggs; and a gorgeous green frog enjoying the courtyard garden on the ground floor.
Posted: 21 Dec 2017
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Posted: 20 Dec 2017
My husband and I absolutely loved our time with Cairns Quads and Adventure! When we first arrived, our guide made sure that we were completely comfortable on our bikes before we went out into the rain forest. Safety was definitely the top priority. The tr...
Posted: 20 Dec 2017
Live coral fragments have been successfully collected and installed in the first offshore coral nursery being trialled on the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to regenerate damaged areas of the world’s largest reef. The Reef Restoration Foundation has a...
Live coral fragments have been successfully collected and installed in the first offshore coral nursery being trialled on the Great Barrier Reef in a bid to regenerate damaged areas of the world’s largest reef.
The Reef Restoration Foundation has a permit from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority (GBRMPA) to establish a pilot research offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island, near Cairns in Tropical North Queensland.
Foundation Chief Executive Officer Stewart Christie said the not-for-profit social enterprise sought and obtained significant tourism industry and scientific support for the coral gardening and restoration research project, which will regenerate degraded coral reefs.
“This week we collected small amounts of healthy coral which, having survived the past two years of high temperatures, should be naturally more resilient to coral bleaching,” he said.
“This coral has been attached to six ‘coral tree’ frames in the offshore coral nursery at Fitzroy Island.”
Corals in offshore nurseries grow much faster allowing cuttings to be taken just six to 12 months later to be attached on reefs to grow new coral and regenerate damaged sections.
James Cook University Professor Damien Burrows said: “As coral cover across the Great Barrier Reef continues to decline, additional management approaches are required to assist the recovery of corals.”
Led by the Reef Restoration Foundation, the project has strong tourism industry support with funding from Fitzroy Island Resort, Cairns Dive Centre, the Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) and Gempearl.
Researchers from James Cook University’s TropWATER and Reef Ecologic will be monitoring the performance of the coral nursery with support by volunteers from the Fitzroy Island Resort, Cairns Turtle Rehabilitation Centre, Cairns Dive Centre and other skilled individuals.
Mr Christie said the process adopted by Reef Restoration Foundation had been proven in other locations around the world including the Caribbean and Florida Keys.
GBRMPA Chairman Dr Russell Reichelt said there had been major climate change-driven impacts on the Great Barrier Reef over the past two years.
“GBRMPA’s Reef Blueprint launched this week highlights the importance of innovative approaches and new technologies to manage the Reef,” he said.
“It’s great to see this trial underway — while it’s still early days in this project, we look forward to seeing the results.”
Fitzroy Island Resort Director Doug Gamble said it was critical to invest in projects to support the natural assets that local industry and the community relied upon.
“Investing in the offshore coral nursery is a tangible action that will make a positive difference to reefs and contribute to a better-quality experience for our guests.”
Association of Marine Park Tourism Operators (AMPTO) Executive Officer and Gempearl Director Col McKenzie said the innovative program would engage tourism operators, Reef visitors, and individuals and businesses with a connection to the Reef showing that small actions could create a big impact for the Reef’s future.
Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef CEO Andy Ridley said: “Projects like this are vital as we need to work together to undertake actions at a local, reef wide and global scale that make a positive difference to ensuring the future health and resilience of the Great Barrier Reef”.
Follow Reef Restoration Foundation on its journey at https://www.facebook.com/reefrestorationfoundation/ and if you are inspired to make a positive improvement to the health of the Great Barrier Reef, please sign-up or donate at www.reefrestorationfoundation.org.
Posted: 20 Dec 2017
A unique research project underway near Cairns to grow healthy coral for replanting on the Great Barrier Reef could soon get a helping hand from tourists. One of Australia's first coral gardens was planted this week. Small pieces of coral taken from...
One of Australia's first coral gardens was planted this week.
Small pieces of coral taken from Fitzroy Island are being suspended from a tree-like structure to promote quick growth.
Reef Restoration Foundation founder Stewart Christie said the nursery of heat-tolerant varieties will eventually be harvested and placed on parts of the reef affected by bleaching.
"Every six to 12 months we'll take cuttings from these trees, plant them on the reef and try to restore some of those damaged sections," he said.
The not-for-profit organisation will spearhead the three-year research project, after it was granted a permit to install 20 coral growing frames in two different locations at Fitzroy Island.
The concept has been more than a year in the making and is based on successful programs developed in Florida and the Caribbean.
Tourists to get involved
If the study is a success, tourists will be given the opportunity purchase their own piece of coral which will be planted back on the reef.
"The focus is really around helping tourism operators rehabilitate and restore the damaged sites so they can showcase some pristine parts of the reef and from there we can start educating tourists and guests about the bigger ticket items like climate change, " Mr Christie said.
Acropora coral tagged for monitoring as part of a study to replant coral on the Great Barrier Reef.
PHOTO: Acropora coral tagged for monitoring as part of a study. (Supplied: Reef Ecologic)
The move has been backed by Cairns tourism operators who hope it will help businesses struggling after two consecutive bleaching events.
"Some of the local operators that aren't so much involved in the international marketing are down 20-30 per cent so it's a very significant drop in visitation," Association of Marine Park Tourism CEO Col McKenzie said.
Mr McKenzie said giving visitors ownership over the reef was instrumental in raising global awareness, while also encouraging return visits.
"This is probably one of the most exciting projects we've seen come up this year," he said.
"This the first time [the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority] has given a permit for this kind of research and if we can prove it's successful it has enormous potential to assist the tourism industry," he said.
The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority's (GBRMPA) approval of the project coincides with the official launch of its Reef Blueprint this week, which sheds light on the challenges faced by the UNESCO World Heritage site.
"The future of the Great Barrier Reef is uncertain. We desperately need strong global action on climate change but in the meantime we need to do everything we can locally," GBRMPA chief scientist David Wachenfeld said.
Dr Wachenfeld said initiatives like coral gardening reflected a new approach to dealing with the problem.
"We're actually looking at new ways of managing the marine park and one of those things is to think about the best ways to intervene in the health of the reef and promote its resilience, including restoration," he said.
Marine scientist Nathan Cook, who has been assisting on the project, said while it was a step in the right direction, work in reef restoration must not detract from the problem of climate change.
"They can provide small-scale localized diligence to help that reef manage through difficult times and potentially recover quicker after disturbances, but we have to be mindful that we don't detract from the message that climate change is the greatest threat," he said.
Scientists working in the field have hopes the results of this research could open the door for other unique approaches to helping the reef enter into a new era.
"This is the first step on that road and we anticipate we'll have three, four or more of these projects over the coming few years," Mr Cook said.
By Sally Rafferty
Posted: 19 Dec 2017
We're very excited and proud to announce that we have partnered with Surf Life Saving Sunscreen to offer Marine Friendly Sunscreen for sale on our tours! It's safe for our #greatbarrierreef and marine life, as well as being SPF50+, non-greasy and eve...
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Posted: 18 Dec 2017
The tour was excellent! We went to the tropical rainforests in northern part of Queensland, visited the water falls and the gorgeous fig tree. Of course, the highlights was the Paronella Park, the castle ruins were special and unique, with an informative...
Posted: 17 Dec 2017
Best quad biking tour ever!!! Thanks so much Marley for making our day so special! We had a blast! Guys anyone thinking of doing a quad biking tour with plenty of thrills and adrenaline rush!! I highly recommend this one from start to finish it was a br...
Thanks so much Marley for making our day so special! We had a blast!
Guys anyone thinking of doing a quad biking tour with plenty of thrills and adrenaline rush!! I highly recommend this one from start to finish it was a brilliant day!!!
Posted: 12 Dec 2017
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Posted: 11 Dec 2017
I had a great time with the quad bikes. I came to Cairns alone and decided to get on some fun adventure, so I reserved for a morning quad bike experience. On the day of my ride I was greeted by Nicky in front of my hotel and was informed that I was the on...
I really enjoyed the whole experience and would like to give a thumbs up to Nicky for her kindness.
Posted: 11 Dec 2017
I did the one day tour out to Atherton Tablelands and Miilla Miilla Falls. I was picked up from my accommodation in Cairns. The guide was happy, friendly and made everyone really excited about day ahead. The tour ran at a good pace so you never felt rushe...
Posted: 05 Dec 2017
ALL SKYRAIL & KURANDA SCENIC RAIL TICKET HOLDERS CAN RECEIVE 10% OFF CRUISES ON PRODUCTION OF THEIR TICKETS ON THE BOAT! Come and enjoy a relaxing cruise and the cooling breeze.