Posted: 06 Oct 2011
Where the outback meets the sea, Karumba will be the centre stage of the inaugural Barra, Beef and Bulldust Expo held 4 - 6 November 2011. Tours and attractions will also be promoted along the Savannah Way and Overlanders Way on-route to Karumba. The free...
The free regional Expo at Karumba will showcase projects, organisations, goods and services ranging from corporate and local businesses, to community organisations and health services, to agriculture, art and education. There will be entertainment for all ages during the Expo.
A major evening event (ticketed) is planned to follow the Expo with a feast of local barramundi, beef and prawns and drawcard entertainers: Troy Cassar-Daley, Mary G, David Hudson and Shane Howard.
The expo will provide an opportunity for people across the Gulf region to showcase the community, natural resources, culture and economic prospects to the wider Gulf regional community, business leaders, politicians and other government decision makers, primary producers, industry, tourists and natural resource management practitioners.
The event is envisaged to be a catalyst for building partnerships and networks, extend the business and tourist season in the region, raise the profile of all sponsors, stallholders and activity hosts, generate opportunities for increased investment and business collaboration and increase the sustainability of land management practices across the region.
Visit their website for the Event Programme and Ticket information http://www.barrabeefandbulldust.com.au
Posted: 12 Sep 2011
Silversonic passengers and crew recently enjoyed an amazing experience, when an Ornate Eagle Ray (Aetomylaeus vespertilio) was spotted swimming around “Barracuda Bommie”, one of Quicksilver’s remote dive sites on the Agincourt reefs. Thi...
This gentle giant (one of the few species of eagle ray without a stinging barb) measured nearly 2.5m across the wings, and total length over 5m. The Ornate Eagle Ray is well named, as the patterns across the dorsal surface are exquisite, consisting of a mosaic of stripes and spots.
Shane Down, Crew of Silversonic said, “The last time we saw an Ornate Eagle Ray was 3 years ago on Silversonic. It was an unbelievable sight and this new encounter may be the first one in Northern Australia that has been captured on video. It is a very rare and unique encounter – like winning lotto underwater.”
Doug Baird, Quicksilver Cruises Environment and Compliance Manager said, “The species is not well known, and this is only the second one we have seen at one of our reef sites and there are only a few records from the northern parts of Australia (the last time an ornate eagle ray was spotted was in April 2008). They only produce 4-6 live young, making them highly vulnerable. Eagle rays live in the open ocean rather than at the bottom of the sea. They eat snails, mussels and crustaceans, crushing their shells with their extremely hard teeth. They are excellent swimmers and are able to jump several metres above the surface. They are classified as Endangered”.
Posted: 23 Aug 2011
"Jackie" is now staring on You Tube. "Jackie" is a Red Kangaroo who delivers Mail and News for the locals who live in Cow Bay. With Billy Tea Safaris you can see and meet "Jackie" on our Daintree Cape Tribulation 4WD Bloomfield Track Tour as we visit he...
Want to know more than take a look at the latest You Tube Video.
Posted: 23 Aug 2011
At the Restaurant Catering Savour Awards for Excellence event in Cairns on August 15, Zinc was awarded as the "Restaurant of the Year for FNQ 2011". Zinc now goes on to compete at the national awards in late October.
Posted: 23 Aug 2011
Zinc was awarded "Best Contemporary Australian Restaurant for FNQ 2011" at the Restaurant Catering Savour Awards for Excellence event in Cairns on August 15. This is the second year in a row that Zinc picked up this award.
Posted: 19 Jul 2011
The humpback whale season is in full swing and whale encounters are a daily occurrence across the Quicksilver range of vessels. Silversonic had a wonderful whale encounter last week just south of Undine Reef. Shane “Sharky” Down w...
Posted: 12 Jul 2011
Great Adventures Outer Reef cruise passengers were delighted to spot a playful humpback frolicking between Moore Reef and Green Island at about 4.00pm on Saturday. Great Adventures, Reef King, first sighted the whale which was approximately 6m in l...
Posted: 07 Jul 2011
Beautiful sounds of jazz, island, and pop music added an extra special island atmosphere at Green Island as two world renowned ukulele players performed at Great Adventures Ukulele Island Gig. Thrilling the crowd with his energetic and fun performanc...
Posted: 29 Jun 2011
Silversonic and Quicksilver Cruise passengers were delighted to spot some of the first humpbacks of the season today. The 2 humpbacks, which were believed to be a large male traveling with a smaller female were spotted about 200 metres from the vessel wh...
Posted: 02 Mar 2011
Quicksilver Cruises is thrilled to have hosted comedian and "Australia's favourite Scottish son" Billy Connolly at Agincourt Reef on February 16, showcasing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It was a fantastic day and thanks to Billy for jo...
Posted: 24 Feb 2011
Billy Tea Safaris Cape Tribulation one day tour ventures up to Emmagen Creek daily, which is 14km up the 4WD Bloomfield Track. Guests enjoy a swimming in the beautiful pristine crystal clear waters of Emmagen Creek, in the Heart of World Heritage Rainfore...
Posted: 20 Jan 2011
At all times of the year, reservations for Dinner are highly recommended. Please use the links to the left to contact us, visit our website or simply click www.zincportdouglas.com/restaurant_table_reservations.html and complete our online form.
Posted: 20 Jan 2011
Zinc has two live web cams - One located inside the restaurant and the second located above the restaurant looking down Macrossan Street towards Four Mile Beach.
Posted: 05 Jan 2011
Cathy Wharton, tour guide for Adventure North Australia has won the prestigious Cairns Tourism Association Award for 2010.Cathy pictured with her award, Mayor Val Shields and far right owner of Adventure North Australia, Maryanne Jacques.
Posted: 02 Dec 2010
The ocean temperature is warm, it’s about 4 to 6 nights after the full moon in November, there is little tidal movement and the sun has set… Mother Nature’s conditions are just right for the annual phenomenon known as Coral Spawning on...
Posted: 28 Feb 2010
The Weekend Australian has featured Cooktown and Guurrbi Tours, Saturday 26th February 2010 The Bama Way Discovery Tour combines three Aboriginal tours into a unique three day journey. Small group departures from Cairns and Port Douglas on the Bama Way A...
Posted: 19 Feb 2010
Come on out to the Daintree and join our tree planting celebrations. Help Rainforest Rescue plant 1000 trees and create a rainforest. An activity suitable for all ages. Bring the family. Help restore the natural environment. Where: At Lots 21 & 28 Iro...
Posted: 30 Nov 2009
Published results of a survey conducted in 2007 by Galaxy Research found that nearly $1Billion is spent on unwanted Christmas gifts each year. In a bid to rescue rainforests at the same time as Christmas, not for profit organisation Rainforest Rescue is r...
Posted: 17 Nov 2009
Over the past few weeks, we have had regular sightings of Male Cassowarys on our guided boardwalk tour. Join us on tour and you to may have a chance of seeing these beautiful rare birds.