Quicksilver Group News

News Archive 2006

STUDENTS MARVEL AT GREEN ISLAND'S BEAUTY - December 20, 2006:
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Cairns,  QLD  -- Students and teachers from Gordonvale State High School recently took a trip to Green Island that they will never forget.  From cruising from Cairns to Green Island on Great Adventures fast catamaran to playing on Queensland’s Cleanest Beach and then the experience of helmet diving with Seawalker, this was more than just another day in paradise for everyone. "The students had a great day,” said ... Read Full Story

QUICKSILVER LAUNCHES NEW ADVENTURE VESSEL - December 20, 2006:
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Cairns,  QLD  -- The Quicksilver Group launches its new Cairns-based adventure snorkel and dive vessel today. The new Silverswift - a brand new 29 metre, $3.9 million luxury motor catamaran - replaces the existing vessel to align with her sister ship Silversonic, which was launched last year in Port Douglas. Group Chairman Mike Burgess said Silverswift, the newest edition to the ... Read Full Story

QUICKSILVER GIVES IT UP FOR CHRISTMAS CHARITIES! - December 07, 2006:
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Cairns,  QLD  -- The Quicksilver Group is running it’s third annual Christmas gifts appeal.  Traditionally, the company recognizes the efforts of the region’s tour desk staff with thank-you gifts, however due to the success of past 2 years they are asking their supporters to again join them in donating items urgently needed by local charities.  Megan Bell, Director of Marketing, says the Quicksilver ... Read Full Story

QUICKSILVER GROUP AWARDED TOP HONOURS! - November 25, 2006:
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Port Douglas ,  QLD  -- The Quicksilver Group was awarded the 2006 Queensland Tourism Award for Major Tour and Transport Operator.  Announced in Brisbane on 17th November, Chairman and Managing Director Mike Burgess accepted the award on behalf of the company’s nearly 500 employees. “We’re extremely proud to receive this award and is acknowledgement of the hard work, professionalism and... Read Full Story

WINNERS AND WARRIORS! - November 20, 2006:
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Port Douglas ,  QLD  --  Leading marine tourism operator The Quicksilver Group will donate AUD $10,000 a year for the next five years to Steve Irwin’s Wildlife Warriors charity foundation. Mike Burgess, CEO of The Quicksilver Group, announced the donation at the Queensland Tourism Awards held in Brisbane last Friday night after accepting the Major Tour & Transport Operator award ... Read Full Story

JAZZING IT UP ON QUICKSILVER! - November 12, 2006:
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Port Douglas ,  QLD  --  Jazz cornet trumpet legend, Bob Barnard is currently travelling around the world, sharing his mellow and lyrical style everywhere he plays. Sunday, however, saw Bob playing in the water on the Great Barrier Reef and his praises hit a high note while visiting Agincourt Reef with Quicksilver. "It was a great day, and the level of service from the Quicksilver crew was outstanding ... Read Full Story

FORMER MS HONG KONG ON SONIC - October 21, 2006:
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Port Douglas ,  QLD  --  Ms. Astrid Chan Tsz Ching, a popular TV presenter and former Miss Hong Kong, was a passenger on Silver Sonic in October. Accompanied by a group of eight people from Hong Kong TVB, Ms Chan experienced first-hand the extraordinary diving and snorkeling spots that Silver Sonic offers. The television show which has a viewing audience of more than 10 million, will focus on the beauty ... Read Full Story

NEW COURSE RECORDS SET AT GREEN ISLAND OCEAN SWIM - October 17, 2006:
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On a beautiful Tropical North Queensland day, new course records were set at the annual Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim as 75 swimmers took on the 1.5km and 3km swims in this unique Great Barrier Reef event..... Read Full Story

GREEN ISLAND OCEAN SWIM 2006 (Results) - October 2, 2006:

Cairns,  QLD  --  Sixty-four swimmers challenged themselves during Sunday’s inaugural Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim.  The 1.5 and 3 km swims saw athletes, aged 12 – 76, test their swimming fitness with each leg of the event, which offered a variety of conditions, from calm shallows to wind chop to tidal flow. “This is an absolutely extraordinary place for an ocean swim,” said Ted Bunt, a long-time ... Read Full Story

DREAMING OF A GREEN CHRISTMAS... ? - October 2, 2006:

What better way to celebrate a Tropical North Queensland Christmas Day than on beautiful Green Island with a delicious buffet lunch at Green Island Resort’s award winning Emeralds Restaurant. Indulge in a fine selection of the freshest seafood, grill and carvery selections, salads and decadent desserts along with a two hour beverage package of champagne, house wines, beer and soft drinks to celebrate the day ... Read Full Story

HIGH FIVES FROM NBA's BOGUT !- September 9, 2006:
At seven-feet tall and 112 kilograms, Australia’s Andrew Bogut is used to standing out in the crowd, just like when he was chosen as the number one NBA draft pick in 2005. It’s no surprise he selected Quicksilver as the very best cruise to the Outer Barrier Reef while in Tropical North Queensland last week.  On a well earned break from Boomers (Australian men’s basketball team) duty, Bogut and friends ... Read Full Story
COXY'S BIG GREAT BARRIER REEF BREAK !- September 1, 2006:
Jeff Cox is living a big life, made even bigger after a trip on Quicksilver.  Affectionately known as “Coxy”,  he is one of Melbourne’s top TV presenters on “Coxy’s Big Break” and his passion for Tropical North Queensland recently brought Coxy and his TV crew to the region to enjoy the benefits of the tropics in winter and show to his Victorian viewers. “Quicksilver is the absolute jewel in getting people to the Great Barrier Reef,” said ... Read Full Story
QUICKSILVER HAILS A LONDON CAB ! - August 24, 2006:
News release, 24August '06 Pt Douglas, QLD -- Quicksilver Cruises are cruising the streets of London on four wheels.  In conjunction with Tourism Queensland, a London cab fully covered in Quicksilver, Great Barrier Reef images is a mobile billboard travelling the streets of London. An excellent way to receive limitless exposure and the bright colours radiate to attract attention and to highlight the wonders ... Read Full Story
VARIETY BASH HEADS TO THE REEF ! - August 21, 2006:
variety 2006 News release, 21August '06 Pt Douglas, QLD -- The start of this year’s Cairns to Birdsville Variety Bash took a detour to the Great Barrier Reef as they passed through Port Douglas today.  Although they were without their decorated cars over 400 variety club participants arrived on the Quicksilver boat nearly as colourful as the reef itself. To add to the festive atmosphere, the Quicksilver Group donated $6000 ... Read Full Story
GREAT ADVENTURES GREEN ISLAND OCEANSWIM 2006 ! - August 18, 2006:
News release,18 August '06 Cairns, QLD -- The inaugural Great Adventures Green Island OCEAN SWIM 2006 . Race Information - 1.5km and 3km Swims, Open to swimmers 12 years and over. The swims will take place on the leeward side of the island, start Time 11 am. Nipper/Beginners swim will take place on a course parallel to the beach following the 3km race. Registration is on the day and free. Prizes will ... Read Full Story
CRUSTACEANS OF THE GREAT BARRIER REEF - Aug 14, 2006:
News release - Reef Bioseach, Pt Douglas , QLD -- Crustaceans are a very important group of animals on the Great Barrier Reef. The family includes prawns, shrimps, crabs and crayfish.Crustaceans are defined by having a body covered with a protective shell composed of a horny substance called chiton. This material acts as an external skeleton and is very strong. To enable mobility, the shell has many divisions ... Read Full Story
CHAIRMAN SHAO - Aug 6, 2006:
News release, Cairns, QLD -- Perfect conditions and Tropical North Queensland hospitality greeted visiting China National Tourism Administration Chairman Shao, Qiwei today as he experienced the Great Barrier Reef aboard Great Adventures on Saturday.  As part of the Beattie Government’s long-term goal to attract the Chinese tourism market, Great Adventure’s fast catamaran cruised to the ... Read Full Story
WHALE OF A TIME ON SONIC ... August 1, 2006:
News release, 1 August '06 Pt Douglas, QLD --  Whales delighted passengers and crew on board Silversonic (Silver Series - Day Dive and Snorkel) from Port Douglas as they played and swam around the boat.  Humpback whales are common at this time of the year and the Quicksilver vessels often encounter these magnificent animals while traveling to or home from the reef ... Read Full Story
QUEENSLAND BULLS - July 24, 2006:
News release, 24 July '06 Pt Douglas, QLD --  After a week of top notch cricket during the Top End Series, players from the Queensland Bulls were served up the perfect one-day match of fun with a trip to the Outer Barrier Reef onboard Quicksilver. With no bowling, batting or wickets to think about, each player was happy to catch some sunshine and see the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef ... Read Full Story
SWASHBUCKLING GREEN ISLAND DAY ! - July 16, 2006:
Cairns, QLD -- It was a day of swashbuckling fun on Green Island for the annual Great Adventures Family Day. Fantastic discounted fares, pirates, a beach BBQ and fun activities for the whole family were the order of the day for this great community event. The very groovy reggae band by the pool bar set the atmosphere and with a Pirate’s theme, the kids were thrilled with the adventurous Treasure Hunt ... Read Full Story
QUICKSILVER LOVES A CARNIVALE ! - July 15, 2006:
quicksilver girls carnivale 2006 It was a vibrant festival of colour, fun and energy at the Port Douglas Reef and Rainforest Carnivale, and once again, Quicksilver was a proud supporter of this annual celebration of life in the tropics. The opening night of Carnivale launched with a rhythmic street parade and the Quicksilver crew were dazzling aboard their Mardi Gras themed float. “It was an amazing night of Rio and Mardi Gras ... Read Full Story
MIGALOO SIGHTED ! - July 15, 2006:
Migaloo was sighted by Quicksilver's sister company (Great Adventures) swimming north off Green Island. The delighted passengers and crew on Great Adventures Outer Barrier Reef and Green Island Cruise were in awe of the rarely seen white humpback whale, Migaloo. Migaloo was 200 metres off Green Island at the marker entrance to the island and spent 20 minutes ... Read Full Story
F1 DRIVERS PITSTOP ON GREEN ISLAND ! - July 14, 2006:

A long, relaxing stop on Green Island was a welcome change for two of Team Australia’s top race car drivers. Indy-car drivers, Will Power and Andy Tagliani, along with “Miss Indy” Janeye Cooper, all boarded the Great Adventures fast catamaran on Friday, 14 July and were for once passengers during their day of fun. “It was really beautiful on Green Island,” said Tagliani who lives in Las Vegas, Nevada ... Read Full Story

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June 2006: RARE BIRD MAKES AGINCOURT HOME
May 2006: PADI ASIA PACIFIC AWARDS
May 2006: PEDAL POWER ON QUICKSILVER PLATFORM
April 2006: EASTER EGGSTRAVAGANZA ON GREEN ISLAND
April 2006: KEEPING IT CLEAN