Quicksilver Group News

News for 2011

Charities Celebrate Tourism’s Generosity

Charities Celebrate Tourism’s Generosity

Thanks to the generosity of our wonderful tourism industry, over $10,000 worth of food and gifts have been donated to The Salvation Army, St Vincent de Paul, Uniting Care (formerly Lifeline) and the Douglas Shire community – all recipients of the Quicksilver Group’s 8th Annual Christmas Charity Appeal.
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Upside down snowstorm on the Reef – ticked off the bucket list!

Coral Spawning 2011

Cairns, Great Barrier Reef: Mother Nature was on cue for the Great Barrier Reef’s annual coral spawning with passengers aboard Silverswift’s Night Dives excursions being witness to this unique spectacle. 
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Experience the annual Coral Spawning Phenomenon on the Great Barrier Reef

coral spawning dive

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 the Great Barrier Reef.
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Cairns Dive Operators Awarded for Safety

Dive Safety Award

The winners of the annual Workplace Heath & Safely Queensland Dive Safety Awards were announced in Cairns last night with the Quicksilver Group’s Great Adventures and Silverswift Great Barrier Reef operations taking out two of the three awards.
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Green Island Christmas Day Feast on the Reef

Xmas Island

A sumptuous Christmas Day lunch on a tropical island on the Great Barrier Reef! What a special way to celebrate Christmas and you’re invited to join us on Green Island. » Read the full Story

Thirty One Years of Change – Cruising to Retirement


For thirty-one years Julie Dight has been involved with the same Reef cruise company from joining Hayles Cruises in 1981 to present day Great Adventures as she now heads toward retirement. » Read the full Story

A Challenge that took 965 DAYS

A Challenge that took 965 DAYS

Great Adventures is delighted to welcome our first female Master Class V Skipper, Amanda Matthies.  Spending the past 3 years and a total of 965 days at sea being a deckie and a coxswain, Amanda was then able to sit for a six-week full time course to gain her Skipper license. » Read the full Story

Rare sighting of an endangered Ornate Eagle Ray

Ornate Eagle Ray

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. » Read the full Story

Challenging conditions and new course record set at Green Island Ocean Swim

Green Island Ocean Swim

In challenging conditions, 106 avid ocean swimmers took to the water to compete in Great Adventures annual Green Island Ocean Swim on Sunday 4th September. » Read the full Story

Norman Reef Platform Shines Again

Reef Platform

Cyclone Yasi may have damaged Great Adventures’ Norman Reef platform but five months and nearly $700,000 later, the reef activity platform is ready to be towed back to her home on the Great Barrier Reef. » Read the full Story