Quickies Issue # 103, Spring 2010
In addition to our fantastic “menu“ of Quicksilver Group reef experiences, it has literally been a feast on the reef lately!
Green Island Resort has welcomed new Executive Chef, classically French trained Andreas Greub, who is busily introducing a beautiful new menu featuring local tropical produce and seafood, creating an unmistakeable lasting memory for island guests. You can even try out his delicious signature dish for yourself (PDF).
Chefs Ahoy - If you’re a fan of the “MasterChef” television series, popular contestant Marion Grasby recently enjoyed a day out at Agincourt Reef with Quicksilver, while famous Malaysian celebrity Chef Wan also experienced a day out with Great Adventures.
Back on the mainland, it was a feast of another kind when we hosted a delicious early morning breakfast for a large contingent of local cab drivers, our city’s roving ambassadors.
With the festive season not too far away, you can also check out Green Island Resort’s scrumptious Christmas Day lunch menu.
There’s lots more on the menu! We hope you enjoy catching up on some of our recent news in this issue of Quickies
A leading international marine conservation scientist is full of praise for the condition and quality of the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas. Dr. Rod Salm, who recently attended the Asia Pacific Marine Meeting of The Nature Conservance » Read More
Congratulations to the Pro Dive Cairns team who have been awarded PADI Asia Pacific’s Outstanding Dive Centre/Resort Business Award.
With over 1000 PADI members participating, a panel of judges selected Pro Dive Cairns as the winner of the Outstanding Dive Centre/Resort Business Award recognising outstanding business performance.
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When it comes to spotting that most famous white humpback whale, Migaloo, Quicksilver was again the first to sight him in the Cairns and Port Douglas region, much to the delight of passengers and crew. The first sighting of Migaloo in our region was on 21 July when Quicksilver VIII passengers and crew sighted him playing off Port Douglas » Read More
A stylish soft refurbishment of Green Island Resort’s beautiful Island Suites has begun, designed to enhance guest experiences with a whole new level of luxury. Available in King (17 rooms) or twin double bed (19 rooms) configurations, all 36 suites have now received new bedding mattresses. The soft furnishings of the staged refurbishment program are scheduled for completion by April 2011.. » Click For Images
We’re pleased to announce that our commitment to tangible Climate Action initiatives have been recognised with Climate Action accreditation extended to include not only our Quicksilver Outer Reef and Low Isles Cruises, but also our Great Adventures Reef and Green Island Cruises and our dive and snorkel vessels Silversonic and Silverswift. » Read More
It was a historic day as four generations of the Lone Family visited Low Isles to remember the past and celebrate their family’s history on this beautiful Great Barrier Reef island.
Aged from 86 years to infants, the highlight of the Lone family’s recent Mossman reunion was sailing on Quicksilver’s Wavedancer to Low Isles, where family patriarch Ernie Lone retired as head lighthouse keeper in 1985.
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Two local animal welfare charities received a boost with some much-needed funds thanks to the recent Green Island Beach Volleyball charity event held during the annual Great Adventures Green Island Family Day.The charity Green Island Beach Volleyball challenge, with 96 players from 16 competing teams, raised $1840 » Read More
A large contingent of local cab drivers, our city’s roving ambassadors, were treated to a delicious early morning breakfast on the Cairns Esplanade, complete with a beautiful sunrise over the inlet as a backdrop. The Quicksilver Group has been hosting the Cabbies Breakfast event for several years as a way of thanking the local Black and White cabbies for the great work they do as ambassadors for our region. » Read More
A Taste of the Tropics – Green Island Resort Signature Dish
If you aren’t able to join us on Green Island personally in the near future, you might like to try cooking up a taste of the tropics as the next best thing! Check out the recipe for Executive Chef Andreas Greub’s delicious signature dish, Coral Trout with Fennel & Blood Orange Salad & Macadamia Aioli. Bon appetite! » Read Recipe (PDF)
The annual Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim is ready for a big splash on Sunday 26 September. This unique ocean swim on the Great Barrier Reef is open for swimmers aged 12 years and over to compete in 1.5km and 3km categories.
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Great Adventures Green Island Family Day
It was “pirates ahoy” and a day filled with family-oriented fun during Great Adventures annual Green Island Family Day, held on Sunday 27 June. The annual event has become a popular favourite with the Cairns community enjoying discounted fares and a day of tropical island fun activities. While the charity beach volleyball competition was fought out on the island’s soft sandy beach, the island Treasure Hunt, Ranger Ben island walks and beach games kept the kids (and parents) busy!
Tropical Green Island was host to two world-renowned ukulele artist performances and an enthusiastic gathering of the four-stringed instrument’s devotees at Great Adventures ‘ Ukulele Island Gig on Friday 2 July. » Read More
Andreas Greub – Executive Chef, GIR
Green Island Resort has welcomed Andreas (Andy) Greub as the new Executive Chef. Heading up a talented kitchen brigade of 19 including chefs and stewards, one of the first objectives of joining the Resort was to initiate and create a different seasonal menu every evening. Not just specials, but an entire new menu » Read More
Post Card to Silversonic
I was in Australia last week and had the pleasure of going on an excursion onboard the Silversonic out of Port Douglas. I wanted to let you know that I would highly recommend your company and crew to anyone. I was with a party of four, three who went snorkeling and myself who did three dives including a drift dive on the 3rd leg. Every one of us was impressed with the ship, the food, and especially the crew. Very professional, engaging with the passengers and very knowledgeable. Well done! I’ll look forward to my next trip to Port Douglas which will definitely include more dives with you.
Thanks for your hospitality
J Hutchison, Canada
Wrasses are perhaps the most diverse group of fish in terms of size and form. They are the second largest group of fish with over 500 species worldwide. They feed on a large variety of benthic (bottom dwelling) invertebrates such as crabs, shrimp, worms, clams and snails. Some wrasses have extremely powerful jaws and can crunch through thick shells to get to the meat within. » Read More
Marion Grasby, one of the top 24 chefs in the recent MasterChef Challenge was seen enjoying the delights of Quicksilver and snorkelling Agincourt Reef. Travelling with her partner Tim, they swapped the kitchen for a day snorkelling with fish. » Read More
Chef Wan, Malaysia's celebrity chef, TV host, comedian, lecturer and food ambassador visited the Great Barrier Reef with Great Adventures during his recent trip to Australia. Experiencing Australian food, wine, nature and cities, Chef Wan visited the Great Adventures reef . » Read More
The chefs at Green Island Resort’s Emeralds Restaurant have been inspired by wonderful local tropical produce, and of course traditional delights, in designing this year’s sumptuous Christmas Day buffet lunch menu. » Find Out More
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