Quickies

Issue # 112, 2011

Welcome to our "Winter" issue of Quickies,

keeping you posted with some of our latest news and happenings.

While the Southern states are bringing out the winter woollies, the warmth and sunshine in the Tropical North is the perfect excuse to come and visit. Port Douglas Carnivale was once again a celebration of our way of life and congratulations to the Quicksilver crew for winning the best commercial float in the annual street parade - mermaids and underwater magic! Not to be outdone, the inaugural Challenge Cairns USM Event was a major success and we were thrilled to be involved with the Quicksilver Reef Swim at Green Island.

The whale season is now underway and presenting an added bonus for our guests with sightings of humpback whales as they visit the Great Barrier Reef.

We hope to see you soon - enjoy a break and our Quickies!

WHAT'S NEW

CHALLENGE CAIRNS - Quicksilver Reef Swim

Challenge Cairns Medal

Quicksilver was delighted to be involved in the inaugural Challenge Cairns Event with the Quicksilver Reef Swim at Green Island on 2 June providing a unique ocean swim in the Great Barrier Reef. Conditions were stunning with a water temperature of 24 degrees, blue skies and warm sunshine overhead as 147 swimmers took on 1.5km and 3km events the ideal warm up for the major Challenge Cairns triathlon event. » Read More

The whales are here! Whale Season in the Great Barrier Reef

Humpback Whale Great Barrier Reef

The first of the humpback whales have been spotted in our tropical waters, marking an early start to their annual "northern break" in the warm waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Much to the delight of passengers and crew aboard our Cairns-based dive and snorkel vessel Silverswift, they saw their first humpback on 23 May. They are generally seen on the Great Barrier Reef between the months of June to September as they migrate to warmer waters to mate and give birth.  » Read More

Pro Dive's new Training Centre nears completion and free internet on the Reef

ProdiveIn exciting news, Pro Dive Cairns' new Dive Training Centre is nearing completion. The new purpose-built training centre includes three new classrooms, an additional diver training pool as well as extra bathrooms and staff facilities.
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Sunlover Stars Play on the Great Barrier Reef

Sunlover Stars

Sunlover Holidays chose Quicksilver Cruises to highlight the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef to the top 100 travel agents in Australia and New Zealand. For the top producers of Sunlover Holidays, the reward was a trip to Tropical North Queensland with an overnight stay in Cairns, 2 nights in Port Douglas and then an adventurous night in Cooktown.
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New Green Island Resort General Manager appointed

Sue O'DonnellSue O'Donnell has been appointed as Green Island Resort's new General Manager. Green Island Resort is a beautiful 46 room eco-sensitive resort located 45 minutes from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef. Sue commenced with the resort in 2005 and was formerly the Rooms Division Manager.
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Swim with the Minkes on Silversonic

Swim with Minke Whales

The inquisitive Minke Whales have also arrived and are already treating visitors to the Great Barrier Reef with extra special experiences. With one of the few permits available from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority to swim with the minkes, guests travelling aboard our luxury dive and snorkel vessel Silversonic may be in for an extra treat! A truly unforgettable encounter! » Read More

Quicksilver looks to the next Generation

Quicksilver Scholarship

Quicksilver Connections has launched a scholarship program for employees to assist their children engaged in full time study for University bachelor degrees.An initiative of Mr Shin Watari, Chairman and Owner of Quicksilver Connections, his vision is to assist employees with the cost of University education for their Children. » Read More

James and his guide dog 'Huey' go to the Reef

James and Huey on Quicksilver

Quicksilver was delighted to welcome partially sighted guest James Devenny and family, along with his faithful Labrador guide dog, Huey, to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef at our Agincourt Reef activity platform. James was elated at experiencing and feeling the underwater environment with the Oceanwalker helmet dive, walking on an underwater platform to depth of about 4 metres surrounded by marine life and corals.
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Resort's new Dinner Menu delights

Emeralds Restaurant

The team at Green Island Resort and Executive Chef Andy Greub have launched Emeralds Restaurant's new season's dinner menu. Featuring fresh regional produce with a modern Australian cuisine, the menu is designed to be creative, beautiful and appetizing with a wow factor for a lasting memory of our guests' time on the Island.
You can check out the menu here:
Emeralds Winter Menu 2011

 

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EVENTS

Port Douglas Carnivale

Port Douglas Carnivale

Congratulations to the fabulous Quicksilver crew for taking out the "Best Commercial Float" award in the annual Port Douglas Carnivale Parade! With the theme of an Underwater Wonderland, complete with beautiful shimmering mermaids and a giant Seahorse heading the float, the Quickie crew dazzled and sashayed down the streets of Port Douglas on a delightful tropical evening. » Read More

Great Adventures Green Island Family Day

Green Island Family Day

Great Adventures annual community event, the Green Island Family Day is set for Sunday 26 June. Cairns locals are invited to enjoy discounted fares and a day of tropical island fun activities including a Pirate's Treasure Hunt through the island! The day also raises funds for local charities through the entertaining beach volleyball challenge featuring teams from 16 Cairns businesses. » Read More

Ukuleles on the Reef!

Green Island Ukulele Festival

After a successful inaugural event in 2010, the Cairns Ukulele Festival is back again. Green Island will again be hosting two world-renowned ukulele artists at Great Adventures Ukulele Island Gig on Friday 1 July.
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Green Island Ocean Swim

Green Island Ocean Swim

Mark your diaries for Sunday 4 September for the annual Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim. Now in its 6th year, competitors will take on 1.5km and 3km swims. There will also be a "Nippers Swim" for the kids. More information and online registration is available at:
green-island.com



 

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THE ZOO

The Quicksilver Group has a very strong focus on Customer Service,
- Meet our fabulous Customer Service Managers!



Rachel Cocks
Rachel is our Port Douglas-based Customer Services Manager overseeing cabin crew and customer services for Quicksilver, Silversonic and Wavedancer cruises.



Nicole Richardson
Nicole is our Cairns-based Customer Services Manager overseeing cruise services crew and customer service for Great Adventures and Silverswift cruises.

Rachel
Nicole
Sales and Marketing Team

Meet the Quicksilver Group Sales and Marketing team.
»Meet the team!

BIO BITS

Did you know?

Green IslandOf the 300 coral cays in the Great Barrier Reef, Green Island is the only one with a vegetated rainforest and is estimated to be over 6000 years old.

Coral cays develop when reef sediments are carried by waves or tidal currents and deposited on the leeward end of a reef. The force of the winds heap up finer sediments, forming dunes above the high-tide level. Storm-generated waves bring with them larger pieces of mostly staghorn corals broken from the reef, which form banks of shingle on the emergent cay.



 

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POSTCARDS

Post Card to Wavedancer

wavedancerI am writing to thank you for a great trip we recently went on with Quicksilver at Port Douglas. My husband and I and three boys had an absolutely fabulous time on the Wavedancer trip to Low Isles on Saturday 23rd April. All the staff were very helpful, friendly and knowledgeable. The entertainment on the way home was lovely. Overall, we had a great day and thought it was excellent value for money! The snorkelling was perfect for the kids who lacked the confidence to snorkel in the deep ocean. We all had a fabulous time. Please pass our thanks to your staff.

Kind regards
The Thomas Family

QUICKBITS


Billy Connoly
  • Billy Connolly visits the Reef with Quicksilver - Quicksilver Cruises was thrilled to have hosted legendary Scottish comedian Billy Connolly at Agincourt Reef earlier in the year, showcasing the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. It was a fantastic day and thanks to Billy for joining us for his first ever trip to the magnificent Great Barrier Reef!
  • Welcome aboard to Great Adventures new Local Sales Manager, Rebecca "Bec" Shield, covering Cairns and the Northern Beaches area.
  • Welcome to Sam Wilckens in her new position as Quicksilver's Reservations Manager Port Douglas. Quicksilver's Port Douglas Reservations also went live with the new Respax reservations system on 1 April.
  • Check out our Great Adventures Green Island's webcam:
    Green Island Webcam
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