Issue # 114, 2011

Welcome to our Summer issue of Quickies,

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

As the year draws to a close, we'd like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe festive season and a prosperous 2012.

In the meantime, enjoy a break with our latest Quickies!

We welcome Green Island Resort's talented new Executive Chef, Jason Dayman, celebrate the achievements of our award-winning dive instructors and first female skipper, congratulate Pro Dive Cairns on their new training facility and experience the thrill of night diving during the annual phenomenon of coral spawning. For a refreshing festive drink, check out the recipe for Green Island's famous Iced Tea!

With warm tropical wishes from the Quicksilver Group Crew.


Upside down snowstorm on the Reef!

Coral Spawning

Mother Nature was on cue for the Great Barrier Reef's annual coral spawning with passengers aboard Silverswift's Night Dive excursions being witness to this unique spectacle. » Read More

Our Divers Awarded for Safety

Dive SafetyCongratulations to our Great Adventures and Silverswift dive teams on winning two of the three awards in the annual Workplace Heath & Safely Queensland Dive Safety Awards.
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Low Isles treat for local schools

Grade 7 at Low Isles

Each year, Quicksilver is delighted to host hundreds of local school children with free visits to experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef on Low Isles. Quicksilver offers all Grade 7 classes in the Port Douglas region free educational visits to Low Isles travelling aboard 'Wavedancer' to promote conservation issues.

We love to receive their many letters of thanks and often quite humorous perspectives on their excursions; getting a giggle out of wearing lycra suits and finding out who has good sea legs! Our team of marine biologists are also actively involved in school environmental programs and proud to support the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority "Reef Guardians" program.

Diving into the future � Pro Dive Cairns expansion

Pro Dive

Pro Dive Cairns, one of the Tropical North's oldest and best known diving schools, has completed a $1.5million refurbishment and expansion of its diver training facilities to meet he increased demand for their dive courses and training services. » Read More

Quicksilver team takes on the XVenture Corporate Challenge!

XVenture CairnsThe inaugural XVenture Corporate Challenge featuring our very own Quicksilver team is set to air on Australian television on Channel One, on December 10 at 11am.

The series was filmed in Cairns recently with 14 teams from around Australia competing in various challenges – a bit like Survivor meets the Amazing Race!  Two exciting challenges were also filmed on beautiful Green Island. » Read More

Birds of Green Island

Jeff Larsen Bird Photography

Thank you to Jeff Larson, a professional bird photographer who recently enjoyed a five day stay at Green Island Resort. Jeff has kindly provided a link to the wonderful and colourful birds he photographed during his stay. Check out this link www.jefflarsen.com to see the “Birds of Green Island”.

Over 50 types of birds visit Green Island throughout the year. Around 15 types nest regularly on the Island.

Pro Dive Cairns makes Diving History - 120,000th Certification


Congratulations to Pro Dive Cairns on their history-making achievement in the global diving industry of issuing their 120,000th PADI certification. This is a remarkable achievement and will certainly be remembered by both Pro Dive Cairns and PADI Asia Pacific (Professional Association of Dive Instructors) as a significant milestone.

Welcome aboard Skipper Amanda

Amanda Matthies

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 as a deck hand and coxswain, Amanda was then able to successfully complete the required study course to gain her Skipper's license.  » Read More

A refreshing festive drink from Green Island Resort�

Festive Drink

Get ready to be tempted by one of Green Island’s refreshing signature cocktails. To get you into the island (or festive) mood, here’s the recipe for our famous Green Island Iced Tea....  Sit back, relax and enjoy one poolside at Green Island Resort!

Green Island Iced Tea
15ml Zen Green Tea Liqueur
15ml Absolut Vodka
15ml Cointreau
15ml Bombay Sapphire Gin
15ml Havana Club
Build over ice into a highball glass.
Top with lemonade, garnish with a lemon, lime and orange wheel.



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Quicksilver Group Annual Christmas Appeal

Quicksilver Group Christmas Appeal

Now in its 8th year, the Quicksilver Group is delighted to be again co-ordinating our annual Christmas Charity Appeal, providing much needed food items and gifts to help make the festive season a little brighter for many people in need in our community.

Our local charities of St Vincents de Paul, Lifeline, The Salvation Army and the Douglas Community have reported a greater need than ever this year. Through the generous support and donations of our tourism industry colleagues, local tour desks and suppliers, the Quicksilver Group co-ordinates the appeal and also donates extra funds to buy gifts and food items.

Sincere thanks to all who have contributed to make this year's appeal once again a success.



parrot fish

There are over 30 species of parrotfish on the Great Barrier Reef and you are usually guaranteed to see these magnificently coloured creatures swimming over the corals. They all share a few common traits, the most obvious being their teeth. Parrotfish evolved from the carnivorous wrasse family, but through the course of time, their teeth have moved forward on the jawbone and reduced in size. Eventually, the teeth fused together creating a very useful tool for scratching algae off the surface of the coral.

When parrotfish sleep at night, they often secrete a mucus “sleeping bag” around themselves for protection from predators. The bags also have antibiotic properties that are beneficial for the fish.

Filmed at Norman Reef recently, check out this video clip of a parrotfish tucked away for the night while the coral spawns. Vision courtesy of Satoshi Kagimoto, Indepth Video.

   A parrotfish tucked away for the night while the coral spawns.

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We’d like to introduce you to Green Island Resort’s new
Executive Chef, Jason Dayman.

Trained in the United Kingdom, Jason has been a chef for over 18 years having worked in Michelin Star and high establishment restaurants such as the Savoy Hotel where he has cooked for none other than The Queen and many celebrities including musician Phil Collins and actress Demi Moore.

Seeking a lifestyle change, Jason moved to Australia three years ago and now guests at Green Island Resort's signature Emeralds Restaurant will be in for the celebrity treatment! Chef's new menu will feature a strong focus on fresh local produce and ingredients, along with an emphasis on seafood.

Bon Appetit!

Jason Dayman


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Postcard.... to Quicksilver

Great AdventuresI recently went on my second Quicksilver cruise to Agincourt Reef, my first was 6 years ago departing from Cairns.  The first tour was absolutely spectacular as an American boy who has never seen such wonder!  I simply had to book another Quicksilver tour when I visited Queensland again.  Now, I have moved to Oz and had the opportunity to tour with you again.  The second time didn't disappoint!  Absolutely fantastic; it was even better!  You run such a tight ship and the organization is seamless!  The crew are always professional yet not too stuffy to have personality.  This trip was so amazing that I have convinced a co-worker to travel with you guys; I am confident he will be just as awe struck. 

In these times, when praise for a job well done or compliments are few and far between, I feel you should know how some of your very satisfied customers feel!



  • Channel Nine's Today Weekend Show recently travelled with Silversonic and Silverswift and also filmed Silverswift's coral spawning night dives. With the main focus on the Reef's coral spawning, our Quicksilver Reef Biosearch Manager Russell Hore is interviewed about this annual phenomenon. Check out the great footage and story here (including the Barry White music!).
  • Channel Seven’s educational children’s television show It’s Academic recently featured our own Doug Baird, Quicksilver Group Environment and Compliance Manager. Doug provided an overview of the Great Barrier Reef while enjoying the wonders of Green Island a coral cay on the Great Barrier Reef.
  • For fans of the long-running TV program Neighbours, Quicksilver was delighted to be involved in the story line and filming done in Port Douglas recently. , actor Lincoln Lewis, is getting some tips from our "real" Quicksilver Marine Bios for his role in Neighbours as a marine biologist. Pictured left to right: Russell, Erica, Lincoln, Amy and Dave.
  • The cast and crew of the new Channel 10 series, "Reef Doctor" have been enjoying some time visiting the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver in between filming.

    Xmas Day on the Reef Cairns Solar Eclipse Green Island Arumi Spa
    • Christmas Day Operations:
      The following cruises will be operating on Christmas Day:
      - Quicksilver Outer Reef Cruise.
      - Great Adventures: Great Barrier Reef Adventure, Green Island & Great Barrier Reef Adventure, Green Island Eco Adventure and Green Island Discovery.

      Silverswift, Silversonic and Wavedancer will not be operating on Christmas Day.
    • Total solar eclipses happen about every 18 months somewhere on the planet and the next one just happens to be in our part of the world! In fact, Green Island on the Great Barrier Reef will be one of the best places to witness the event as the sun is completely blocked out by the moon on 14 November 2012. The last total eclipse in North Queensland was in 1847!
    • For Green Island Resort house guests catamaran transfers to and from Green Island, weight restrictions apply for baggage handling. Each piece of luggage can only be a maximum of 23kg. Should a single piece of luggage exceed this, contents will need to be transferred to another bag which shall be provided.
    • For a trial period each Saturday commencing the 7 January 2012, Arumi Day Spa at Green Island Resort is pleased to announce some wonderful new activities for houseguests and an extended opening time to 8.30pm. With a wellness focus, Sunday morning activities will include water aerobics or yoga from 8.00am.
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