Issue #192, 2019
As we continue to celebrate Quicksilver’s 40th birthday, it’s been an amazing time to say the least!
From flying high in a brand new Nautilus Quicksilver branded helicopter to hosting scUber the world’s first ride share submarine at Agincourt Reef, you could say we’ve had the reef covered from all directions! We've had a hand in two very special marriage proposals and this wonderful video captures perhaps one of the most unique - 20 metres below the ocean in scUber with Canadian couple Justin and Kate. And to quote the newly engaged Kate, "The Great Barrier Reef is where it's at!"
While we’ve been busy showcasing our amazing reef experiences to our guests, we’ve had a few famous faces join us too, including children’s character SpongeBob SquarePants! Who would have thought?!
With wonderful community and sporting events, the fabulous Quicky crew dazzled in the annual Port Douglas Carnivale street parade winning the "Best Float" and we were once again proud hosts of the Quicksilver Reef Swim on Green Island for Ironman Cairns and sponsor of the Quicksilver Port Douglas Yacht Race Week.
The minke whales have already started gracing our waters and the humpbacks will soon be joining them; even they know it’s time to head North for a Winter in the sun in Tropical North Queensland!
We hope you enjoy catching up with the latest news from the Quicksilver Group.
Oh. My. Wow! Quicksilver is thrilled to be the Tropical North Queensland host of scUber, the world’s first…
Oh. My. Wow! Quicksilver is thrilled to be the Tropical North Queensland host of scUber, the world’s first ride share submarine at Agincourt Reef!
In this once-in-a-lifetime experience, Queensland, Australia partnered with Uber to give riders unprecedented access to the natural wonder of the Great Barrier Reef. The innovative initiative was available to a select number of riders exclusively through the Uber app for the limited time between 27 May and 18 June, in addition to 12 lucky prize winners from the USA, Canada, UK, France, New Zealand and Australia.
Over 152,000 people worldwide entered the competition to win a scUber ride at Agincourt Reef!
Quicksilver Group Managing Director, Tony Baker, commended Tourism Events Queensland and Uber on the success of this amazing initiative. “With scUber stationed off Quicksilver’s Agincourt Reef platform between 8-18 June we have been delighted to showcase to scUber riders and world-wide media the health, vibrancy and biodiversity of this stunning reef system.”
In a submarine similar to that used by Sir David Attenborough in the Blue Planet series, scUber passengers have been able to explore the Reef in depths of up to 30 metres with 180 degree views, all while seated comfortably and staying dry!
Our very own intrepid adventurers and marine biologist extraordinaires, Doug Baird and Dr Glen Burns, had the honour of taking the first scUber submarine dive at Agincourt Reef to map out the ride route and explore this incredible section of reef.
scUber was launched on Heron Island in the Southern Great Barrier Reef region before moving to Agincourt Reef.
Uber will be donating $100,000 to Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to help support their Reef conservation programs as well as donating the equivalent value of every scUber ride taken during the campaign.
The first of two brand new Nautilus Airbus H130 helicopters has touched down, fittingly sporting Quicksilver's signature silver…
The first of two brand new Nautilus Airbus H130 helicopters has touched down, fittingly sporting Quicksilver's signature silver livery.
The new helicopter arrived in Cairns on 31 May piloted by Nautilus CEO, Aaron Finn and joining the delivery flight was Quicksilver Managing Director, Tony Baker. With Quicksilver livery, the luxury aircraft has now entered service offering an exciting new visitor experience to Quicksilver passengers. Based in Port Douglas, the helicopter will specifically provide helicopter transfers to and from Agincourt Reef and scenic flights departing from the floating helicopter pad.
Unique in North Queensland to Nautilus Aviation’s operation the Airbus H130 seats up to 7 passengers and can carry up to 600kg in payload. The additional seat makes it possible for more visitors on board Quicksilver Cruises to see the magic of the Great Barrier Reef from above on a scenic flight.
Aaron Finn, Nautilus Aviation CEO said, “The arrival of the first of two new H130’s further strengthens our new relationship with the Quicksilver Group and underlines significant investment in the Far North’s tourism industry. The new helicopters will be based in Cairns and Port Douglas and raise the quality of visitor experience that international visitors are accustomed to elsewhere in the world. With safety being the number one priority at Nautilus Aviation, together with our 26-year accident free record the Airbus H130’s 2.3 million recorded flight hours we offer one of the safest platforms in the helicopter industry.
Tony Baker, Quicksilver Group Managing Director said, “We are very excited to see the new silver Quicksilver branded helicopter in Port Douglas and flying out over Agincourt Reef. Nautilus Aviation is a wonderful partner and their investment in this fantastic new helicopter reflects the commitment of both our companies to work together to showcase the amazing vistas of the Great Barrier Reef from the air for our customers."
The second factory new Airbus H130 helicopter is expected in late July 2019 and will sport Great Adventures' livery, dedicated to our Cairns based Outer Reef and Green Island experiences.
Dr Glen Burns is one of Quicksilver’s Senior Marine Biologists, Master Reef Guide and fondly called “Dr…
Dr Glen Burns is one of Quicksilver’s Senior Marine Biologists, Master Reef Guide and fondly called “Dr Google” when it comes to all things Great Barrier Reef! Here Glen answers some important questions about the Great Barrier Reef for @Queensland IGTV.
Glen began his long association as a marine biologist with Quicksilver 30 years ago, back in 1989. With a PHD in Zoology Glen taught Tropical Marine Science for Long Island University, New York for 12 years, bringing American students to Australia on summer programs to study the Great Barrier Reef. Before returning to Australia and once again joining the Quicksilver crew in 2012, he taught Marine Biology and Environmental Science in Florida for five years.
Passionate about coral reefs and rainforests throughout the world, Glen chooses to live in Tropical North Queensland because “You can dive on a World Heritage coral reef in the morning, splash about under a waterfall in a World Heritage jungle in the afternoon and still be home in time for dinner and a movie!”
He spends most of his time in a pineapple under the sea, but on Saturday 8 June to…
He spends most of his time in a pineapple under the sea, but on Saturday 8 June to celebrate "World Oceans Day", the famous children's character SpongeBob SquarePants had the opportunity to explore the Great Barrier Reef with Quicksilver!
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of SpongeBob SquarePants, Nickelodeon Australia and New Zealand have partnered with Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef to launch "Junior Citizens of the Reef". SpongeBob and his #ReefSquad were joined by young social media influencers, Alex Hayes, Morgan Hipworth and Harvey Petito as ambassadors for Junior Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.
While at the Quicksilver's Agincourt Reef platform the boys got to dive in and experience first hand the beauty of the reef and why we are so passionate about protecting its future.
Kids are encouraged to sign up as a Junior Citizen at nick.com.au/reefsquad to learn more about how we can all make a difference when it comes to protecting the oceans and the reef systems with small actions, watch Reef videos and learn Reef facts.
It was an early 8am start for the fit and fantastic as nearly 200 swimmers hit Green Island’s…
It was an early 8am start for the fit and fantastic as nearly 200 swimmers hit Green Island’s clear waters for the annual Quicksilver Reef Swim, the warm-up ocean swim for the Ironman Cairns event.
With 1.5 km and 3 km swims, competitors had the unique experience of swimming in the Great Barrier Reef seeing turtles, coral bommies and colourful reef fish as they tackled the course.
For the 8th year since the event started, we were delighted to welcome swimmers from all over the world to Green Island and the Great Barrier Reef. Local and Australian swimmers joined an international field from as far as Canada, Brazil, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, the UK and US.
Congratulations to all the competitors and we look forward to another great event in 2020!
On the holiday of a lifetime to Australia from Alabama USA, Andrew had a secret plan to surprise…
On the holiday of a lifetime to Australia from Alabama USA, Andrew had a secret plan to surprise his sweetheart, Connie. Meticulously and secretly planned before arriving in Australia, it was 4 metres (about 13ft) below the water in an Oceanwalker helmet dive in the Great Barrier Reef that Andrew popped the question! Now that’s taking the plunge!
The Quicksilver crew were delighted to play a part in the planning of this wonderful surprise, from preparing the underwater proposal sign to having the champagne ready for the happy couple on emerging from the water!
Connie said, “It was an incredible experience, and I have to brag on my sweetheart, he did an amazing job organizing such a special moment, despite the time challenge! The crew on the ship did a great job at making us feel very special.”
Congratulations and we wish Connie and Andrew a future filled with happiness and fond memories always of their visit to Australia and the Great Barrier Reef.
With the theme of this year’s Port Douglas Carnivale of “Silver and Sunshine”, it’s no wonder Quicksilver had…
With the theme of this year’s Port Douglas Carnivale of “Silver and Sunshine”, it’s no wonder Quicksilver had it in the bag! Congratulations to the fabulous Quicky crew on winning the best overall float in the annual street parade, celebrating 25 years of this wonderful event.
With an amazing replica of wavepiercer Quicksilver VIII built by our talented workshop team, the dazzling crew adorned in silver, shimmied and danced along the main street of Port Douglas, amid an array of floats created by enthusiastic local community groups and businesses. We can’t wait till next year!
Quicksilver was also the proud sponsor of the Quicksilver Beach Day held on beautiful Four Mile Beach, with fun and entertainment for the whole family. Sand sculpting, salsa moves, kids activities, markets stalls, kite flying and beach hockey were part of this wonderful community event.
Stay tuned for information about the 2020 Port Douglas Carnivale, It’s a great time to visit our tropical home!
Wavedancer, Quicksilver’s luxury 30 metre sailing catamaran is now boasting a one million dollar facelift after an extensive…
Wavedancer, Quicksilver’s luxury 30 metre sailing catamaran is now boasting a one million dollar facelift after an extensive four month long refit. And she’s looking good!
As reported in our last issue of Quickies, the total refit - from floor to ceiling, saw the vessel completely gutted and internal layout re-designed, while mechanically, two new engines and generators were installed to complement sailing with all new rigging.
The main cabin arrangement includes new seats and tables with new configurations along with a large internal bar and servery area for the lunch service. Celebrating the all new look, a lovely new addition to Wavedancer’s day is a glass of bubbly for guests to enjoy on the return journey as Wavedancer sails back into Port Douglas to finish the day in style.
“Wavedancer is looking fantastic and with just over $1million invested, we are very pleased to re-launch her to resume sailing to Low Isles,” said Tony Baker, Managing Director of the Quicksilver Group.
“Quicksilver’s engineering team and BSE Cairns Slipways worked tirelessly to keep Wavedancer’s refurbishment schedule on track. I would also like to thank all the local contractors who helped with the project. We will always look firstly to use local companies where possible. They understand how important it is to work alongside our crew so we can ensure our vessels and products are to the standard of a five star premium reef product.”
Wavedancer’s refit reflects the company’s commitment to our local tourism industry and will ensure our passengers have the newest and best facilities available to enjoy their reef cruise.
After winning the Cairns Ironman race for the second consecutive year, Braden Currie took a load off and…
After winning the Cairns Ironman race for the second consecutive year, Braden Currie took a load off and celebrated with an amazing scUber experience.
It's not every day you see a yellow, porous, pant-wearing icon on the Great Barrier Reef! We were delighted…
It's not every day you see a yellow, porous, pant-wearing icon on the Great Barrier Reef! We were delighted to host SpongeBob SquarePants and the Nickelodeon team aboard Quicksilver for a day at Agincourt Reef.
The Quicksilver crew delighted to welcome aboard 11 year old US actress, Ariana Greenblatt, for a day at…
The Quicksilver crew delighted to welcome aboard 11 year old US actress, Ariana Greenblatt, for a day at Agincourt Reef. Ariana was in Australia filming "Monster Problems" for Paramount Partners scheduled for a 2020 release. The young Ariana gained international recognition for her performance as Young Gamora in Marvel's 2018 film "Avengers Infinity Wars".
Now in its 14th year, our annual Great Adventures Green Island Ocean…
Now in its 14th year, our annual Great Adventures Green Island Ocean Swim will once again welcome swimmers to compete in 500m, 1.5km and 3km distances in this unique Great Barrier Reef swim. Competitors aged 12 years and over are eligible to enter. For more info or bookings, contact Great Adventures on 4044 9944 or book online at http://www.green-island.com.au/oceanswim
With the sun shining and wind beneath the sails, the annual Quicksilver…
With the sun shining and wind beneath the sails, the annual Quicksilver Port Douglas Race Week was a resounding success. Congratulations to the Port Douglas Yacht Club and to all entrants and crew on a fantastic regatta. We were delighted to once again host the 'Skippers Welcome' onboard our own sailing catamaran, Wavedancer. Overall Winners were:
The Green Island Windsurfing Nationals is once again set to sail up…
The Green Island Windsurfing Nationals is once again set to sail up a storm with competitors vying for the title of Green Island Windsurfing champ and Australian Slalom Championship. If you’re visiting Green Island during this time, be sure to check out the action from the beach.
The Giant Cuttlefish like its smaller counterparts have been coined the ‘chameleon of the sea’. This fish is an expert at colour changing and camouflage. They can do this instantaneously by raising parts of their skin and imitating their environment to blend in, this includes rock, sand and seaweed.
An interesting fact about the Giant Cuttlefish is that they have three hearts and have perfect eyesight. As with other cephalopods like octopuses and squid, they also have an ink sack which they can expel ink from when in danger or to confuse a predator.
You can identify the Giant Cuttlefish by two rows of three skin flap-like papillae over each eye, they also lack a spine and have a rough V-shaped thickening (callus) at posterior end which is wider and flared in the adults. They spend the day camouflaged against the reef and feeding off fishes, crabs and other crustaceans. The species live for 2-3 years, can grow up to 1 metre and weigh up to 10 kilos.
They are curious creatures, with an attraction to bright and are often friendly with divers and have been seen to follow divers around for quite some time.
Many of you will know the always delightful Michelle Mesken from Green Island Resort's Front Office. Congratulations to Michelle on…
Many of you will know the always delightful Michelle Mesken from Green Island Resort's Front Office. Congratulations to Michelle on her recent promotion taking on the role of Rooms Division Manager, in addition to Front Office.
Welcome to Marsha Franklin, Green Island Resort’s newly appointed Assistant General Manager. Marsha brings with her a wealth…
Welcome to Marsha Franklin, Green Island Resort’s newly appointed Assistant General Manager. Marsha brings with her a wealth of management experience within all facets of the hospitality industry and will work alongside General Manager Sue O’Donnell overseeing the day to day operations of our beautiful island resort.
Congratulations to Charlie Wilkes on his recent promotion, taking on the role of Green Island Resort’s Acting Head…
Congratulations to Charlie Wilkes on his recent promotion, taking on the role of Green Island Resort’s Acting Head Chef. Charlie has worked with the Resort for nearly five years and has been a driving force in the delivery of amazing gourmet creations at the signature restaurant, Emeralds.
“I enjoy being creative and developing the staff that I have around me, encouraging them to better themselves and letting them experiment with new things. It’s not an ‘I can do this’, it’s we can achieve anything if we can do this all together as a team," said Charlie.
We’re excited to see the wonderful dishes Charlie and his talented kitchen brigade create with the bounty of Tropical North Queensland's local produce.
This team has the whole day running like clockwork. There are plenty of staff members about to ask questions and offer assistance on the boat trip. It takes just under 2 hours from Cairns to reach the pontoon, from which you can snorkel, dive or take a submersible boat trip. The reef here is varied and we saw many different soft corals including a vivid green brain coral and beautiful lavender blue staghorn coral. A large green turtle was unfazed by our proximity and we watched for many minutes without spooking it. The biggest giant clam I’ve ever seen was close to the surface, we saw right down it’s feeding valve and watched the sunlight change the velveteen colours of its mantle. This is a great day for families and people of all abilities. Guest safety is obviously a high priority and the pontoon is spacious with top class facilities.
The Annual Quicksilver 500 Card Game, bringing together friends across the tourism industry was a great day and even better for the Paws and Claws animal refuge in Port Douglas with over $1500 raised.
In May, British High Commissioner, Vicki Treadell, visited Green Island to learn about Surf Life Saving Queensland’s sun and water safety messages.