As winter drags on down in southern Australia, in Cairns and Port Douglas we’re enjoying balmy tropical days kissed by sunshine. We’re well into the busy season now and enjoying welcoming guests from all over the world to our very special piece of paradise. In fact it’s a busy time across Tropical North Queensland with plenty of new activities, tours and cruises recently launched. Here’s a run down of what’s new around Cairns and Port Douglas.
Don’t forget Thala’s Adventure Desk can book any of these activities either before you arrive, or while you’re staying at Thala!
Deep Sea Divers Den now departs from Port Douglas
Deep Sea Divers Den has expanded from Cairns to Port Douglas where the luxury liveaboard catamaran, AquaQuest departs for the Great Barrier Reef. AquaQuest has guided and non-guided buddy dives as well as the opportunity to dive on enriched air nitrox allowing more time under the water.
Quicksilver has onboard Hotspot
Passengers travelling on Quicksilver’s Outer Reef cruises can learn more about the Great Barrier Reef through an innovative Interpretive Hotspot onboard Quicksilver VIII and Quicksilver V. Use your smartphone or tablet to log on and find out more about the amazing marine life you have seen.
Arrive at Thala in style with a helicopter transfer from Cairns
Fly between the Reef and the Rainforest on a Heli Tours North Queensland flight over the Great Barrier Reef Highway between Cairns and Port Douglas. The 40-minute scenic flight takes you to your Port Douglas accommodation.
Dive with sharks on the Great Barrier Reef
Dive with sharks on a Mike Ball Dive liveaboard expedition to the Coral Sea. The four-night journeys travel 222km offshore to remote reefs where seamounts rise steeply from the sea floor attracting sharks and other pelagic fish.
Cairns Aquarium opening delayed until August
The opening date of the exciting new Cairns Aquarium has been pushed back again and is now scheduled to open late August. The aquarium will be showcasing live coral in several of its exhibits which has been collected by contractors under permits from the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Sail to the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation
Sail to the Great Barrier Reef from Cape Tribulation aboard the new luxury catamaran Sailaway IV. Guests can step off the sandy beach of Cape Tribulation in the Daintree Rainforest and be at a pristine outer reef in an hour. See the sunset from Port Douglas with Sailaway VI in the evening or visit Low Isles for a full-day of sailing.
Explore coral gardens on the outer Great Barrier Reef
Sail from Port Douglas to the Outer Great Barrier Reef with SV Aquarius and explore the coral gardens of Horseshoe Bay at Tongue Reef on a guided snorkel tour or a coral viewing boat. www.tropicaljourneys.com
Join the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef
Celebrate your trip to the Great Barrier Reef with a photograph at the Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef on the Cairns Esplanade from September. Designed by acclaimed Torres Strait Islander artist Brian Robinson as part of the Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef initiative, the iconic sculpture tells the Reef creation story of local Traditional Owners and will be installed in August.
Qantas names Dreamliner after the Great Barrier Reef
After 60,000 names were suggested and 45,000 votes cast, Qantas has revealed the names for its fleet of eight Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft which reflect the spirit of Australia. The Great Barrier Reef was a popular choice and will be painted beneath the cockpit window on one of the new aircraft. Other names to be chosen are: Uluru, Skippy, Waltzing Matilda, Quokka, Dreamtime, Great Southern Land and Boomerang.