28th World Buiatrics Congress

27 July 2014 - 1st August 2014

Welcome to Cairns for the 28th World Buiatrics Congress, to be held at the Cairns Convention Centre from 27 July 2014.

This webpage has been set up as a resource for delegates and travelling partners visiting Cairns for the World Buiatrics Congress in 2014.

Local travel company, Destination Cairns Marketing has been appointed by the conference managers to assist visitors to make the most out of their visit to Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef region.


Quick List

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Great Adventures

Great Barrier Reef Adventure

The beauty of the Great Barrier Reef is yours to experience when you cruise from Cairns to our luxury 3 level pontoon on the Outer Reef. Escape into a world of surprises to experience the breathtaking beauty of the Outer Great Barrier Reef. From the comfort of the stable reef activity platform, this is the perfect base for swimmers and non-swimmers to explore. Snorkel and dive, visit the underwater observatory and cruise in a semi-sub, or just relax on the sundeck with a delicious buffet lunch.

The pontoon features undercover seating and tables, a sundeck, full bar facilities, swimming enclosure for children, change rooms with fresh water showers, and scuba diving facilities with a semi-submerged dive platform.

Further Details:

  • Return luxury air-conditioned fast catamaran to Outer Reef
  • Morning and afternoon tea & coffee
  • Hot & cold buffet lunch
  • Coral viewing from semi-submersible vessel
  • Snorkelling equipment
  • Use of buoyancy vests
  • Underwater observatory
  • Reef education presentation

Book now for only$270.00

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Ocean Freedom

Upolu Cay Reef Cruise

UPOLU Cay is a naturally formed coral cay situated 30 kilometers from Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef and is the perfect location with protected, shallow waters from which to explore the reef snorkeling & scuba diving. Ocean Freedom cruises you to Upolu Cay in less than an hour. The first Great Barrier Reef tour to arrive at Upolu Cay, Ocean Freedom offers you over one hour to explore the Cay and surrounding reef uninterrupted. You may even want to try your first ever scuba dive, or for the certified diver, enjoy being guided by our qualified instructors on some of the best dive sites on the reef (additional cost).

At the second reef site, the amazing "Wonder Wall" on the outer edge of Upolu Reef, view many different types of hard and soft coral in addition to fans, giant clams, turtles, a huge diversity and abundance of reef fish of all sizes, nemos everywhere! Snorkel and dive here . Enjoy an informative adventure drift snorkel tour with our Marine Naturalist.

A full 6 hours of unrushed pleasure on the Reef and Cay on the one and only Great Barrier Reef.

Further Details:

  • 6 full hours on the Reef
  • 2 Reef destinations: Upolu Cay Reef & Outer Edge Upolu Reef
  • Large smorgasbord lunch: smoked salmon and prawns ~ mixed meat platter ~ chicken platter ~ 3 salads ~ assorted breads
  • Tea & coffee all day
  • Top quality Snorkelling (masks ~ fins ~ snorkel etc)
  • Snorkelling Tuition
  • Buoyancy snorkel vests
  • Adventure Drift Snorkelling Tour with Marine Naturalist
  • Reef Talk by Marine Interpreter
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tour
  • Tender transfers to and from Upolu Cay
  • Lycra suits /or wet suits (depending on the season)
  • Platter of tropical fruit ~ cheese ~ crackers ~ assorted cake served during day

Book now for only$225.00

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*Outer Reef Cruise

Departing daily from Port Douglas... When you step aboard the ultramodern Silversonic, you are set for an exhilarating day of fun, discovery and adventure in the natural wonderland of the Great Barrier Reef.

You'll have access to explore three stunning and exclusive reef sites at the renowned Agincourt ribbon reefs, each chosen for visual and ecological diversity for snorkel and scuba diving (additional cost) adventures. And you'll be doing it in comfort and style! With our friendly and knowledgeable crew, Silversonic has everything you'll need to experience an underwater world of colourful marine life in safety. Access to the water is so easy with the large submerged platform, relax on the spacious deck areas, there's hot freshwater showers, change rooms and even a licensed bar to share tales of your adventure on the homeward journey.

Certified and Introductory Scuba diving is also available for an additional cost. Please indicate in the comments if you are interested in a certified or introductory scuba dive.


  • All divers (Introductory & Certified) must complete a medical questionnaire on board. A history of certain medical conditions and/or prescription medicines may preclude you from scuba diving.
  • Minimum age is 12 years.
  • Flying after diving: A wait of 12 hours is recommended but preferably 24 hours, if doing multiple dives, before ascending to an altitude of 300 metres or greater.

Further Details:

  • Return coach transfer from Port Douglas accommodation
  • Scrumptious morning tea including focaccias and muffin cakes on boarding
  • Afternoon tea cakes ~ cheese & biscuits
  • Hot and cold tropical buffet lunch
  • Reef Interpretation
  • Snorkelling equipment (mask ~ snorkel ~ fins)
  • Guided Snorkel Tour
  • Snorkel brief at each site
  • Qualified lifeguard supervision
  • Hot freshwater showers
  • Prescription masks available at no additional cost
  • Lycra suits included

Book now for only$272.00