Australian College of Critical Care Nurses

2 - 4 June 2019


Welcome to Cairns for the 20th Annual Institute of Continuing Education (ICE) Conference. 

The ICE 2019 Conference is being held at the award winning Cairns Convention Centre between 2-4 June 2019.

This web resource is managed by local travel experts Destination Cairns Marketing. Delegates can browse, enquire and book a range of hand selected recreational tours and activities to make the most of your visit to the Great Barrier Reef Region.

You can also contact our Reservations Team:

Phone: 1800 807 730 (Toll free within Australia)

Email:   info@destinationcairns.com.au

More information on the 2019 ICE Conference is available by visiting the Official Conference Website here.

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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

Extras:

An additional $6.50 Environmental Management Charge per person is payable at the time of check in.

Book now for only$250.00

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Great Adventures

*Green Island Eco Adventure - 1300 Cairns Departure

Green Island is a beautiful 6000 year old coral cay located in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park - a premier world heritage site and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

Aboard Great Adventures' fast catamaran journey from Cairns, you can be there in just 45 minutes! Green Island's unique reef and rainforest environment awaits to provide the one-stop tropical island experience. Revel in an array of activities or relax and let your day unfold in this tropical paradise. Stroll through magical rainforest, laze on white coral sand beaches, swim, dive or snorkel...

Further Details:

  • Return air-conditioned fast catamaran cruise
  • Two (2) hours on Green Island
  • Tea and coffee served until departure from Cairns
  • Self Guided Eco Island Walk
  • Choice of Glass Bottom Boat coral viewing tour OR use of snorkelling equipment
  • Use of Island swimming pool exclusive for Great Adventures guests
  • Use of day visitor facilities

Book now for only$99.00

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Tusa Dive

*Tusa Day Cruise

Dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef with the experts! With more than 30 years experience, a choice of 16 outer reef locations, modern, comfortable vessels, and a friendly professional team to look after you; you are in for an exceptional Great Barrier Reef adventure with Tusa Dive. Your day begins with a cruise to the outer reef on board our custom built catamaran Tusa 6. A crew to passenger ratio of 1:5 and a maximum 60 guests on board, ensures you will receive great service, while your captain will select the best two reef sites for the day's conditions. Activities include marine interpretation presentations, guided snorkel tours, introductory diving and certified diving (additional cost - see booking options) with up to 3 dives in the day available.

SCUBA DIVING CONDITIONS (additional cost - see booking options):
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, and a Doctors release (arranged prior to your trip) may be required. Tusa Dive recommends a wait of 24 hours after diving before flying or ascending over 300 metres.

Further Details:

  • Fresh & healthy buffet style lunch
  • Morning tea & self serve tea & Coffee
  • Quality snorkel equipment & wet suits
  • Guided Snorkel tour
  • Reef interpretation presentation
  • Environmental Management Charge

Book now for only$220.00

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Silverswift

*Outer Reef Cruise

Departing daily from Cairns... Silverswift is ready to whisk you away for a day of fun and adventure on the Great Barrier Reef. This is an active day all about being in the water for your snorkel adventure of a lifetime!

You'll explore spectacular coral formations and underwater gardens awash with vibrantly coloured marine creatures as you visit three different outer reef sites at Flynn, Pellowe, Milln and/or Thetford Reefs. Locations vary with the day's conditions however each site is chosen for visual impact, ecological diversity and the challenge of discovery!

Onboard, our friendly crew will encourage you to relax and enjoy Silverswift's comforts and in between water activities there's a delicious lunch for hungry adventurers. The spacious deck areas are great to bask in some sunshine or share a refreshing drink from the licensed bar and tales of your adventures.

Further Details:

  • 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

Extras:

An additional $6.50 per person Environmental Management Charge is payable at the time of check in.

Book now for only$233.00

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Ocean Spirit Cruises

*Michaelmas Cay Day Cruise

Set sail aboard the beautiful 32 metre sailing catamaran, Ocean Spirit, to experience Michaelmas Cay's unique reef environment - a pristine sand cay surrounded by fringing reef and a protected sanctuary for migratory seabirds. Your cruise will combine motor and sailing, depending on the day's conditions.

Be active and enjoy all the included activities - snorkel in the cay's protected shallow waters, cruise in the semi-sub for a diver's view of the reef, watch the fish feeding presentation and observe the island bird life. Throughout the day, the "beach buggy shuttle" will transfer you between Ocean Spirit and the beach. To protect this renowned bird sanctuary, access on the cay is limited to the roped beach area. If you prefer a more leisurely day on the Great Barrier Reef, relax on the beach or on board Ocean Spirit's spacious decks. The choice is yours!

Further Details:

  • Return cruise to the Barrier Reef on luxury sailing vessel
  • Morning & Afternoon Tea refreshments
  • Superb hot & cold buffet with Seafood freshly prepared on board
  • Snorkelling demonstrations & tuition
  • Free use of all snorkelling equipment
  • Free use of flotation vests
  • Informative ecological presentations by qualified Marine Biologists
  • Informative tours on our air-conditioned semi-submersible
  • Guided nature tours of the island & bird sanctuary

Extras:

An additional $6.50 per person Environmental Management Charge is payable at the time of check in.

Book now for only$219.00

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Value Day Tours

Kuranda, Skyrail & Train (VSQ1)

Our driver will meet you at your accommodation and check you in for your tour using our Kuranda Boarding Pass. The pass includes a detailed itinerary, pre-allocated preferential Kuranda Scenic Rail seating, map of Kuranda and discounted entry into selected attractions.

Transfer to Smithfield to board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway for your journey to Kuranda. Be amazed as you glide silently over and through the rainforest. There are two stations en route where you can alight and enjoy a walk through the rainforest; visit the Rainforest Discovery Zone at Red Peak Station, and take in the amazing views of Barron Falls from The Edge Lookout.

Upon arrival in Kuranda, free time is allowed to do your own exploring in the village and markets - why not take advantage of the exclusive Kuranda discounts on your Kuranda Boarding Pass!

At the scheduled time, board the Kuranda Scenic Rail - your seats are pre-allocated. Your journey winds through 15 tunnels, across bridges and around curves to Freshwater Station where you will be transferred back to your accommodation.

*You have a choice of Skyrail & Train times. See booking options for times available.

Further Details:

  • Return hotel transfers from Cairns & Cairns Beaches
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Express check-in at Skyrail Rainforest Cableway
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (one way)
  • Free time in Kuranda
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail (one way)

Book now for only$151.00

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Value Day Tours

Kuranda Rail, Skyrail & Hartleys Crocodile Adventure

Start your day journeying to Kuranda via the historic Kuranda Scenic Rail where you have limited time to explore the village. Board Skyrail Rainforest Cableway to glide over and through the rainforest. Meet our driver for your scenic transfer to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures - the best place to see crocodiles & wildlife in Tropical North Queensland.

Board the famous train for an amazing journey, as you travel one of the world's most scenic rail routes, through handhewn tunnels and over bridges spanning spectacular gorges.

Upon arrival in Kuranda, limited free time is allowed to do your own exploring - why not take advantage of the exclusive Kuranda discounts on your Kuranda Boarding Pass!

Board Skyrail, an experience which takes you over & through the rainforest canopy with stops along the way to explore. On arrival at Smithfield Terminal, board the coach for your transfer to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures.

Hartleys is the best place to see crocodiles in Tropical North Queensland! Highlights of the Park include the Wetlands Cruise, Crocodile Attack Show and Snake Show.

Further Details:

  • Return hotel transfers to Cairns and Cairns Beaches
  • Kuranda Boarding Pass
  • Kuranda Scenic Rail (one way)
  • Limited free time in Kuranda
  • Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (one way)
  • Coach transfer & entry to Hartleys Crocodile Adventures
  • Snake show at 2pm
  • Wetslands Cruise at 2.30pm
  • Croc Attack Show at 3pm
  • Cassowary Feeding at 4.15pm
  • Koala Feeding at 4.30pm

Book now for only$204.00

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Blazing Saddles

ATV Quad Bike Adventure - AM

Blazing Saddles' Quad Bikes are easy to ride and provide the perfect adventure - no licence or previous experience necessary. With a fleet of both 90cc and 250cc bikes, your guides will ensure the perfect balance between safety and fun! So easy to ride, our group sizes remain small, to guarantee your personalized experience. Anyone can do it!

Picture zooming along adventure trails that zig zag through rainforest pockets, mangrove wetland, native bush and a working sugar cane farm. Guides will then lead you out for as much fun as you can handle whilst getting down and dirty on this fantastic ATV Quad Bike Adventure!

Departs Cairns & Northern Beaches at 10:45 am & Returns at 2:00 pm.
*Minimum age 12 years

Further Details:

  • Safety equipment
  • All tuition & Safety Lesson
  • Bottomless Tea & Coffee
  • Return transfers to your accommodation

Book now for only$145.00

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Blazing Saddles

Horse Riding Adventure - PM

Our Horse-riding tour offers a safe, relaxing way to meander through rainforest pockets, mangrove wetland, sugarcane fields and native bush! With a stable of horses to suit all ages and levels, this is a perfect family adventure. Our horses have a friendly, mature nature and will be matched to each riders experience and ability.

Blazing Saddles is a working sugar cane farm and the property also boasts an 18 acre billabong which is abundant with native birds and amphibious creatures of all shapes and sizes! Native Australian forest and rainforest surroundings provide interesting and adventurous trails. Draw up on horse-back alongside our 18 acre billabong for a billy tea over a camp fire and the chance to see a croc in the wild! You will also meet our resident geese, peacocks and ducks.

Half Day Afternoon departs at 12:45 pm & Returns at 4:00 pm
*Minimum age 4 years.

Further Details:

  • Safety equipment
  • All tuition & Safety Lesson - no experience necessary
  • Bottomless Tea & Coffee
  • Return transfers to your accommodation

Book now for only$135.00

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Foaming Fury

*Barron River Rafting - Half Day

The beautiful Barron Gorge National Park is only 20 minutes from the centre of Cairns (40 minutes from Port Douglas). Its known for its rugged rainforest mountains, steep ravines, the mighty Barron Falls and of course, Barron Gorge, which has been carved out over thousands of years by the Barron River.

This is where we do our half day white water rafting tour, on the ebb and flow of the Barron River, as it snakes its way down from the mountains and heads out to the Coral Sea. This is a scenic rafting / rainforest adventure which combines calm water floating with a series of white water rapids for adventure and action. The Barron River Half Day Tour is a fantastic introduction to White Water Rafting with no experience necessary. Enjoy up to two hours rafting, on up to grade three rapids. Let our guides entertain you on this spectacular river, offering guaranteed water levels year round!

Minimum age is 12 years.

Further Details:

  • Return coach transfers from your hotel
  • A fun filled two (2) hours of rafting grade three (3) rapids
  • All Tuition (and safety equipment)
  • Rafts carry up to seven (7) passengers plus your experienced river guide
  • No experience necessary

Extras:

An additional $30 per person compulsory rafting levy is payable on day of travel.

Book now for only$145.00

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Foaming Fury

River Tubing - Morning

Come play in natures theme park with this Half Day River Tubing adventure on the Mulgrave River. This fun and exciting tour is a safe water activity, which includes calm water drifting, small rapids and some beautiful scenery.

The Mulgrave River is part of the catchment system for Queenslands highest mountains, Bellenden Ker and Bartle Frere, which is also Australias highest rainfall area. This freshwater river flows year round and is bordered by rainforest and tropical vegetation, creating a lovely natural backdrop for your river tubing tour.

Suitable for people of all experience levels, youll float on professional, high quality, twin chamber tubes down the river and across small, fun rapids. This tour is a great introduction to river tubing. Its a hands on adventure and safe water activity, with beautiful scenery and surrounds. A great way to get out and explore natures theme park in Tropical North Queensland.

The Half Day River Tubing Tours are safe, fun and suitable for all the family. The minimum age to participate is 5 years.

Further Details:

  • Return transfers (from Cairns and Northern Beaches)
  • Two (2) hours River Tubing (small & fun rapids)
  • All Tuition & safety equipment
  • River Guides (professional & certified)
  • Mulgrave River (calm freshwater river)
  • Snack (fresh & tasty)

Extras:

An additional $15 per person or $60 per family (2ad/2ch) levy is payable on the day of travel.

Book now for only$90.00

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Tandem Cairns

Beach Skydive - 14 000ft

All the Thrill and Excitement of a 60 second, 200 km's an hour, 14,000 ft freefall combined with stunning views of the Great barrier Reef and the tropical rainforest.

You are in good hands with Australia's No. 1 skydiving company. 40 years experience and over 1.5 million skydives. A record matched by no one else in Australia. We operate some of the best skydiving locations along the east coast of Australia.

We offer the closest regular Beach landing skydive to Cairns with stunning views of the Great Barrier Reef or land at the skydiving centre only 15 minutes from our Beach landing in tropical gardens still providing amazing coastal views.

Be back in Cairns in time for lunch and other activities with this half day trip.

*Maximum weight is 110-115kg (a surcharge will apply for passengers over 95kg)

Further Details:

  • Return transfers from Cairns accommodation
  • Jump certificate
  • 25 minute spectacular scenic flight over Cairns and Great Barrier Reef
  • Awesome skydive from 14 000 ft
  • Highly trained and experienced tandem masters
  • Personalised training and professionalism instruction
  • Use of extensive drop zone & Self Contained Skydive Centre with pool and BBQ

Extras:

An additional $25 per person APF (Australian Parachute Federation) levy is payable on the day of travel.
A surcharge will apply for passengers over 95kg.

Book now for only$325.00

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Hot Air Cairns

Balloon Hot Air Scenic Flight ex Cairns

Our region is the most popular place in Australia to go for hot air balloon rides. Hot Air's specially chosen location at Mareeba provides ideal weather and climate conditions for this gentle activity. Our beautiful region offers unrivaled panoramic views of our unique Australian landscape.

Your morning starts with a spectacular balloon inflation display. With so many colourful balloons in Hot Air's balloon fleet, it's just like a balloon fiesta! Then rise up and float over the scenic Atherton Tablelands with its rainforest fringed mountains and tranquil country landscapes. Breathe in the wide-open spaces and enjoy the picturesque vistas at sunrise with 30 minutes flying time. What a great way to start off your morning!

We will return you to your accommodation, or other places around town. Just let us know where you would like to go.

*Ballooning is not suitable for infants. Minimum age is 3 years. Proof of age will be required children under 5 years.

Further Details:

  • Free Hotel Pickup
  • Spectacular Hot Air balloon scenic flight over the Atherton Tablelands
  • Expert interpretive commentary
  • Cross Country Balloon Chase
  • Free Commemorative flight Certificate
  • Return Hotel transfer

Extras:

An additional $30 per person Compulsory Civil Aviation levy payable on the day of travel

Book now for only$290.00

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Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome

ZOOM (with Wildlife Entry)

The Cairns Wildlife Dome is a spectacular all-weather wildlife exhibit, encased by a 20-metre high glass dome on the rooftop of the prominent Reef Hotel Casino, right in the heart of Cairns. Visitors are immersed in a rainforest environment whilst parrots, cockatoos, lorikeets, and other birds native to the Wet Tropics region fly freely around, with the opportunity to observe free-roaming rainforest wallabies and bettongs, and curlews, frogmouths, kookaburras, frogs, turtles, pythons, crocodiles and lizards. The Wildlife Dome is an immersion exhibit, which means the birds and most of the animals can roam free within the confines of the large aviary enclosure. This allows more interaction between humans and the environment.

Complimentary guided tours and animal presentations take place throughout the day, providing an interactive learning experience about rainforest wildlife and superb photo opportunities.

The Cairns ZOOM takes this to a higher level (pun intended) by having visitors experience a challenge Ropes Course at different heights within the Dome so that birds and tourists can interact, appreciate and be educated about our native fauna while having an exhilarating experience. Cairns ZOOM includes a number of different elements which challenge participants personally, physically and mentally. Challenge ropes courses encourage creative problem solving - thinking "outside the square"; teamwork and co-operation and also challenge the individual to push their own boundaries and comfort level. Ropes courses can create a great sense of achievement in the participant when they complete the course and is therefore a positive and fun experience.

At Cairns ZOOM, enjoy YOUR favourite activities. Each Activity ticket is valid for any of the Activities at the Cairns ZOOM, so you can choose to do any combination of activities, or repeat the same activity multiple times. It's completely up to you, and you don't have to decide which activities beforehand, simply buy as many Activity tickets as YOU want to, and use them however YOU want.

Hi-ZOOM
At a greater level of difficulty, consisting of more complex crossings and ziplines for the more adventurous, featuring three ziplines - on of which where you dangle over Goliath the Croc.

Mid-ZOOM
An easier level of difficulty, suitable for initial training and young people.

Dome Climb Adventure
An easy level of difficulty - walk along internal walkways with a unique birds-eye view of inside the Dome, and then, whilst still attached to the Saferoller belay system, along the external 60cm wide platform, with spectacular view of the city and surrounding land and seascapes.

Power Jump Extreme Adventure
This exhilarating component is a free fall adventure, where you jump off a 13m high tower attached by rope to make a rapid descent, with a fan device ensuring a gentle and smooth landing.

Open Daily 9:00am to 6:15pm (Closed Christmas Day)
*Height & Weight Restrictions: Must be over 120cm (3'9) tall & 140cm (4'6) tall for the Power Jump and less than 120kg
Minimum age 6 years

Further Details:

  • Wildlife Entry
  • Guided Tours & Animal Presentations (at scheduled times)
  • ZOOM activity

Book now for only$45.00

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Tjapukai

'Tjapukai By Day'

By day, the park is filled with interactive experiences to give you an authentic insight into Aboriginal culture. See Indigenous performers bring the worlds oldest living culture to life through traditional dance, art and demonstrations.

In the Cultural Centre, witness the ancient dream time story of the Tjapukai people's belief in the creation of the world through live performance and the world's most technologically advanced visual effects. Gain an understanding into the impacts of the stolen generation and be inspired by Indigenous heroes past and present as you wander through the History and Heroes walk. The Art of My People talk will guide you through a variety of art styles as you learn about the differences between the Aboriginal clans throughout Australia.

Across the lake, join the world famous Tjapukai Aboriginal dancers in a corroboree celebration and fire making ceremony in the Cultural Village. Gain an insight into the gathering and cooking of bush foods and the medicinal values of native plants, learn first hand from a warrior about traditional hunting methods and tribal law. Throw a spear with the help of a traditional milay spear thrower and learn the art of throwing a returning boomerang. Journey through the complex techniques of playing a didgeridoo, then be tantalised by the smell of the meat being unearthed from the Bayngga underground oven and enjoy a delicious taste test.

Further Details:

  • Day Park entry to all Tjapukai attractions
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance
  • Bush Foods and Medicines Presentation
  • Hunting and Weapons Demonstration
  • Didgeridoo Show
  • Boomerang & Spear Throwing

Book now for only$62.00

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Spirit of Cairns

Dinner & Harbour Cruise

A Cairns Dinner Cruise is the perfect way to end a perfect day in paradise. Set sail aboard our newly refurbished 26-metre catamaran on the calm waters of Trinity Inlet, for an evening of dining, entertainment, and panoramic mountain and city views.

The ultimate in waterfront dining, your cruise includes a gourmet buffet style dinner, complimentary beverage on arrival, live entertainment, and (optional) dancing after dinner. A selection of beverages and cocktails are available for purchase from our fully licensed bar.

Further Details:

  • 2.5 hour calm water sunset / evening cruise
  • Luxurious air-conditioned vessel with large outdoor decks
  • Complimentary glass of sparkling wine beer or soft drink on arrival
  • Delicious hot and cold buffet featuring fresh seafood and local produce
  • Live entertainment

Book now for only$95.00

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Tjapukai by Night

Tjapukai by Night Dinner Show

Night Fire is Tjapukais signature evening activity where you will meet the Indigenous rainforest people, who paint your face to link you to their traditional land and more. Follow the Tjapukai warriors to a corroboree celebrating Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and join the Rainbow Serpent circle to learn traditional language songs before the ceremonial fire is lit with a spectacular fire ball shooting towards the stars.

Dinner will see you enjoy Australian meats, seafood and an array of salads and desserts featuring tantalizing Indigenous flavours at the Flame Tree Bar & Grill. Relax around the fire with the Tjapukai warriors where there is time for an intimate chat, an end to a night of cultural entertainment.

Further Details:

  • Native Spiced Canapes and Complimentary Welcome Drink
  • Delicious buffet dinner
  • Didgeridoo Show
  • Lakeside Fire Ceremony with Face Painting
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Dance Performance

Book now for only$123.00