Cairns & Great Barrier Reef delivers regenerative business events


Event organisers seeking the perfect location for their next business event must consider Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef. Why? Local business event professionals and companies understand the importance of delivering sustainable and regenerative events. Consider reducing your environmental impact with these suggestions for hosting regenerative events in Cairns & Great Barrier Reef.

Explore two World Heritage-listed wonders—the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest by choosing eco-accredited operators. In the Cairns & Great Barrier Reef (GBR) region, you will find the highest concentration of eco-tourism-accredited operators in Australia. This means you have plenty of options for group activities, team building, partner programs, and pre- or post-touring.

Getting involved in a carbon offset program in Cairns & GBR is made easy by partnering with Reforest. This innovative platform calculates the carbon footprint of events and provides local tree-planting programs to offset all or part of your event – ensuring the regeneration of the local environment with native flora. Delegates also have the option to purchase additional trees by using a live, event-dedicated app throughout the program.

Our destination business events industry recognises the importance of preserving the natural environment and is committed to sustainability. The selection of suppliers that prioritise sustainability throughout a business event includes the recently expanded Cairns Convention Centre, whose innovative original building design includes a rainwater collection system of approximately 200,000L, a biophilic exterior incorporating a living green facade and 1,200 sun blades reducing heat gain and increasing thermal efficiency.

A group taking part in the guided Dreamtime Walk experience.

Crystalbrook Collection’s eco-progressive approach has seen all three Cairns properties receive silver level certification from EarthCheck, achieve an Australian first with 100% waste-free bathrooms, introduce climate calorie information and offer the unique Meet Mindfully program, whilst Reef Magic on the Great Barrier Reef launched the region’s first renewables powered floating pontoon featuring 18 solar panels and three wind turbines.

Further north, Port Douglas and Daintree achieved the prestigious ECO Destination Certification in 2019, making the region the first destination in the world to receive this recognition. Event planners can be assured they are fulfilling their corporate sustainability obligations by holding events in Cairns & GBR using companies implementing extensive regenerative practices, as the Mossman Gorge Centre exemplifies. The Centre has effectively implemented an Environmental Management Plan within the heritage-listed national park that includes initiatives to manage visitor traffic, water supply and conservation, reduce overcrowding, minimise energy use, flora and fauna disturbance and provide employment opportunities for the traditional custodians, resulting in economic benefits to the First Nations community.

Including a CSR activity in your business event is fun and a great way to educate your delegates, meet our locals, and connect with our environment. Work directly with our reef and rainforest operators, including the Cairns Aquarium, who host the world’s first Living Coral Bio Bank collection of hard corals and the Turtle Rehabilitation facility, or engage local companies such as Managing Australian Destinations to deliver programs that ensure delegates leave greater from their experience.

All reef operators undertake daily coral monitoring as part of ongoing efforts to keep the reef healthy.

Did you know that a portion of your ticket goes to conserving the Great Barrier Reef and that all reef operators undertake daily coral monitoring and manage regeneration programs in conjunction with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority and the Australian Institute of Marine Science? So, by including the Great Barrier Reef in an event program, you contribute to this natural wonder’s long-term preservation and conservation practices!

From the Coral Sea to the volcanic soil of the Atherton Tablelands and the lush Daintree Rainforest, our region offers an abundance of local produce. Lower your food miles by choosing a restaurant or catering company such as the award-winning NuNu or Ochre, who will not only tantalise your delegate’s taste buds but ensure your menu is locally sourced.

Take delegates out of their comfort zone and offer a day where only a plant-based menu is served. Use this to educate your delegates on this dietary approach’s health and environmental benefits. While it may not be for everyone, delegates will gain valuable insights and leave enriched by their experience.

The most eco-friendly mode of transport available is “foot power,” and with Cairns’s tropical climate and compact nature, it is no wonder walking is the preferred method of transportation. Affectionally known as the 10-minute city, it is often faster to walk. However, if coaches are required, Tropic Wings offers electric vehicle solutions.

Prawn skewers at one of Cairns favourite eateries Nu Nu Restaurant.

As there are no shortages of water stations throughout the city or in event venues, encourage your delegates to bring their water bottles. Take it one step further and BYO your coffee cups; it’s a great way to meet our local baristas, who will appreciate your efforts – many also offer a discount to BYO cup customers!

Buying from a local supplier reduces your carbon footprint, contributes to local employment and ensures delegates receive authentic products. Aboriginal Steel Art offers unique fine art pieces for speakers’ gifts, or Simply Hampers can create a gift box featuring the best of the region’s local produce.

Choose Cairns & Great Barrier Reef for your next business event, with the knowledge that our destination, a sustainable and regenerative success story, fulfils your corporate social responsibility goals for the future.

Business Events Cairns & Great Barrier Reef is a complementary service offering support to meeting and event planners looking to bring a business event to our breathtaking location in Australia – get in touch.