What better time to explore what’s new in Port Douglas with the eastern and southern states shivering through winter.
The jewel in the crown of Tropical North Queensland, Port Douglas has long been a bucket list destination with its heady mix of reef, rainforest and Indigenous culture.
Not one to rest on its laurels, Port Douglas is raising the bar again with new luxury accommodation, new products and an even greater focus on sustainability.
Business Events Port Douglas has released a new video collection that showcases all the core reef, rainforest and Indigenous experiences, which elevate the delivery of business events that inspire, motivate and reward delegates.
The latest dedicated planner guide is also packed with itineraries and information across luxury incentive programs, sustainable conferencing and partner programs.
The video and planner guide can all be found on the new Business Events Port Douglas website which brings together a selection of innovative itineraries making it easy for organsiers to plan ahead, while those looking for inspiration there are case studies and capacities at a glance.
Nature is the greatest luxury of all, with sustainability at the core of Port Douglas in every sense.
“Tourism in Port Douglas and the Daintree has flourished over the last three decades because of our natural assets, so we have a deep commitment to ensuring that travel within the region is sustainable, not only for the environment, but also for the community, culture, and the economy,” says Tourism Port Douglas Daintree’s CEO Tara Bennett.
The Douglas Shire was a world leader when in 2019 it became the first region in the world to become an ECO Certified Destination after an independent audit process.
“Organisers have the confidence that we are applying best practices in the destination, and we are looking after sustainability across the environment, economy, and community,” says Bennett.
“People are far more aware of the impact they make on the planet and want to be certain that if they’re going somewhere with a high natural value that their travel plans reflect that, and for businesses and group travel this is magnified.”
Bennett says the region’s sustainability focus can be experienced from many different touchpoints – from guest speakers talking from a conservation point of view and authentic cultural protocols such as a Welcome To Country, to getting your hands dirty by planting some trees or engaging in wildlife rescue care.
“There are many different levels between offset, immersion, and interaction,” she says.
The Great Barrier Reef is a bucket list destination for the millions who visit the region, with the good news being that every visitor to the reef is playing a part in its conservation.
The Great Barrier Reef is the best managed reef in the world with an array of conservation projects aimed at ensuring it will remain a must see destination for future generations.
To fund the conservation of the reef, every visitor pays an Environmental Management Charge which goes towards an array of projects aimed at keeping the Great Barrier Reef, well great.
Quicksilver is one of the most well-known operators in the region helping visitors experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef in any number of ways both in and out of the water via its reef tours.
As one of Australia’s first ecotourism innovators, Quicksilver was the first Great Barrier Reef tourism company to gain the highest eco certification attainable with Australia Advanced Ecotourism and Climate Action Innovator status.
Water lovers will also be able to head inland to get thrills of a different kind with new development NorthBreak bringing something entirely new to the region.
The approved proposal is centred around a 300 metre wave pool which will not only deliver waves all year round but also a deep commitment to the natural environment.
Waste water recovery, solar panels and storage and a plan to revegetate and restore 40% of the entire site back to its natural state underpin the proposal’s vision for sustainability.
The $300 million wave park will also have the ability to host events and festivities in its open space and natural amphitheatres created as part of the design.
Treetops Adventure are opening their latest zipline experience in Cape Tribulation this month. Experience a bird’s eye view of the ancient Daintree Rainforest up to 15 metres above ground or take a treetop walk with bridges, cables and nets to enjoy the rainforest canopy.
Port Douglas’ reputation for nature-based luxury has also been lifted with the $20 million face-lift for Silky Oaks Lodge.
Immersed in the rainforest next to the Mossman River, the Baillie Lodges property makes the most of its setting with soaring ceilings and open-air spaces melding the sensory surrounds within a true luxury setting.
The Sheraton Grand Mirage Port Douglas Resort put the region on the luxury map when it opened and is still a leader today following its transformation a few years back.
It’s also good to know connectivity to Port Douglas is back making that feeling of being miles from the everyday easily accessible from anywhere.
“With an unrivalled natural playground alongside sophisticated conference facilities and an unmistakeable throw-off-your-shoes vibe, we expect delegates to relish the natural beauty, balmy climate and relaxed professionalism that attracts conference and incentive groups all-year-round,” says Bennett.
“Our diverse range of accommodation, means there are plenty of options for a variety of sizes and budgets, from an intimate incentive for ten couples to an annual conference for 800 delegates.”