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Mice Net : October 2008
tropical north queensland taking a trip to TNQ story By Johanna Mc Kinnon mice.net recentLy tagged aLong for a trip to tnQ with a bunch of pcos and event planners. and what a great experience. DAY 1 Flying out of a cold stormy Sydney and landing in the tropical warmth of Cairns was a welcome treat and so started our Tropical North Queensland adventure. Some of our group had earlier touched down from Brisbane and Melbourne and had the chance to experience a seaplane ride over the picturesque blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Re-grouping at the Shangri-la the program officially started with an inside look at the club level rooms, standard rooms and conference spaces. Seated on a long table for lunch at the hotel’s restaurant our group enjoyed the picturesque views over the Cairns Marina with expensive boats and yachts bobbing gently in the water. But before we knew it we were on our feet again for our next stop, the Cairns International Hotel. It was a great opportunity to check out the refreshed lobby and bar area which has recently undergone a soft-refurbishment. And, after a site inspection of the property’s spa and rooms, we were treated to high tea. Beautiful tables were set with splashes of pink lilies to complement our girlie afternoon tea. Cake stands filled with delicate cakes, finger sandwiches and of course scones were on offer, and we couldn’t resist trying to taste everything! Walking off our indulgent tea was made easier with a tour of the Cairns Convention Centre. Famil participants then had a chance to check out Cairns’ newest venue, the Blue Sky Brewery. The Brewery had only been open for a matter of days, and we were given the chance to be one of the first groups to take a behind-the-scenes look to see where their trademark beer is made. After that it was time to taste the golden ale with ‘paddles’ of three or six different beers. Our evening adventures started with a site inspection and canapés at the Rydges Tradewinds Resort where we sat down for dinner by the resort’s pool. After dinner the resort's chef mice.net 75