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Mice Net : October 2008
tropical north queensland because this resort is so private and exclusive you will be able to stay at this resort in complete anonymity. From the main driveway, it simply takes a touch of the button on your key to open the main gates to the villa accommodation. From here you find your designated villa and drive in to your own lock-up garage, paparazzi free! No one confirmed it, but it was hinted at that Nicole Kidman, Keith Urban and little Sunday Rose were taking some time out in their very own Peppers Bale` villa at the time of our visit. Driving into the village of Port Douglas it was time to see Four Mile Beach from the lookout and take some happy snaps before we explored the village. After a quick site inspection and refresh at the Rydges Sabaya we departed to the Sheraton Mirage for our final evening event. With French champagne in hand we had the guided tour of the property, and stopped off to have canapés by the pool before we retired inside for dinner. A spectacular feast was presented and everyone marvelled at the artistic forms on our plates – almost too amazing to eat! Day 4 Time had flown by and we had made it to our final day of exploring TNQ. Our final group site inspection took place at the Sea Temple Resort & Spa Port Douglas where we were given a taste of what this spectacular property offers groups. After our final breakfast together it was time for the majority of the group to make their way back to the Cairns Interrnational Airport to fly back to Sydney and Brisbane. For the remaining Melbourne contingent and myself we had the chance to take the journey to Cape Tribulation. Further north of Port Douglas this remote area provides a complete luxury escape and is the perfect incentive destination. In order to get there, our Oceans Hotel guide drove us to the Cape Tribulation Resort, accessed via ferry across the Daintree River. I can imagine that it would be a bit of a turbulent ferry ride during a heavy monsoonal storm or cyclone, but luckily for us we had calm waters and no crocodile sightings. There is a crocodile and bird-watching tour that regularly ventures up-stream for those wanting to see some of these prehistoric animals in the wild. This is a recommended trip. Driving through the dense rainforest it was obvious we were miles from any metropolis, and the rainforest had a calming effect on everyone. Following lunch we were given a site inspection of the Cape Tribulation Resort and an amazing guided tour through the rainforest. In just a matter of days our group had been a part of so many different experiences that they left a long-lasting impression on us all. Many commented on the high quality and range of accommodation available and that they never realised how diverse the region was before this showcase. 08 MICE Mag 1/4 hor 2/1/70 12:16 AM Page 1 Scheduled to open mid 2009 The newest player in premier convention & banqueting facilities Situated in the heart of Mackay, located midway between Cairns and Brisbane along the tropical Queensland Coast. Comfortably seating 1000 people for banquet and 1800 people theatre style. The centre features world class facilities and the versatile layout can be tailor made to your requirements. Fully licensed, excellent in house catering showcases the fresh produce of the Central Queensland region. For inquiries and quotations call +61 7 4961 9700. mice.net 77