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Mice Net : August 2009
trOpicaL experiences giving baCk green CSR is an important factor in business events and we’ve found two local options that companies can get involved in. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is located on the scenic drive between Palm Cove and Port Douglas in the foothills of the MacAlister Range amongst World Heritage Listed rainforest, and is a great group option for either pre or post-conferencing, or as a half-day break from your meeting or a unique off-site location for a dinner. Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is home to a host of habitats (and wildlife that goes with them), including melaleuca wetlands, riverine rainforest and eucalypt woodlands. The company values the environment to such a high degree that it now offers groups the opportunity to participate in a major revegetation project on-site to regenerate the rare Type 7A Rainforest. There are only 365 hectares of this kind of rainforest left in the world, and Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures is doing its bit to preserve and save this valuable natural asset. Exclusive evening functions for groups is another option that is sure to leave a lasting impression with your delegates. For more information go to www.crocodileadventures.com. Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway As well as seeing green from high in a Skyrail gondola, the group is also being green with an initiative to plant more trees. Skyrail Rainforest Link enables visitors and corporate groups to contribute to maintaining the rainforest that has made this region so well known. The project provides a ‘hands-on’ tree planting experience while teaching the importance of Australia’s tropical rainforests. The World Heritage Listed rainforest that encompasses Skyrail’s aerial reach is one of a kind, and to ensure its longevity Skyrail’s initiative is doing much to protect its future. Skyrail has been recognised for its environmentally friendly and sustainable initiatives and has scored many awards and accolades along the way. The most recent was winning the Qantas 2008 Australian Tourism Award for Excellence in sustainable tourism. This acknowledged Skyrail’s consistent effort towards innovative business practices and sustainability. The Skyrail gondola takes visitors from the base of the rainforest not far from downtown Cairns high up into the hinterland to the historic township of Kuranda. Kuranda is an art lover’s paradise, and a great place for visitors to explore for a short time before their return to Cairns. Groups often take the Skyrail on the upward journey and then the Kuranda Scenic Railway train back to Cairns. The train gives visitors yet another view of the local area. And if you really want to spoil your delegates, make sure you book a Gold Class cabin for a return journey in real style. For more information go to www.skyrail.com.au. ABOVE: Hartley’s Corcodile Adventures - revegetation project 68 mice.net sUppLement