Dinner at the Crocodile’s Farm!

Sometimes it’s a necessity to leave the 5 star luxury aside and take ourselves back to the rural & rustic era. A simple yet relaxing time. Our last event on Friday we did just this.

The set up for this open-air dinner was simply amazing, set at the renowned Hartley’s crocodile Farm, with no reception may I add were your classic white tables and chair covers with blue & white centerpieces, hay bales couches, hessian covers, stage decor with bull skulls, horse saddles, old country working tools, barbed wire and trees everywhere. The perfect Bush Bash!

Take a look at our pictures below and tell us what you think!

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The final result

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Rustic Stage

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Stage Details

GBRM – Great Barrier Reef Marathon

Port Douglas, on the 9th of November 2014, M.A.D. will contribute to the organization of the Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival, an event that combines sport, tourism, environmental awareness and a chance to party. In fact, during the day, thousands of runners will  challenge themselves to the most ancient of sports: the marathon. The event comprises of multiple courses, starting from the 2,5 km dedicated to the kids, to the 74 km Ultra Marathon that will take competitors to 600 m above sea level. In between these two are the 5 and 10 km courses as well as the full 42,76 km Marathon,  and the Half Marathon 21 km. AQll of these will start and finish on Port Douglas’ famous Four Mile Beach. This event is sponsored by Cane Growers as well as local companies, such as Sheraton Mirage Resort, which will provide race-stay-play packages, COLES Supermarkets, servicing the water stations, and Bendigo Bank. Furthermore, that bank already actively supported the Run for the Reef campaign, a pilot program to raise funds for reef research and local projects and charities, promoted by the James Cook University. The GBRM also has the partnership of Tourism and Events Queensland and Tourism Port Douglas & Daintree, as it will be a proper event to enhance tourism in this amazing spot of the Far North Queensland. Over 1500 participants will attend the event, coming from every Australian state and territory, and from more than 12 foreign countries, including UK, USA, Switzerland, Japan and China. Talking about participants, we have to mention the involvement of Steve Moneghetti, the Marathon Ambassador who has competed in all the GBRM’s so far, and of Pat Farmer, the famous Aussie runner who run the 21,000 kms from pole to pole. The Great Barrier Reef Marathon Festival will also include a two day long Expo and a great After Party hosted at the Surf Club, where the presentation of the winners will take place. This is a wonderful occasion to celebrate your passion for sport and environment, and M.A.D. will see you there, on Sunday 9th November.

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Find more about the Marathon here:www.greatbarrierreefmarathon.com.au/

#tbt: Survivor Team Activity

Participants met in the foyer of the hotel, where they have been transferred to a unique, privately owned rainforest Nature Park, to compete in the “Survivor challenge”.
On arrival at the property, guests disembarked at “the Billabong”, a rustic timber structure where they have been briefed. The VP rode in on a Quad bike flying the conference flag. He joint then the head facilitator to outline the challenges ahead. Teams have been allocated a schedule of events, “survivor Kit” and cryptic clues before setting off into the jungle, some by hummer vehicle and some by quad bike to separate areas. Their aim was to be the first team to reach the hidden site, with a complete puzzle map. The winning team for each activity has been rewarded with a piece of the puzzle map, as well as other prizes like water pistols, boomerangs and magic keys. The magic key allows the team to collect a “bonus” piece of the puzzle map from the judges.

The challenge consisted of 9 activities, each being contested by 2 teams at a time head to head. Activities included: Bike Challenge, letter scramble, warball, pirates treasure chest, bucket madness, plank walk, Boomerang throwing, “Robin Hood” and Race across the River. Each team has be assigned a leader, to assist them around the course, and to monitor and score their progress. Qualified staff ensured the safety of the competitors, both around the water-based activities, and on land. On completing all activities, participants ended up back at the Billabong for some refreshments and a debrief.

If this kind of activity fits your corporate business, don’t hesitate to contact us on  http://www.portdouglasteambuilding.com/

Fairy Weddings in the Rainforest

The sunset is almost finished, the wind is shaking the branches of the huge trees, few birds are still tweeting and the bride, with a shining white dress, is ready to literally cross the most important bridge of her life. On the other bank, in a frame of flame, giant plants, fairy lights and bright coloured flowers, her future husband is waiting for her. When she will cross that bridge, the couple will walk hand in hand toward a new future together, enjoying this magic moment that we, at Port Douglas Weddings & Hire, contributed to create.

Our goal, in fact, as wedding planners, is to make the couple’s dream real and let the marriage be their most charming and magic moment ever: this is why we choose to use new and exciting venues for wedding, as the Rainforest. There, the couple can do the “Big Step” of their love story in a magical fairy habitat, in harness with the real n ature, but with an exclusive ambient design and a precise organization provided by specialists.

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discover more on:http://www.myweddinginportdouglas.com/

Niramaya Villas & Spa

Niramaya Villas & Spa is one of our favorite location for luxurious weddings: the poolside restaurant and function centre will be the centre of your memorable event.
There you can begin with a casual poolside cocktail from the bar, chilled to perfection and bathed in the deepening colours of the afternoon sun setting over the Great Dividing Range. Then dine informally, al fresco by the pool, or take a few steps into the air-conditioned sanctuary of the main room. This modern space can be configured to meet your every desire with a full commercial kitchen and bar available for all your catering requirements.

The freshest of local produce, becomes a multi-sensory experience at the hands of highly skilled chefs. Fruits of the rich, red soil meet with seafood direct from local boats and the harvest of the hinterland. All this is served with the knowledge and discretion of the expert staff. With breathtaking villas and flawless catering, groups can enjoy the anticipation, excitement and afterglow of a unique wedding.

Moreover, as if the beauty of this place was not enough, we’d love to decorate it with our styled furniture, fresh and colorful flowers and our renowned attention for details.

This is how Niramaya looks like :

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And this how it looks like when we have events there :

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Teamwork is …

Teamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results!

Recently, for a group of 126 an activity that takes in the spirit of camaraderie as well as good wholesome fun for both young and older was created. The adventure began with 34 small topless cars weaving their way long crystal clear coastline as well as through undulating landscape where the teams were asked to solve several challenges and activities. This was an unforgettable way to learn about the area, its history and lifestyle and also to experience the spirit and connection of the team.

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Gala dinner in the stunning Barossa Valley

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A simple, elegant set up… the hanging foliage from the ceiling really brought the room to life….

We love the challenge of working in new destinations, with different venues, creating something original for each and every one of our clients…. we never do the same thing twice!

Quirky human statues!

Quirky human statues!

We love to be different…..!

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Grapes and vines

Rustic theming using grapes and vines to really give that ‘Barossa feel’….

It’s amazing how some of the simplest concepts can work so well!