Tropical Trends – Unique Venues in Cairns



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Following on from our last blog post, asking ‘Why Cairns….Why Not!’  the Catalyst Event Solutions team is continuing the tropical theme and featuring two unique venues for Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events which you may wish to consider in the Cairns area.

Tanks Arts Centre

If it’s ‘good enough for Jimmy Barnes’ on a recent concert tour – we were happy to have the Tanks as our very first stop in tropical Cairns.   The Tanks Arts Centre consists of three World War 2 drained and refurbished Naval oil storage tanks situated amongst the surrounds of the Cairns Botanic Gardens, hidden by lush, amazing greenery and providing a completely ‘blank canvas’ upon which to create your event.  The opportunities to theme the space for off-site dinners and cocktail parties are endless.    We could envision scavenger hunts and fantastic team building opportunities taking place in these unique surrounds.   Tanks Arts Centre hosted us at a stunning cocktail party with the incredible trees lit up for the evening, and food and beverages catered by Ochre Restaurant, one of Cairns premier restaurants and caterers.  It was a charming introduction to the warm tropical evenings.

The Wharf (Cairns Cruise Liner Terminal)

When we saw The Wharf we imagined getting ready to embark on that iconic cruise liner “The  Love Boat”, aka the Pacific Princess (you can see me showing our collective age here!).  A real cruise terminal, The Wharf is a heritage listed, ‘blank canvas’ space as well.  Featuring polished concrete floors and a 24 hour hire, as well as the Breezeway and the Waterfront spaces – perfect for pre-dinner cocktails – The Wharf is a perfect spot for your guests to dine and dance the night away. The full terminal can host up to 900 guests for cocktails, giving you some indication of the breadth of the space.

At Catalyst Event Solutions, we strive for that perfect blend of purposefully selected accommodation and unique opportunities to entertain your guests outside of the standard hotel, but sometimes our clients do prefer a 5 star venue that is a ‘one stop shop’ to come through and deliver on everything.  Our next blog will feature two very different styles of 5 star hotels in the Cairns CBD area.  We’ll give you a hint…..one of them has a style that is reminiscent of the famous ‘Raffles’ of Singapore.  The other is clean and modern – a paradise on earth.  Any ideas?

Until next time,

The Team @ Catalyst Events Solutions