Papua New Guinea Dive Night Cairns, a Success Story The Australian Premier of Escape To Papua New Guinea, Wednesday – 05th AUGUST 2015.

Papua New Guinea Dive Night Cairns Australia

The Papua New Guinea Dive Night Cairns. Held at Event Cinemas Cairns, Wednesday – 05th AUGUST 2015.

Australian Premier of
Nature Documentary Film:
“Escape To Papua New Guinea” –

 

There was a palpable buzz of anticipation and excitement in the air. As soon as I walked into the room, I could feel the energy of the audience.

 

There was such a positive turn out, and it was just fantastic to see so many familiar faces at the very first Papua New Guinea Dive Movie Night in Cairns, last Wednesday – 05th AUGUST 2015.

 

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A sell-out crowd attended from many parts of the Cairns tourism/dive travel industry. It was so great to see, especially since this was the very first time it was being held in Cairns.

 

 

It really shows how the Cairns community has a thirst for nature, adventure, diving and generally everyone coming together to see fantastic outdoor adventure films. I think this is also why the Cairns Underwater Film Festival is always a great success.

 

However, what really got me excited was that this was also The Australian Premier of Nature Documentary Film “Escape To Papua New Guinea!“. It was an opportunity for the Cairns adventure tourism industry to catch a glimpse of the amazing natural landscape, rich culture and stunning underwater marine life that exists in PNG.

 

With tremendous attendance, the PNG dive night featured 3 main events.

 

For the first feature for the evening we presented a short 4-minute dive film which was filmed by Japanese underwater videographer – Hajime Ishikawa,edited by Mr Yasunori Iwamoto & produced by Takashi Yamada from the Tourism Promotion Authority in Japan. The short film, labelled “The Best Diving In Papua New Guinea” shows spectacular underwater footage from Papua New Guinea’s amazing marine environment.

 

Following Hajime’s short film, we were delighted by the second feature of the evening, a special guest presentation from Jürgen & Stella Freund from Jürgen Freund Photography.

 

Jürgen & Stella presented beautiful images of amazing natural landscapes, underwater scenes and beautiful photos of Papua New Guinea’s native culture. Originally commissioned by the WWF, Stella & Yogi gave us a brief insight to their work as they documented their journey thru the Golden Triangle which incorporates Papua New Guinea.

 

Jürgen & Stella Freund from Jürgen Freund Photography

Jürgen & Stella Freund from Jürgen Freund Photography

The Australian Premier of “Escape To Papua New Guinea”

 

After Jürgen & Stella’s entertaining, yet educational presentation, we presented the main feature film; the Australian Premier of “Escape To Papua New Guinea“. This nature-based documentary film is produced by Czech filmmakers Libor Spacek and Petra Dolezalova. and is the fifth installment of their 10 part Escape To Nature Series.

 

The film presents a rich in depth view to the lives and culture of the Papua New Guinea people. There were spectacular cultural scenes captured from the Crocodile Festival in the Sepik, as well as magnificent underwater scenes from Papua New Guinea’s amazing natural marine biodiversity.

 

I really think the film “Escape To Papua New Guinea” captures magnificent underwater scenes, rich in depth culture and beautiful tropical landscapes! This was a great opportunity for the Cairns adventure travel community to catch a glimpse of what it is like to scuba dive and travel in Papua New Guinea!

 

Please watch the short film clip from the night!

Our videographer for the evening Phil Warring from PhlipVids captured many attendees thoughts and feelings about the film.

 

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Travelling to Australia? Has the World Currency Market Dumped the Dollar in Your Favor!

Travelling to Australia? Has the World Currency Market Dumped the Dollar in Your Favor
Travelling to Australia? Has the World Currency Market Dumped the Dollar in Your Favor

Travelling to Australia? Has the World Currency Market Dumped the Dollar in Your Favor?

 

Thinking of taking that long awaited holiday to Australia? Is it on your bucket list of places to visit?

 

Just imagine, finally a chance to see Koala’s, Kangaroos, Ayers Rock, The Sydney Opera House and the ultimate wonder; The Great Barrier Reef!

 

Only after the idea has set, do we start to think about money! Only to be able to afford the international airline tickets. As the dream slowly becomes a reality the mind wonders; how long could you actually stay at $150AUD a night in 3 star hotels?

 

As the global monitory systems grinds on, something has been secretly working in your favor! The demise of Australian mining industry! Well its not as bad as that, but it is moving in a definite downward trend! What does that have to do with taking a holiday to Australia you may ask? Well its getting cheaper for starters!

 

The demise of the Australian dollar seems to have allot more to do with China than Australia. Simply put China has reduced its consumption of Iron Ore, Copper and Coal. These where the main resources it used to buy from Australia! According to economists China is still developing, just not at the pace it was 2/3 years ago.

 

Australia acted as one of China’s main source’s for raw materials. So now the demand is easing off, the big investment money has headed offshore to healthier and happier returns. In doing so the Australian dollar has headed into a downward spiral ever since. Economists are predicting it will tumble even further! Struth!

 

That is spectacular news for you the potential traveler! No really! At the time of writing this article, the Google machine suggests one British pound is worth 2.14 Australian Dollars! That’s a 50% saving on all Australian tour and travel product!

 

Ok so its the long haul international flight that’s the issue! Wait a minute, what about those fantastic deals coming out of Europe stopping thru Abu Dhabi, Dubai and even Singapore.

 

Did you know there are now direct flights between Singapore and Cairns in Northern Australia? Cairns is still regarded as The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef in Australia! Check out Silkairs new service, you can fly London to Singapore to Cairns direct! Just awesome! Come and have some fun in the sun!

 

So back to our holiday calculations, a full day reef trip out on the Great Barrier Reef departing from either Cairns or Port Douglas is going to set you back around $200 Australian Dollars. Convert that to British pounds at today’s rate and it’s only £93.40.

 

Seriously what can £93.40 buy you in the UK? Well you could get 2 x 30 min joy rides on the Coca Cola London Eye from £75.90.

 

Is visiting the Great Barrier Reef; the largest living organism in the World, the most Spectacular Reef System on the planet worth £93.40. I should hope so. Don’t forget lunch, morning / afternoon tea and all of your snorkeling equipment is provided! Also a portion of that money goes to the preservation of the reef!

 

I know I hear you, add the international Flights, Food, Hotels and Transport and yes things do start to add up. But for the last 10 years this is nearly as good as it gets! or should I say as good as its been for a very long time!

 

Brent Crude oil is another factor that comes into play; cheap oil is making it more affordable to get to and from Australia. The Boeing 787 Dreamliner was designed to be 20% more fuel efficient! Add to the equation major competition between carriers and we have an air price war, where at the end of the day the consumer wields the power!

 

Fuel at the petrol bowser in Australia is still pretty high, its strange considering crude oil prices are as low as I can ever remember. Your still looking at around $1.48 per liter to fill up your car.

 

So renting a car or camper gives you the freedom to roam the wide open plains. But you will end up paying for it at the petrol bowser. It’s still much cheaper to fly in Australia than it is to take your car.

 

So is Australia Cheap? Has the World Currency Market Made it more Affordable?

 

In some regards, I would have to say yes! As a whole I wouldn’t say Australia is cheap destination to travel. For example a meat pie and can of coke will still set you back around $7.50AUD.

 

But I would say at the time of writing this article the World currency market has now created a positive exchange rate in favor of our British, European and American Travelers.

 

In fact; if you look at history, it hasn’t been this good for well over 10+ Years!

 

So as time moves on, the kids get a little older and the mortgage is paid down. Is it time to splurge a little on that long lost wild destination called Australia? I think so, if not its getting very close.

 

Come on out and enjoy the blue skies and sunshine. You may even find you’ll have a dollar or two left over for a souvenir Koala photo! Struth Mate!

 

Happy traveling everyone!

 

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Clint Carroll is an adventure travel enthusiast, travel blogger, avid scuba diver and founder of Greenbuddy.com.au. based in Cairns, Australia. Connect with Clint on Twitter.