About Quicksilver Cruises

Greetings from Tropical Port Douglas and thank you for your interest in Quicksilver, proudly Australia’s most awarded Great Barrier Reef operator.

Quicksilver was founded in 1979 with one vessel, a catamaran, which took guests to the Low Isles. This was the first ever commercial trip to these idyllic coral cays, and visitors coming to the small fishing village of Port Douglas, just north of nearby Cairns, were quick to embrace the concept. Just a few years later in 1983, we pioneered Australia’s first true Outer Barrier Reef cruise, travelling right to the ribbon reefs at the outer edge of the Continental Shelf – one of the very best locations to experience the full majesty and elemental force of this unique natural wonder.

Today, Quicksilver has become a highly sophisticated company with a fleet of the most advanced Australian made cruising vessels. We have been honoured many times with awards and voted Australia’s best tour operator, but we can only take half the credit. Nature provides the reef and we’re proud to take you to where the very best of nature’s work is found.

We are committed to sustainable environmental practices and ongoing conservation for future generations to enjoy. Our Reef Biosearch environmental division is led by the largest team of marine biologists outside of a government agency! In fact, Reef Biosearch has the longest logbook database of marine observations on the Great Barrier Reef, ongoing for some 30 years. All of our tours are accredited with Advanced Ecotourism Certification and each day, our team of marine biologists are also on hand to ensure our guests gain an appreciation of our World Heritage environment. We are sure you will enjoy your day with us, experiencing nature’s finest with Australia’s best.

At Quicksilver, we would like all of our guests to leave us as ambassadors for reef protection and preservation. We look forward to welcoming you.

For more information on the Quicksilver Group’s wide range of multi-award winning Great Barrier Reef experiences, visit www.quicksilvergroup.com.au

History in Brief
1979 Company established with the introduction of Low Isles cruises
1983 Commenced Australia’s first true Outer Barrier Reef cruise.
Installation of the first reef platform at Agincourt Reef [Ag2D site]
1986 Reef Biosearch environmental division established
1988 Introduction of wavepiercing catamaran – now synonymous with Quicksilver
1992 Sailing catamaran, Wavedancer commences Low Isles cruises
1994 Installation of sophisticated activity platform at Agincourt Reef [Ag3 site]
2005 Majority acquisition of Pro Dive Cairns. Acquisition of Great Adventures a Reef Cruise operator in Cairns. Acquisition of Green Island Resort. Launch of Silver Series a diving and snorkelling tour operator in Cairns and Port Douglas.
2008 Inducted into Queensland Tourism Hall of Fame (for the second time)
2009 Inducted into Australian Tourism Hall of Fame
2013 Acquisition of Ocean Spirit Cruises
2014 Acquisition of Poseidon Outer Reef Cruises
2018 Acquisition of Seawalker Green Island
2018 Opening of State –of the art dive training centre, Quicksilver Dive, Port Douglas
2020 Inducted into Ecotourism Australia’s Hall of Fame with 20 years of continuous Advanced Ecotourism certification.