Cairns and Great Barrier Reef Welcomes Emirates Melbourne Cup

Skyrail News: August 2015


The Emirates Melbourne Cup tour of its trophy, known as 'The People's Cup' visited two World Heritage listed areas in one day while recognising indigenous Australian's involvment in the racing industry.

The People's Cup travelled in a Skyrail Diamond View glass floor cabin, as well as in the open air 'Canopy Glider' gondola on Friday 7th August. After visiting the rainforest the cup spent time at Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park then flew by helicopter to the Great Barrier Reef.  The trophy valued at $175,000, on its tour of the region, aims to showcase iconic attractions such as Skyrail, to the world.

"Skyrail is proud to have been selected by the Cairns Jockey Club to be part of the Emirates Melbourne Cup tour. The  Melbourne Cup is an iconic part of  the horse racing world just as Skyrail is an iconic environmental product in the tourism world" said Craig Pocock, Managing Director, Skyrail.  "It will certainly be a highlight for 2015 which is also the year we are celebrating our 20th year of operation" he added. "We work hard to provide our guests with the most beautiful rainforest experience in the world so to have the opportunity to host the trophy, is a privilege" he said.  

Since 2003, the Emirates Melbourne Cup has provided towns and cities across Australia and New Zealand with a valuable opportunity to raise funds for community groups and unite in celebration, the 'race that stops a nation'. Members of the public took the opportunity to hold the cup and take photos whilst some very lucky social media competition winners Tim Cox were able to travel on Skyrail and meet the cup!

Tourism Tropical North Queensland Chief Executive Officer Alex de Waal said the Melbourne Cup was an Australian icon so it was appropriate for it to be shown off alongside the tourism icons of the Great Barrier Reef and the Wet Tropics rainforest.


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