CAIRNS RED CROSS – FAREWELL FOR NOW TO A LAKE STREET LANDMARK

Australian Red Cross staff and volunteers have said goodbye to their Cairns base of 50 years. The Red Cross shop, offices and accommodation centre have long been a local land-mark on Lake Street, round behind the hospital, a short walk to town.   The Red […]

THE COEN BULL INCIDENT – THE UNEXPECTED PERILS OF LIVE RADIO

Live radio broadcasts can be hair-raising, especially when we get out of the sound-proof booth in Cairns and do a show from the real world. Things go wrong, but the show must go on. Links fail, computers freeze, batteries die. Guests don’t arrive, a thunderstorm […]

THE CROC TENT – THE SOUVENIR SHOP AT THE TIP OF CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Tea towel, fridge magnet, snow-cone, stubby cooler. They’re the modern manifestations of a trade as ancient as travel itself – souvenirs. People have been making, taking, buying and selling them for thousands of years. They’re keepsakes, reminders of where we’ve been, and gifts for people […]

TRACKING CASSOWARIES BY SATELLITE IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Seeing a cassowary in the wild is one of the most magical things that can happen to you in far north Queensland. You’ve got to be careful around a cassowary – but seeing one up close is an amazing experience. The emu may be taller, […]

NORTON JUDD TRAVELS THE CAPE YORK ROAD WITH HIS DONKEY

There are moments on long road trips when your eyes seem to be playing tricks on you. Especially on the 1000km drive south to Cairns from the top of Cape York Peninsula. You’re rattling over the corrugations, peering through the swirling red dust. A termite […]

WE MADE IT TO PAJINKA – THE TIP OF CAPE YORK.

On a windy Saturday morning in October 2011, three blokes and a cassowary earned themselves a small entry in the Australian radio history book. Phil Staley, Aussie Bob Apolloni, C 1 Cassowary & me made the first live radio broadcast from the tip of Cape […]