BYRON BAY BLUESFEST – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Tony Hillier heads south this Easter long weekend for the Byron Bay Bluesfest It began life as the East Coast International Blues & Roots Music Festival back in 1990 at the Arts Factory in Byron Bay – it’s now established as a major drawcard for […]

WHY WE’RE SEEING RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS IN UNUSUAL PLACES

Far north Queensland is home to all manner of birds – their presence or absence can tell us a lot about our changing seasons, the weather and the health of our environment. Lately we’ve seen red tailed black cockatoos in parts of the far north […]

LISTEN UP 2! NEW INDIGENOUS MUSIC FROM FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

This Thursday afternoon, ABC Far North helped launch  a new CD of indigenous music from tropical north Queensland. Listen Up 2! is a collection of music by emerging indigenous musicians – and we launched it with a concert at the Union Jack pub in Cairns. Thank […]

DR GERRY BULGER’S ANTARCTIC SUMMER

I’ve been fortunate to have travelled all over the world – but there’s one place I’ve wanted to visit ever since I was a kid. The Antarctic. I used to read everything I could find about the southern polar region – accounts of the early […]

Derek Walpo Mayor of Aurukun

MEET DEREK WALPO – THE MAYOR OF AURUKUN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

The first Europeans known to have walked on Australian soil were Dutch sailors. In 1605, they steered the Duyfken into the Gulf of Carpentaria and landed at Cape Keerweer on western Cape York, south of Aurukun. Their plans to build a city there did not […]

WOMADELAIDE 2013 HIGHLIGHTS -TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Tony Hillier returns from Adelaide from one of Australia’s leading music festivals – Womadelaide 2013 with tales of great music and the heat wave. WOMAD (World of Music, Arts & Dance) was established in 1982 by Peter Gabriel, one of the early Western champions of […]

DAINTREE RIVER CROCODILE

CROCODILE SPOTTING ON THE DAINTREE RIVER FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Have you ever seen a crocodile up close? There are plenty of opportunities here in far north Queensland either in captivity or in the wild. There are several crocodile spotting operations on the Daintree River, about an hour’s drive north of Cairns. You’ll find them […]