LYNDAL PHIL AND I ON THE PENINSULA DEVELOPMENT ROAD

PICTURES FROM OUR CAPE YORK PENINSULA ROAD TRIP

We did our annual Cape York Peninsula road trip a bit early this year, in June instead of October. It was early in the dry season, the roads were in great shape and we travelled to Lakeland, Laura, Lama Lama National Park, Coen, Wenlock River, […]

DOROTHY SHORT IN COEN - CAPE YORK PENINSULA

WORKING TOWARDS LIVING ON COUNTRY – NESBIT RIVER FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Many of Australia’s remote indigenous communities are in towns and centres that began as church missions, or places to which governments re-located indigenous people from their traditional lands. People were encouraged, or forced,  to move into those towns, often a long way from the country […]

MEET THE LAURA RANGERS – CARING FOR COUNTRY ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

One of the biggest challenges for Australia’s remote indigenous communities is creating real and meaningful employment. Without it, people become trapped in the downward spiral of welfare dependence, and younger people drift away to larger urban centres, where their future is not always going to […]

I LOVE THIS ONE! AURUKUN CAMP DOG

VISIT THE AURUKUN ARTS CENTRE – WESTERN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

We visited Aurukun in June, an indigenous community south of Weipa on western Cape York Peninsula. The town began life in 1904 as a church mission, and over the years it’s become home to about 1200 people from the five clans that have lived in […]

The Aurukun School Band plays for fellow students for the first time.

AURUKUN SCHOOL BAND COMING TO YARRABAH BAND FESTIVAL

You’ll find the town of Yarrabah about an hour’s drive south-east of Cairns – an indigenous community of some 2500 people, established in the 1890s when Anglican missionary Ernest Gribble encouraged the area’s indigenous people to move to the site of the present-day town. By […]

Australia's first act of reconciliation between indigenous people and Europeans - June 1770

THE JAMES COOK LANDING RE-ENACTMENT 2013 – COOKTOWN FNQ

In June of 1770, the British vessel HMS Endeavour was sailing along the far north Queensland coast. Captain James Cook and his crew had travelled far since leaving England in August 1768. Their luck was not with them this day and the Endeavour struck a […]

PHIL MONICA ME AND JACINTA AT AURUKUN BOAT RAMP

TUNE IN TO INDIGENOUS RADIO AURUKUN CAPE YORK PENINSULA

Our radio station, ABC Far North, covers a huge area of Queensland. Our listening area is just a bit bigger than the state of Victoria. In many areas, we’re the only local station, and there are still places where you can’t hear us, or anything […]