POWER TO THE PNG PEOPLE – WITH HELP FROM A CAIRNS SAILOR

Hans Clemmensen is setting out across the Coral Sea again this year aboard his sailing boat SV Seagoon. He’s bound for the eastern end of Papua New Guinea, a journey he’s made from Cairns many times before. Despite the sometimes challenging sea and sailing conditions, […]

BITS OF NEW ZEALAND WASHING UP IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

Over the past few weeks, some fairly big bits of New Zealand have been washing up along the coast of far north Queensland. They’ve travelled more than 4,000 kilometres over the past year or so, and come from a major volcanic eruption that might never […]

ARE THERE MORE CROCODILES NOW IN FNQ – OR JUST MORE OF US?

There’s been a pretty lively debate around far north Queensland in recent times about crocodiles. Well, it’s been going for decades, but has been re-ignited in recent times by croc sightings in close proximity to our large population centres, and especially around popular tourist destinations. […]

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 […]

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 […]