CAIRNS TRAIN LOVERS RESTORING A STEAM LOCOMOTIVE

Here’s an opportunity for train lovers to get involved with the restoration of steam engine 3620 – which used to pull the elegant silver carriages of the Cairns-Kuranda Steam Railway. It was retired a few years back and has been sitting in the railway yards […]

HANS SAILS THE CORAL SEA FOR A GOOD CAUSE

Many of us dream of life at sea – chucking in the day job and sailing over the horizon in search of adventure and tropical bliss. Making that dream a reality is not cheap or easy, and life on the high seas is not always […]

SOLAR ECLIPSE 2012 – WE’RE AT PALMER RIVER FNQ

Your ABC Far North crew is standing by at the Palmer River Roadhouse for the 2012 total solar eclipse. We’re right under the centreline of the path the eclipse will take crossing Cape York Peninsula. And we’re at the point where the totality, the complete […]

TIME FOR SMOKO AT THE ARCHER RIVER ROAD HOUSE CAPE YORK PENINSULA

As you make your way around far north Queensland, you’ll hear people talk about stopping whatever they’re doing to have “smoko”. In the old days, it meant stopping work for a cigarette break, and was probably a term introduced by sheep shearers. In FNQ these […]

COEN – THE CAPE YORK QUARANTINE FRONT LINE

Driving on Cape York is an adventure – but some road journeys are a challenge. Any chance for a break from the dust and the corrugations is an opportunity you should take. One place you can stop – if you’re south-bound it’s compulsory – is […]

RON ENTSCH AND BUSHIES CREW WITH A DC-3 CAIRNS 1970s

REMEMBERING OUR FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND AVIATION PIONEERS

Tourism has been the basis of the far north Queensland economy for so long it’s hard to imagine how we managed without it. These days, most of our visitors arrive by air. Our tourism industry owes its existence to aeroplanes and the people who pioneered […]

NEVILLE MITCHELL'S BROTHER FRANK AT THE MAS BOOKING OFFICE

CAN YOU HELP TELL THE STORY OF MITCHELL AERIAL SERVICES

In the years after World War Two, aviation became the life-blood of far north Queensland. Pilots and planes kept remote communities supplied, and helped deliver medical care. Air services could get through when the wet season closed roads. Life in those communities would have been […]