THAT BASTARD LARRY – 10 YEARS ON

  I’ll be up early this Sunday – not something I usually do – but it’s the 10th anniversary of a life-changing event. So I’ll spend a quiet hour before dawn remembering cyclone Larry. One of the most powerful cyclones ever to make landfall in […]

THE 33rd TABLELANDS FOLK FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

One of the great feats of Australian musical longevity is the Tablelands Folk Festival – which gets underway tonight and runs through the coming weekend at Yungaburra, on the beautiful Atherton Tablelands, a comfortable drive west of Cairns. The festival began in 1981 as a […]

GARDENING WITH AUSTRALIAN NATIVE PLANTS IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

As the gardeners of far north Queensland know, lots of plants love our tropical climate and do really well here. Some non-native or introduced species do well too, but some just can’t handle the weather. People choose plants and trees for their gardens for all […]

THE FIREFLIES – ROCKING FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND SINCE 1958

There’s a rock & roll band playing at Atherton this Saturday night that must hold a record for musical industry longevity. The Fireflies played their first gig at Gordonvale, south of Cairns, in 1958. Rock & roll was brand new in Australia back then, and […]

TREE KANGAROOS – HARD TO SPOT BUT WORTH THE EFFORT

Far north Queensland is home to wonderful creatures – but some of them are hard to see in the wild. If you’re very lucky you’ll see a cassowary strolling through the Daintree rainforest or the beautiful Cassowary Coast region. But getting to see a tree […]

Qld microbat - the coastal sheathtail

FNQ BITE FIRES UP QUEENSLAND BAT CONTROL DEBATE

A family at Innisfail here in far north Queensland faces an anxious wait over the next few weeks – after their son was bitten by a microbat on Monday night. Nicholas Shale was bitten in his bedroom – and has begun a course of injections […]

THOSE OLD TREES COULD HELP PREDICT FUTURE FLOODS AND DROUGHTS

Some of the trees in far north Queensland are very old, perhaps going back hundreds of years. A James Cook University study getting underway on the Atherton Tablelands hopes those trees can tell us more about the weather over the past 400 years and help […]