Streeter's Jetty leads into the mangroves in Broome

POSTCARDS FROM THE KIMBERLEY

I moved across the top of Australia, from Cairns to Broome in September 2014. Here’s the photo collection from my first weeks in the remote north-west, where I had the unusual experience of watching the sun set into the sea instead of rising from it, […]

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FAREWELL TO THE FAR NORTH

Career decisions can be momentous, and disastrous. Here’s one that turned out to be both. In September 2014, I decided to leave ABC Far North in Cairns and move to Broome, to run ABC Kimberley. It was a tremendous opportunity for me,  but required me […]

THE MUSIC OF CAIRNS FESTIVAL – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

The Cairns Festival gets underway tomorrow – as always, there’s some great local music on the program. Listen as Tony Hillier picks some highlights. PLAYLIST  Shape Of The Day — Mangrove Jack – self-titled album Rum and Coca-Cola from the new Seaman Dan album A Caribbean […]

THE 6th INDIGENOUS FIRE WORKSHOP GETS UNDERWAY ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA

an environmental remedy, a tonic for bushland, seems a counter-intuitive notion, especially in a nation so determined, for good reasons, to prevent fire in its cities and countryside. But the idea that the right kind of fire at the right time might help rehabilitate “sick” country, […]

FROM TROPIC TO ARCTIC – LARA HUDSON GOES DOG SLEDDING

We’ve had a few cold nights in far north Queensland recently. That’s what happens when we get these lovely fine dry season days – created by cooler dry air from the south. That sends the night time minimums down to the low teens in Cairns, […]

THE CAIRNS UKULELE FESTIVAL 2014 – TONY HILLIER’S WORLD OF MUSIC

Cairns is the centre of the ukulele universe this weekend – with the 5th Cairns Ukulele Festival well underway. Players of the four-stringed instrument have come to far north Queensland from around Australia and from faraway shores to celebrate an instrument that evokes the tropics […]

SPEAKING IN TONGUES – THE PLAY THAT BECAME THE FILM LANTANA

One of the best Australian films of recent times was Lantana – Ray Lawrence directing a stellar cast in a complex and compelling tale of mystery, lust and the search for something more. The film was based on a play by Andrew Bovell – Speaking […]