IT’S WHALE SEASON IN FNQ – MEET THE HUMP-BACK

It’s whale season in far north Queensland – a time of year when your chances of seeing a whale up close are pretty good. The local reef and tour boat operators have a network of people who report sightings, and even a short boat journey […]

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 […]

THE STORY OF THE BARFLY – THE CAIRNS FREE PAPER THAT TOLD IT LIKE IT WAS

There’s a fine tradition of free publications in Australia – newspapers and magazines independent of major commercial interests, that devote their columns and pages to lively coverage of music, the arts, local issues. In Cairns, Barfly blazed an entertaining and honourable trail between 1990 and […]

Yidinji artist Paul Bong

MEET INDIGENOUS CAIRNS ARTIST PAUL BONG

I’m a keen student of the human condition in all its manifestations, and one of the most fascinating is the way we navigate our way through life, charting a course between safety and danger. We take risks, all the time. Without risk, there would be […]