SEARCHING FOR HELLS GATE – AN FNQ ART DETECTIVE STORY

In 1969, a group of far north Queensland artists began a search for Hells Gate – a by-then lost location at the heart of the Palmer River gold rush 100 years earlier. Percy Trezise, Dick Roughsey, Ray Crooke and anthropologist Frank Woolsten went in to […]

IS CAIRNS OLDEST BUILDING HAUNTED?

In the late 1800s, Cooktown was a relatively prosperous town, thanks to its proximity to the Palmer River goldfields. A gold rush was in full swing, and Cooktown was the nearest port, the nearest big town. A fair slice of the money made on the […]

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, […]

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 […]

WHY WE’RE SEEING RED-TAILED BLACK COCKATOOS IN UNUSUAL PLACES

Far north Queensland is home to all manner of birds – their presence or absence can tell us a lot about our changing seasons, the weather and the health of our environment. Lately we’ve seen red tailed black cockatoos in parts of the far north […]

NORTON JUDD TRAVELS THE CAPE YORK ROAD WITH HIS DONKEY

There are moments on long road trips when your eyes seem to be playing tricks on you. Especially on the 1000km drive south to Cairns from the top of Cape York Peninsula. You’re rattling over the corrugations, peering through the swirling red dust. A termite […]