A PROJECT TO HELP THE ENDANGERED NORTHERN BETTONG

Meet bettongia tropica – the northern bettong – a small, shy marsupial somewhere between a kangaroo and a rodent. They live in relatively small pockets of far north Queensland, they’re endangered, and they could do with your help. A project is getting underway to help […]

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 […]

THE ULYSSES BUTTERFLY

IT’S BUTTERFLY TIME IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND

The far north Queensland wet season is over for another year and the start of the dry is a great time to see butterflies and moths around the region. During the wet, conditions are just too tough for these beautiful creatures to flourish in significant […]

HELENE'S OFFICE IS THE POINT END OF A DASH-8 AIRCRAFT

FNQ AVIATOR AUTHOR HELENE YOUNG LAUNCHES NEW NOVEL – SAFE HARBOUR

For about three years now I’ve been following the rising literary fortunes of far north Queensland author and pilot Helene Young. In a commendably short time she’s produced five really good mystery romance novels, drawing themes and characters from every day life in tropical Queensland. […]