Meet the woman preserving Horn Island’s WW2 sites

I’ve been lucky enough to travel to the Torres Strait islands many times. It’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve seen, and it’s full of good stories. The Strait was Australia’s northern front-line during World War Two – and those difficult times are being […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

CAIRNS RHEUMATOLOGIST DAVID BOSSINGHAM RETIRES AFTER 22 YEARS IN FNQ

Unless you or someone you know has needed the services of a rheumatologist, chances are you have no idea what they do. Rheumatology is a medical specialty dealing with problems of the joints, soft tissue, and some auto-immune diseases. The main reason people go to […]

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. […]

THE RUSTY REES STORY IN BOOK FORM

WHO IS RUSTY? THE MAN THE CAIRNS MARKET IS NAMED AFTER

It’s been  a Cairns landmark since the early 1970s.  Rusty’s Market is one of the best reasons to head into the CBD. Fresh fruit and vegies, and much more, is on offer every Friday, Saturday & Sunday. I’ve lived in far north Queensland for 13 […]