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, […]

MEET THE LAURA RANGERS – CARING FOR COUNTRY ON CAPE YORK PENINSULA FNQ

One of the biggest challenges for Australia’s remote indigenous communities is creating real and meaningful employment. Without it, people become trapped in the downward spiral of welfare dependence, and younger people drift away to larger urban centres, where their future is not always going to […]

RACING - OFF TO A GOOD START AT LAURA

THE ANNUAL LAURA RACES – STILL GOING STRONG 116 YEARS ON

These popular races have been held for over 100 years and are very well supported with participants from throughout the Gulf Peninsula and even central Queensland, drawing 2,500 to 3,000 people. Horse sports are held on Friday, races on Saturday and the rodeo Sunday. – […]

SIGN OF THE TIMES MULLIGAN HWY FNQ

SOLAR ECLIPSE OVER FNQ – THAT WAS WELL WORTH THE EARLY START!!

I’ve seen some things in my time – but today’s total solar eclipse has eclipsed them all. Last night I was listening to eclipse chasers who’ve spent fortunes going to dozens of solar events, and I was thinking “why”? Now I get it! It was […]

MUSGRAVE ROAD HOUSE – CAPE YORK PENINSULA

The drive from Cairns to the tip of Cape York is about 1000 kilometres. At the half-way point, you’ll find the historic Musgrave Roadhouse. It’s about midway between Laura & Coen, not far from Princess Charlotte Bay, a few hours drive to Pormpuraaw. There’s fuel, […]

LAURA DANCE FESTIVAL IS A MUST – START PLANNING YOUR TRIP NOW!

Far north Queensland is home to so many great cultural events — music, theatre, dance, visual arts. We’ve got it all! The Tablelands Folk Festival at Yungaburra is one of our best known, and there’s the Wallaby Creek festival, the Cairns Ukelele Festival, the Evolve […]

WHEN THE WET SEASON GETS GOING THE RIVERS START FLOWING

Here in far north Queensland, it’s almost always hot. Hot and dry, or hot and wet. Our dry season runs from May to November, and “the wet” can get going any time from early December. That’s when the monsoon moves south from Asia, bringing heavy […]

THESE CATTLE DOGS DON’T SAY MUCH BUT THEY GET THE JOB DONE

  You’ll see plenty of cattle in far north Queensland. Dairy herds on the lush rolling green hills of the Atherton Tablelands, and beef cattle just about everywhere else. When it comes time to muster and move cattle, all kinds of methods are used. Helicopters, […]