Australia is home to the world's biggest living structure. Running almost the whole length of Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef can be seen from space. Made of thousands of small reefs, islets, atolls and islands, the Great Barrier Reef starts near Bundaberg in the south and continues north of Cape York into the Torres Strait in the north. That's a total distance of 2,600 km. Or, to put it in perspective on a global scale, it's about the same distance
Cynics would say that there are only two seasons in the tropics: wet and dry. But they’d be SO wrong. While winter is absolutely delightful in Tropical North Queensland, spring is even better. With a little more cloud cover starting to appear, the sunsets become spectacular, lighting up the tropical sky at dusk in a blaze of oranges, pinks and purples. Wildlife seem to enjoy spring too! Whales linger in the warm water before returning south to the Southern Ocean.
It's that time of the year again as reports of the first Humpback Whales arriving on the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas and Cairns are rolling in. If you're planning a trip to the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas or Cairns this winter you've got a good chance of seeing these amazing marine giants! A group of Southern Humpback Whales migrate approximately 10000 kilometres each year from the Antarctic waters to the warm waters of the Great
The Cairns Airport Challenge Cairns Triathlon will see thousands of athletes, spectators and media flock to the area for the headline event of the Cairns Adventure Festival. The full iron-distance event will consist of a 3.8 kilometre swim at Yorkeys Knob followed by a 180 km bike ride along the scenic coastal road to Port Douglas and back followed by a run leg of 42.2km from Yorkeys Knob to the finish line at Fogarty Park on the Cairns Esplanade. The
If you're in Cairns or Port Douglas and you're looking for a romantic escape for you and your partner then why not dine in Osprey's restaurant at Thala Beach Lodge, Australia. Indulge in our special Valentines Day Menu and treat yourselves to a night's accommodation in the romantic surrounds of Thala. The Valentines Day Dinner Menu 5 courses – $89 per person – including a welcome glass of bubbly Sashimi salad of yellow-fin tuna and Tasmanian salmon with a baby
The Challenge Cairns Barrier Reef Ironman Event will be happening in Cairns on the 5th June 2011. Record prize money is up for grabs and the event is expected to draw 1000 athletes from around the world for a 3.8km swim, 180km bike ride and a 42km run. The Cairns event is part of a global series of full ironman distance triathlons and is the only Challenge event in Australia. "Challenge Cairns will have the highest prizemoney of any Challenge
The Tropical Writers Festival is on this weekend in Cairns from the 15th - 17th October 2010! Featuring Guest Speaker James Phelan , a literary dinner with Gretel Killeen, workshops with Angela Murphy, Sylvia Kelso, Barbara Hannay + free events + platforms for up and coming writers. More information and programs are available on the Tropical Writers Website. See you there!
Footage of our friendly little Yellow Bellied Sunbird working hard! Apologies for the breaks - however was unavoidable - she was off collecting 'bits & pieces' in the surrounding forest! We originally put the nests up for display - but the sunbirds have decided it's a nice safe place to raise their little ones! Yellow Bellied Sunbirds are often found on the edge of the rainforest and frequently build nests around human habitation.
When it comes to BIG butterflies you don’t get better than the Birdwing Butterfly (Omithoptera priamus) or the Cairns Birdwing. Yes, the people of Cairns have named this spectacular butterfly their very own! It is the largest species of butterfly found in Australia. The female has a wingspan of a whopping 15cm, even if she is a little duller, black and white with a touch of yellow, than the male with his showy green, gold and black. They