Latest Far North Queensland Stories

2011-12-06 10:00:00

Timed with the Nobel Prize ceremony on December 10, 2011, Australian eco-tour company Small World Journeys has announced 2011 Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt will speak on several of their eclipse-related tours. On these adventure tours, guests will witness the November 14, 2012 total solar eclipse from a hot air balloon, tropical island or at The Great Barrier Reef. Cairns, Australia (PRWEB) December 06, 2011 Australian eco-tour company Small World Journeys has secured astronomer and 2011...

2011-04-25 07:50:00

Douglas Cairns succeeded in flying his light plane to the North Pole and landing it there last week, setting a world speed record for a light, twin-engine piston aircraft. Cairns overcame strong headwinds, the failure of his satellite-based navigation system and his diabetes to earn a place in aviation record books, Reuters reports. "It was rather surreal and very exhilarating to be at the crown of our planet earth with 24 hours of daylight. I'm delighted to be able to do this kind of thing...

2010-09-02 07:40:00

BELLEVUE, Wash., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Back by popular demand, the award-winning travel experts at Down Under Answers (http://www.duatravel.com) are offering several "I Love Aussie" travel deals that break down any barriers between a much-needed vacation and the Great Barrier Reef. These 10 new Australian vacation deals start at the incredible low price of just $1,399 per person (including airfare and accommodation, based on double-occupancy). Interested travelers should hurry, as the...

2010-01-11 13:18:00

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- What is larger than the Great Wall of China and the only living thing on earth visible from space? Answer: The Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven wonders of the natural world. This March, Crystal Cruises is introducing a new opportunity to explore this region's remarkable sea life, rainforests and wildlife via a three-night "Great Barrier Reef Escape" Extended Land Program available before and after four Crystal Symphony voyages beginning or ending...

2006-03-20 06:45:00

By David Crisafulli INNISFAIL, Australia -- One of the most powerful cyclones to hit Australia in decades lashed the northern city of Cairns on Monday with winds of up to 290 kph (180 mph), ripping roofs off houses, uprooting trees and flattening crops. There were no reports of deaths by late Monday but authorities said about 30 people had received minor injuries. The eye of Cyclone Larry crossed the coast just south of Cairns, the sugar-growing town of Innisfail taking the...

2006-03-19 20:56:29

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A powerful cyclone hit Australia's far northeast early on Monday near the tropical city of Cairns, with winds of up to 290 kph (180 mph) uprooting trees, flattening crops and ripping off the roofs of houses. Tropical Cyclone Larry posed a "very serious threat to life and property" in the far north of Queensland state, the Australian Bureau of Meteorology said, adding it had forced thousands of people to take shelter or evacuate. There were no immediate reports of...

Word of the Day
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.