Far North Queensland

People watching

Chinese people falling from the sky is becoming a common sight in Queensland.

Sunday, 4 September, 2011, 12:00am

Northern exposure

Every country has a 'backyard', a place where the locals like to lap up the sun and where tourists get a more authentic experience than they would in the better-known holiday resorts.

4 Feb 2009 - 12:00am

Shantara Resort and Spa, Queensland

Where is it? Once a sleepy seaside village, Port Douglas has blossomed into an international holiday destination with an upmarket vibe. As the gateway to two World Heritage areas - the Great Barrier Reef and Daintree National Park - it is a magnet for holidaymakers. Shantara is the area's newest luxury apartment resort.

30 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Easy access to paradise

Nothing is perfect, but a luxury house facing an unspoilt beach and surrounded by rainforest-capped mountains can come very close.

Oceans Edge, an exclusive residential resort village in Palm Cove, Queensland, Australia, has all of these attributes as well as easy access to transport and all the facilities of a modern community.

13 Jun 2007 - 12:00am

Tropical hideaways at Mission Beach

Tropical north Queensland is becoming a place in the sun for Hong Kong buyers. Ninety minutes south of Cairns, prestige apartments at Satori Mission Beach (pictured below and right) may be bought off-plan, which allows for foreign investment.

18 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Poison and hate mail amid the coconut palms of Queensland

They are a symbol of Australia's tropical north, their rustling fronds framing picture postcard views of white sandy beaches and the azure waters of the Coral Sea.

10 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Treetops Life Spa, Port Douglas

Where is it? Tucked in an Australian rainforest setting at the Radisson Treetops Resort and Spa in Port Douglas, far north Queensland. Treetops offers unusual treatments in tranquil, natural surroundings.

2 Jul 2006 - 12:00am

HK school lends a helping hand

St Margaret's Co-educational English Secondary and Primary School has raised $12,000 to assist the rebuilding of Innisfail State High School in Queensland, Australia.

The Innisfail State High was destroyed during a cyclone in March.

St Margaret's launched the fund-raising effort after its students and teachers saw photographs of the devastation.

11 May 2006 - 12:00am

The wheel thing

I've long known that tropical north Queensland is one of Australia's best adventure and nature-based tourism destinations, but I've just found a new way of seeing it.

12 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Big deal

A three-night package to Cairns is on sale from $5,390. For this price you'll be staying at the Mercure Hotel Harbour-side (www.mercure-harbour side.com.au). The Pacific International (www.pacific hotelcairns.com) is available for $5,750.

15 Feb 2006 - 12:00am

Tribulation trials

As the crow flies, Cape Tribulation lies 150km north of the Great Barrier Reef gateway town of Cairns. Captain James Cook had no trouble finding it in the late 1700s. His ship ran aground on a nearby reef, now named Endeavour Reef, prompting him to name the area Cape Tribulation. A small community ekes out a living from farming and tourism.

8 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Top of the range

A disturbing yet morbidly thrilling sight pounces on the unwary visitor to Kuranda. Close to the town's Heritage bazaar - one of numerous souvenir, food, arts-and-crafts and clothing markets, all within a kangaroo's leap of each other - lies a smashed Douglas C47 aircraft.

3 Apr 2005 - 12:00am

Amid the Big Dry, rival towns eye giant boot and brolly

Australia may be suffering its worst drought - or the Big Dry - in a century, but that's not stopping two towns in Queensland vying for the title of the country's wettest place.

26 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Digging up Chinese history

Nobody knows, with any accuracy, how many young Chinese last century packed meagre possessions into cloth bags and headed optimistically for the great gold rushes of Australia. There were, certainly, many thousands; in the tropical ravines of the Palmer River in north Queensland, a government survey showed in 1875 that 17,000 of the 20,000 diggers were Cantonese.

28 Aug 1998 - 12:00am

Soaring up and over Down Under

It is 6.30am when the first rays of tropical sun catch the scarlet and gold fabric of the hot-air balloon, Koala. Suddenly, the Australian morning lights up. We're wafting silently 750 metres above neat fields of tobacco and maize, orchards of mango and lychee.

11 Aug 1998 - 12:00am