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New three-day Port Douglas cycling event to showcase spectacular coastal highway

3000 cyclists and their families are expected to converge in Port Douglas this September for the inaugural Gran Fondo Festival.

Cairns beaches closed after marine stinging incidents

Six Far North Queensland beaches are closed after Cairns Hospital treated six patients for irukandji stings.

Cairns secures $70m navy maintenance contract in big boost to local jobs

Cairns is set to strengthen its role as a leading regional marine maintenance hub in Australia and the Pacific after securing a five-year navy contract.

Queensland to open borders to fully vaccinated international arrivals this week

It comes as Queensland nears the 90% vaccination target. The state has also recorded 11 deaths and almost 20,000 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The turn-of-the-century Stratford buildings once vital to the Far North's expansion

There are two solid concrete buildings in the timber yard on Magazine Street in Stratford, Cairns, which were erected well before the road was ever there.

Three local lives lost around the Tablelands, west of Cairns, over four days

Three lives have been lost in the Tablelands region over the past four days, with two involved in separate road incidents and another in a waterfall area.

Three-day union strike leads to cancellation of bus services in Cairns

There will be no Sunbus services in Cairns on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

75 active COVID cases in Yarrabah amid strong uptake in vaccinations

In the space of four days, one in 10 households across Yarrabah have been hit by COVID.

Former Cairns woman's wish to face Prince Andrew in court clears major hurdle

A US judge had denied Prince Andrew's motion to dismiss a civil sexual assault lawsuit brought against him by Virginia Giuffre.

Douglas Shire starts work to repair ‘significant’ erosion on highway beach

A stretch of coastline between Cairns and Port Douglas is undergoing rehabilitation works this week to improve ‘significant’ erosion of the beach.

Another Cairns Taipans game postponed following further COVID chaos

The Cairns Taipans has been dealt another blow, with further positive COVID-19 test results striking the team and resulting in a third postponed home game.

Far North Queensland floodwater rescues after ex Tropical Cyclone Tiffany drenching

One person is in hospital after two floodwater rescues west of Port Douglas, prompting a warning for motorists to steer clear of flooded roadways.

Man wearing plastic bags, witch mask charged with threatening to set another man on fire

A 68 year-old Cairns man has been charged with acts intended to cause grievous bodily harm after dousing another man and a boat in fuel and flicking a cigarette lighter.

Jab rollout begins for kids aged five and over, Cairns’ vaccine hub set to relocate

From today, children aged five to 11 across Cairns and the rest of the country are rolling up their sleeves to get a first dose of Pfizer.

‘Severe’ thunderstorm warning issued north of Cairns as Cyclone Tiffany nears coast

Cairns' northern beaches, as well as Port Douglas and Mossman, could experience severe thunderstorms today as Tropical Cyclone Tiffany nears Cape York.

Gordonvale man, 25, dies while hiking Walshs Pyramid near Cairns

A 25-year-old Gordonvale man has tragically died while hiking the popular Walshs Pyramid late Friday afternoon.

Major testing facility to open at Cairns Showgrounds as hospital fever clinic closes

As COVID-19 cases continue to escalate, Cairns Hospital’s fever clinic is shifting to a larger venue in a bid to reduce languishing queues for PCR tests.

More COVID-19 in Yarrabah amid sharp increase in vaccination rates

Three health workers have tested positive in the Indigenous community, which has been deemed vulnerable to an outbreak.