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Teachers, airport employees among unvaccinated staff allowed to return to work

The Queensland Government has announced a further relaxation of COVID-19 rules, with vaccination requirements to be abandoned across a range of categories.

INCREDIBLE VIDEO: How a Cairns photographer gets the perfect aerial shots

Ben Neale of Gallery Earth uses a remarkable contraption which is a hybrid of a hang glider, airboat and rubber dinghy to capture incredible aerial shots.

World-travelling mud crab sculptures put in new permanent home in Cairns

The artist behind the Lagoon’s iconic woven fish now has another set of works placed in one of Cairns’ most visited public places.

The Cairns Police initiative easing child trauma through 'backseat books'

Children involved in distressing incidents are being given books by police to distract them from the traumatic events surrounding them.

National park fees and bed taxes recommended by Queensland Government’s tourism panel

Accommodation levies and fees for visiting natural attractions are included in an expert panel's Action Plan for Tourism Recovery.

Majority of Cairns to face rates increase in ‘challenging’ new council budget

Almost half of ratepayers will be hit with a general rates hike of up to 3.1 per cent in what's been described as the “most challenging" budget in a decade.

State budget delivers water bill relief, hospital beds, marine precinct upgrade in Cairns

The wishes of Cairns leaders have been answered in a Queensland budget that has ‘no major disappointments’ for the region.

How Cairns broke world records for towing the most water-skiers behind a single boat

Often, amazing feats begin with a ‘what if’ and that was certainly the case when a series of world records were set in Trinity Inlet in 1980s.

‘Views as far as Green Island’: Reef Eye gears up for Cairns comeback

The chance to catch panoramic views over Cairns and its stunning surrounds – and for just $10 a pop – is set to return to the city this week.

Cairns Festival reveals packed ten-day program to mark milestone year

A mammoth pair of floating ‘Skywhales’ and a circus-themed fight night are just the start of the star-studded Cairns Festival program, which is soon celebrating its 60th lap around the sun.

More hospital beds the highest priority for Cairns ahead of state budget

Cairns leaders are hoping for a multi-million health commitment for the region when the Queensland Government hands down its budget tomorrow.

EXCLUSIVE: 'Joke that backfired': Cairns café manager reveals how tale about hosting A-listers went global

Tropic Now has spoken to the manager of a Cairns café who’d claimed Kim Kardashian and her boyfriend Pete Davidson visited the establishment.

Cruising returns to Cairns in massive injection to the local economy

P&O’s 261-metre Pacific Explorer, which can accommodate almost 2,000 passengers, is scheduled to arrive at 9-AM tomorrow morning for a two-day visit.

CIAF’s Music in the Tank to showcase award-winning and emerging First Peoples talent

Soul, coastal rock and R&B sounds by artists hailing from Yarrabah to Mer Island are set to collide in a vibrant display of First Nations music.

Minimum wage hike delayed for major Cairns industries but business chief still fears a ‘lose lose’

The CEO of the Cairns Chamber of Commerce warns staff on the minimum wage may have their hours reduced, with businesses already struggling with inflation.

Aftermath of Smithfield mini-bus crash revealed as police appeal for witnesses

Six people remain in hospital following a crash on the Smithfield Bypass.

TARGA GBR commits to 2023 return after cancelling this year’s event amid safety review

The event's racing permit has been suspended after four people died in separate crashes at TARGA Tasmania in 2021 and 2022.

Cairns cafe Caffiend returns to original ownership with exciting plans to revive urban vibes

Taste extraordinaire Oliver James has re-taken ownership of his first Cairns café and has revealed new plans for the establishment.