Keep across what's happening in Cairns and Far North Queensland.

Fantastic or a farce? Tropic Now delves into the upcoming Dinosaur Festival

Amid speculation about the credibility of Dinosaur Festival Cairns, Tropic Now has investigated reports and reviews and spoken to the organisers.

Roadside phone and seatbelt detecting cameras roll out today across Queensland

Roadside cameras to detect drivers using their mobile phone or not wearing a seatbelt will be assembled across Queensland roads today.

New Kuranda gin distillery launches today thanks to new liquor licencing laws

Belonging to a trailblazing family of craft gin producers, it’s no surprise Neddy and Christian Bedwell have gone on to start Distil on the Hill.

Cafe, florist destroyed in Mareeba's second suspicious fire in a month

Authorities are investigating the cause of a fire which destroyed Hort St Café and Floral Magic and damaged a third adjoining business.

Second passenger on charter flight from Africa tests positive to COVID-19 in Cairns

16 Australian residents who were FIFO workers had come from Johannesburg via Kuala Lumpur.

COVID-19 vaccine clinic opens on Cairns' Northern Beaches

The vaccine hub at James Cook University's Smithfield campus will initially only be open from Friday to Sunday.

Brisbane 2032 signals Cairns tourism windfall but not necessarily a new stadium

Barlow Park has been listed as a venue for preliminary football games but that doesn't guarantee a new rectangular stadium will be built.

Rusty’s favourite opens new Thai café with a twist in Cairns

Tiss Bunwong, the friendly face behind the Ma Der Thai Street Food at Rusty’s Markets, has just opened a new Thai-Jamaican café in the Cairns CBD.

New small business grants on offer to Queenslanders

Grants up to $15,000 are being offered to small businesses in Queensland, as part of the state government’s latest round of funding.

Mareeba woman tests positive to COVID-19, local exposure venues listed

Several locations in Far North and southeast Queensland have been listed as exposure venues after a Mareeba woman tested positive to COVID-19.

Injured abseiler rescued from Windin Falls

The Rescue 510 helicopter winched a man to safety at first light after emergency services were called to the scene last night.

Mossman missing woman: police renew appeal for information in hope of ‘breakthrough’

Police have put out a fresh appeal for information on missing Mossman woman, Joanne Butterfield, who disappeared in the Far North more than two decades ago.

Cairns secures first international sports event in revamped Convention Centre

The Origin Australian Diamonds will host the New Zealand Silver Ferns in Cairns on October 17 in a bid to reclaim the Constellation Cup.

Cairns Queenslander gutted by ‘deliberately lit’ fire

Flames engulfed a two-storey, unoccupied Sheridan Street house which police say was often used by squatters.

Elderly woman assaulted in her home by knife-wielding children

A 77 year-old woman has been taken to hospital with multiple injuries after being assaulted by a group of children in her Redlynch home.

Man charged over Smithfield shooting

A 20 year-old man will face court later this month, accused of firing into a house.

Cairns to finally get Krispy Kreme with 7-Eleven expansion into Far North

The doughnut-shaped hole in our city’s heart is soon to be filled – Krispy Kreme is on its way to Cairns and Townsville along with 15 new 7-Eleven stores.

$317m surf park resort proposal put forth to Douglas Shire

Tropic Now has spoken to the local architects behind the design of an elaborate wave park, swimming lagoon and hotel complex slated for Port Douglas.