Island of Dreams

Fifteen years ago when I first landed at Dunk Island, a tiny slice of paradise half way between Cairns and Townsville, I was a newly qualified First Officer on a Twin Otter. I was mesmerised by the azure water, the tropical gardens and the tiny sunbirds nesting underneath the roof of the bush terminal. Capt Continue reading

Mission Possible

Mission Beach will always be special for me and this weekend added more great memories. GW and I headed south out of Cairns on Friday night so I could conduct a writing course on behalf of the Queensland Writers Centre on Saturday. The brand new Mission Beach Community Arts Centre hosted the day in their Continue reading

A long time to heal

Long after a cyclone or a natural disaster the devastation still remains. Yasi’s destruction has been all but forgotten except by those who are still rebuilding their lives. The rest of us move on. I spoke to a woman recently who said she lived at Mission Beach. ‘How are you doing?’ I asked, thinking she’d Continue reading