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JUTE Theatre Company

JUTE Theatre Company passionately engages others in the telling of new Australian stories through theatre that stimulate the mind, revitalize the spirit & lift the heart. Come on a journey with us to change your life!

JUTE is a house of ideas and action that exists to fan the fire in the bellies of regional professional theatre artists. JUTE inspires and supports these artists to create new stories that contribute to our regional identity, our social history and our future possibilities.

At JUTE’s heart is text based diverse Australian stories drawn from many regional writers through our development programs. We infuse each of these very individual works with a theatrically compelling integration of text, performance, visual and sound design. We engage highly regarded artists from outside and within the region to populate this work.

All of these elements create fresh, surprising and captivating theatre for our audience, with whom we actively engage to deepen the connection to theatre. These are our public delights. Our audience is guaranteed authentic, provocative, intelligent, and challenging experience.

Behind the scenes, JUTE is an engine room of craft and ideas development for the new, emerging and mid career artists who fuel JUTE work. JUTE stretches out to support and ignite independent practice, adding to the artistic richness and diversity of work created in this region. JUTE Cairns theatre company is an avid collaborator and connector, and this drives us into the regional arts theatre sector nationally to strategically unite, share knowledge and resources, creatively engage and tour collaborative work to new audiences.

A big brief, but JUTE is a passionate, dynamic, savvy company and we will not rest until all of our stories have been told, until there is no regional artist needing support and our audience and community need for stories is fully sated. Now that’s a big brief!

Food Trail Tours

Explore North Queensland’s World Heritage Wet Tropics Rainforest, while discovering what Regional Food and Wine Producers have to offer. Travel off the beaten track, savour exotic tastes and visit plantations, while hearing the stories behind the foods, from Paddock to Plate.

Excite your taste buds, with the flavours of regional foods including tropical fruit wines, cheeses, chocolate, coffee, and macadamias. Sights include Lake Barrine, the Kauri Pines and the Curtain Fig Tree, nestled in Wet Tropics Rainforest, as well as rich fertile plains, the dry outback and historic country towns.
Be entertained, by an informative driver/guide, who will show you, and explain about, the Atherton Tablelands’ points of interest, the diversity of foods it produces, as well as the mining and timber industries.

Food, Wine and Rainforest Tour Inclusions

– Air conditioned Vehicle
– Small Groups (Max 21)
– Tropical Fruit Wines
– Cheese and Chocolate factory visit
– Coffee Plantation visit
– Macadamia Plantation visit
– Farm tours and all tastings
– World Heritage Listed Wet Tropics Rainforest
– Lake Barrine, the Kauri Pines and the Curtain Fig Tree
– Scenic mountain drives
– Seafood lunch at an historic hotel/pub (alternatives available)
– Friendly, knowledgeable and informative driver-guide
– Accommodation Transfers from Cairns and the Northern Beaches. (Excludes Port Douglas)
– Government Fees and charges

Rainforest Gems Gallery & Studio

The gallery features a stunning selection of Jewellery, Glassware, Artwork and Wood made by the regions top artisans…. The beautiful jewellery features Australian Gemstones and Argentium Silver and is made by our Jeweller/Silversmith, in her workshop located in the gallery.

Marlin Coast Vocal Academy

Marlin Coast Vocal Academy is a new vocal academy in the beautiful Northern Beaches district of Cairns, Far North Queensland.

MCVA was launched mid 2013 by Professional Vocal Coach Keesha Mclean who recently relocated to Cairns after years vocal coaching and artist mentoring in London.

The purpose of launching an academy was to create a broader service to students as well as vocal coaching. To create performance experience & opportunities, workshops, masterclasses, artist development & mentoring, physical health and well being and business career advice as well as networking with Cairns musicians and venues.

Flyboard Cairns

As the premier fly board operator in Cairns, the crew at Flyboard Cairns will teach you how to learn to fly under our their highly accomplished and experienced supervisors and guides. Located at Marlin Marina in the heart of Cairns & at the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, Flyboard Cairns is a very popular choice for those looking to experience the ultimate thrills and adrenalin of fly boarding, catering for both tourists and locals alike.

Available for the ages of 16 to 75, fly boarding is literally for everyone, including a range of people with varying levels of health & fitness and up to 160 Kilograms! Better yet, Flyboard Cairns offer their famous (and seemingly industry only) money back guarantee, where if they don’t have you up flying quickly you will get your money back! That’s how easy it is.

The hardest part of fly boarding is actually just coming out to give it a crack, you don’t need any experience and the one on one sessions that you get with your instructor will ensure you are up in the air in no time.

Historic Village Herberton

Set on a huge 16 acres, the Historic Village Herberton is a colonial tin mining town with shops, pub, bank, chemist, grocer, printer and garage. Showcasing more than 50 fully restored period buildings, the village is truly the most significant outdoor village in all of Queensland.

For those looking to visit the village, it is recommended to plan to spend the day and take your time taking in thousands of unique genuine antiques, Australian collectibles, vintage machinery and vehicles and more. Working exhibits are brought to life during school holidays and on some weekends.

The Historic Village Herberton is a 90-minute drive from Cairns and there is plenty of free parking on site, including space for RVs and caravans.

Bubballz Soccer

Bubble Soccer ‘Bubballz’ has arrived in Cairns. The latest craze in Europe has hit The Far North Tropics!
Bubballz is at it’s absolute best in a group booking (hiring a minimum of 8 Bubballz for one hour).

When it comes to entertainment in Cairns, Bubballz is perfect fun for birthday celebrations, bucks and hen’s outings, corporate and team building days, charity events, holiday makers, back packer groups or simply an afternoon of laughter and fun with family and friends!

Ideal for residents living in Cairns as well as those visiting the region, grab a group of people for a day of thrills, spills and laughter.

Mud Park Australia

Looking for an action packed day out of adventure and fun? Well as they say at Mud Park Australia… go get ducked!

Located out on the Atherton Tablelands near the country town of Mareeba, Mud park Australia provide a rage of obstacle course and muddy madness. Obstacle courses are taken on by amphibious ATV’s, allowing visitors to the park to travel on both land and through the waters, splash ponds, drift corners and even insanely fun zones like ever popular “Doughnut Pads”.

Barramundi feeding sessions are also part of the day with some of the barra reaching lengths of nearly a metre in length. Yet there are more than just fish in the park. The land around the obstacle courses is teeming with wildlife, including many varieties of birds such as kookaburras, bee eaters, finches and magpie geese to name a few.

A fun day out for all, Mud Park Australia is dedicated to ensuring that every visitor to the park has an enjoyable experience. When was the last time you played in mud?

Trinity Beach

Located on the northern beaches 15-20 minutes drive from Cairns lays Trinity Beach, a popular location for both tourists and locals alike.

Trinity Beach is nestled between two headlands, hence it provides an ideal location for swimming and water activities. Providing an esplanade that spans along most of the beaches shoreline, Trinity Beach is popular for people looking to swim, relax, picnic and also to grab a bite to eat from the selection of cafes, restaurants and the local tavern that are all in close proximity to the esplanade.

There is quite a broad selection of accommodation in Trinity Beach, from 4 and 5 star luxury resorts to your local motels, bed & breakfasts and apartments.

Water activities are provided for children on the weekends outside of the wet season by Trinity Beach Water Sports, providing a range of water play sets and floating fun including water trampolines, inflatable play sets, paddle boards, kayaks and more! For the kids there is also a playground that is located to the south of the beach near the tavern. This playground is quite popular as it is well lit at night, so kids can play in the view of their parents while they cook a BBQ on the beach.

Free BBQ facilities are provided on both the north and south side of the beach along the esplanade as well, so if you’re out looking for a location to cook your own lunch or dinner, Trinity Beach is a sought after spot.

It is also recommended to take the short walk on the south side of the beach to the lookout. This not only provides great views of the coast line, it is also a popular fishing spot for those that want to try their luck with catching a feed.

Goldsborough Valley

Looking for a top camping spot around Cairns or maybe a day out with family and friend for swimming, water activities and a nice picnic? Located just over an hours south of Cairns, Goldsborough Valley is certainly worth a visit.

The Goldsborough Valley is among the most lush locations within the Cairns region. It happens to be concealed in between a large mountain range south of Cairns where it directs the Mulgrave River out to the ocean. This specific region consists of agricultural industries, livestock ranches, and dense rainforest. It truly is on the list of preferred camping locations for Cairns residents due to the fact it is reasonably close to Cairns however feels somewhat isolated and further than it actually is. It can be really easy to look out from the peak of the mountain tops and possess entirely no idea that the busy regional city of Cairns is only just over an hours drive away.

The Goldsborough Valley camping ground is located at the very end of the road, providing just about all the amenities you might possibly require for a camp site. Each and every site possesses its very own fireplace along with a stock of lumber to burn if needed. A toilet block is also provided for use (so you’re not roughing it too much) and an info centre as well. At the the southern part of the camp site is a brief walking track that leads to a huge waterfall. This particular hike is quite easy, hence it is truly perfect for children. Along the camping area flows the Mulgrave River which is a perfect location for swimming and canoeing. This particular area of the waterway is slow moving, so the conditions with regards to safety are of very high quality.

Updraught Microlights and Hang Gliders

Feeling adventurous? In the mood for a bit of adrenalin pumping fun? Want to see the region of Cairns and beyond from a birds eye view? Updraught provide both locals and visitors of the region an opportunity to explore Cairns and Port Douglas on a whole new level. You’ve seen it from the ground, you’ve seen it under water but have you seen it from the sky?

Providing hang gliders as well as microlights, Updraught will take you on a fantastic journey as you soar over the Great Barrier Reef, lush tropical palms, stunning rainforest, backdrops of the Great Dividing Range, crystal clear streams and unspoilt golden beaches. Along the way it is quite common to come across a variety of local wildlife of the tropics including crocodiles, dugongs, sea turtles, sharks, pods of dolphins and giant rays.

Run by industry heavyweight Kevin Gilligan, Updraught runs for most of the year (excluding the wet season for safety reasons) and is highly recommended if you want to experience the Far North region from a different perspective.

Tanks Art Centre

Located in the Cairns Botanical Gardens, Tanks Are Centre is a creative and famous hub for local arts within the region, innovatively housed in three fully converted ex WWII oil stockpiling tanks. Offering displays, events, arts projects and performances in both contemporary performing and visual expressions, the Tanks Arts Centre is a stand out location for both creativity and imagination.

If you’re after live music and theatrical performances, Tanks may well be the place you’re after. You can always find something on at the venue, which showcases both local and abroad artists. If you’re looking for art, Tanks Arts Centre is host to a range of local and touring exhibitions. Tank 4 is a non conventional location for these gallery exhibitions, providing a unique white-wall environment that is both stunning and unusual.

As a business unit of the Cairns Regional Council, Tanks is also heavily involved in the development of both cultural expression and interactivity with workshops and a range of creative activities. Once a month Tanks is also a hub of activity with it’s local markets operating through most of the year (most during the dry months).

Kuranda Riverboat

Looking for affordable tours in Kuranda? Operating since 1982, Kuranda Riverboat cruises have gained a solid reputation for offering educational and informative rainforest waterway tours for countless visitors to Kuranda. Conveniently located just a couple of minutes stroll from the Kuranda Railway and Skyrail Stations on the shores of the Barron River, Kuranda Riverboat is a great option to explore the waterways and wildlife of the region at a relaxing pace.

The quiet waters of the Barron River offer stunning photo opportunities whilst your guide shares their boundless knowledge of this exceptional region (with a few laughs along the way). The Barron River is home to an abundance of wildlife including freshwater crocodiles, lizard such as the water dragon, turtles, snakes, various species of fish and a stunning array of bird life (over 100 species).

Access to Kuranda Riverboat is literally over the Kuranda railway track footbridge and down the stairs. The tours are suitable for all ages, well priced, entertaining and informative. You certainly can’t pass through Kuranda without exploring the rainforest rivers and all they have to offer.

Trinity Beach Water Sports

Looking to hit the beach in Cairns? If you’re out on the hunt seeking things to do with kids, Trinity Beach Water Sports could well be the answer.

Operating during the dry season (to avoid stingers), the crew at Trinity beach Water Sports provide a fantastic range of water activities for the kids (and the big kids) including water trampolines, inflatable play sets, paddle boards, kayaks and more! Pre booking is also possible, so if you are planning on taking a group it is advisable to give the team a call to ensure they can accommodate you.

Operating on the weekends, Trinity Beach Water Sports is certainly a great option if you’re looking for a day out with family and friends, providing BBQ facilities, plenty of room to set up a picnic, the local tavern, restaurants and cafes. Just don’t forget to pack that sun cream.

Bloomfield Falls

Looking for a great waterfall in the Cape Tribulation region? If you have a 4WD we highly recommend you stop by the indigenous community of Wujal Wujal and visit the Bloomfield Falls, a sacred site of the local Kuku Yalanji clan.

Cascading over 40 metres from the hills above, Bloomfield Falls offer visitors spectacular photo opportunities. There is no swimming at the falls, however, as estuarine crocodiles are present and out of respect for the aboriginal culture.

Access to Bloomfield Falls is possible by a short walking track that leads to rocky vantage points from where the waterfall can be viewed. The track is uneven and rocky so caution is required. If you are keen to gain local insight into the aboriginal culture and history of the area and its people, there are tours operating that can provide more information.

During the wet season (December to April), access to the falls from Cairns via the Bloomfield Track can become quite perilous. Bloomfield Falls are accessible most of the year from the north, via the inland route to Cooktown, where the road is sealed.

Nandroya Falls

Spanning at over 50 metres high, Nandroya Falls are quite the visual spectacle. Located in Wooroonooran National Park (20 kilometres west of Innisfail), the falls present an excellent photo opportunity for both the large drop off and the smaller fall further down.

The main fall is a picturesque drop with huge cliff faces on either side. Get there early in the morning of you want to get some really good shots. The lower fall is only small, yet the water flow is wide and the waterhole is surrounded by lush rainforest, setting the scene for some incredible shots.

To get to Nandroya Falls, it is best accessible from the Henrietta Creek camping ground, where venturers can cross the creek footbridge and follow the track until they come to a fork. Take the left fork and follow the track for about 1.7 kilometres then you will find Nandroya Falls. This walk is around 2 – 3 hours each way and is considered moderate in difficulty, yet it is well worth the trek.

Tchupala Falls

Head 20 kilometres west of Innisfail and you come across Wooroonooran National Park which features not only some stunning walking tracks but also a waterfall of amazing beauty. Tchupala Falls.

One of the feature waterfalls in Wooroonooran Nation Park, Tchupala Falls is located around 600 metres from the parking area. There are tracks that you can find that lead to the shores of this scenic waterfall, however it is advised to check with the park department with regards to any warnings of flash flooding or track closures before heading there.

Cairns Paintball

In the mood for some adrenalin pumping fun or maybe looking for a great group activity? Cairns Paintball may well be what you’re looking for!

Located in Kuranda, Cairns Paintball is the largest and most experienced paintball business in the region with over 10 years experience. These guys sure know how to throw a good time.

Choose from a selection of 7 playing fields and 12 playing scenarios over acres of rainforest and fields. Ideal for groups of friends, bucks and hens parties, corporate team building events or even just your everyday thrill seekers, Cairns Paintball can accommodate for anyone 15 years and up.

All the equipment is provided except shoes, so don’t forget to pack a good pair of sturdy (enclosed) shoes. Drinks, a licensed bar, BBQ and camping facilities are also provided at the venue, as well as bus transfers to and from for groups.

Murray Falls

Unknown to most, Murray Falls is a spectacular location for swimming and discovery if you are passing through the Cassowary Coast.

Grab a towel and select from a range of swimming holes to cool off, spanning over hundred of meters through the bush. Pool range from deep waterholes to shallow trickling streams, so Murray Falls is great for kids to frolic in the waters.

As with all swimming holes in the region, be mindful of rain in the area as the currents can get quit strong if there has been a downpour. Visitors to the falls should also be aware that although there are an abundance of swimming spots, the falls themselves are off limits due to previous injuries and deaths that have occurred.

Surrounding Murray Falls, visitors have access to a selection of walking tracks. If you have a bit of time to spend there, BBQ facilities are also provided, as are general amenities such as toilets and showers.

Emmagen Creek

For those that are feeling a little adventurous, Emmagen Creek near Cape Tribulation is certainly worth a visit. With numerous swimming holes ranging from deep pools to shallow trickling water, Emmagen Creek is a swimming location that is popular with tourists and locals alike.

Located 7km north of Cape Tribulation, Emmagen Creek is the first creek crossing on the Bloomfield Track. This is a dirt road so caution should be taken in two wheel drive vehicles, especially in wet conditions. A walking track starts 30m before the creek crossing, on the left. Take the left fork approximately 600m from the start of the track for the first swimming spot or continue for another 200m on the main track to the main swimming hole. Caution should be taken near the road crossing as crocodiles may be present, particularly downstream.