Publisher’s Note | Summer 2023
The festive season is in full swing, and it’s my favourite time of year!
Christmas Carols playing in the shops and in the office (and maybe even my car! LOL) – yes I am a festive season tragic. I get into the spirit of the season from pretty much November through to the end of January! For me the festive season is about spending time with the people I love and really knocking the speed of things back a notch and soaking up everything summer has to offer.
And aren’t we so spoilt for choice in Far North Queensland – we have everything on our doorstep to make a tropical summer experience joyful with the reef, the rainforest and our many creeks, lakes and river systems with stunning camping spots dotted along the coastline. Getting outdoors and basking in the glory of nature doesn’t cost a thing either and it’s the one thing that grounds me and keeps me present when I’m out in the natural environment. So that’s what we will be up to these summer holidays – loads of outdoor activities! We caught up with many well known locals to find out what they have planned these holidays and what the Christmas period means to them (check it out on page 71).
We have our Annual Ultimate Christmas Gift Guide for you to take the hassle out of gift shopping.
There’s something for him, something for her and a little something for the kids in there. All price ranges are covered, so dive in on page 54 and support our local businesses by making your purchases in our region.
Wherever the Christmas and New Year break takes you and yours this year, make sure you enjoy the down time and travel safely on your journey. For those of you who are working this festive season – we salute you! Thank you for being there to keep us all fed, watered and entertained – our holidays wouldn’t be the same without you!
And to the charities out there putting a smile on the faces of those less fortunate like The Salvation Army and the Far North Queensland Hospital Foundation (FNQHF) at this time of year – THANK YOU!
Your extraordinary efforts don’t go unnoticed. If you’d like to donate to the Salvos or the FNQHF Christmas Appeals, or offer your time to volunteer – be sure to reach out to them (details inside).
On behalf of myself and the entire team at CityLife Media, we hope you enjoy another jam packed edition and we wish you a very Merry Christmas and prosperous New Year!
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