Cairns FM 89.1 and COVID-19

On this page you will find information about businesses still operating in Cairns, as well as useful links to keep you informed, occupied if you are self isolating as well as general information for businesses and individuals

Useful numbers & websites:

Cairns Regional Council Corona virus updates

Cairns Regional Council coronavirus hotline: 1300 396 102, 8am to 5pm daily

The Queensland Government has released a new website: where you will find information on the government’s health actions, the latest updates and alerts, help and advice for individual & businesses, and information on how to join the Care Army.

The Care Army has been set up to help protect up to one million Queensland seniors during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are interested in volunteering, you can register here.

Queensland Government Hotline to assist those in isolation in QLD: if you require medical advice but cannot access essential food and medication: 1800 173 349

If you are concerned you may be infected or looking for further advice:

  • visit your GP,
  • call the Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. 24/7
  • or call 13HEALTH – That is: 13 43 25 84 in QLD – 24/7

If you need translating or interpreting services, the number to call is 131 450.


Let the community know you are still operating by posting your information on our Facebook page: please ensure you write on the pinned post called “TELL CAIRNS YOU ARE STILL OPEN”, so everyone can find the information easily.

Please make sure you include the following information:

  • your business name
  • your location
  • your phone number
  • your website
  • your hours of operation
  • Any specific message for your customers

Not only will the community be able to access this list here on Facebook, we will also:

  • post it on our website
  • make regular announcements on air

And don’t forget to tune in Monday to Friday at 7.30 for the latest news on COVID -19

We are all in this together, so let’s work together to make us stronger as a community!

The following businesses are still open: support them so they can be here when things get back to normal.

Restaurants & Cafes

Cairns Burger cafe
Aplin st Cairns
open: Tues – Saturday 10am to 9pm
Phone orders welcome for pickup: 4041 4492

COCO SUSHI Gordonvale
Shop 6 / 46 Norman st Gordonvale 4865
Just in front of Super IGA
Tel: 07-4056-1862
Opening hour Monday to Friday Lunch time
11:00am – 2:00pm
4:00pm – 7:30pm
The COCO SUSHI offers a great variety of Japanese dishes and regional specialties. Some of the most popular Japanese dishes you can take away We would like ask all customers to order via phone to reduce the risk of contact between customers and staff members.

Lillipad Café advises they are still open for Take Away 7 nights a week
7am – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm
The Lillipad Cafe of Cairns has been a favourite of laid-back locals and wandering globe-trotters since 2003
Tel: 4051 9565

Mr Soy Boy  advises they are still open for takeaway and delivery of their entire takeaway menu as well as frozen packs.
Tel: 4054 1014

Prawn Star Cairns FREE DELIVERY on offer!!
Food safe, freshly cooked and packaged on ice, OUR MOST POPULAR MEALS with your favourite Prawn Star *beer, wine, and soft drink, delivered to your door FREE.
Phone thru on 0497 007 225, place your order, pay over the phone and receive it at your door,
FREE delivery: Edmonton to Palm Cove
Delivery Hours: 12-2 pm and 5-8 pm
7 days/week
PLEASE LIKE, FOLLOW & SHARE to spread some love.

Sapori Antichi italiani
1 Faculty Close, Campus Shopping Village Centre, Smithfield.
Open from 7.00am to 5.00pm.
Click on menu page on our website (or on Facebook), choose your dish, text us at 0424794963 your desired dish, name and address (if you want it delivered). Come to the Cafe, pay and collect.



Cairns A/C & Refrigeration Redlynch
open 7-5 Mon – Fri with 24hr emergency commercial refrigeration breakdown.
We are still operating with precautions in place.
Please contact Jace on 0412 918 323 for any commercial breakdowns
or Jo 0434 62 7 410 for domestic air cons.

The Cairns Sewing Centre in Manunda is still open
open 9 to 5 weekdays – 9 to 12 sat.
Tel:  40512145
located at 2/25 Anderson st – Manunda

CloudActive is a local IT company based in Trinity Park.
In the current climate we are offering remote assistance as well as a no-physical-contact pickup/dropoff service for PC & Mac Maintenance and Repair work.
If you’re working or schooling from home and wish your computer was faster, give us a call on 07 4085 9091 or email, or message us through Facebook!

English Life Cairns is doing English lessons on Skype, Discount of 20% on standard prices and no minimum hours / week for lessons. Adults or kids – the first hour is free! To contact English Life Cairns call 0451 178 679 or email !

Fair Dinkum Sheds Cairns is still open. Monday to Friday 8 to 5. Only a phone call away 4231 9696. They also have an app to design your shed from your phone (perfect for the ones in isolation!)

The Feed Shop – Gordonvale offers a Pet Food Home Delivery service for Mossman, Kuranda, Gordonvale and everywhere in between. Our online store with click n collect and same day delivery service is being fast tracked with release scheduled for Monday afternoon. We have a home delivery option available now, by calling the shop on 4056 2510. We are also open (with customers please respecting social distancing requirements) Mon-Fri 8.30am to 5.30pm, Sat 7.30am to 1.30pm and Sun 10am to 2pm.

Goodmarks Driving School is still open for business
Contact them on: 4039 2058

 Helping Hand Hypnotherapy, Westcourt, Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Some people’s stress and anxiety ‘backpack’ was already full to overflowing before this virus and now they’re not coping with the extra stress and anxiety of the uncertain times and future ahead. We can help ease the burden and help you to be stress-free.
Book your Free Introductory Session and receive 10% off our Stress & Anxiety Relief Program when you quote this offer. 0438717413 or head to our website
Offer valid for 3 months.
(Online sessions are also available for those who are in quarantine/isolation)

Test and tag, RCD testing, thermal Imaging for business compliance and WHS. We will adapt to your specific needs including after hours testing to avoid contact. Any hours. Your electrical safety is still important!
Cairns and Tablelands
Tel: 0418715640

O’Brien Electrical Cairns Central, Mobile electrical and ac service for Cairns and surrounds, emergency callout available.
7-5 mon- fri.
Tel: 40450028

Palm Tree Recycling Keep your empty cans & bottles, as every cent counts right now ! At this stage we are still operating both sites and have staff taking extra precaution to help you get cash for your recycable , eligible drink containers !
Palm Tree Recycling is open at both sites. 101 McGregor road SMITHFIELD & 20 Franzmann st BUNGALOW.

 Preston Fresh – We are still OPEN here at Preston Fresh Seafood – in many ways and we have a few new things happening!
• Our Retail Shop is still OPEN 7 Days a week for your essential shopping – Location: Lot 10 Mac Peak Crescent, Smithfield
• We are offering FREE HOME DELIVERY! we have teamed up with Farm Gate 2 You & Mungalli Creek Dairy (see our page soon for more details)
• Our FISH & CHIP TAKEAWAY will now be OPEN 7 Days a week!
• We are also cooking HOMEMADE TAKEAWAY MEALS!
Hours of Operation:
Retail shop is still
Open 7 days a week for your essential shopping
* Monday – Thursday: 8am-6pm
* Friday: 8am-6:30pm
* Saturday: 8am-4:30pm
* Sunday: 9:30am-3:30pm

We have extended our Fish & Chip Takeaway trading to be open 7 Days a week. Please bare with us as we determine what the trading hours will be depending on demand

Robs Rubbish Removals
We are still able to operate whilst also following the health guidelines.
Tel: 0457 246 731

Below are some useful links:


Watch a doctor demonstrate how to safely bring groceries home during the coronavirus crisis

 General information on COVID-19

Queensland Health fact sheets

Queensland Health translated factsheets :


Have you lost your job or income and want to find out about retraining, job-matching and transition?»

Household finances hit by reduced work?»

Payments to support households»

Australian Government

Information on the following support packages can be found on the website or by calling the support line: 13 28 46.

To register for the JobKeeper program

Queensland Government

Information on the following can be found on the Business Queensland website.

Do you need tailored support including financial mentoring and business planning?»

The State Government has also compiled a resource about pandemic risk management for businesses

Advice from the Australian Taxation Office

COVID-19 Rental Grant

Working from home

Electrical safety when working from home

Looking after your mental health

Worrying about the future and infectious diseases like COVID-19 is normal. But, excessive worrying can affect your physical and mental health. The Australian Government has created an online resource to help you and your loved ones to cope, manage stress and find someone to talk to.



How to occupy yourself  whilst in self isolation

There are plenty of online resources available online – here are a few suggestions:

Use Your Time in Isolation to Learn Everything You’ve Always Wanted To: Free Online Courses, Audio Books, eBooks, Movies, Coloring Books & More:

if you like singing, the Viral Choir is the new extension of Soul Song Choir, which due to COVID-19 social distancing regulations, can no longer meet in person.

Virtual tours

  • Future Learn – Explore the architecture and history of Rome, walking around a 3D digital model of the ancient city, with this free online course.
  • Virtual Tours  – Virtual online tours – including zoos, landmarks in foreign countries, etc.
  • Aquarium – Georgia aquarium allowing you to tour under the sea

Online learning

  • Open Culture – learn 48 different languages online – FREE
  • University of Alabama – Free online archaeology and Egyptology Uni courses (create an account to log on)
  • Open Learn – Free, online courses, Open university
  • Royal institute – Christmas lectures. A series of lectures presenting scientific subjects to a general audience in an entertaining manner.
  • iDEA – An international programme that helps you develop/demonstrate your digital, enterprise and employability skills for free
  • U3A – Online courses for mature students
  • Blocky games – Games to help beginners learn computer programming skills
  • Scratch – Beginners computer programming games/projects
  • T.K.S.S.T – Smart videos for curious minds of all ages

Geography and nature

  • Tutorful – Top Geography websites, YouTube videos, and resources
  • Project Noah – Global site where you can view and share wildlife
  • Seterra – Free world geography, online quizzes


*Check the location/time zones of live-streamed concerts to calculate the UK start time. Time Zone calculator

  • Free Opera  – Dates confirmed until the end of March. Check the website via the link for future dates to be added

Arts and culture

  • Walter’s Museum – houses the highest artistic achievements from nearly every corner of the world. View some of the past, present, and future exhibitions
  • BBC Radio 4 – The History of the world – podcasts
  • Teaching history – 100 objects from museums across the UK with resources, information and teaching ideas to inspire your students’ interest in history

Literature online

  • Gutenburg – Download free books, e.g. Shakespear, Edgar Allen Poe, Frankenstein, etc.
  • Listening – For people with Parkinson’s Disease, visual impairment, fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, mental health difficulty or learning difficulty such as Dyslexia, which impacts the ability to read or hold a book
  • Solomon Kingsnorth – Books in PDF, Word and audiobook format – Alice in Wonderland / Wind in the Willows / The Railway Children / The Jungle Book / Peter Pan / Black Beauty
  • Audible – Free for this period – Available in 6 languages

Miscellaneous & entertainment

  • Expeditions App– Free virtual Reality Augmentation app for all ages, to take virtual trips around the world to hundreds of destinations.
  • Tai-Chi – the moves and the method – BrightEducation
  • UK parliament  – Politics, history, citizenship, etc. Written for children and young people, but lots of very interesting information, including how laws are made.
  • National Trust sites  – Free access to their sites – please check their website first for updates
  • Latest free stuff – UK site (if you are outside of the UK, google ‘latest free stuff’ and add your location)
  • Roll20 – Build your own game – or play games with others online

Browse works by Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Joseph Conrad, William Shakespeare, Geoffrey Chaucer, Edgar Allen Poe and other famous writers here.

  1. Classic Bookshelf: This site has put classic novels online, from Charles Dickens to Charlotte Bronte.
  2. The Online Books Page: The University of Pennsylvania hosts this book search and database.
  3. Project Gutenberg: This famous site has over 27,000 free books online (in fact, a lot of the books listed in subsequent sites here can be found at PG – yet we list the others as users may prefer different site’s interfaces, while the others below also help tailor searches for specific types of books or plays).
  4. Page by Page Books: Find books by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells, as well as speeches from George W. Bush on this site.
  5. Classic Book Library: Genres here include historical fiction, history, science fiction, mystery, romance and children’s literature, but they’re all classics.
  6. Classic Reader: Here you can read Shakespeare, young adult fiction and more.
  7. Read Print: From George Orwell to Alexandre Dumas to George Eliot to Charles Darwin, this online library is stocked with the best classics.
  8. Planet eBook: Download free classic literature titles here, from Dostoevsky to D.H. Lawrence to Joseph Conrad.
  9. The Spectator Project: Montclair State University’s project features full-text, online versions ofThe Spectator and The Tatler.
  10. Bibliomania: This site has more than 2,000 classic texts, plus study guides and reference books.
  11. Online Library of Literature: Find full and unabridged texts of classic literature, including the Bronte sisters, Mark Twain and more.
  12. Bartleby: Bartleby has much more than just the classics, but its collection of anthologies and other important novels made it famous.
  13. has a huge selection of novels, including works by Lewis Carroll, Willa Cather, Sherwood Anderson, Flaubert, George Eliot, F. Scott Fitzgerald and others.
  14. Free Classic Literature: Find British authors like Shakespeare and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, plus other authors like Jules Verne, Mark Twain, and more.
  1. net: Here you can read plays by Chekhov, Thomas Hardy, Ben Jonson, Shakespeare, Edgar Allan Poe and others.
  2. Plays: ReadPygmalionUncle Vanya or The Playboy of the Western World
  3. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare: MIT has made available all of Shakespeare’s comedies, tragedies, and histories
  4. Plays Online: This site catalogs “all the plays [they] know about that are available in full text versions online for free.”
  5. ProPlay: This site has children’s plays, comedies, dramas and musicals.
  6. Public Bookshelf: Find romance novels, mysteries and more.
  7. The Internet Book Database of Fiction: This forum features fantasy and graphic novels, anime, J.K. Rowling and more.
  8. Free Online Novels: Here you can find Christian novels, fantasy and graphic novels, adventure books, horror books and more.
  9. Foxglove: This British site has free novels, satire and short stories.
  10. Baen Free Library: Find books by Scott Gier, Keith Laumer and others.
  11. The Road to Romance: This website has books by Patricia Cornwell and other romance novelists.
  12. Get Free Ebooks: This site’s largest collection includes fiction books.
  13. John T. Cullen: Read short stories from John T. Cullen here.
  14. SF and Fantasy Books Online: Books here includeArabian Nights,Aesop’s Fables and more.
  15. Free Novels Online and Free Online Cyber-Books: This list contains mostly fantasy books.
  1. The Literature Network: This site features forums, a copy of The King James Bible, and over 3,000 short stories and poems.
  2. Poetry: This list includes “The Raven,” “O Captain! My Captain!” and “The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde.”
  3. Poem Hunter: Find free poems, lyrics and quotations on this site.
  4. Famous Poetry Online: Read limericks, love poetry, and poems by Robert Browning, Emily Dickinson, John Donne, Lord Byron and others.
  5. Google Poetry: Google Books has a large selection of poetry, from The Canterbury Talesto Beowulf to Walt Whitman.
  6. com: Read poems by Maya Angelou, William Blake, Sylvia Plath and more.
  7. com: Rudyard Kipling, Allen Ginsberg and Alfred Lord Tennyson are all featured here.
  8. com: On this site, you can download free poetry ebooks.
  9. Banned Books: Here you can follow links of banned books to their full text online.
  10. World eBook Library: This monstrous collection includes classics, encyclopaedias, children’s books and a lot more.
  11. DailyLit: DailyLit has everything fromMoby Dick to the more recent phenomenon, Skinny Bitch.
  12. A Celebration of Women Writers: The University of Pennsylvania’s page for women writers includes Newbery winners.
  13. Free Online Novels: These novels are fully online and range from romance to religious fiction to historical fiction.
  14. net: Download mysteries and other books for your iPhone or eBook reader here.
  15. Authorama: Books here are pulled from Google Books and more. You’ll find history books, novels and more.
  16. Prize-winning books online: Use this directory to connect to full-text copies of Newbery winners, Nobel Prize winners and Pulitzer winners.

of course there is Netflix, Stan, Sydney+, SBS on Demand, ABC’s iview and much more.

Other options include:

Kanopy : an on-demand streaming video platform for public libraries and universities that offers films and documentaries and including children’s programming – all you need is your library or student card to join.

Beamafilm: Beamafilm enables users to watch movies, films and documentaries via online streaming. You don’t need to download software or install anything. Simply find the film you want to watch, choose your streaming option and kick back on the couch to watch an amazing selection of movies.

Australian Movie Guide  – Information about great Aussie films worth catching up.

Docplay – DocPlay is a service from Madman Entertainment, the company responsible for delivering various anime shows to Australia. It was also developed in conjunction with Screen Australia to deliver Aussies – and New Zealanders – a quality documentary streaming service.

Ozflix – Australian movie streaming site.

Mubi  has 30 movies at any one time, and adds a new one each day as the oldest drops off.  Some of the movies are a bit unusual, but there are some good ones amongst them!

ACMI Cinematheque: The Melbourne based Australian Centre for the Moving Image will present a Virtual Cinematheque program with new films weekly.

Thank you to the Cairns End Credits Film Club for supplying us with this list.


Please be aware of scams – The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) is aware of a significant increase in Australians being targeted with COVID-19 related scams and phishing emails.

Protect yourself by following these simple steps:

  • Read the message carefully, and look for anything that isn’t quite right, such as tracking numbers, names, attachment names, sender, message subject and hyperlinks.
  • If unsure, call the organisation on their official number, as it appears on their website and double check the details or confirm that the request is legitimate. Do not contact the phone number or email address contained in the message, as this most likely belongs to the scammer.
  • Use sources such as the organisation’s mobile phone app, web site or social media page to verify the message. Often large organisations, like  Australia Post will have scam alert pages on their websites, with details of current known scams using their branding, to watch out for.

If you’ve received one of these messages and you’ve clicked on the link, or you’re concerned your personal details have been compromised, contact your financial institution immediately.

If you’ve suffered financial loss from cybercrime, report it to ReportCyber at

Visit for advice to help businesses stay secure from cyber threats, whilst managing a remote workforce.