Some 6,000 people converged on the centre of the 'Gateway to the Whitsundays' to get a glimpse, a smile, an autograph or a photo with Queensland players.
Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson says the confidence gained from another Origin camp helped him put in his best club performance of the year against the Storm.
Lessons from Belmore, why the Panthers could be back, a shock from the Cowboys and a new rookie of the year contender.
The Dragons have announced the signings of Storm utility Kurt Mann for 2016 and forwards Mark Ioane and Luke Page for the remainder of the 2015 season.
The latest injury news and estimated return dates heading into Round 17 of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
Dane Gagai was the local hero as the Maroons descended on North Queensland with eager young fans pushing jerseys, hats and a pen in his direction.
Three sides that entered round 16 of the VB NSW Cup in the top four were beaten at the weekend, resulting in some major ladder shifts.
Cowboys coach Paul Green hopes the brotherly bond Ray Thompson and Robert Lui share off the field will translate to the playing field.
All eight official team lists for Round 17 of the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season.
Gerard Sutton and Ben Cummins will referee the 2015 Holden State of Origin decider at Suncorp Stadium next Wednesday.