Cairns in lockdown for US Vice President's visit
Sections of Cairns are in lockdown as the US Secret Service effectively takes control in the Queensland's Far North for the impending arrival of US Vice President Mike Pence.
Donald Trump's right-hand-man will touch down on Air Force Two this evening — before commuting to APEC talks in Port Moresby.
Mr Pence is doing so for security reasons — and that has already been on show today.
The Vice President's large motorcade will arrive at the Cairns Hilton, under Queensland Police guard.
Officers are currently guarding it behind locked gates.
Meanwhile, the Vice President's security detail is conducting security checks around the hotel — with local police also patrolling the area.
Queensland water police are guarding the harbour.
The tight security comes as Cairns Airport staff conduct frantic last-minute meetings, with the White House believed to have changed the Vice President's arrival time.
Mr Pence will be greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack.
It remains unclear how long the US delegation will remain in Queensland.