Relish Fraser Coast

A tipple or three kick-starts Relish

“You’ll be taking your life into your own hands,” joked Jenny as I arrived at this year’s Relish Fraser Coast food and wine festival in Maryborough. “What do you mean?” I asked. “At the free wine tasting stalls, people are lined up six deep and it’s each for their own!” Jenny waived her free wine glass above […]

Watts in a grand name?

“Mimoo? Serves you right,” said Great-Grandma as she peered over her glasses in her familiar school ma’am look of disapproval. Serves me right? Bollocks. How many other grandmothers are known as Mimoo? Not many, I suspect, and that’s the way I like it. Aside from Mimoo being easy for kids to say, the name has a […]

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Love sparkles after 60 years

IF THERE is a short-cut to happiness, Len and Shirley Shaw of Maryborough found it when they met at a dance more than half a century ago. One dance – the Twilight Waltz – was all it took to set the scene for 60 years of marriage that produced three daughters, 15 grandchildren and by […]

Australia Day 2016

Belly flops ‘just not cricket’ in Australia Day fun

FRASER Coast’s lovable mascot Harvey the Whale has been warned against belly flops when he takes on Polly the Parrot, Blazer, Cluedo and other local mascots in an Australia Day race on January 26, 2016. Hosted by the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, the Mascot Race is one of many exciting events being held in Maryborough’s Queens Park […]


All hands on deck for Rotary workshop

Fraser Coast people are being invited to open their hearts and wallets to give landmine victims a new lease on life with donations of prosthetic hands. Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise President Glenda Pitman said that each month, about 20,000 people including children were injured in landmine accidents. “In more than 60 countries across the […]


Love is in the air at Burrum Heads

DISCRETELY positioned behind a fallen tree trunk, far from where children play near the rock wall at Burrum Heads, is the Love Seat. The crudely built and lightly painted timber seat bears the disclaimer: “Warning – cuddles and kissing only!” Whether that’s policed is anyone’s guess. The sleepy seaside town 30 minutes north of Hervey Bay is […]


Fishing mecca, sunrise to sunset at Burrum Heads

FILLING the hours between sunrise and sunset is a breeze at the seaside village of Burrum Heads in Queensland. Whether you’re after crabs, prawns, mangrove jacks or barra, the popular fishing village is just the spot to try your luck in a tinnie or along the foreshore. Kilometres of unspoilt beaches and rivers also attract adventure seekers and […]

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Hand feed wild dolphins at Tin Can Bay

THE seaside town of Tin Can Bay is one of Queensland’s best kept secrets — even wild dolphins like to keep it to themselves, patiently waiting to be hand-fed near the boat ramp every morning. Just a 90-minute drive north of Noosa and south of World Heritage Fraser Island, the fishing and boating paradise is […]