Fanning Island

Aussie coins gold dust on Fanning Island

THREE Aussie dollars in return for a singing a song had a young lad on Fanning Island thinking he was rich. Seeing him grin from ear to ear as he showed the booty to his mates was one of the highlights of my day on Fanning Island, part of a cruise around the Hawaiian islands. Other than cruise passengers, few visitors go to the […]


St Mary’s student beams about all things science

WHAT do ice-cream, glandular fever, sunburn and Walt Disney all have in common? Leticia Fuller of Maryborough and her nine state counterparts who attended a three-day science experience at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Toowoomba. Still beaming with excitement, Ms Fuller shared details of her experience with her sponsor, the Rotary Club of Maryborough Sunrise, at […]


12 things to do at Cooktown

“SEEN one rainforest, seen ém all” doesn’t apply at Cooktown where in 1770 Captain James Cook and his crew landed on the banks of the Endeavour River after their ship ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef. Exploring Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula was just a blip on my travel radar until last December. I’d already seen […]

Aboriginal father and son

This land is our land – federal court declares native title

CHEERS and tears of jubilation filled a temporary federal court room on Fraser Island yesterday (October 24, 2014) as Justice Berna Collier officially recognised the Butchulla people as the island’s native title holders. It was an emotional day for the 450 Butchulla people who gathered to witness the historic occasion. Butchulla elder Fiona Foley said […]

Brolga Theatre

How the Brolga was named


Old-but-new shed on military trail

A SHED destined for the Vietnam war is now basking in the Queensland sun after 45 years in storage at the Wallangarra Army base on the New South Wales border. The shed that was to be used as a soldiers’ mess hall on the battlefields of Vietnam now stands proudly at the beach-side town of Toogoom located […]


Quilt and craft extravaganza in Maryborough

THESE chilly nights are perfect for snuggling under the exquisite patchwork quilt being given away at the Heritage City Quilt and Craft Extravaganza on Saturday and Sunday, June 20 and 21. Created and donated by Leanne Greenhalgh of Patchwork on Pallas, the machine embroidered and quilted work of art will take centre stage at the Maryborough […]