Entries by Jocelyn Watts

Rum, a Timeless Spirit with a Rich History

Rum, a spirit to calm the heart and soul Rum is a timeless spirit with a rich history and pleasant smooth flavour. It is among the first branded spirits ever made. As well as its excellent taste, there are several health benefits associated with this spirit. Decades ago, rum was used extensively in wartime for […]

Olds Engineering casts bell for Nuyina

Mary bell for Nuyina, Australia’s new icebreaker When Australia’s new Antarctic icebreaker, the RSV Nuyina, makes its maiden voyage later this year, it will be carrying a bell made in Maryborough. A team from the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition (ANARE), made a special trip to Maryborough on 15 July 2021 to watch the casting […]

Discover Boulder Opal

Fancy Hunting for Boulder Opal? Start at Winton If you’ve ever fancied yourself striking it lucky on an Australian opal field but felt it was daunting, the annual Winton Opal Festival is your chance to get the lowdown on all things Boulder Opal. In July 2021, the Winton Opal Festival and Trade Show had everything […]

Discover the Granite Belt Wine Region

What’s strange in the Granite Belt Wine Region? Something strange is happening in the Granite Belt Wine Region of South East Queensland, and it’s not just the birds. Soon after driving into Stanthorpe last November, I heard about the Strange Bird Wine Trail, which advertises its wineries as offering personalised, unhurried wine experiences. To qualify […]

Mary Ann’s historic nameplate reappears

Mary Ann’s priceless nameplate comes home A priceless piece of Queensland’s railway history has reappeared after 127 years. Ipswich railway enthusiast Merv Volker, who visited the Maryborough last week, has donated the nameplate from the original Mary Ann locomotive to the Whistlestop museum where its replica locomotive is housed. Mary Ann was the first steam […]

Tour Hinchinbrook with Swainie

Top 5 ways to unwind with a reef tour If you’re looking for a top spot to relax, far away from city crowds and office desks, the Hinchinbrook Channel near Cardwell is one of the best in Queensland. Port of Call skipper Annette Swaine lives and breathes a boatie’s life, taking reef tours through the […]

Fraser Island Adventure

Attention travellers: Are you looking for a Fraser Island adventure? IT’S NO secret that Fraser Island is one of Australia’s top tourist destinations, and as such the world’s largest sand island is well-advertised across the world for adventure. But when 9-year-old Hayden gasped in awe of his Fraser Island adventure, you could be sure it […]

Globe Hotel Bundaberg

Young couple re-open historic pub Arguably the youngest couple ever to run a pub in Australia, Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, wanted to run the backpacker hostel at the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg, but they also needed to be licensed publicans. So now they are! They quickly learnt how to pour beer and […]

Your Next Door Neighbour

Creations from her art and soul By Jennifer Champan, first published in the Fraser Coast Chronicle, 2010 Jocelyn, your next-door neighbour, is an accomplished artist and photographer yet her modesty is so great, not many of us would ever have known. That is if she didn’t allow her arm to be twisted so her talents […]