Mackay buoyed with sugar, mining and tourism on the rise

IT BORE the mining downturn like no other region in Australia, but in Mackay, the annual arrival of sugarcane’s green fronds promise a prosperous future fuelled by...

Top 11 places to cool off in Gladstone when it's stinking hot

Aerial View of South End (bottom) and Facing Island. Gladstone. Photo Brenda Strong / The Observer

Want to get out and cool down? Here's where to visit in summer

WATCH: Elephant flings tourist into air in Thailand

A tourist finds out the hard way about trying to wash an elephant.

Woman washing elephant with a sponge in a river

Summer draws up to 10,000 to Rainbow Beach

POPULAR SPOT: Swedes Jakob Friedrich, Jakob Pettersson and Emma Andersson at Rainbow.

Australia Day is set to give Rainbow one last boost for summer.

MP's grand plan for Mackay, Whitsunday's tourist market

Whitsuday MP Jason Costigan is proposing a tourist drive that takes in Kinchant, Teemburra, Eungella and Peter Faust dams and the proposed Urannah dam.

Bid to create tourist drive linking dams in Mackay hinterland.

Visitor cap may not fit all in Noosa says business leader

CAP RESPONSE: Steven Boyd, left, is accustomed to wearing a red and yellow cap in Noosa, not seeing one applied to day trippers.

Noosa CCIQ head has say on visitor limitations

Turkish Airlines adds a touch of magic

Magician lends his talents to Turkish Airlines safety video.

A new safety video gets some help from visual magician Zach King.

Yak 52 Soviet trainer takes off over Airlie Beach

NEW RIDE: The Yak-52 has been flying around the skies above Airlie Beach performing aerobatics replacing the beloved Tiger Moth which was declared a ride-off in July.Photo Martin StringerPhoto contributed.

Yak-52 takes off over Airlie Beach

Anna Faris stars in Air NZ video

Air New Zealand safety video goes Hollywood.

Latest safety video has a touch of Hollywood.

Floating Apartment on Great Barrier Reef

Floating apartment on the Great Barrier Reef.

Airbnb are offering a chance to live right on the reef.

Bollywood Theme Park

Bollywood Screenshot

The world's biggest theme park is set to expand. Here's some of what will be there.

Soccer

Crew from the Pacific Jewell P and O cruise ship took on Meteors in a soccer friendly today

Some soccer action and pep talk from Pacific Jewell's Odean Reneel.

Chapman in Lyon

The Queensland Times Editor Peter Chapman.

Peter Chapman talks us through the best parts of this French gem.

Virgin Airlines new Kids Class

Virgin has launched a new cabin class just for kids.

Virgin has launched a new cabin class just for kids. Check your dates before you...

Dunedin's Otago Museum Tropical Forest

The entrance to the Otago Museum

The Butterfly enclosure in the Otago museum is a popular part of their Discovery...

Get in the swim in Dunedin

Surfers get ready to take on the waves at St Clair beach in Dunedin.

From the Moana Pool, to the beach at St Clair, there's plenty of places to get wet...

Cadbury World in Dunedin

Cadbury World is located in the centre of Dunedin, New Zealand, at the Cadbury factory site. The visitor centre is a colourful and educational environment with chocolate-themed displays where you can learn about the history of Cadbury and chocolate through the ages. The Cadbury Tour is a must-do while in Dunedinjust look for the purple silo or follow the scent of chocolaty goodness drifting over the city.

Take a tour of the Cadbury Factory in the heart of Dunedin where every step has...

Dunedin's Blue Penguins

Blue penguins come ashore on the Otago Peninsula.

Take a look at the cutest tourist attraction - Dunedin's blue penguins as they...

Larnach Castle in Dunedin

Larnach Castle in Dunedin.

Take a walk through Dunedin's historic Larnach Castle, fully restored and open to...