WATCH: Two whales scare blazes out of Parkway Drive drummer

PARKWAY Drive drummer Ben Gordon's latest visit home at Byron Bay has proved memorable after two whales leapt from the water only metres from his kayak.

Carers still waiting on test results for baby koala

This baby koala was brought to Friends of the Koala today. Photo Contributed

He's able to melt your heart, but he might not be able to survive.

VW, Audi and Skoda suspend Australian sales of cheat diesels

DIRTY DIESEL: VW, Audi and Skoda diesel models featuring the EA189 engine with "cheat" software have been pulled from sale in Australia

1.6 and 2.0 diesel cars pulled from sale in emissions scandal.

4 trees that gamed biology (and their tiny, tiny seeds)

Sequoia National Park - General Sherman Tree - Panorama By World Wide Gifts [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

You might look at seeds differently after reading this

Ford Everest SUV road test

BIG BRUISER: Everest joins the ranks of seven-seat SUV models built on ute underpinnings, in Ford's case the hugely capable Ranger 4x4.

Eagerly awaited big Ford SUV is underpinned by Ranger ute

Pets and their owners line up for a blessing at St Mark’s

BLESSED: Geoff Farmer, Rev. Julie Simpson, Rev. Barbara Diery, Rev. Kaye Pitman and Joel Farmer with Rocky at the blessing of the pets at St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Church offers pet blessings on feast day of animal-lover St Francis

Call for more incentives to keep medicos coming to the bush

Medical experts have called for a review into keeping doctors

Mental health shake-up on the way

HOMELESS NO MORE: A Gladstone teen escaped his violent family and will finish year 12 and start work in the region.

Scathing hits from review will lead to a mental health system revamp

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Craft beers are brewing for city’s latest festival

THREE of the city’s most popular pubs have brewed up an exciting event for Toowoomba beer lovers.

RECIPE: Vibrant variety with Mexican mix

Mexican chicken.

Fresh, vibrant ingredients to make Mexican chicken with bean salad

Tourism Noosa to decide on food and wine festival funding

Brianna Rule and Lisa Smitheram in Noosa Heads for the 2015 Noosa International Food and Wine Festival. Photo: John McCutcheon / Sunshine Coast Daily

Funding body to decide who will run iconic Noosa festival

VIDEO: ‘Paleo diet changed my life’

LIFE CHANGING: The paleo diet has saved Gladstone born mum Jocelyn Walker from a life of taking handfuls of medication every day. Photo Mike Richards / The Observer

‘Paleo diet changed my life’

Easy-to-make meals for school holiday time

FRUIT AND VEG: Danni Line will opt for fresh fruit and veg over fruit juice and muesli bars.

Seasonal fruit the best snack alternative

My shout: Tui pale ale misses the mark

Review: East India Pale Ale from the Tui Brewery

Five parts of Malaysia travellers can't ignore

ONE of South-East Asia’s favourite holiday destinations, Malaysia is a country where “something for everyone’’ is more of a daily itinerary than a promise.

Best of the bush: Home is where the heart is

I had no idea what to expect. Last time I dropped over that last hill the place had been deserted. No signs of the road, not much of a track.

Behind the scenes as Roothy and co head back to where it all began

Coffs Harbour to Birdsville – the long way

On our way to Haddon Corner before heading to the Burke and Wills Dig Tree.

Birdsville races and back via the Corner Country and Flinders Ranges

Not dripping in gold? How to save money on washday

WASHING is a chore no one really enjoys and when you learn each load costs more than $2 per load to dry in a dryer, it's can be an expensive chore too.

How to save money on cosmetics and toiletries

Grab your make-up with the groceries

Costbusters: staying in fashion without going broke

Fashion blogger and stylist Nikki Parkinson

Australians spends $37 a week on clothing and $7 on footwear

The office of the future, where stay at home mums rule

Jody Allen, creator of Stay At Home Mum, practices what she preaches and is debt-free at 40.

Mumpreneur's online sensation was all for 'giggles'

So you bought a house, but do you have enough insurance?

So you bought a house, but do you have enough insurance?

One of life's biggest questions: Rent or Buy?

Couple Stand in Front of a Sold Sign on the Lawn of Their Bungalow With Their Son and Daughter Playing in the Background

Plenty of pros and cons for both sides of the property argument

To fix or not to fix? How to minimise your mortgage

Tips on shopping around for a good mortgage