Direct flights to Sydney to cease

VIRGIN Airlines is terminating direct flights from Mackay to Sydney from January 1, 2017.

Migaloo heads north with own 'bodyguard'

Migaloo is generating a little too much excitement, it seems.

White superstar of the water will be escorted to Great Barrier Reef

Health agency warns of possible carcinogens in tattoo ink

Red ink has been linked to dermatitis

CQUniversity reveals major expansion plans

CQUniversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Hilary Winchester

CQUniversity has found another place to call home and this time it's

Road test review: Volkswagen Amarok Highline

The VW Amarok.

We road test the VW Amarok Highline dual cab ute.

Musical healer on a mission to help children in Nepal

HEALING: Shanti Rahal is heading off to Nepal to play music with the students.

Ms Rahal is meeting up with a small group of travellers

2016 Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury comes automated

The new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is packed with impressive technology.

Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years comes with fireworks

Volkswagen has launched the 2016 Golf GTI 40 Years model Down Under.

The Volkswagen Golf GTI 40 Years is shaping as a modern classic.

You don't need a bloke to buy you flowers: Opinion

SELF LOVE: We don’t really need a bloke to buy us flowers.

I’m not saying go out and buy a fresh bunch of flowers every day.

Bundaberg cafe voted state's best ... again

RECREATING the Indulge Cafe experience anywhere else simply wouldn’t be possible according to owner Amanda Hinds.

Trent’s out but he’s tipping a Coast win on MasterChef

MasterChef Australia Top 6 contestants Matt Sinclair, Trent Harvey and Mimi Baines face off in a pressure test. Supplied by Channel 10.

Trent Harvey backs Noosa coffee roaster to top TV comp

Why MasterChef’s Matt Preston loves our Bundaberg Rum

PREMIUM RUM: Chef Matt Preston visited the Bundaberg Rum where he created Matt’s Blend.

Master Chef's Matt Preston in town to make his own rum

Off the beaten track there’s a shiraz trio worth sharing

Three Victorian reds to try this weekend

Back to school: Old-fashioned banana muffins

Muffin comes from the French word moufflet, used to describe soft bread.

Let the kids make these for their lunchboxes

Steak Tartare - how to get it just right

Dan and Steph steak tartare

Got beef? This has to be the best way to enjoy a quality cut.

'What I wish I knew before I went on MasterChef'

Billie McKay, winner of MasterChef 2015. Supplied by Channel 10.

Billie McKay has given some advice to current and future contestants

Want a rose garden in your living room? Simple

Imagine reading a book surrounded by richly coloured roses in your living space or or lounging in bed with an English garden as your backdrop.

Verandahs are out, 'eskie' homes are in

Air-conditioned homes are replacing the verandah.

3 out of 5 Aussies judge friends on their toilets

Aussies have high standards when it comes to cleanliness

DIY: How to build a backyard fire pit

DIY stars and Weekend magazine columnists Ayden and Jess Hogan.

Would you build this for your backyard?

Fined for saving staghorn

A man who took a staghorn from Booloumba Falls at Conondale National Park with the intention to nurse it back to health never thought it would land him in court

Is there a termite resistant mulch?

MIGHTY MULCH: Cypress Mulch is a natural termite resistant mulch obtained from the Western Queensland White Cypress.

It's a rookie mistake not to mulch your garden

Get a buzz out of bugs

A honey bee at work pollinating a lavender plant.

Get the bugs working for not against your garden

Gardening: Roses inspire love and now is the time to plant

The hybrid tea rose Garden Party produces double, scented white flowers margined with pale pink.

Get the garden ready now for your own rose paradise

Gardening: Greening up the home this winter

A zanzibar gem.

Bring the outdoors in this winter

Gardening: Bush delicacies to grow in your own backyard

Finger limes are otherwise know citrus caviar.

Most edible plants in Australia aren't Australian.

Clone and grow your own potatoes

Spoiled for choice ... there are close to 4000 different varieties of potato.

Turn one kilogram of potatoes into enough for winter

Got a spare hundred bucks? Here's where you could fly to now

DISCOUNT direct flights from Sunshine Coast swallowed up by local travellers as Jetstar discount drive rolls out.

Could this be the best job in the world?

St Bees Island managing director Phil Webb.

THE only rule: don't stand too long under coconut trees.

Bumper whale season: How many humbacks can we expect?

OCEAN GIANT: Hervey Bay will be the temporary home for thousands of humpback whales this season.

Fraser Coast Opportunities hopes locals roll out the welcome mat.

Yeppoon sisters travel coastline in style

COLOURFUL TRAVELLERS: Ella Fleming and her sister Layne Fleming with their colourful van Yota. INSET: Ella driving Yota on the Great Ocean Rd.

Yeppoon hairdressers make colourful trip around the country.

Figures show we Aussies love our cruising holidays

Captain Cook Cruises' m.v. Reef Endeavour stands off an island in the Lau group of eastern Fiji.

Cruising among Australians rose almost 15%

Enjoying a Brisbane getaway with the kids

Segway tours along the Brisbane River.

Hotel near Roma St Parklands great launching pad for city

WetSide Water Park takes out national award

Wetside Water Park, Hervey Bay - Oliver Hunt from Pomona couldn't get enough of the Flipside Boardride.

The Award was won in the "Travellers Choice" category

Lindsay Lohan 'calls off engagement'

Lindsay Lohan has reportedly called off her engagement to Russian millionaire Egor Tarabasov following allegations he cheated on her and was physically abusive.

Rob Kardashian 'neglected' by Blac Chyna

Friends say they are now 'back in love'

Isla Fisher: I don't like talking about my private life

Isla Fisher shut down TV hosts when they asked about her husband

Mariah Carey: I 'can't believe' Prince has gone

'Prince was one of the best people I've met'

Joe Jonas' 'tough' pals

Joe Jonas' pals are 'tough' with his potential partners

The Bachelor wash up: bacon, plank offs and that white rose

Richie Strahan, second from left, with bachelorettes Eliza, Faith, Noni and Janey in a scene from episode one of the fourth season of The Bachelor.

RICHIE Strahan meets some beautiful, and colourful, bachelorettes.

Fashionistas show off at Splendour in the Grass

GLITTER, skin and mesh were all on show at the festival this weekend.

Beauty at home: Banish those blackheads

A cucumber mask is very refreshing and a great ‘pick me up’ for skin.

How to get rid of blackheads for good

‘Don’t dare say she looked better with meat on her bones’

Jim Brigginhaw reckons supermodels are too skinny these days.

Beauty: Is it really in the eye of the beholder?

Gladstone girl makes top 50 of most beautiful list

Gladstone's little golden girl Jordyn Lea has not only made her mark in the global magazine Fashion Kids, labelled in the top 50 of the world's most beautiful children, but is also on her way to the national finals of the Aboriginal Model Search in Sydney, in October

JORDYN is on the fast track to fame after this big win.

Isabella Rossellini says being called beautiful is insulting

Isabella Rossellini

'Still beautiful' label is condescending, star says

Aboriginal model search: Oasis sets sights on modelling

STRIKE A POSE: Oasis Armstrong is heading to Sydney in October after being one of eight finalists in the Aboriginal Model Search competition.

She's only eight but she already knows how to rule the catwalk.

Pensioners lose thousands as furniture store collapses

BREAKING: Pensioners and business owners have been left thousands of dollars out of pocket as a furniture retailer closes its Sunshine Coast store.

SAMSUNG GALAXY NOTE 7: What to expect

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 – 2014 Edition

There's some big rumours about the new version

Are these the best headphones ever?

We review the impressive Bose QuietComfort 35s

ATM operating systems need security updates

Cash money   Photo:Barry Leddicoat / Sunshine Coast Daily

EVER heard of Barnaby Jack? No?

Are your copies of Harry Potter worth thousands?

Harry Potter books

How to tell if your old copies of Harry Potter are worth $80,000

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Sonya Enkelmann suffered burns to her arms and face after her thermo mix exploded

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix.

Coles and Woolworths' dairy war hurts CQ farmers

Michael and Aaron Clews, from Slatewood dairy farm in Rossmoya, discuss the impact of supermarket milk wars on Central Queensland farmers and economy.

Dairy price war impacting $70 million injected into CQ economy

Disease outbreak at daycare puts mums on high alert

BREAKING A Sunshine Coast mother has pleaded with parents to keep sick children at home after two of her three boys picked up a disease at a daycare centre.

Brisbane doctors in first for pre-birth operations

Doctors performed Australia-first spinal operation on unborn baby

Son's cancer battle second fight for family

Kane with his mum Natalie and dad Rick met Taylor Swift at Lady Cilento Children's Hospital

Parents never expected their son's headaches were caused by cancer

Reno stars want tradies to focus a little more on one thing

The Demmrichs want Tradies to look after their most important tool

Ipswich girl, 4 with cancer says 'Barbie looks just like me'

LOOKING GOOD: Erin Masurier was given this special oncology Barbie at the Lady Cilento Childrens' Hospital.

Special doll given to Ipswich girl going through chemo therapy

Why anti-vaxxers won’t ever change their minds

A new survey is being conducted people parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

Some parents believe vaccines will harm their children.

Parents fight over 'magical sleep doll'

THEY have been hailed as a miracle solution to sleepless nights, and parents are clamouring to get their hands on them.

Parents' worst nightmare: Daughter, 6, could be deported

The family of six-year-old Lennox Head girl Sienna Tippett have applied for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton to intervene so she doesn't get deported for having an undiagnosed mystery illness.

A Northern Rivers family has started the fight of their life.

Dads read to children a different way

STORY TIME: Dads Read is a national campaign to get the male role model reading to children from birth.

Dads read to their children differently to mums

Mum's third set of twins in two years

Newborns Darla and Delanie are a US mum Danesha Couch's third set of twins.

"I said, 'This is not happening right now. Pinch me.'"

There should be no age limit on breastfeeding

Mum, Kristy Lawler breastfeeding her four-and-a-half- and three-and-a-half-year-old children.

Sarah Murnane says the natural weaning age is four-and-a-half years

New mum, 39, 'anxious' after miscarriages heartbreak

NEW BUB: Sienna Louise Le Dan was born to Melissa Le Dan and Simon Mison on July 14 at 9.14 weighing 2740g. We caught up with the new mum and bub over the weekend.

“She’s just beautiful and has come out perfectly”

Tinder users hit by fake 'safe dating' app

TINDER users are being scammed by as much as $A160 a month through fake profile verification sites.

Why millennials are having less sex

Young people appear to be having less sex, or just lying about it less than previous generations.

It is a cliche that each new generation shocks the last

Pucker up buttercup: It’s International Kissing Day

Janine Hall of Currimunid is a intuitive face and personality reader. She also has her own lip balm product called Plump and Smooth from The Organic Lip Balm Company.

Lip expert shares insight into the power of the smooch

Kissing the key to happy relationships

A third of people in relationships need a good smooch every day