The Qld spot where lightning strikes all the time

THEY say lightning never strikes the same place twice. But any visitor to this spot will know that's just not true.

KICK THE KILOS: Mackay jumps ahead of Bundy

Who will take out the glory? Just two weeks to go in the ARM Kick the Kilos competition.

MACKAY has finally jumped in front of Bundaberg.

61,000 Australian Volkswagens set for dieselgate recall

NAUGHTY DIESELS: With this announcement Volkswagen Group Australia said total government approvals is now 70,000, including the 9,000 Amarok utes recalled earlier this year.

Federal Government approves next stage of voluntary recall

How to walk on water

Stand up paddle boarding is gaining popularity.

The Gympie Times' Jacob Carson learns about stand up paddle boarding

Sorry fellas, female joggers aren't there for you

Women who go running aren't looking for sex with you

Medibank and Liminal team up to fight loneliness

Loneliness is a serious health issue says new research

Sporty and hybrid Toyota C-HRs coming in the future?

INTEREST PIQUED: Is there scope for Toyota to offer us a greater range of its forthcoming C-HR small SUVs? A hybird version and more powerful turbo variant would be welcome.

Only one 1.2-litre engine at launch of C-HR baby SUV

'Like handing over a baby': Indulge's new chapter

WRITIgG A NEW CHAPTER: Indulge head chef Amanda Hinds is moving on from the Bundaberg foodie institution.

The news has brought out emotion in Bundaberg

Just delivered: the most popular baby names of 2016

Ezra and Aria are two characters in hit show Pretty Little Liars

Did your baby's name make the list?

Avocado with a side of poo? Uproar over cafe nappy change

Giving up smashed avocado breakfasts could help you save for a home deposit.

Cafe manager responds to mum's review after nappy changing debarcle

Teething pills linked to deaths have "no problems": TGA

The homeopathic teething tablets remain on sale in Australia, despite the company removing them from sale in the US.

This homeopathic teething gel is now being tested.

Why first-born children earn more, are better educated

What advantages do you score as a first born?

Mothers less likely to reduce drinking, smoking for later children

Fitness guru's rock-hard abs caused birth complications

[GRAPHIC WARNING] CAN your body be too perfect?

Toowoomba mum gives birth to her own niece

Jake and Aimee Morrisby with their new daughter Francesca.

TOOWOOMBA mum gave birth to niece to give sister chance to be a mum

Fred reels in a sense of deja vu

Fred Goodman-Jones and Roy Kerruish with the rod and reel that went overboard six months ago.

Fisho's considering buying a lotto after lucky catch

Windy weekend coming up

READY TO RACE: Nippers at Neilson Park Beach in the Surf Lifesaving program.

Beach report with Craig Holden

WATCH: Why big wave days should be declared a holiday

DROUGHT BREAKS: Big waves return to Noosa Heads.

Schoolkids and tradies should really be given the day off

They're on the chew and anglers on the Coast are loving it

BIG HAUL: Kevin from Melbourne had a fight on his hands after hooking on to this solid golden trevally.

Let's have a look at this week's fishing report

TOTALLY HOOKED: Rock fishing has many rewards

BEAUTIFUL: Rock fishing offers beauty and tranquillity ... as well as good fish.

This is one of the most productive shore-based fishing options

Fish running hot and cold in Bundy

Fishing patchy in wake of rain, heat, winds

Twice-cooked delight

This simple recipe puts a bit of Italian flair into a hamper.

Put some sparkle into the season

Put some sparkle in the festive season with a selection of wines perfect for celebrating with loved ones.

A selection of wines to start the celebrations

How to satisfy their warring tastebuds

Devil's Delight are chocolate pancakes with strawberries, cream, chocolate ice cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce.

Kids need to eat but they don't always want the same things

Plan the perfect party

SWEET SUCCESS: Elise Strachan has released her first book.

Plan the perfect party

Festive-flavoured gelato just in time for Christmas

CHRISTMAS CHEER: Alowishus gelato maestro Libby Harvey with a Christmas inspired gelato.

Three flavours made specially for the season

'Berry good' legislation looks a step closer

NEW LAWS: Coast berry farmers played a role in shaping potential future labelling legislation.

Changes to food labelling laws to benefit local growers

REVEALED: What we're using the web for this Christmas

KEEPING in touch with loved ones and impressing dinner guests with new recipes are two reasons internet usage is expected to increase this month.

Find best weave for your floor

A genuine Persian rug is hand-crafted and highly collectable.

From royals to celebrity outings, there is a rug for every occasion

Great design takes time to perfect

Slow designers Pop and Scott furniture, handcrafted, designed in Australia using Australian materials, available at popandscott.com

Find out more about the slow design movement

WATCH: $63m retirement village rises up on Sunshine Coast

VISION: The new vertical retirement village at Oceanside.

Construction begins on vertical retirement village

It's time to plan your summer garden

SUMMER has its particular challenges in the garden here's how to overcome them.

Little fruit packs punch

Blueberries have plenty of fibre, virtually no fat and loads of vitamins.

'Berry' good addition to gardens, even in sub-tropical climates

Imported weed is one of the worst

INVASIVE WEED: Leucaena leucocephala is a small, fast-growing large shrub to small tree native to southern Mexico and northern Central America.

Noxious plant causing trouble in the region

Gardening: Grow a mini banyan fig

Pot belly figs are hardy, resilient plants that make great indoor bonsais.

The banyan fig makes a hardy, easy-to-care-for bonsai

Plants on the prowl for prey

The Venus fly trap needs at least four hours of direct sunlight daily.

Evolution has given some plants a carnivorous edge

Jacaranda Crowning in pictures

A large crowd gathered under the Jacaranda and the carnival lights to watch the Jacaranda Queen crowning ceremony

All the pictures from crowning night

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Traveller detained, told NZ is part of Australia

A TRAVELLER was detained in Kazakhstan after immigration officials refused to acknowledge her Kiwi passport, telling her New Zealand was a state of Australia.

Find plenty of attractions in Mackay

Cape Hillsborough at dawn.

Check out some of this north Queensland town's best attractions.

How to travel Australia without robbing a bank

Beautiful Greens Pool, Denmark, Western Australia

It's the great Australian dream here's how it can be yours

Gold Coast turns on a family theme

Surfers Paradise is the ideal family getaway.

Slow down on the glitter strip

how to satisfy their warring

Relax and spa concept. Woman with a flower in hair relaxing in a pool at Krabi, Thailand.

If you're combing work with pleasure you are right on trend

The calming side of the life in tents

Family camping.

The magic of a family camping trip with the kids

TRAVEL: A South African bedroom with a view

The Blue Train traverses some of the best of Mother Nature in South Africa and, top right, The Blue Train.

Take a rail journey across Africa

Winnie Harlow isn't a role model

WINNIE Harlow is pleased she is "inspirational" to people but insists she isn't a role model.

Felicity Jones proud of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story role

Felicity Jones feels it is "important" for a woman to head Rogue One

Kiwi's plea to Ellen DeGeneres to save bakery after quake

Ellen... we need your magic.

Family had to be helicoptered out after powerful quake

Seacrest: Things are "going better" for Kim and Kanye

Ryan Seacrest says things are "going better now" for Kanye West

Jonah Hill involved in a car accident

Jonah Hill was involved in a car crash on Saturday

Katie Holmes' empowering directorial debut

Katie Holmes

KATIE Holmes as made her directorial debut

Jennifer Lawrence gives keys to new partner

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence

Oscar winner settling down with new partner

Dive into latest swimwear trends

Think in terms of a free spirit and bohemian mood to be on trend at the beach or poolside.

Salty solution for skin issues

Body scrubs are really easy to make with regular household items.

Save some cash and make your own body scrubs

King seeks fashion crown with pop queen

North Coast TAFE Applied Fashion and Technology graduate, Sam King is aiming at dressing pop royalty Beyoncé Knowles one day.

Fashion students aims to dress pop royalty

Victoria's Secret 2016: Top supermodels wow in Paris

Lady Gaga revived her role as the first lady of pop music

Gladstone girl has the face for modelling

BUBBLY: Aviae Massey will know this week whether she is the top 100 to be the new face of Kinder.

AND she's no rookie to the glamour-filled industry

Get summer fit with Sally Fitzgibbons: Week 11

Sally Fitzgibbons has joined us in our quest for a healthier region.

It's getting hot and by you should almost be summer fit

Nikon D3400: Great way to start out in a DSLR

FOR an entry level camera with a price tag of around $500, Nikon’s D3400 is certainly worth considering as a first choice in a DSLR.

Coles beefs up its security in Mackay

Coles has taken its security measures to the next level, placing electronic tags on its meat.

Alarms ring at supermarket when customers buy good meat

What Dad really wants for Christmas this year

Get Dad something he really wants this Christmas.

GIVE Dad something he really wants for Christmas.

10 things Mum doesn't want for Christmas this year

No, Mum doesn't want cleaning products for Christmas. But she may be more keen on our unlimited digital news offer that comes with a free Samsung tablet and weekend paper delivery!

DO YOUR mum a favour and don't get her these gifts for Christmas.

MacBook Pro: You can touch this (finally)

The 13 inch and 15 inch MacBook Pro

The biggest hurdle, no doubt, is the price.

How you can save $250 on Christmas gifts this year

Cameras are on the list of Christmas gift ideas. But would you buy one second hand?

Australians will collectively fork out $10 billion on Christmas

AusPost says no problem as 14% of parcels go missing

Complaints about Australia Post are on the rise.

Complaints about parcel delivery are on the rise

'Gone through hell': Wife's fear stress will kill her

GLADSTONE wife's husband has become the man she never thought she'd see. And no one will take him.

This story is a timely reminder to slip, slop, slap

Nelson sports a scar as a reminder to slip, slop, slap.

Summer has arrived and the sun is shining at full force

Surgery creates vagina for woman born without one

A surgically-created vagina may mean children for one woman

Aaron Renfree helps youths find light in a dark place

Aaron Renfree helps kids find their confidence through dance.

Former child star finds feet in world of choreography and dancing

How porn is causing impotence in otherwise healthy men

Masculinity expert says porn may be causing impotence

Consider a change this Christmas

Avoid stress this Christmas by making a few simple changes and getting your whole family involved in the orgainisation of the festivities.

Get the family involved in making it simpler and more enjoyable

Bundaberg Hospital: A hundred-year comparison

THEN AND NOW: From left to right, Sue Vanderberg, Drew Kronk, Raman Kaur, Anita Smith, Dr Judy Williams, Deborah Spry, Donghee Lee, John Gamlin, Leanne Prichard, Mahkaylia Walsh, Sarah Russell-Larkin, Faye Schmeider, Sue Livingstone.

A lot can change in a century

New school sexual education plan to target STIs

A SEX education program designed to slow-down the spread of sexually-transmitted illnesses in Queensland could be expanded in a five-year plan.

Pack up the family for a cheap holiday

A family takes the plunge, packs up the kids and goes on a four-month driving holiday. In the December 3 edition of Weekend, they share how other families can live the dream.

Two mums share tips on how to have an adventure on a budget

Baby teething remedies cleared after link to deaths in US

The teething remedy was linked to deaths and side effects in the US.

From footy player to emergency 'mid-wife'

SURPRISE: Parents Alby Talipeau and Caitlin Telfer delivered their own baby girl at home. Hazel was born at 7.54am weighing 3756 grams; she is the pair's third baby and joins siblings Dallas, 3 and Oscar, 2.

Ipswich rugby star catching babies instead of balls

How to talk about racism

Group of Elementary Pupils In Classroom Looking At Camera Sitting Down

Talking to today's kids about racism

'We could've given Mason a home': Foster mum

Mason Jet Lee

Foster mum says things could have been so different for dead toddler

Rochelle Humes felt 'horrendous' at start of pregnancy

Rochelle Humes suffered from terrible morning sickness

Woman finds love with fellow gamer 11,711km away

IT'S time to delete Tinder - a Te Awamutu woman has met the love of her life living 11,711km away in Texas while playing a mobile farming game.

Coast brothel opens up to change 'prostitution stigma'

Emma Bennett is the manager of the coast's newest brothel, Lush, which is located at Marcoola.
Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Brothels are big business, and they're getting bigger

Stroll through park turns into flash-mob wedding proposal

She had no idea her boyfriend was planning a flash-mob proposal

Why we’re more likely to date someone who has an ex

Clarence Valley single men - a new TV series wants you.

Most people would agree choosing “the right” partner is important