Newsreader taken out of her comfort zone and into the desert

MELISSA Downes’ eight-day trek through the Simpson Desert earlier this year began and ended with the threat of disaster.

TRAVEL: Touring the outback with a former wrestler

Barcaldine’s Tree of Knowledge.

Seeing a new side of Queensland with former wrestler Tom Lockie

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The real reasons alcohol makes us feel good

Why have we been drinking alcohol for the last 10,000 years?

Weekend Cook: The days of bland meals are gone

Huli means ‘turn’ in Hawaiian.

Huli-huli chicken is the recipe to try this weekend.

South Korea's hangover-fighting ice cream

Apparently there's a new way to shake that hangover

Salvos deal with family pain in wake of suicide

Domestic violence spiked in Logan over the Christmas and New Year break.Photo illustration Claudia Baxter JA1310BZZ

Captain Jo Chant has witnessed the devastating affects of suicide.

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Josh beats burger challenge for the fourth time

FANCY yourself as a fast eater? Then this is the challenge for you.

Celebrity chef Matt Golinski to wow crowds at Relish Fest

GET FRESH: Celebrity chef Matt Golinski is helping to inspire foodies to think outside the square at Relish Food and Wine Festival next Saturday.

He will run cooking demonstrations at the festival in Maryborough

VIDEO: The fastest, easiest way to peel a potato?

There is a fast way to peel potatoes.

This 30-second video shows how quickly you can peel a potato

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

Queensland dairy industry struggling as farmers hit wall

"...now they’re not producing enough milk to cover Queensland"

WINE REVIEW: Eden Road wines one to try

Award-winning wines to try.

Award-winning wines to try

Recipe: Cocoa choko cake

Try out this scrumptious cake for yourself.

YOU either love chokos or you hate them. They’re a funny fruit.

5 tips for making money on a renovation project

Since the start of the year Australians have spent close to $15 billion on renovating and building homes.

21 ways you can save on your power bill

Would you take a shower at the beach or swim at a local dam to save on power costs?

Install powerboards for devices which can be switched off by remote

Easter provides an excuse to decorate the home

Celebrating Easter at home.

Go for pastels, fresh flowers and greenery

Gladstone's million-dollar homes ready for right buyer

THE TOP PICK: This property, at 6/569 Springs Road Agnes Water, is available for $2.75million.

There are more than 40 properties on the market at $1m-plus

Does your loyal laundry need a makeover?

MONEY LAUNDERING: Trixie Bennett-Hillier says make sure your washing machine is not too full and give your drier’s filter a regular clean out to increase energy efficiency. PHOTO: ADAM HOURIGAN

Your laundry needs to be comfortable and functional

Style: Gold brings glamour to a home, but less is more

Gold is synonymous with wealth, but too much and it’s Trump-like. Peking Gold Quilt Cover Set by Grand Atelier $52.20, Bedding Square.

It takes just one great piece to transform a room

Zygocactus is one plant that celebrates winter in style

You might not recognise any of these names, but you will almost certainly recognise the plant when you see it.

Edible flowers: Roses aren't just for looking at

An Ian Thorpe rose.

There are plenty of flowers useful in the kitchen

Picking the right apples for your garden

Growing apples can be easy.

HOW TO: Pick and plant your own apples

Meet the banksias African cousin

Leucadendron.

The African favourites will bring colour to any garden

No sign of closing 15 years later

Sauers Produce and Garden Centre, Diamond Street, Cooroy, services small crops farmers and home gardeners in the Noosa hinterland.

15 years ago it looked like Cooroy would lose it's gardening store

Become a green thumb with 5 easy plants ready for winter

LOCALLY FRESH: : Learmonth Foodworks has a great supply of fresh, local produce. Photo: Max Fleet / NewsMail

Mild temperatures make for a better environment to grow.

Gardening: Bulbs are buried treasures, weave some magic

Plant bulbs now for late winter and spring blooms.

You don’t need a big garden, or a big budget

Travel: The magical mountains of Switzerland

BEING on top of a mountain in Switzerland is to know you are really alive.

Family friendly Bali at its best

COOL POOL: Cool-off in the 11m infinity pool in the tropical surrounds at Fraser Baye villa in Bingin, Bali. Photo: Bali Retreats.

We are staying at the luxurious Fraser Baye villa

10 tips about traveling overseas for first timers

What tips do you have for first time overseas travelers?

11 awesome things to do in Hervey Bay

Looking out across the Bay.

Hervey Bay delights storytellers

Justin Bieber 'is dating actress Nicola Peltz'

'Sorry' hitmaker Justin Bieber is reportedly dating 'Transformers' actress Nicola Peltz.

Sophie Turner: Fame forced me to grow up

Sophie Turner says she "clings onto her childhood"

The King of Blues kids hearts are in misery over money

B.B. King

B.B. King's children fight over his multi-million dollar estate

Amber Heard takes out restraining order on Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Judge ordered Depp to stay 100 yards away from his estranged wife

Hunter Page-Lochard is a Cleverman dreaming

Hunter Page-Lochard stars as Koen West in the TV series Cleverman.

CAST of ground-breaking indigenous drama ready for world stage.

Caitlyn Shadbolt takes on the US

Gympie girl Caitlyn Shadbolt's music career continues to heat up as she prepares to perform in the United States and release her debut album.

Caitlyn is dipping into international fan pool.

GALLERY: Beef Week babes grace the fashion catwalk

600 people went home more stylish and a little tipsier after the BeefWeek Fashion Parade.

Sydney Fashion Week awash with muted tones

American model Bella Hadid (centre) leads the Misha Collection show.

Collections anchored in cream, white, black and grey

Logies fashions hit and miss affair

Gold Logie nominee and fashionista Lee Lin Chin and her date Charlie.

Who were the winners and losers in this year's fashion stakes?

Double Standards: All the single tattooed ladies, cover up

Double Standards: All the single tattooed ladies, cover up

What is it about tattoos that attract men and women?

Ugg Boots fined for not being Australian made

Ugg boots

Ugg Boots maker fined for saying boots made in ACT

PHOTOS: Gladstone model's photos printed in national mag

Gladstone model Kaitlyn Delioglanis was featured in national fashion magazine Cynical with these images taken by Rockhampton photographer Em Roberts. Photo Wicked Tales

Kaitlyn's modelling passion blossoms in mag

Create a home spa experience

You don’t need to fork out the cash to pamper yourself when, with some time set aside, you can do it yourself at home for less.

Here's how to give yourself that professional spa feeling at home

Thermomix explodes leaving mum with burns

Gracemere mum learns what not to cook in a thermomix after suffering burns from explosion.

Is the new Macbook worth it?

The new Macbook

It's expensive but the new Macbook is impressive

Myer, eBay launch world first virtual reality store

eBay giving away thousands of VR devices to promote new retail shop

From fit to fab in big name fashion

Marc Jacobs Astor Lightning Bolt Sneaker, $469, David Jones.

Sneakers are one trend that isn't going anywhere

To taste or not to taste? The supermarket dos and don'ts

SNACK ATTACK: Donovan Bruton,6, grabs a banana while shopping with his mum at the Bli Bli IGA.

Is it okay to taste something before you buy it?

Is it the end of the five cent coin cluttering our wallets?

Brad Fitzgibbon with 5 cent pieces. Photo: Bev Lacey/The Chronicle

Tonight's budget may see the end of the five cent piece

OPINION: See ya' later travelator

Nambour shoppers struggle with the out-of-order travelators at Nambour Plaza. They have been out of action since the floods in March.

"What part of ‘keep to the left’ eludes shoppers?"

50 tablets 'enough to kill a person', teen took 100

IT IS the phone call in the dead of night every parent with a teenager dreads.

The brave mum who fought for more time with girls

Amanda Ferreira with her daughters Monet, Nouvel and Valentina. Photo / Supplied

"I thank the grace of God I'm here every single day.'

How clean eating transformed incredible shrinking woman

AFTER: Mariah Tonkin has lost almost 60kg.

Clean eating wins the day for Hillcrest’s Mariah Tonkin

Greens announce plan for legal and accessible abortion

Federal Greens Deputy Leader Larissa Waters at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Thursday, June 11, 2015. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING

Abortion should be legal Greens senator says

Restaurant owner given 6 years jail for peanut death

A handful of just threshed Red Spanish peanuts.Photo Erica Murree / Central & North Burnett Times

6 years jail after peanuts in meal kills allergic man

Cancer survivor, 99, thought to be oldest in the world

99-year-old Victor Marston is thought to be the oldest person to beat cancer.

Victor Marston loves cancer-free life

Slow down and switch off to ditch some of that stress

Take it easy with low impact exercise like yoga.

Switch off for the sake of your own health

Heartbreak of infertility told from a man’s perspective

"DO YOU have a minute?" That's the question Dan Majesky asked on a Facebook post that has gone viral.

Research: the pros and cons of popular parenting styles

What's the best way to raise your child?

Mooloolaba man happy to donate sperm to Coast couple

A senior science adviser has warned that plans to allow the creation of so-called “three-parent” in vitro fertilisation (IVF) babies as early as next year are premature because of unresolved safety concerns about the future health of the children.

Couple turns to Facebook after six rounds of IVF

Revolt over Catholic girls' school's strict ball dress code

The school rules state the back of the dress cannot go below the armpit and there must be no cleavage at all. Photo / Change.org

Online petition is calling on the principal to rethink the policy

10 completely normal things all new parents go through

You know what it is like to be a hermit.

Why don't families sit down and eat anymore

Higher income earners with a household income of $200,000 or more per annum were more likely to underestimate their financial position, with 44 per cent rating themselves as middle class.

Families are the most vital cog in our society.

$9m mum blogger reveals secret to success

Ben Ellingsen, Sharlene Tapperet, Jody Allen and Rebekkah Rodriguez at the Commerce breakfast in Gympie.

How do you turn your blog into a multi-million dollar business?

10 reasons to marry a journalist

JOURNALISTS often get a bad rap ... but here's 10 reasons why we make EXCELLENT partners.

Why this photo is going viral around the world

Charlotte Hodges (left) and her partner Ruth Toomey share a peck outside a Russell St store.

Daring kiss outside Russell St store gets tongues wagging

Big read: Harm caused by pornography hits home

A sex therapist says numbers of people seeking help for porn addiction are increasing, and her youngest client is just 13

Sex therapist sees dramatic increase in those seeking help

Be careful or Airbnb might steal your spouse, says tourist

Airbnb affair has ended a 30-year marriage