TOURISM BOOM: Overseas visitors splash on Sunshine Coast

THE Sunshine Coast is in the middle of a tourism boom with an explosion in international visitors and a massive spike in the amount of money they spend while he

Jaw-dropping beauty in Alaska

Kayakers paddle in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. The preservation area comprises 1.3 million hectares of mountains, glaciers, forests and waterways.

A stunning wonderland awaits to be seen from a luxurious ship.

The great migration is an unforgettable spectacle

Charging zebras, as featured in the National Geographic television program Great Migrations. TOP RIGHT: One of Kenya's most experienced guides, Abdul Karim, from Sanctuary Retreat's Olonana Camp.

This epic spectacle has been called 'the greatest show on earth'

Is this the ultimate way to learn about the Reef?

Quicksilver Cruises' activity platform on Agincourt Reef. INSET: See maori wrasse and spectacular corals while snorkelling.

There's a lot more to the Barrier Reef than you know

TRAVEL: Jordan's ancient towns a must-see in the Middle East

Ancient Petra, in Jordan's south, is one of the seven new wonders of the world. This narrow siq has been cut through deep rock as the entrance to the former trading city. Photo: Rae Wilson

The charming ancient cities of Petra and Jerash

Journey uncovers the truth about Syrian refugees

Miriam (Musaa's daughter) in the family tent. Camp Mercy, Bekaa Valley Lebanon

Caloundra photographer visits Lebanon refugee camp

Langkawi's natural beauty

Giant squirrels abound in the rainforest surrounding the Andaman.

Is this the world's most epic resort destination?

Travel: In pilgrims' footsteps through Italian countryside

Postcard pictures like this will greet you on Italy's pilgrimage walk the Via Francigena.

YOU don't have to be a walking enthusiast to enjoy a trek in Italy

Coast light-rail could cater for extra 200,000 residents

VISION: The future light-rail system envisaged along Alexandra Parade.

Could light-rail be the solution to urban sprawl?

Win a romantic weekend escape to Port Douglas

Win a romantic holiday to Port Douglas with Weekend magazine.

Fancy whisking your loved one away to a tropical paradise on us?

Gold Coast or Sunshine Coast - Kiwis say it's no contest

KIWIS have been told to forget the Gold Coast in favour of holidaying on the Sunshine Coast in a New Zealand Herald article that doesn't mince it words.

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Major concerns as backpacker review starts

The Government announced the start of a review and public consultation on the broad range of issues affecting the supply and remuneration conditions of labour performed by Working Holiday Maker visa holders.

Have your say on the backpacker tax

Camping ground DA fires up debate in council

Approval of an RV park in Lawrence has not pleased everyone

Big-spending tourists have North Coast on radar

Tourism is on the rise in the North Coast

Camels milk the attention at new Gympie dairy

TRUE LOVE: “I love camels so much,” Melanie Fitzgibbon says. But she says her husband Wayne Morris (pictured) has the job of keeping them all happy, because camels can soon stop giving milk if they are upset.

Camel dairy gives milk of human kindness.

New tourism body for North Coast

A new group has formsed, but job losses are feared.

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.

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...

Wander Victoria ad is a little offbeat

The latest enticement to visit Victoria takes a slow and strange approach

The latest enticement to visit Victoria takes a slow and strange approach

Qantas safety video

A new safety video from Qantas featuring ordinary Australians in beautiful locations

A new safety video from Qantas featuring ordinary Australians in beautiful...

Roothy's crew follows the old Ghan railway

It could have been a culture shock when we left town on the Old Ghan track.

Steady as she goes

Roothy's crew follows the old Ghan railway track

Tea plantation tour

Our tea master shows us how to hold a Chinese tea cup. Photo Megan Mackander / Sunshine Coast Daily

Megan Mackander explores the Guilin Tea Research Institute in southern China

Spectacular Patagonia, Chile

Images from Patagonia, Chile: Tour guide Stephanie Araya on the Patagon excursion.

Patagonia, Chile offers some of the most stunning landscapes on the planet. Images:...

'Moses' on the mountain in Patagonia

Turner Wilson, of Brownfield, Maine in Patagonia, Chile.

Turner Wilson, 63, and his partner Cheri Perry powered through snow to get to the...

Mahout training, Chiangsaen

Elephant bath time in Northern Thailand

Navigate North Rally

RAV-4 vehicle that ran off the road after the driver went into microsleep.

Australian Spotlight Protection owner Ashley Bright took part in the 2013 Navigate...

Qantas club opening

Ky Hurst, Katrina Roundtree and Peter Collyns enjoy the event

Qantas club opening at Gold Coast Airport on Tuesday, December 4, 2012.