Overweight mum now smaller than what she was at school

The mum-of-two returned from a trip to Sydney where she was one of three women nationwide to receive a $10,000 makeover.

Diving into cancer recovery with hyperbaric

SO SUCCESSFUL: Fran Levy has found the benefit of "dives'.

Patient left painfully scarred by "rare and aggressive cancer".

Rude shock coming for pool owners

Cost of keeping your pool might be up to $2000 a year

Drive from Gold Coast to Cairns for free on electric power

The 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV plug in hybrid.

Electric drivers can fill up for free in early phases of $3m project

A mother's diary: the morning our lives changed forever

Emma Harford, whose son Cole, 15, took his own life a year ago today. Photo / Mike Scott

Emma Harford arrived home to find police and ambulance

Grandma covered face cancer with make up for months

RAISING AWARENESS: Nurse Emma Kluck (left) and cancer survivor Jean Dellit are raising awareness of World Head and Neck Cancer Day.

At first Jean Dellit just dismissed her melanoma as an old-age spot

App can detect pedestrians and cyclist on collision course

Verita Stewart, semi-professional cyclist demonstrates V2P (Vehicle to pedestrian/cyclist) technology. Picture: Kelly Barnes/The Australian.

Driver app can detect pedestrians and cyclist on collision course

Has political correctness gone mad?

ATTITUDES: Does Donald Trump's attitude reflect what senior Australians are thinking?

ARE we tired of avoiding telling it like we see it, or not?

Parents told baby would die after birth - but he survived

Natalie Forsdike with partner Jonny Spain and their newborn child Finn. Picture: Sam Ruttyn

The prognosis was so serious they were even offered a termination

Devastated mum believes this would have saved her baby's life

Elisha Palmer with son Knox

"I carry that guilt of why didn’t we get one"

Let kids play with fire and power tools, researchers say

Kids Around Campfire

“Risky play” actually increases kids’ safety awareness

Twins born at 23 weeks survive despite being 'too young to save'

The doctors didn’t have high hopes for such premature babies but Dolly and Albert had other ideas.

Their mother went into labour at 22 weeks and six days.

Mum mistakes meningococcal disease for 'just the flu'

Jenna has had the fingers and thumb amputated from one arm and below the elbow amputated on the other. Source: Supplied

It wasn't the flu, it was really something far worse.

Hate camping? This idea might change your mind

Imagine arriving at a camp site and all the hard work is done.

Camp Hire Australia hires the gear and will even pitch and pack away

From hospital bed to six-day, 250km desert run

IN TRAINING: Neil Collie runs trails around the scenic Glass House Mountains area in preparation for the 250km Big Red Run.

How a stroke survivor will tackle a gruelling desert ultra marathon

Most venomous fish in world found near shore

A stonefish was recently caught by a fisherman at Caloundra.



Photo Contributed

Sting can cause muscular paralysis and even heart failure.

Everything you need to know before going fishing

Read the below before you hit the water.

Your fishing essentials kit and the wicked prizes you can win!

Meet the Feather Riot, the girls of Cluckingham Palace

Gidget, Layne and Phyllis oversee proceedings. PHOTO: ALISON PATERSON

Alison Paterson shares the wonders of the backyard chook

'Brake! Brake!' Beach driving goes wrong

Watch as beach drivers find getting a tow can make things worse

Hearty food for cold nights

Serve up these delicious lamb dishes to help stay warm and cosy this winter

Pearfect for your health

The fruit that makes an ideal choice for snacking and cooking

Will eating bread make you fat?

Pictures: Instagram@girlswithgluten

I'm going to go out on a limb and declare my love for bread

Picky eater? You could get someone killed

Chef Patrick Friesen has vented on Instagram about diners claiming to have various allergies.

Picky eaters are a danger to people with potentially fatal allergies

UnBEERlievable! Is this the worst idea ever?

Aurosa for women.

There's a new tipple on the scene - a beer just for ladies

Creative cakes win major awards at London competition

WINNING CAKE: Merivale Cakes and Crafts' student Narelle Brown won gold for her Ned Kelly creation at the Alexandra Palace International Cake Decorating Competition in London.

Together they took 15 students overseas on their annual tour

Holy schnit: This steak's the size of a small child

WHAT A STEAK: Sarah Atkins was amazed to see the Pinnacle Pub crumbed steak was bigger than one of her four-month-old twin daughters, Jorja.

It's not every day you get served a steak as big as a baby

How often should you clean your sheets?

WE spend about a third of our day between the sheets, so how often should we clean them?

Style: How to get light and warmth in the dark months

A contemporary interior and fireplace that takes advantage of skylights and big windows.

Ultimate glamorous accessory for any home in winter is a fire

Style: A bath is not a thing of the past

Baths remain a sought-after luxury item in many homes.

Baths use about half the water that your average shower consumes

Tweed's overgrown with winning flowers

There's 21 categories to enter in the 40th annual Murwillumbah Garden Competition.

We've a sweet idea for berry lovers

Now's the time to plant strawberries, so next time you fancy making cheesecake, pavlova or trifle you'll have these delicious berries at your fingertips.

Why not try your hand at growing your own delicious strawberries

Gardening: Grow your own citrus trees

Citrus trees are not just for commercial growers; they are great in home gardens too.

They're packed with vitamin C and they're flowering now

Leading beekeeper fined over threatening disease

Busy Bee still buzzing in the cold morning air.

The disease poses one of the most dire threats to the industry

Prune and reduce hazards in the garden

The cooler months are an ideal time to prune but be wary

Costa, mayor to face-off over Urban Food Street destruction

COSTA Georgiadis from ABC's Gardening Australia wants to sit down and discuss verge gardening with Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson in the wake of the Urban Food Street fiasco.

"Do they really want everyone against them?”

Cheers for FNQ's beers

From the heart of Cairns and up the coast, this is one beer trail worth following

Qantas lifts security to help fight against threat of IS

Flying at the pointy end of a Qantas plane might not be as out of reach as you think.

Qantas bans duty-free items out of the Philippines

Teens on holiday caught up in sexual assault nightmare

Savk Hotel

Hotel staff claimed the group of teens were "looking for group sex"

Cruise control: The Gold Coast by cruise boat

Surfers Paradise beach on Queensland's Gold Coast and, right, QT's Bazaar Restaurant; Elvis impersonator Jay Dupuis performs.

The Gold Coast can be as laid back as you want it

$24M Mackay wave pool project: The big reveal

Councillor Ross Gee says his idea for a wave pool in Mackay would be a "tourist mega magnet".

'Get barrelled behind the Great Barrier Reef'

Family tossed off flight after toddler kicked seat

Couple furious after airline threw them off flight

Great Barrier Reef: new pics show what it's really like

FULL OF LIFE: A visitor with red Cat Adventures enjoying a positive reef expreience post TC Debbie.

Social media posts and news coverage beating up cyclone's impact

The Block's family home rescue mission

RENO show's new concept – relocating and restoring crumbling heritage homes – proves its biggest challenge to date.

Angelina Jolie 4.0: Is anyone buying this?

Angelina Jolie, master media manipulator, is back.

Fan's dream becomes reality with secret Potty gig

RIGHT TO THE FRONT DOOR: Singer/songwriter Mark Wilkinson will play a gig at a Pottsville fan's home in August.

Singer-songwriter Mark Wilkinson to play secret Pottsville gig

Love The Bachelor and a feminist? Sorry, you can't be both

These 22 women trying to win Matty's heart... but at what cost? (Pic: Channel 10)

Tans will be sprayed. Roses will be distributed. Tears will be shed.

NCEIA Dolphin Awards looking for the best of 2017

NEVER TOO LATE: Ivan Perger, 66, received his first NCEIA Dolphin Award in the folk category in 2014.

Entries to the North Coast music awards are now open

New indie folk fest launching social awareness

The Heart Collectors, Reuben Loire, Kymrie Henge, Mobius Barnaby and Tristan DaFoe

New folk music and wellness festival for Tyalgum

George RR Martin: Sixth book won't be out this year

Emilia Clarke returns as Daenerys Targaryen in the seventh season of Game of Thrones, which premieres only on Foxtel on July 17.

“I am still working on it, I am still months away..."

Glitter obsession not so glitzy for the environment

THE twinkly haze may wash off after one wear, but the tiny pieces of micro plastic don't just disappear.

LINGERIE SHOW: Gladstone models leave little to the imagination

The Australian Lingerie Model Search 2017 was held at the Young Australian Hotel on Saturday night.

Nine Gladstone women were confident on stage at the lingerie comp

Bridal wear shops unite to fight gown maker's collapse

Lasting Impressions owner Leah Stevens helps Grafton bride to be Natalie Jackson find another wedding dress.

Brides left in the lurch by collapses of overseas gown maker.

Gladstone model takes out national Face of Origin comp

QUEENSLAND BEAUTY: Face of Origin Gladstone representative Alice Litzow won the ultimate prize.

Alice comes out on top after three-day national final in Brisbane

Aussie bride's $1600 dream wedding with 100 guests

Emilyrose Fitzpatrick tied the knot in Scotland Picture: Facebook/Emilyrose Fitzpatrick

“Don’t make it about anyone but yourself and don’t compromise.”

Scarification: World’s most shocking and extreme body art

The scar this leaves will depend on how the person takes care of it.

World’s most shocking body art...*WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT*

LG's 77 inch wallpaper TV has $40k price tag

IT'S the television that had tech journalists from around the world drooling.

This iPhone keyboard hack is hugely satisfying

Best hidden features of iPhones revealed

Is ALDI about to clog the sewers?

Aldi is set to open in Central Queensland after the project was given the green light.

ALDI sparks debate after it advertises it is selling flushable wipes

$6 wine a winner for Coles

Coles Group wine buyer Ed Ashley holding last year’s award-winning bottle. Photo: Sam Wundke

Cabernet sauvignon given a gold rating by all judges

LG Twin Wash promises to slash laundry time

Half of Australians do their laundry two to four times every week

Important lessons when teaching teens good money habits

Putting away a bit away, over a long time is the key to building wealth. Sit down with your teenager and show them the power of compounding. PHOTO: AAP

Wealth experts detail financial skills that teenagers should learn

BlackBerry is back: But sorry, it's atrocious

BlackBerry KEYone might be better left in the past.

The display is just 4.5-inches to make room for the keyboard

'I wrote my ute off while I was high on ice'

HARRY Thies found his lowest point late last year – he’d just crashed his ute while on methamphetamines and was a shell of his former self.

27-year-old in ‘menopause’ shares her ‘shocking’ reality

Thessy Kouzoukas, 27, shared the images on her Instagram to prove the agonising condition is “no joke.”

Pictures show the effect endometriosis can have on a woman’s body.

Brutal twist in Charlie Gard case

Charlie Gard's mother and father, Connie Yates and Chris Gard, announced that they have abandoned their legal fight at the Family Division hearing at the High Court in the five month legal battle for the right for Charlie to undergo experimental therapy in the USA. Charlie suffers from a rare genetic condition and has brain damage.

Parents of Charlie Gard withdraw request to take their son to US

Seniors stun in swimsuits at Grandbikini

Contestants compete for titles at the Grandbikini.

Move over Miss Universe – it’s time for the Grandbikini.

'Going to explode': Gladstone woman suffers infectious disease

TERRIBLE IMPACT: The Observer's own Danae Jackson lives with chronic pain after contracting Ross River virus.

It's like arthritis through your whole body

Inquest into woman's death calls for changes at hospital

Gwendoline Mead died 12 days after having elective surgery

Teen's first book lifts lid on drugs, depression, sexuality

COAST teenager takes no-holds-barred approach to adolescence in first, self-published book.

Messy lessons to be learnt all day with a little one around

LESSONS: It's a learning curve having a little one, as I'm finding out, in a messy way.

OPINION: Never have I trusted farts less than with a newborn

Leaping into adulthood

NO CONSENT NEEDED: At 18 you can get a tattoo, vote, apply for credit, and go skydiving without permission.

New 18-year-old ready to take the plunge into adult life

Aussie toddler pulled from bottom of Bali pool, in coma

Kawa Sweeney

A GoFundMe page raised more than $75,000 in less than 24 hours

Surprise! Baby born on kitchen floor

Joby Higham and Rachel Finucane with newborn baby Aurora Jade Higham born on the 23rd of July in her parents kitchen in Maryborough.

A Maryborough mum was forced to have her baby on her kitchen floor.

More parents using photographer to capture baby’s birth

Amanda and Jarrd Schenk, moments after Chloe was born.

Amanda Schenk wanted a photographer by her side during birth

'Why I took my kids to Splendour'

MUM AND KIDS: Kazzie Mahina, with kids Makoa, 4, and six-month-old Kona, at Splendour.

Child minding at the awesome Little Splendour too good to pass up

Meet 7 of the Fraser Coast's most eligible bachelors

In the lead up to the premiere of The Bachelor, the Chronicle spoke to seven of the region's most eligible men.

Karl Stefanovic breaks his silence on divorce, new love

Karl poses for Stellar’s July 23 issue. Picture: Steven Chee Source:Stellar Magazine

Stefanovic on his marriage breakdown, new girlfriend

Say I do to having pets at your wedding

PET FRIENDLY WEDDING PLANNING: Having your fur babies at your wedding isn't just for celebrities.

Pet-friendly wedding planning

Why I said breastfeeding in public is illegal

Yummy Mummy Maria DiGeronimo.

I BREASTFED and I am all FOR breastfeeding and support it, but...