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'Hidden gem': Mackay hailed Australian Town of the Year

MACKAY is the shock winner of a popular travel website's Australian Town of the Year awards, beating the likes of the Gold Coast and Byron Bay.

Island closing to campers soon

BUMPER SEASON: A turtle comes ashore on Lady Musgrave Island to nest. Photo Contributed

Yearly closure helps turtles and seabirds

Canberra's dull but it's hard not to like

Our nation's capital is a city with issues

Harvest festival's new head revealed

FRESH BOUNTY: Northern Rivers-grown produce will again be showcased at the Northern Rivers Harvest Food Festival, which has a new co-ordinator.

NORTHERN Rivers Food has announced its new event co-ordinator

Barossa Valley: 48-hour guide to food and wine

Grapes ripening on the vine in the Barossa in South Australia.

The scenery is second only to the cuisine and wine.

What it's like living in coldest place on Earth

The 50 permanent residents don't seem to mind the inhospitable conditions.

Not even the thermometers work in coldest place on Earth.

Lost GoPro owner turns up half a world away

The search is over for this woman after her GoPro was found washed up on the beach containing photos and videos of the surfer.

Five-year-old mystery solved in unlikely way

$5 trick to scoring an upgrade

It’s possible to get bumped up to business class mid-flight — without causing a scene.

DRESSING to impress can go a long way when scoring an upgrade next time you fly

Calls to ditch ‘rain’ from weather forecasts

THE state’s tourism industry has attacked the weather bureau for being too negative, saying its language is discouraging tourists.

Lifeguard's shocking 'fun police' abuse: F... off

Adi Jenkins of Bethell's Beach Surf Lifesaving. Photo / Supplied

"I wonder if all realise that we are volunteers and have lives too."

Tourism boss slams Coast business over 'scapegoat' claims

TAKING ACTION: Visit Sunshine Coast deputy chair Mark Skinner owns Narrows Escape Rainforest Retreat.

Major international tourism boss lashes out at Coast organisation

Historical milestone for Mooloolaba cruise company

Images taken near Commonwealth Bay two years ago during Chimu Adventures expedition cruise to Antarctica.

Mooloolaba based cruise company takes tourists on Antarctica journey

How one island nation is taming tourists

A woman dives near the famous Rock Islands Arch in Palau. Picture: iStock

Palau sets up 'passport pledge' for tourists to protect island

Ominous sign in public toilets

Cape Town is suffering from a severe water crisis and visitors need to help.

Tourists are faced with a worrying sign when they arrive

Emirates mocks desperate customers

Emirates’ new ad campaign lampoons passengers who ask for upgrades.

New ad from Emirates pokes fun at customers wanting an upgrade.

Cruise ship from hell

Large waves hit the ship. Picture: Storyful

Hellish scenes on board Norwegian Cruise Line ship as it hits storm.

Watch: Croc lunges at tourist

24-year-old tourist bitten by a small crocodile at Cape Tribulation. Source: Facebook

Tourist videos the moment a croc leaps out to bite her.

How Do Hotels Decide Who Gets Perks?

How to get a luxury hotel room at a fraction of the price.

How Do Hotels Decide Who Gets Perks?

The Summit of Everest: What it's Like

Nepal’s Mount Everest, the highest mountain in the world at 8850 metres. Picture: iStock

Discover exactly what life is like on top of the world.

New Dreamliner for Qantas

Great Southern Land is the first of Qantas’ new Dreamliner aircraft.

Extended range means first non-stop flights from Australia to Europe.