Nature's beautiful trumpet: Growing tropical allamandas

MANY tropical and sub-tropical plants are at their peak in late summer and early autumn. This is certainly true of the allamanda.

Finding the right beer for a tropical day

This ale’s a real pearler

Michael Moore's recipe for a healthy meal on a pizza

CHEF Michael Moore's diabetes forced him to re-evaluate his food.

Smoked salmon, pea and radish salad inspired by MKR

Dan and Steph’s salmon salad.

EASY yet delicious smoked salmon, pea and radish salad recipe.

Chinese char siu lamb cutlets recipe

THIS easy char siu lamb cutlets dish works well with lamb or pork.

The top trending baby names for 2016

SEARCHING for the right baby name? Then why not consider these.

No pandas on our Prime Minister's gift registry

Before his rise to the top and while communications minister Melcolm Turnbull received some free internet stuff, a few tickets to the cricket, AFL, opera and some hotel upgrades.

READING the Prime Minister’s gift register is always a fun.

Three-cylinder thrills: BMW 318i road test and review

THREE IN 3: Entry-level 318i offers the first three-cylinder engine in a premium sedan, and starts at $54,900.

Can three (cylinders) be the magic number in BMW's new 3 Series?

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Eat to beat diabetes: Spelt spaghetti with ratatouille

THIS colourful dish is high in low-GI carbohydrate and dietary fibre to keep you feeling fuller for longer.

Light and refreshing rocket, watermelon and ginger salad

THIS rocket, watermelon and ginger salad is very refreshing.

You’re on a sausage roll

TREAT the family this weekend with some homemade sausage rolls.

A summer meat treat: Thai beef salad

Thai beef salad make for a yummy combination.

Tasty traditions: Lamington bundt cake

Celebrate Australia Day with this lamington bundt cake.

Fire up the barbie for these bonza recipes

Kangaroo and halloumi skewers.

Fire up the barbie and make it a bonzer day with these recipe ideas.

Delicious and easy gluten, dairy, soya, nut free cooking

Gluten, Dairy, Soya, Nut Free Cooking by Nada Farina. Publisher: New Holland Publishers. RRP: $27.26

COOKING for someone with a food allergy or intolerance made easy.

Top 5 belongings most lost or stolen overseas

NOW is the period where Aussies are most likely to lose shiny new Christmas gifts while travelling.

TRAVEL: My day at Bali detention centre

Visiting a detention centre in Bali was one of the best things I did

Sydney’s almost on top in keeping tourists entertained

Research from the first MasterCard Asia-Pacific Destination Index shows Australian cities claimed four of the top 20 destinations on this list.

Travelers to Sydney stay an average of 23.7 nights per visit

Turkish delight: Finding a bathhouse lost in time

Drenched, buffed and covered in soapy bubbles, you will feel as though the world has slowed to a stop.

Mine was so good I wish I could do it for the first time again

The air-conditioning trick that could save you a fortune

IF you haven't read this on Facebook already, this little story could save you a small fortune.

Too soon: Readers stunned at early Easter treats

Allira Tooth is happy with early Easter eggs but her mum Larissa Auld isn't as pleased.

Shoppers can already buy Easter eggs, months out from Easter

Too hot to shop? Shopping centre aircon taking shoppers

Hervey Bay Esplanade - roundabout work in progress at Main St. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Warm weather is becoming a deterrent for shoppers

Christmas shopping with kids can be fun - really?

Positive Parenting Program's top tips for shopping with kids

Antiques dating back 700 years being auctioned to help uni

Auctioneer Shane Pfeffer with a butterfly collection from the Austins' estate, to be sold with the proceeds going towards the University of the Sunshine Coast.

One of Sunshine Coast's most significant collections up for sale

So many ways to save for Christmas

Make changes to the way you shop now and have money in the piggy bank for Christmas.

PANICKING about the fact that Christmas isn’t far away?