September 2019

Published a story 15th Sep 2019 5:00 AM

You haven’t really lived until you’ve been eyeballed by a humpback whale.

A whale of a time playing ‘I spy’ with humpbacks

You haven’t really lived until you’ve been eyeballed by a humpback whale.

Published a story 14th Sep 2019 4:01 PM

Fraser Island is barely a hop, skip and jump to our north but many Sunshine Coasters put it in the too hard basket to get there.

How to do Fraser Island the easy way

Fraser Island is barely a hop, skip and jump to our north but many Sunshine Coasters put it in the too hard basket to get there.

Published a story 1st Sep 2019 4:00 PM

I’VE been surrounded by talk of retirement lately.

An unretiring type can still think about retirement

I’VE been surrounded by talk of retirement lately.

July 2019

Published a story 28th Jul 2019 5:04 PM

ON A FEW occasions on a recent trip to Norway and Iceland, I was distracted from the scenery by the sight of children in high-visability vests and jackets.

Visible safety solution for our kids

ON A FEW occasions on a recent trip to Norway and Iceland, I was distracted from the scenery by the sight of children in high-visability vests and jackets.

Published a story 19th Jul 2019 9:34 AM

FIFTY years ago today, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong took one small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind. And I took one small skip for me.

One small step

FIFTY years ago today, Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong took one small step for Man, one giant leap for Mankind. And I took one small skip for me.

June 2019

Published a story 1st Jun 2019 4:05 PM

IN 1969, Peter, Paul and Mary released their John Denver-penned hit Leaving On A Jet Plane as a single and Man walked on the Moon but I was going nowhere.

Travel makes a world of difference

IN 1969, Peter, Paul and Mary released their John Denver-penned hit Leaving On A Jet Plane as a single and Man walked on the Moon but I was going nowhere.

May 2019

Published a story 24th May 2019 9:04 AM

STALLHOLDERS and customers will forge closer relationships when Bloomhill brings an interactive element to its new monthly Forest Market.

Bloomhill makes natural progression in markets

STALLHOLDERS and customers will forge closer relationships when Bloomhill brings an interactive element to its new monthly Forest Market.

Published a story 20th May 2019 9:40 AM

It doesn't matter if your game's off at Banff Springs: the awe-inspiring scenery will drive your frustration away.

Golfing heaven found amid the Canadian Rockies

It doesn't matter if your game's off at Banff Springs: the awe-inspiring scenery will drive your frustration away.

Published a story 12th May 2019 4:58 PM

<em>Game of Thrones</em> is the most-perfect series I've ever seen (Starbucks coffee cup excepted).

GoT to find another obsession

Game of Thrones is the most-perfect series I've ever seen (Starbucks coffee cup excepted).

April 2019

Published a story 10th Apr 2019 4:33 PM

TAKE the scenic route and arrive at this island haven prepared to try everything on offer.

Diving into everything the island haven Tangalooma offers

TAKE the scenic route and arrive at this island haven prepared to try everything on offer.

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Shirley Sinclair is community engagement editor at Sunshine Coast Newspapers, often moonlighting as weekend editor, features/travel writer and intern co-ordinator. She has been a full-time working journalist since 1983, when she began as a cadet with the South Burnett Times in Kingaroy. Later, she spent just over a year in features at the Gold Coast Bulletin before putting down roots on the Sunshine Coast. She has held various reporting, editing, designing and newsroom management roles since joining the Sunshine Coast Daily newsroom in 1985. Shirley enjoys helping writers improve their style and further their careers (she has tutored journalism part-time at the University of the Sunshine Coast for a decade, mentors Daily reporters and supervises journalism students from southeast Queensland universities doing work experience in the newsroom). As well as her grown-up family, her passions are travel (she is a writer member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers), music, sport and enjoying the Coast lifestyle. Her greatest joy is helping give people a voice – be that community groups, journalism students, theatre groups, musicians, artists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things.