WATCH: Two whales scare blazes out of Parkway Drive drummer

PARKWAY Drive drummer Ben Gordon's latest visit home at Byron Bay has proved memorable after two whales leapt from the water only metres from his kayak.

Carers still waiting on test results for baby koala

This baby koala was brought to Friends of the Koala today. Photo Contributed

He's able to melt your heart, but he might not be able to survive.

Miss You Already screening for fundraiser

FOR REVIEW AND PREVIEW PURPOSES ONLY. Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette in a scene from the movie Miss You Already. Supplied by Entertainment One Films.

Milly and Jess have been best friends forever.

Motorcyclist who crashed Harley in Casino may be charged

Rider lost control of his bike while doing laps in industrial area.

Resident can't believe crash driver escaped mangled wreck

The wreck of a car that crashed at Ballina Road, Goonellabah, on Saturday night. Miraculously, the driver not only survived but then successfully evaded police officers and the dog squad.

Driver lucky to be alive after crash destroys car, police say

Which weed is which? Find out at Byron workshop

EMBRACE: A scarecrow adds colour and a bird deterrent in Fiona Morris' garden at Gleneden Organic Farm. Photo Shirley Way / Central & North Burnett Times

There will be a free workshop to help locals learn about weeds.

New program to help you quit the ciggies

New program being run locally to help smokers put it out

Banker led with compassion, ended up in charge of the bank

Roy McKerihan and friend climbing Mount Blanc, 1917

Roy McKerihan was known as “the banker with the human touch”

Two Eastern Brown snakes battle it out in frenzied fight

A still from the video showing two Eastern Brown snakes fighting at Byron Bay, posted on Facebook by Cheyne Seabrook. Photo Contributed

A VIDEO of two brown snakes fighting has been posted online.

3m great white cleared Ballina beach

An image provided by Rotowing showing one of two sharks it was monitoring off Flat Rock on September 22.

Clarence swimmers are reminded to keep watch at the beach

Erosion management plan begins for Clarence River

The inaugural 'Clarence River Run' with surf boats from Red Rock - Corindi, Bungan Heads, North Steyne and Woolgoolga are pictured on the Clarence River starting their journey at Grafton. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

The Clarence River Erosion Management Plan has been completed

Family history only accounts for fraction of breast cancers

Breastscreen Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore Branch. Senior Radiographer Bronwyn Richards gives Brenda Laydon a screening.

“Twenty minutes every two years could save your life.”

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OPINION: Don't judge people for what they wear

Large structured handbags hold all your essentials and this shade of watermelon is fresh and delicious.

Should it really matter what we leave the house in?

An ode to Thurston: A freak, a genius, a special champion

Cowboys captain Johnathan Thurston with daughter Charlie takes a quiet moment in the middle of the field after their win over the Broncos the NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015.

Brisbane led 16-12 with 79 minutes but Thurston never quits.

NRL grand final: Is the golden point decider fair?

Anthony Milford of the Broncos lays on the field following their loss to the Cowboys during the NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys.

Wayne Bennett calls for reintroduction of NRL grand final replays

OPINION: Don't tag Thurston an Immortal for grand final win

Johnathan Thurston now has the green light to be voted an Immortal.

Respect on both sides needed in Andrew Johns drama

Andrew Johns takes a nap at Wellcamp Airport.

Public eye demands a high standard - that's the price of fame

OPINION: Don't sweat on daylight saving debate

My Comment with QT journalist Andrew Korner

North Coast cricketers perform strongly in nat championships

TWO former Far North Coast Cricket Academy boys are doing well at the Under-17 national championships.

Cricket: Ballina Bears win Rous tournament, pocket $6000

Pottsville batsman Nathan Wilson during the game against Norths at REC 9 in the Rous Hotel 16.8 cricket tournament.

Ballina Bears take out first Rous Hotel 16.8 cricket tournament

Great white shark spotted 'close enough to pat'

Rotorwing Helicopter Services spotted a 3m plus great white shark in close proximity to surfers off Boulder Beach in Ballina this morning and evacuated the water. Photo Contributed

Large shark spotted in close proximity to surfers at Ballina

Grafton cancer patient Sam Carroll rings in new chapter

CHEERS: Good Intent Hotel manager Chris Adamson watches as Sam Carroll toasts Shylo Baker Fergusson, the winner of the hotel’s raffle that raised more than $1000 for Sam’s fundraising appeal. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Sam Carroll's inspiring story continues...

Two charged for assisting prisoner to escape

Man escaped jail after serving just one month of his sentence

Jimmy Barnes joins fight against Sutton Forest coalmine

Jimmy Barnes and special guests at Lake Kawana Community Centre.

Southern Highlands has a local hero here to help

Negotiations with Metgasco continue despite end of buyback

Gas exploration claims have alarmed nearby Gympie residents.

Controversial coal seam gas licences still held as buyback canned

Hawkei set to replace Land Rover in $1.3b contract

1100 Hawkei vehicles to be built in Bendigo for the Defence Force

Police seek more security after Parramatta shooting

PROTECTION: NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione.

More to protection after civilian police accountant shot dead

Aussies focus on improving mental wellbeing

Research looks at approaches to sleep, exercise, diet and socialising

All asylum seekers processed 'within the next week'

Tent accommodation for irregular maritime arrivals in Nauru.

Nauru government plans to expedite claims of 600 asylum seekers

Cowboys win historic grand final in golden point time

Cowboys players celebrate victory in the NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys  (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

Thurston has led his Cowboys to grand final glory

Science award offers $22,000 prize for agricultural projects

Entries in the Science and Innovation Awards close this Friday

US gun sales soar after mass shooting in Oregon

Gun sales this year could exceed record sales reached in 2013

British to join air strikes against Isis in Syria

Britain says it should not be left to other countries

These are the victims of the Oregon shooting

Lucero Alcaraz, middle, with her older sister Maria, left.

The nine victims of the Oregon shooting have now been named

Pets and their owners line up for a blessing at St Mark’s

BLESSED: Geoff Farmer, Rev. Julie Simpson, Rev. Barbara Diery, Rev. Kaye Pitman and Joel Farmer with Rocky at the blessing of the pets at St Mark’s Anglican Church.

Church offers pet blessings on feast day of animal-lover St Francis

3000 rubber ducks race the Richmond in annual charity event

FLYING HIGH: Sofia, Tracey and Stevie Foukkare from the Gallery Cafe are all smiles after taking out the Great Duck Race on the Richmond River yesterday.

Individuals supported 3000 ducks with at least 100 corporate ducks

Tweed Valley 'priestess' offering sexual healing

Sexologist and “priestess of Goddess”, Kerri Ryan, in her temple at Uki.

The 'sexologist' says she can help you heal.

Doctor helps woman deliver own baby with natural caesarean

After Dr Wallman made the incision and moved the baby’s head and shoulders to the right position, the new mum reached down, grasped her baby under its shoulders, pulled him out, and laid him on her own chest.

Dr Wallman has helped a woman deliver her own c-section baby

John Jacobson's trash is full of historic treasures

DOWNSIZING: John Jacobson, of Lagoon Grass, will be holding a clearing auction of some vintage items on his property.

Fascinating antique and retro items being sold at auction

Massive sinkhole opens up in UK residential street

The sinkhole appeared on a residential street overnight Hertfordshire Fire and Rescue Service

Council had been notified of a 'small hole' then it opened up

Gwyneth Paltrow's relationship is 'very great'

At least according to her beau, TV producer Brad Falchuk

Elle Macpherson faces cancer scare

Elle Macpherson

Elle Macpherson has opened up about her scary brush with cancer

More than four million watch NRL grand final nailbiter

Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston (centre) celebrates with team mates after winning the NRL Grand Final between the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

THE Cowboys' emotional victory among most-watched events of year.

Caloundra Music Festival fights off NRL to draw 9000

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS: Combining music and football fever for the Truman family, from Elimbah, are from left Joe, 7, Nic, 3, Kath, Dave and Ben, 5, with friend Stevo O’Neill, from North Lakes.

Festival's third day another sell-out despite NRL grand final clash

Record entries with 242 cars at vibrant All Holden Day

Bob Emerton reckons old Holdens like his EK Special are solid and reliable.

Holden enthusiasts show off their rides at event for car lovers

4 trees that gamed biology (and their tiny, tiny seeds)

Sequoia National Park - General Sherman Tree - Panorama By World Wide Gifts [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

You might look at seeds differently after reading this

Ford Everest SUV road test

BIG BRUISER: Everest joins the ranks of seven-seat SUV models built on ute underpinnings, in Ford's case the hugely capable Ranger 4x4.

Eagerly awaited big Ford SUV is underpinned by Ranger ute

Call for more incentives to keep medicos coming to the bush

Medical experts have called for a review into keeping doctors

Aura to raise prospects in Caloundra: Chamber of Commerce

New community set to drive investment, research, quality of life

Ted O'Brien targets Clive Palmer on milk

Clive Palmer addresses media at the Palmer Coolum Resort - Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

LNP candidate accuses Clive Palmer of opportunism

Rockhampton ‘Rome’ of the beef world

Deputy Prime Minister Warren Truss in Rockhampton for the Northern Australia Beef Roads Program roundtable.

Leaders beef-minded about CQ

Warning to councils: it takes 18 months to sell an airport

SUPPORT AIRPORT: To get direct and cheap flights, we must use the existing service to show demand exists.

Start now if you want to ride the wave of airport privitisations

US fire-fighting chemical case a tense wait for small town

Chemical contamination concerns after RAAF base spill

GALLERY: Volkswagen Tiguan boasts more features than before

All new Volkswagen Tiguan 130TDI R-Line, exclusive to Rockhampton Prestige. Photo Tamara MacKenzie / The Morning Bulletin

Auto Torque's TK takes the new Volkswagen Tiguan for a test drive