April 2020

Voted in a poll 2nd Apr 2020 7:46 AM

March 2020

Published a story 19th Mar 2020 10:58 AM

IT’S hard to think of any positives to come out of our coronavirus-sabotaged lives. But I’m going to try.

Even coronavirus can have some positives

IT’S hard to think of any positives to come out of our coronavirus-sabotaged lives. But I’m going to try.

Published a story 6th Mar 2020 3:43 PM

Four days and a Hop On, Hop Off Boat pass aren’t enough to conquer all the highlights of this Scandinavian gem.

Discover the many faces of Copenhagen

Four days and a Hop On, Hop Off Boat pass aren’t enough to conquer all the highlights of this Scandinavian gem.

Published a story 4th Mar 2020 1:04 PM

IT’S hard to reinvent yourself when you’re the wrong side of 50, but it is possible.

Reinventing yourself is achievable, even after 50

IT’S hard to reinvent yourself when you’re the wrong side of 50, but it is possible.

February 2020

Published a story 28th Feb 2020 5:30 PM

Cairns has undergone a renaissance that is compelling visitors to stay a little longer to make the most of its eye-catching surrounds and laid-back lifestyle.

Cairns is just so hot right now

Cairns has undergone a renaissance that is compelling visitors to stay a little longer to make the most of its eye-catching surrounds and laid-back lifestyle.

Published a story 14th Feb 2020 8:47 AM

Using Vancouver as a base, you can see the many faces of Canada – naturally wild or man-made and funky – in just a short time.

A right royal tour of British Columbia

Using Vancouver as a base, you can see the many faces of Canada – naturally wild or man-made and funky – in just a short time.

January 2020

Published a story 31st Jan 2020 4:52 PM

The wow factor hits the moment we hear that familiar unzipping sound, then peel back the wide cream flaps and step inside.

Glamp it up on a mini-break in Cabarita

The wow factor hits the moment we hear that familiar unzipping sound, then peel back the wide cream flaps and step inside.

Published a story 16th Jan 2020 9:24 AM

A shared passion for hospitality and retail has made the Archdeacon family a powerhouse on the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Archdeacon family a Gold Coast powerhouse

A shared passion for hospitality and retail has made the Archdeacon family a powerhouse on the southern end of the Gold Coast.

Published a story 12th Jan 2020 9:29 AM

YOU’D have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the koala posts in the aftermath of our catastrophic fires.

We must protect creatures great and small

YOU’D have to have a heart of stone not to be moved by the koala posts in the aftermath of our catastrophic fires.

Published a story 10th Jan 2020 4:36 PM

The natural phenomena around Reykjavik illustrate why Aussies are travelling to the other side of the globe to experience Iceland.

Reykjavik’s natural attractions are other-worldly

The natural phenomena around Reykjavik illustrate why Aussies are travelling to the other side of the globe to experience Iceland.

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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.