Shed those urban woes. Published in The Australian, Travel & Indulgence


Outback Queensland has a new luxury retreat. Rich with natural wonders, from panoramic landscapes to abundant flora and fauna, Gilberton is also internationally significant for the conservation of its cultural heritage. ...more

The Oyster is their world - Outback Magazine Oct/Nov 2013


Through advanced farming techniques, fifth-generation oyster farmers Ben and John Ralston are growing creamier, plumper and sweeter oysters. ...more

Moving Panoramas, Published TRACKS magazine, January 2013


MOVING PANORAMAS....It’s springtime. And with temperatures a balmy 20 to 25 degrees and the start of Western Australia’s famed wildflower season, it’s a great time to be setting out from Perth on the Indian Pacific for a transcontinental journey.
Story & Photos Paula Heelan ...more

Welcome to the Outback - published OUTthere magazine, Dec2012


From riesling and pan-tossed pasta to feral food platters in the Outback, Paula Heelan savours the flavours of South Australia on a road trip from Adelaide to Coober Pedy. ...more

Going With The Grain - Published MINDFOOD magazine, October 2012


After five generations of farming, the Maitland family has taken their produce from the paddock to the plate - by turning their crops into quality wholegrain flour and pasta.
By Paula Heelan ...more

Sea Change


Published, Queensland Country Life. The ms Volendam, on which Paula
Heelan was a guest of the Holland
America Line, is a fantastic, midsized ship now crusing in the Australasia region. ...more

Life for Troy is sailing along nicely


Published The Weekend Morning Bulletin, Rockhampton...

It's Saturday night on the ms Volendam. Executive chef Troy Wastell has joined our table in the signature retaurant, the Pinnacle Grill. ...more

On the banks of the Barcoo


On the banks of the Barcoo - pubilshed Outback magazine, Aug/Sept issue 78
With a lovely lack of luxury, pomp and poker machines, Clancy’s Overflow Hotel in Isisford, in the middle of everywhere, has a heady sense of times gone by. ...more

Coordinator-General flys in to Clermont for landowner talks


Queensland coordinator-general Keith Davies and four senior department heads flew in to the central highlands on Wednesday to meet with landowners affected by the proposed rail corridor developments to move coal across more than 500kms of country from the Galilee Basin to Abbot Point and Moranbah. ...more

Year 7 move spells anguish for rural and remote families


Disturbed by the Bligh Government’s announcement to move Year 7 into secondary school from 2015, Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA) president Lorraine McGinnis said rural and remote families would face enormous emotional and financial burdens from having to send their children to boarding school 12 months earlier. ...more

Gone Droving


Published Canberra Times, August 26, 2010

It’s late afternoon and behind storm clouds the sun is casting a brilliant deep purple light across the outback. More than 40 weary, but exuberant horse riders are heading back to their base camp after a day of droving more than 500 head of cattle on Anna Creek Station in South Australia. ...more

Moveable feast


Outback magazine, published April/May 2010...Working in a long, swaying narrow galley and serving gourmet cuisine to train lovers calls for a skilled mix of teamwork, balance and quick thinking. ...more

Paula's rural focus is perfect


THE photographic talents of Clermont’s
Paula Heelan have earned her
an official place among the state’s top
rural photographers. Published Rockhampton Morning Bulletin, Rural Weekly, 15 July 2011 ...more

On Assignment


On Assignment for OUTBACK magazine - Issue 57
Paula Heelan writes from a cattle station north-east of Clermont in central Queensland. ...more



Feature story published OUTBACK magazine, Issue 59, Jun/Jul 2009
Despite major challenges, Mac and Gayle Shann have built a thriving horse and cattle breeding business on their station, Cantaur Park, and with the help of family and friends, are living their dream ...more



Feature story, published in OUTBACK magainze, Issue 59, June/July 2009
The name The Ghan, stems from the pioneering Afghan cameleers who blazed a trail into Australia’s red centre more than 150 years ago. Now pulling more than 25 shimmering silver carriages and offering a new Platinum service, today the legendary Ghan matches the world’s best in luxury train travel. ...more

On their selection


Feature story, published Outback Magazine, Issue 57, Feb/Mar 2008.Half a century ago, 15 pioneers headed to central Queensland to establish crops and cattle. The legacy of their hard work and faith in the land lives on. ...more

Born of the Sea


Born of the Sea, published Outback magazine, issue 62, Dec/Jan 2009
Working in one of the world's most dramatic seascapes along a rugged, pristine coastline, two young men on Tasmania's north-east coast are reaping the benefits of their crayfishing and seabird charter operation. ...more

What's ahead for livestock producers?


Published in MLA's FRONTIER magazine, Winter, 2008. The burning of fossil fuels like coal, oil and natural gas (in which carbon has been stored for millions of years), combined with accelerated land clearance, has led to unprecedented levels of greenhouse gas emissions. ...more

Flood of thanks from the Belyando River people


News feature, published in the Queensland Country Life, April, 2008. People from the Belyando River community gathered at Waltham Station last weekend to say thaks to those who helped them through the devastating flood earlier this year. ...more

Holding Fast


Published, Australian Country Style, August'07. Death, drought, mining incursions and even tornados aren't enough to drive the inheritor of a great Queensland station off the land. ...more

Primed for Prep


Published Outback magazine,Issue 53, Jun/July 2007. Capricornia School of Distance Education's youngest students got to know their class mates and teacher and experienced classroom life for the first time, at Prep 'minischool'. ...more

The Organic Meat Company


Published Outback magazine, Issue 48, Aug/Sept 2006. With a complement of rural skills, four friends are taking Australian organic meat to the world. ...more

Homecoming Vet


Feature story, published Outback Magazine, Issue 36, 2004.
Raised on a Blackwater cattle station, Myffawny Lawrie spent years studying in Brisbane before coming the full circle and returning to central Queensland as a bush vet. ...more