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Danny P. Hoyland- the Little Queenslander banana bender from the Great Weekender.

Danny Hoyland is a proud born and bred Queenslander, that’s why he is known as the little Queenslander banana bender from the Great Weekender- a lifestyle programme with a difference, broadcast live every Saturday 05:30am to 9:00am. The Great Weekender has great music, and interesting interviews gelled together by Danny’s quirky, sense of humour and love for a great yarn. Personal stories about ordinary people who have done extraordinary things. He likes to inform, while at the same time, making people laugh. People from the corporate world, government, sports, and everyday folk that have their own story that makes you think.

A radio veteran of 30 years, working as a Promotions Manager, to a Talkback radio producer, and a roving “on the road” reporter. Danny was the first aid presenter of the award winning National Children’s TV Show Wombat, and was the adventure reporter on Creek to Coast.

Danny is a Life Member of his beloved Coolangatta Surf Life Saving Club, a former Club Captain, and the current Club President.. Danny has his saying: “When it’s hot in Brisbane it’s COOL n gatta.”

He is also a Life Member of Surf Life Saving Queensland, and a former SLSQ Board member. He was an original honorary rescue crew member of the Surf Life Saving Queensland’s WESTPAC Lifesaver Helicopter Rescue Service, and served as the Honorary SLSQ Helicopter Crew Chief of Training and Operations for 24 years. Danny is a Life Member of the Gold Coast Helicopter Rescue Service Gold Coast.

Danny is now dedicated to volunteering his time as a safety auditor for the professional arm of Surf Life Saving- the Australian SLSQ Lifeguard Service, and also attends the Youth Development Camps as a key note speaker, and has done so for the past 20 years.

Danny’s other love is Rugby Union Football. He played as a cheeky little halfback for the South’s Magpies Rugby Union Football Club, and has served on the SDRUFC Board, and is a Life Member of the South’s Club.

Danny’s other interest is the Australian Air Force Cadets. He has been a Commanding Officer of a Squadron for 20 years, and has been a dedicated member of the AAFC for 4 decades. Currently he is the Deputy Director of Public Affairs and Communications, Australian Air Forces National Headquarters, with the rank of Squadron Leader(AAFC).

Danny is honoured to be awarded the Order of Australia medal OAM for services to Surf Life Saving, helicopter rescue, rugby and the community, the Cadet Forces Service Medal for long service to the Air Force Cadets, the Australian Defence Medal, and the Order of St John for services to humanity.

He loves the beach, Coolangatta, Rugby Union football, South’s RUFC, keeping fit, and loves to spend time with his family.

Great Weekender Reviews

‘Ma-Ma Creek is a peaceful little township. I have never heard of Danny Hoyland

but the tourists who flock here every weekend tell me ‘he says he’s number one in our town’. Ummmm…..all I can say, whilst we all listen to River949 here in Ma-Ma Creek, how can this fellow claim to be Number one . Out of the 403 residents who live in Ma-Ma Creek ( and I know each and every one personally) there is no one here of that name.

Mr. Hoyland, we do appreciate the publicity though.  You are turning Ma-Ma Creek into a tourist mecca.


As I am constantly covering stories across South East Queensland, I can’t believe the many comments I receive  about Danny P Hoyland. Mostly, people want to know ‘What he’s on?’.

When I tell them he doesn’t drink or smoke and he’s always like that, they can’t believe it.  I just tell everyone he’s on the red cordial……Makes life simpler     Peter Collins  Channel 9.

Shane Bowering The Red Tape Buster

I listened, thinking I had one too many on the Friday night. Took all of the berocca  and realised that this guy Danny Hoyland needed them more than me. I did enjoy the guests on the show though. Steve, Yamanto

Small but very interesting display. Opens to low key elements and once through the door, it’s party time. Screaming, yelling, duck and rooster noises and plenty of doggies. No…this is not about a unit for Sale at Coolangatta. It refers to The Great Weekender and Danny Hoyland.

Name withheld to protect the writer

I have decided to go back to study comprehension. Sure as eggs, I can’t fathom Danny Hoyland’s Saturday performance. I called him out of interest to ask him ‘why I can’t grasp the show or its elements.. Danny (or at least I think it was him) said he cannot understand it either but don’t worry.

Maybe I should see a shrink instead.

Paul Browns Plains

Neale Stuart, notable Broadcaster and outback historian met Danny Hoyland in Pimpinbudgee – an isolated spot on the way to Toowoomba in Queensland. Neale, a considerate soul offered  the stranger a hand up in the local CWA Hall. Little did Neale know at the time, Danny Hoyland was standing up and so that was the start of a lifelong bond between the two. Neale is constantly on the move covering personalities and happenings in places like Ubobo andWonglepongand the St. George Winery; then there’s the Watermelon and Moon Festivals. One thing assured, Neale brings all the gossip from the Outback every Saturday morning on the Great Weekender.