BEST JOB

AWARDS 2013

5th of February 2014

 

I can’t believe it but my time as a “special” Park Ranger is now over! All good things come to an end as we say…

 

So sad but I had a blast and lived such an incredible adventure for 6 months. For this special date, I concocted a list per category of my best experiences in Queensland, my Best Job in the World’s Awards! Check it out as there are my the best addresses and travel tips in Queensland! 

 

We had a lot of fun editing a final video as well, hope you like it!

 

     And the winners are...     

    6 months - Top 6 by category     

Whitsunday Island
Whitsunday Island

Part of the Whitsundays region, this island is home of the mythical Whitehaven beach, the beach where I learnt the definition of “perfection”. There is no word to how beautiful this place is….

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Girraween
Girraween

Located in Southern Queensland Country, Girraween is about 3 hours away from Brisbane. I was amazed by its giant granite boulder balanced on a top of the mountain. Wow !

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Capricornia Cays National Parks
Capricornia Cays National Parks

Group of eight islands, which are part of the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area (Lady Musgrave, North West, Mast Head, Wilson, Erskine and Tryon islands, and part of Heron Island). Crazy to stay there and been the feet in the reef!

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Whitsunday Island
Whitsunday Island

Part of the Whitsundays region, this island is home of the mythical Whitehaven beach, the beach where I learnt the definition of “perfection”. There is no word to how beautiful this place is….

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 TOP 6 Favourite  National Parks 

TOP 6   Paradisiacal Beaches  

Fitzroy island
Fitzroy island

Nudey Beach: one of the most photographed beaches in Queensland! Giant boulder which gives it a bit of character, stunning white sand and turquoise water, what else?

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Whitehaven Beach
Whitehaven Beach

The purest sand I have ever seen in my life, here the sand is 99% pure silica! Every time you come to admire this paradise, it looks different (tides, sky etc)

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North Stradbroke Island
North Stradbroke Island

Known as Straddie for the locals, it’s a great island easily accessible from Brisbane. Particularly like swimming at Cylinder Beach.

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Fitzroy island
Fitzroy island

Nudey Beach: one of the most photographed beaches in Queensland! Giant boulder which gives it a bit of character, stunning white sand and turquoise water, what else?

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 TOP 6 Crystal Clear  Waterfalls 

Fruitbat, Twin and Elliot Falls
Fruitbat, Twin and Elliot Falls

After driving hours and hours on gravel roads, making our way to the top of Australia, these falls were paradise on earth, to refresh and play! Located in Jardine River National Park, Cape York Peninsula.

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Zoe Falls on Hinchinbrook island
Zoe Falls on Hinchinbrook island

Zoe Falls on Hinchinbrook island. Like nothing else in Queensland. This is one of the highlight of the famous Thorsborne Trail, reputedly one of the world’s best backpacking

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Natural Bridge
Natural Bridge

In the world class Springbrook National Park. Unforgettable evening spent watching the glow worms in the cave. So pretty site.

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Fruitbat, Twin and Elliot Falls
Fruitbat, Twin and Elliot Falls

After driving hours and hours on gravel roads, making our way to the top of Australia, these falls were paradise on earth, to refresh and play! Located in Jardine River National Park, Cape York Peninsula.

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 TOP 6 Fun and Memorable   Tours 

Rafting with Raging Thunder
Rafting with Raging Thunder

One full day rafting in the rapids of the Tully River. Adventure and so much fun to get wet in this beautiful rainforest environment!

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Ocean Rafting Whitsunday
Ocean Rafting Whitsunday

For the best and fastest ride in the Whitsundays with one full day of action and fun.

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Kiana Sailing Boat
Kiana Sailing Boat

Because the Whitsundays is a mythical place to sail in.A wonderful crew, a comfy boat and great adventures between the islands and the Great Barrier Reef.

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Rafting with Raging Thunder
Rafting with Raging Thunder

One full day rafting in the rapids of the Tully River. Adventure and so much fun to get wet in this beautiful rainforest environment!

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 TOP 6 Wonderful  Accommodations 

Orpheus island Resort
Orpheus island Resort

The only resort on the island, eco minded, it caters for only 34 guests on the entire 1300-hectare island. We were the only lucky guests during our long week end and the service was exceptional. Dive, kayak, enjoy a gourmet picnic basket in a secluded beach, explore the coast with a dinghy, taste 5 star food in style with the romantic dinner on the jetty and pamper yourself at the Spa.

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Rainforest Hideaway
Rainforest Hideaway

Quirky tree houses with a bathroom with view (opened on the rainforest)! I especially liked the zen garden and the cassowary wake up call! Brilliant! – à Daintree National Rainforest.

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B&B Wanulla - Toowoomba
B&B Wanulla - Toowoomba

Beautiful typical Queenslander style home, in which you are welcomed by the lovely Margaret & Steve. All is about elegance, comfort and convenience.

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Orpheus island Resort
Orpheus island Resort

The only resort on the island, eco minded, it caters for only 34 guests on the entire 1300-hectare island. We were the only lucky guests during our long week end and the service was exceptional. Dive, kayak, enjoy a gourmet picnic basket in a secluded beach, explore the coast with a dinghy, taste 5 star food in style with the romantic dinner on the jetty and pamper yourself at the Spa.

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 TOP 6 Favourite Friendly  Hostels 

Myella Farm Stay YHA
Myella Farm Stay YHA

The perfect place to live the Aussie Outback lifestyle: a family owned farm with nice people, with cute animals and magical countryside, I could have stayed for ever riding the horses and the motorbikes!

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YHA Halse Lodge Noosa
YHA Halse Lodge Noosa

Voted Australia’s best Backpacker - TNT Golden Backpacker Award 2013 – I can confirm: I love Halse Lodge: great location in Noosa, with a very friendly staff, a typical Queensland's house where you feel at home, a great restaurant with cheap but good food

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Scotty’s Beach House Mission Beach
Scotty’s Beach House Mission Beach

This is an old-school backpackers for people who look for a truly laid-back,’beachy’ atmosphere. One free night accommodation if you book the famous skydive through them

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Myella Farm Stay YHA
Myella Farm Stay YHA

The perfect place to live the Aussie Outback lifestyle: a family owned farm with nice people, with cute animals and magical countryside, I could have stayed for ever riding the horses and the motorbikes!

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 TOP 6 Places where I'll remember the Food 

Fish D'vine - Airlie Beach
Fish D'vine - Airlie Beach

Delicious seafood and particularly loved the chili mud crab. Best Mojitos ever from the Rum Bar.

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Bazaar QT Hotel Gold Coast
Bazaar QT Hotel Gold Coast

Re-creates a traditional marketplace with a twenty-first century twist. An enticing international mosaic of foods.

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O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat
O’Reillys Rainforest Retreat

A talented Brit chef who got his inspiration from all around the world.

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Fish D'vine - Airlie Beach
Fish D'vine - Airlie Beach

Delicious seafood and particularly loved the chili mud crab. Best Mojitos ever from the Rum Bar.

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 TOP 6 Dreams came true in Queensland

Flying over the GBR - Whitsundays
Flying over the GBR - Whitsundays

Aboard a seaplane and seeing the Heart Reef from the air. Realising that Whitehaven Beach is even more stunning from above, incredible!

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4WDriving Fraser Island
4WDriving Fraser Island

4WDriving on the largest sand island in the world: Fraser Island! Very unique because “the road” is classified as a national highway and is also an airport lane!

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Orpheus Island
Orpheus Island

Staying on an idyllic tropical island for 3 days: Reachable only per helicopter, Orpheus is a beautiful island in the Coral Sea, close to Townsville. National Park and Barrier Reef sanctuary. Here stress, worries and routine leave place to bliss, pleasure and pamper. 

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Flying over the GBR - Whitsundays
Flying over the GBR - Whitsundays

Aboard a seaplane and seeing the Heart Reef from the air. Realising that Whitehaven Beach is even more stunning from above, incredible!

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 TOP 6 best   Snorkelling / scuba diving   spots

Southern Great Barrier Reef:

 

Heron island: Heron bommy

Lady Elliot Island: dive with Manta rays!

Wilson Island: magical secluded cay, part of Capricornia National Park. I loved “playing” with the octopus!

 

Whitsundays outer Reef:

 

Bait Reef: Mantaray drop off: one of my best dives did with Kiana Sailing boat.

 

North Queensland:

 

Flynn Reef: Coral Gardens: the best colourful corals with ProDive Cairns

Milln Reef: a lot of curious fish around with ProDive Cairns

Flynn reef great barrier reef, maxime coquard