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
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!
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….
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 !
TOP 6 Favourite National Parks
TOP 6 Paradisiacal Beaches
Known as Straddie for the locals, it’s a great island easily accessible from Brisbane. Particularly like swimming at Cylinder Beach.
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?
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)
TOP 6 Crystal Clear Waterfalls
In the world class Springbrook National Park. Unforgettable evening spent watching the glow worms in the cave. So pretty site.
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.
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
TOP 6 Fun and Memorable Tours
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.
One full day rafting in the rapids of the Tully River. Adventure and so much fun to get wet in this beautiful rainforest environment!
For the best and fastest ride in the Whitsundays with one full day of action and fun.
TOP 6 Wonderful Accommodations
Beautiful typical Queenslander style home, in which you are welcomed by the lovely Margaret & Steve. All is about elegance, comfort and convenience.
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.
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.
TOP 6 Favourite Friendly Hostels
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
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!
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
TOP 6 Places where I'll remember the Food
A talented Brit chef who got his inspiration from all around the world.
Delicious seafood and particularly loved the chili mud crab. Best Mojitos ever from the Rum Bar.
Re-creates a traditional marketplace with a twenty-first century twist. An enticing international mosaic of foods.
TOP 6 Dreams came true in Queensland
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.
Aboard a seaplane and seeing the Heart Reef from the air. Realising that Whitehaven Beach is even more stunning from above, incredible!
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!
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.
Flynn Reef: Coral Gardens: the best colourful corals with ProDive Cairns
Milln Reef: a lot of curious fish around with ProDive Cairns