Four months of paddling, peddling and sailing a Hobie kayak 1600kms up the Great Barrier Reef.
Sounds like utter bliss, and it was...for the most part anyway.
In May 2011 I embarked on a voyage of discovery to retrace the route taken by Captain James Cook in 1770, along one of the most beautiful but treacherous coastlines in the world.
During 2009 during the Best Job in the WorldI travelled the length Queensland coast, and seen the beauty of life above and below the water; immaculate coral reefs teeming with marine life, pristine beaches lined by mangroves and palm trees and some of the most intense eye-to-eye experiences with whales, dolphins and manta rays imaginable.
This World Heritage listed, fragile eco-system is close to my heart and helping people understand its significance is close to my heart. The expedition took the a snapshot of life on the reef showcasing its natural beauty through imagery, blogs and videos posted to my website each day. Hosting media from around the world, onboard our support vessel yacht Sunshine, allowed them to taste life on the ocean wave, experience the beauty of the reef and deliver the message of conservation, adventure and the great outdoors to a global audience.
Throughout the voyage we visited local schools, tourism organisations and operators, worked with celebrities, radio and television shows to showcase the Great Barrier Reef further and raised over $5 million of PR for the state of Queensland.
My route along the reef from the town of 1770 to Cooktown