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Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - AN­GELIQUE PAT­TER­SON

TEN lucky com­pe­ti­tion win­ning blog­gers from around the world have been blown away af­ter five days of ac­tion-packed fun in the far north.

Tourism Queens­land teamed up with Aus­tralia’s num­ber one blog­ger Dar­ren Rowse to or­gan­ise the com­pe­ti­tion called Queens­land Blog­ger Cor­re­spon­dent which started in Cairns and fin­ished in Port Dou­glas last week­end.

The crew went on var­i­ous trips in­clud­ing jun­gle surf­ing, trekking in the Dain­tree, snorkelling on the Great Bar­rier Reef, he­li­copter rides, white-wa­ter raft­ing, stand-up pad­dling, Dain­tree river cruises, din­ner at Flames of the For­est, On the In­let and fin­ished with the oblig­a­tory beer at the Court­house Ho­tel in Port Dou­glas.

The Gazette caught up with Mr Rowse, who ex­plained why he had taken up the chal­lenge, and a cou­ple of the blog­gers be­fore they boarded Quick­sil­ver on their reef trip.

“I get pitched to all the time from PR com­pa­nies want­ing me to pro­mote lots of things I didn’t be­lieve in so I made a list of what I want to pro­mote and Queens­land was one of them,” he said.

“This is my at­tempt to get back to au­then­tic blog­ging and Aus­tralia is a prod­uct I re­ally be­lieve in.

“And it’s great to see some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to work with the in­ter­na­tion­als that are lap­ping it up - it’s a dream come true to bring some of my read­ers out.”

Mr Rowse’s blog problog­ has around 5 mil­lion read­ers a month and is an in­spi­ra­tion to the blog­gers, such as Ameri- can Tsh Ox­en­rei­der, who won the trip to North Queens­land and is her first time in Aus­tralia.

“I love warmer cli­mates and Aus­tralia has al­ways been on my bucket list, so it’s a dream come true,” she said.

“We have flown by he­li­copter to the Great Bar­rier Reef, that was fan­tas­tic, and one host who was a film­maker for the new GBR BBC doc­u­men­tary caught a shark and held it up to us, it’s been fan­tas­tic.

“I’m a pro­fes­sional blog­ger with sim­ple­ and it’s my full­time job. Dar­ren’s blog was one of the first blogs I had read and I al­ways wanted to meet him, I love Dar­ren and all he has done for my blog.”

Re­becca Cooper from Canada has a blog sim­pleast­hat­ and when she en­tered the com­pe­ti­tion she said she thought she had no chance of win­ning.

“I en­tered and re­ally wasn’t ex­pect­ing much, I’m re­ally thrilled to be on this trip, which is a once in a life­time for me,” she said.

“My blog is cat­e­gorised as a life­style blog, I am a pho­tog­ra­pher and I share pho­to­graphs, tips and share lat­est craft projects, keep­ing it sim­ple and about fam­ily life­style.

“This trip has been great, it’s been busy and I have been amazed at the things to do in such a small area of Aus­tralia - there’s so much to do here and peo­ple are re­ally friendly and wel­com­ing.”

The other blog­gers were Malaysia’s U Mei The, Ger­many’s Katja Hentschel, UK’s Stu­art Flatt and Jackie Hutch­ings , Amer­i­cans Kara Williams and Jodi Fried­man and Chantelle Ellem and Jess Van Den from Aus­tralia.

For more on their local ad­ven­tures visit problog­

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