Les Clefs d’or
CHEF CONCIERGE, SOFITEL GOLD COAST BROADBEACH
AS A CONCIERGE, we are called upon for a number of reasons, and being wellresearched for our recommendations is an important component of the job.
Following on from the Meet the Region workshop held at the recent Les Clefs d’or AGM, I had the wonderful opportunity to take my family to Lady Elliot Island for a day tour. Lady Elliot Island is situated 45 kilometres off the Bundaberg coast and is the most southern point of the Great Barrier Reef. Included in the Green Zone, the area is home to a diverse array of marine animals and reef life.
Leaving Coolangatta Airport at 6.30am, our flight, courtesy of Seair Pacific, travelled straight up the coast, taking us along the glitter strip to Redcliffe, where we took a detour to pick up two more guests. Heading directly over the Sunshine Coast and Fraser Island, our pilot, Ben, came across a number of migrating whales which was an amazing sight.
After just over two and a half hours we landed on Lady Elliot Island. Welcomed by Barry, the manager on duty, and Blaze the marine biologist, we had a quick safety induction and were then invited aboard the Island’s newest glass bottom boat, captained by Kim the skipper. On the journey to the reef, Blaze was full of knowledge and seemed to get lost in the wonder of the reef. We were then ready to snorkel, and feel very lucky to have been able to see turtles, Manta rays, Moray eels, coral and fish, fish and more fish!
After we’d worked up an appetite, it was time for lunch. We enjoyed the buffet-style meal that more than satisfied our hunger. The afternoon was then spent exploring the coral lagoon before it was time to board our plane for the flight back to the Gold Coast.
I would like to thank Peter and Julie Gash, and all the staff from Seair and Lady Elliot Island for their hospitality to both me and my family. As my sevenyear-old said to us, “we have just swum one of the seven natural wonders of the world!” And he is right; this is definitely one ticked off the bucket list.