KEEN KAYAKER: Best Job in the World's Ben Southall is at again. This time he will be kyaking from 1770 to Cooktown, re-tracing the route of Captain James Cook. Photo: Tourism Queensland.
KEEN KAYAKER: Best Job in the World's Ben Southall is at again. This time he will be kyaking from 1770 to Cooktown, re-tracing the route of Captain James Cook. Photo: Tourism Queensland.

Best job Ben is at it again

BEST Job in the World ambassador Ben Southall will be dropping by the Whitsundays via kayak in July.

He will set off on Saturday on a four month kayaking adventure along the Queensland coast following the path of Captain James Cook.

Southall will start the 1600 kilometre journey from the town of 1770 and finish in Cooktown by mid-September.

As a follow on from his job as island caretaker, this adventure has been dubbed the Best Expedition in the World and aims to raise the profile of the Great Barrier Reef.

Southall will spread the message of research, education and conservation of the Great Barrier Reef, its islands and its vast tourism experiences.

"The aim of my trip is to encourage more people from around the world to experience the Great Barrier Reef for themselves, to engage in active participation in research and protection of the reef for future generations," he said.

He will also be working with the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Park and Wildlife Services and Reef Check Australia.

Tourism Queensland chief executive Anthony Hayes said the Best Expedition in the World website would host information about the expedition including an interactive map tracking Southall’s location, interesting facts about the reef and tourism experiences along the way.

Southall will arrive in the Whitsundays on Monday, June 27 and visit Airlie Beach and all of the islands before leaving on Monday, July 11.

His parents are currently visiting from the United Kingdom and will be taking part by going on a road trip of the Queensland coast.

To follow Southall on his expedition visit www.bestexpeditionintheworld.com. 


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