'Best Job in the World' winner completes 1600km journey along the Great Barrier Reef
BEST Expedition in the World adventurer Ben Southall sailed into Cooktown, a small town in Far North Queensland, Australia, yesterday, completing an epic four-month, 1600km journey along the Great Barrier Reef.
He was welcomed by Mayor Peter Scott and Tourism Queensland’s executive director of marketing Steve McRoberts as well as media crews and tourism operators.
Ben spent the day visiting local schoolchildren, the James Cook Museum and hosting a lunch at the botanical gardens before an official reception in the afternoon and a finale party last night.
Cook Shire Council’s David Barker said it was wonderful to see so much support from the tourism industry in Cooktown.
"This expedition has brought a positive energy to so many areas of the Queensland coast after a difficult year for the tourism industry," he said.
In December 2010 Far North Queensland was hit by Cyclone Yasi, which devastated towns and farms in the region. Shortly after Christmas 2010, heavy rain caused major flooding across Queensland with at least seventy towns and over 200,000 people affected.