[singlepic id=278 w=320 h=240 float=left]Member for Mulgrave Curtis Pitt has confirmed that Best Job in the World’s Ben Southall will be travelling along the Cassowary Coast as part of his Best Expedition in the World next year.

Ben Southall is preparing to embark on a three month, 1600km kayak journey to promote the Great Barrier Reef in May 2011.

“Ben will include the Cassowary Coast as he traces the path of Captain James Cook on his adventure next year from the town of 1770 to Cooktown,” Mr Pitt said.

“Ben has done a wonderful job for the Queensland tourism industry since winning his spot as Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef last year as part of Tourism Queensland’s Best Job in the World campaign.

“We are excited about his next adventure which will promote education, conservation and research on the Great Barrier Reef and look forward to seeing him when he stops by on his journey.

“We hope ‘The Best Expedition in the World’ will also encourage more visitors to experience Queensland first-hand.”

Ben said in between his current tourism ambassador duties, he had continued to blog about life after the Best Job in the World and had begun planning his voyage of discovery.

“I’m thrilled to be undertaking the expedition and once again taking my experiences of the Great Barrier Reef to the world,” Ben said.

“I also want to encourage Australians to get behind this campaign and show their love for the reef to the world.

“The expedition is also about encouraging people from around the world to experience the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef for themselves and to participate in reef research and protection.”

Ben said over the past 12 months he had been busy promoting Queensland to the world through a series of campaigns with Tourism Queensland’s international offices and also through his blogs and media interviews.

“I plan to document this trip in a similar way through www.islandreefjob.com, meeting the local characters and asking people to join me along the way,” he said.

“I have experienced some unforgettable, shining moments on the Great Barrier Reef during my time as the Island Caretaker; such as diving with manta rays at Lady Elliot Island, sailing with humpback whales around the Whitsundays and kayaking along the unforgettable Hinchinbrook Island.

“I feel privileged to have had so many wonderful experiences while out on the Great Barrier Reef and I’d like to encourage more people to share in the same experiences.”

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