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January 27, 2014 14:01 in News by Nea :: Article Rating

Best Job in the World - Elisa Detrez, Park Ranger

Elisa Detrez has the ‘Best Job in the World’  - she is a “Park Ranger” in Queensland.

Elisa was selected by Tourism Australia to work alongside experienced guides and tourism operators to explore Queensland’s natural attractions including the world’s oldest rainforest, the largest coral reef and ancient fossil sites. She then reports back to a global audience through facebook, twitter, blogs and Instagram.

This is a snap, as in France she is an on-line marketer! Her talent is clear in her winning video application:


She entered the competition and beat more than 10,000 applicants for the position, which she started in August 2013. Elisa is traveling with her partner Maxamillian who just happens to be a fashion photographer, who takes awesome photos along their travels!!  Elisa’s office for the last six-months has been a selection of spectacular natural settings throughout the State.

Queensland has five World Heritage-listed areas as well as hundreds of national and marine parks, with amazing nature-based tourism experiences.

Her planned itinerary brought her to Mt Barney Lodge on December 19th 2013 for a night. Her parents also came, having flown in from France’s winter conditions only the day before!! Soon after their arrival a typical summer storm cooled the place down, and introduced her to the sounds of rain on a corrugated iron roof.  After a Sunset Ecotour with Innes and Tracey  learning about the red-Necked Wallabies, sugargliders, bandicoots, Red-backed Wren and Satin Bowerbird on the property, we shared Barney Creek Wine and Scenic Rim 4Real cheese on Boolamoola Homestead’s veranda.  On dusk, another storm rolled through, this time with icecube-sized hail!! It seems the visitors from France who compared their mountains at home with the McPherson Ranges got their wish for a “white Christmas” to cool things down!!

The next day it was a bit hot to climb Queensland’s most impressive peak, so instead Innes offered to guide her to the Upper Portals where they could enjoy the stunning natural setting and take a cool swim.  A bonus was observing the five Glossy Black Cockatoos feeding in the trees along Cleared Ridge! 

Elisa’s website says her mission is to “Explore, experience Queensland and make people dream about this wonderful Australian state!”

Here is a copy of her post about Mt Barney Lodge for those of you who don’t follow Facebook.

December 18, 2013

(FR) Pour se retrouver en famille ou entre amis dans une maison typique du Queensland, une vue exceptionnelle sur le Mont Barney, des kangourous dans le jardin, des balades incroyables dans la forêt, tout ça, c'est Mount Mt Barney Lodge Merci beaucoup à Tracey et Innes pour votre accueil chaleureux! 

(EN) To be reunited in family or with friends, in a typical Queensland homestead, enjoying a stunning view on Mount Barney and watching the wallabies in the garden, going for amazing walks in the forest, all this is at Mount Barney Lodge! Thank you Tracey and Innes for your wonderful welcome!

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