Fraser Island Great Walk is picture-perfect

Hiking holiday snap nominated for 150 Must-Do’s in Queensland competition.

Avid hiker and RACQ member Neil Pattemore was captured in this special moment during a multi-day hike on Fraser Island.

The photo was taken at sunrise, after an overnight stop, on the banks of Lake McKenzie, and is an entrant in RACQ’s 150 Must-Do’s in Queensland competition.

“There was no one else in the campsite so we took the pic and had a swim,” Neil said.

“It was pretty cool. When no one else is around it’s kind of nice to have a swim.”

The Fraser Island trail is one of Queensland’s Great Walks – a series of multi-day hikes, ranging from two to eight days, which showcase the natural beauty of our state. 

“The Great Walks have marked trails but you have to take a tent and all your food,” Neil said.

“There are no cabins and no food on the way, so what you start with is all you’ve got for an 80 or 90k walk.”

The K’Gari (Fraser Island) Great Walk covers 90km, from Dilli Village to Happy Valley, and takes six to eight days to complete.

Hiking is a passion for Neil which he now shares with his children Brei, 15, Bec, 13, and Josh, 12.

“They love it. It is a great activity to do with kids, it’s magic,” Neil said.

“We always do hikes on our trips, wherever we go, or we might make it a special hiking trip.”

Last year Neil, his wife Sarah and the three kids travelled to New Zealand and included several multi-day hikes as part of the trip.

This year the Tarragindi family is planning a holiday to Cairns while Neil’s next big hiking adventure is planned for the Blue Mountains with Brei.

150 Must do's in Queensland

To enter the 150 Must-Do’s in Queensland competition, send us a photo of your favourite must-do Queensland experience and be in the running to win the Ultimate Queensland Experience. 

Your entry should showcase our spectacular landscapes, incredible views, exciting activities and unique locations.

Entries are open until 5pm on Sunday, 19 July. Once entries are closed, we will invite the public to vote from 27 July – 9 August 2020 on the submissions.

The photo with the most votes will win the Ultimate Queensland Experience (for up to two adults and two children) including return economy flights to Cairns from either Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville or Mount Isa

The prize, valued at $15,000, also includes seven nights’ accommodation, seven-day car hire and a selection of the far north’s famous tourist attractions.

RACQ will also award 10 runner-up prizes of $1500 Experience Oz gift vouchers. 

Click here to get more details on the competition and submit an entry.

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