Laura McWhinnie is exploring the Gladstone region as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Where Great Begins campaign.
Laura McWhinnie is exploring the Gladstone region as part of Tourism and Events Queensland’s Where Great Begins campaign. Michaela Skovranova

Travel blogger tells the world about southern reef

SHE boasts 12,000 likes on Facebook for her travel blog, and now she is sharing the Southern Great Barrier Reef with every one of them.

Having touched down in Gladstone on Friday, Laura McWhinnie chases the sun and shares her experiences on her blog This Island Life.

"Pumped to be going on tour to somewhere we've never been - the Southern Great Barrier Reef," she posted on Saturday.

"We're excited to see this part of Australia, but we're also excited to see the itinerary - because we have no idea what we're doing.

"The guys at Tourism and Events Queensland have created a Hidden Treasure Challenge where we uncover the itinerary as we go. EPIC!"

The 32-year-old blogger described Seventeen Seventy and Agnes Water as "retro seaside towns" and the Southern Great Barrier Reef as "pretty much untouched by mainstream tourism".



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