World ending in 2012? Kick your bucket list off in Queensland
According to the Mayan Calendar and Hollywood's most fantastical reveries the end of the world is nigh.
Hence, there's no time like the present to compile one's very own Bucket List. If you're considering where one might potentially live out those final apocalyptic days, the pine-mango flavoured tropical climes of Queensland are an attractive option. It's a place where you can achieve personal goals, give back to the environment, and splurge like a rock-star until you finally feel you have experienced the depth and breadth of humanity. Whether or not the human race will make it past 2012, here are a few ideas to get you kicking in Queensland before you hit that proverbial bucket:
1. Eat a Curry Camel Pie from the Birdsville Bakery
It’s a long way to the shop if you want a sausage roll, but it’s worth the trip! If you haven't been outback before, don’t miss all the action of the 130th anniversary of the iconic Birdsville Races this August. Of course, no trip to Birdsville would be complete without tucking into a Curry Camel Pie from the Birdsville Bakery.
2. Compete in the Gold Coast
Forget freezing in New York, or jostling for space in Paris – Achieve a huge goal closer to home and run the picturesque coastline course of the Gold Coast Marathon.
3. Go wine tasting like a rock star
There’s simply no better way to get acquainted with
4. Become a whale researcher in
Wally and Trish Franklin from The Oceania Project know whales. They’ve been conducting their research trips in the protected waters of
5. Catch a wave at 1770
Still a relatively 'secret spot', even amongst Queenslanders, this gorgeous beachside haven happens to be home to eastern
6. Dive the Yongala
If you haven’t got your dive licence yet, make this year the cut-off and experience one of the world’s top dive sites just off the coast of
7. Help a just-hatched turtle make its way to sea at Mon Repos
You don't have to be a rum drinker to enjoy a trip to Bundaberg with the annual attraction of the turtle nesting and hatching at Mon Repos an affordable and must-see event for every age.
8. Go glamping on
Leave the tent pitching and bush toilets behind you, and discover the world of glamping on
9. Give back to our planet with Eco-Barge in the Whitsundays
Since kicking off in 2009, Eco Barge Clean Seas Inc. has hauled more than 59,000 kilos of marine debris from the Whitsundays. Founder Libby Edge and some dedicated volunteers have been working tirelessly as guardians of our oceans to remove the threat of marine debris from turtles and other marine animals.
10. Become a Master Chef
Sign up for one of Vanilla Zulu’s six-week cooking courses to brush up on your skills in the kitchen, or lack thereof.
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