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Congratulations: You’ve Won A Trip to the Great Barrier Reef!

29th April 2012   |   Jackie Hutchings

How often do you get an email telling you that you’ve won a competition and the prize is a trip to the Great Barrier Reef?  And, be honest, do you ever believe it or does it get swiftly deleted?  Well, that’s exactly what happened to me last week.

It’s  unusual for me to enter competitions; I don’t even buy a lottery ticket (ever since my brother won £1.4m, I figure my chances are even less) but I had entered a competition to go to the Great Barrier Reef with Queensland Tourism and Darren Rowse, Problogger, (one of my favourite bloggers, along with with amazing Seth Godin.)

So, when I read the email headline, something stopped me deleting it.  I read it and remembered. Some weeks earlier, I’d entered the competition, sent in my entry and promptly forgot all about it.  It was a spur of the moment decision (if you’re interested, you can read why here).

How did I win it?

I don’t know and I still don’t know. There were nearly 800 entries and only 10 places (here’s a link to a list of all the winners). I can only assume that it’s the support and interaction I get online from all my friends and followers so ‘thank you’ to you all.

What next?

The trip officially starts on 5th June. The itinerary is AMAZING!!! I’ll get the chance to dive the Great Barrier Reef, visit the Daintree Forest, eat in some of the yummiest restaurants and hang out with some amazing bloggers.  The trip includes a couple of workshops with Darren which will be gold dust.

I’ll be blogging, tweeting and posting to Facebook. Everyone on the trip will be using the hashtag #QLDBlog so you can follow us all there. Expect lots of photos, above and below the water.

Can you help?

Do you have any tips for me?  I’m a newbie to the Aussie way of life.  It’s a long flight from the UK so I’ll need to think about jetlag and how best to manage it.  Any tips about the diving too will be very welcome. Just pop a comment and/or a photo down below.


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