"Best Job in the World" Queensland Park Ranger, Elisa Detrez in Rockhampton on a tour of the state's tourist attractions pictured here at Mount Archer. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

'Best Job in the World' winner's first challenge - Mt Archer

ELISA Detrez is spending the next six months exploring the reef and national parks that Queensland has to offer.

After spending the last three years working in Paris, Elisa decided it was time to move on from city life and rainy weather.

The Frenchwoman landed the job of a lifetime as Queensland's Park Ranger after putting an application in the Best Job in the World competition.

"I'm so lucky to be here and to discover the area," Elisa said.

Elisa, 29, is keen to explore the Rockhampton region, with her first stop at the top of Mt Archer yesterday morning, then grabbing a ferry to Great Keppel Island.

While the new park ranger is seeing the top attractions, she said she's also learning as she goes along.

"I'm a very curious person," Elisa said.

"I'm learning all about the wildlife here and nature, and even fire management; I didn't know about that before I came here."

Elisa has worked and lived around the world in Spain, Germany and New Zealand, but Australia has been a different experience for the European.

"I heard that Rocky was the Beef Capital and has two million cows; there's more cows than people here," Elisa joked.

"I'll get to go to Heron Island to dive this week, and I've been told that's the best place to see marine life."

Elisa had been looking for a change in her life when she applied for the job; and her life for the next few months will see her go from national parks, to the outback and then out to the reef.

"I don't know what's next after this, I quit my job in Paris, but I'm here for six months," Elisa said.

"I'll probably travel around and discover more of the country after this."

 

BEST JOB IN THE WORLD

Six people grabbed the 'best' jobs in the country.

NSW Chief Funster - Andrew Smith (USA)

NT Outback Adventurer - Allan Dixon (Ireland)

QLD Park Ranger - Elisa Detrez (France)

SA Wildlife Caretaker - Greg Snell (Canada)

VIC Lifestyle Photographer - Roberto Seba (Brazil)

WA Taste Master - Rich Keam (England)



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