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How would you spend one day in paradise?

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In 2013 we unleashed 20 of Australia’s best filmmakers in Tropical North Queensland with only GoPro cameras to answer one question: How would you spend one day in paradise?

They stories, adventures, and spirit that was captured blew us out of the water, with one 14-year-old by the name of Pascal Datler standing out.

As a real life embodiment of “Life of Pi” (minus the tiger), Pascal spent his childhood on a boat on the Great Barrier Reef in complete symbiosis with nature.

Check out Pascal’s and a few other spectacular days spent in paradise:

Paradise Winner: Pascal’s life on the Great Barrier Reef

Pascal’s story, captured by Australian film-maker Justin McMillan as an entry into the 1 Day in Paradise competition, won the jury’s hearts and the grand prize of AUD$75,000.

Even after a surfing accident left him with seven titanium plates inside the right side of his skull, Pascal wouldn’t let his injuries deter him from spending his days on the water, by the beach, and casting a line.

Sky-scuba diving over the Great Barrier Reef – Gulliver Page

From one extreme to the other, this day in paradise is the definition of an adrenaline adventure: beginning with a birds eye view and ending with full submersion into the depths of the Great Barrier Reef.

Check out these scuba diving guides to experience this for yourself:

The pulse of paradise – David Parkinson

This day in paradise discovers the ancient beauty and tranquility of the land, with natural wonders like waterfalls, rainforest, and reef surrounding us.

Learn about the Indigenous culture of Tropical North Queensland with this guide.

A friend for this time – Benjamin Dowie

Paradise to Benjamin Dowie is being immersed in the laidback beach culture, exploring all that the area has to offer.

Along for the ride – Mitch Kennedy

Swapping coast for country, this version of paradise includes a few acres of untouched tropical beauty and some good old fashioned farming.

Release your inner cowboy/cowgirl with these country guides:

If I had one day – Drew English

These guys asked the folks of Tropical North Queensland and the answer they got was a two-wheel adventure, a fishing experience in the rainforest, and a carefree camping trip to Mareeba Wetlands.

If you had one day in paradise, what would you do? Share with us in the comments.




  • Mikeg

    Pascals’s one day in paradise is by far the best! The most cinematic
    of all and in a class of its own.

    • We loved Pascal’s story enough to do a separate feature on it. Watch this space!

  • Phil

    Epic…..so many opportunities for adventure travel in the tropical north and this just shows how much fun it is mixing and matching and coming up with a new way to do it

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