By Ellen Hill – Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism
The magnificent Blue Mountains, Lithgow and Oberon destination will once again be showcased to the world after this week’s visit by NSW Chief Funster Andrew Smith.
His three-day stint in the region was instigated by Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism (BMLOT) director and Blue Mountains Adventure Company owner Dylan Jones and arranged by BMLOT representative Nick Mahoney, who liaised extensively with Destination NSW, the State Tourism Department.
Accompanied by new wife Rachel, a videographer and a departmental representative, Andrew experienced many of the world-class experiences on offer in the region.
Here’s his review of just some of the tourism businesses he visited:
Leura Garage: “Funky. Fantastic food. Great vibe.’’
Jenolan Caves: “We could make the whole video about that. Awesome!’’
Abseiling and canyoning with Blue Mountains Adventure Company: “All the outdoor adventure experiences in the Blue Mountains are just ridiculous!’’ (that is an extreme compliment).
Scenic World: “Beautiful place. Really looking forward to going on some rides.’’
The Carrington Hotel: “Just stunning.’’
The Chief Funster also stayed at Blue Mountains YHA, dined at Old City Bank Brasserie, breakfasted at the Palais Royale, went on a mountain bike ride at Hanging Rock with Life’s An Adventure and visited Narrowneck, Wentworth Falls and Valley of the Waters.
As a quirky touch, Chief Funster Andrew played the drums at many locations including Govetts Leap at Blackheath and Scenic World.
From Orange County, California, Andrew was chosen as winner of the NSW Best Job in the World – the Chief Funster from 124,000 entrants from around the globe.
He and Rachel relocated to Sydney for six months working for Destination NSW as a social media commentator and ambassador for youth travel to the state.
His job is simple but exhausting: travel across NSW, appear at major events, media launches and selected festivals, and take part in visitor activities and experiences in some of NSW’ most beautiful locations, reporting via social media on what’s happening and how visitors can plan their trip to NSW.
The Tourism Australia Best Jobs in the World competition was launched last March and is part of a campaign to promote tourism opportunities provided by Australia’s Working Holiday Maker (WHM) program. Applicants chose from six jobs from states across Australia, with NSW’ Chief Funster receiving the highest number.
Blue Mountains Lithgow & Oberon Tourism chairman Randall Walker welcomed Andrew to the region: “What a fantastic Tourism Australia initiative to showcase our magnificent country to the world.
“I thank Destination NSW for working with BMLOT to arrange an action-packed visit to our region.
“A visit to the iconic Blue Mountains region is a no-brainer, with the world’s most magnificent cave system at Jenolan Caves, the world’s steepest railway at Scenic World and this jaw-droppingly awesome grand backyard.’’
Follow the Chief Funster adventures at: Sydney.com/Funster
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