Wanted: 3 Courageous, Crazy and Creative Backpackers to Explore the Gold Coast

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Gold Coast Tourism and gapyear.com launch I’m a Backpacker... Get Me in There! competition.

Competitors must upload their best #imabackpacker photo to the gapyear.com Facebook app by 10am Friday 29th November.

EMBARGOED until 18th November 8am

Gapyear.com, the world’s authority on gap years, and Gold Coast Tourism have launched the I’m a Backpacker... Get Me in There! competition for a second year. Three finalists will be chosen to fly out to Australia in February 2014 to take part in the gapyear.com Walkabout Trials. The winner will be crowned King/Queen of the Gold Coast 2014.

The Walkabout Trials will involve competitive Instagramming, tweeting, writing and filming around over 15 key sites around the Gold Coast, including the Hinterland, Burleigh Heads, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, Dreamworld and the world-famous Gold Coast beaches. The chosen backpackers will be required to learn how to paddleboard, surf, snorkel with turtles and go skyclimbing in order to win the daily prizes. These include a ride in a stunt plane, a Jet Ski trip and a sky dive.

To enter, competitors must upload their best #imabackpacker photo to the gapyear.com Facebook app by 10am Friday 29th November. The top 12, judged by gapyear.com and Gold Coast Tourism on "creativity, courage, and/or a touch of craziness" will then be invited to create a video explaining why they love backpacking to apply for one of the three spaces in the Walkabout Trials. The video must be uploaded to YouTube by 4pm Friday 13th December.

There will be three winners: one for the most popular video, one for the most creative and a final one for the toughest backpacker, as proven by the one-minute video. The three finalists will be announced after Friday 20th December and all will go to the Gold Coast to compete.

Flights, accommodation and meals in the Gold Coast are included, as well as all the activities. Backpackers must be willing to report back through their awesome photography, writing and video skills. The most resourceful and communicative backpacker will win the coveted King/Queen of the Gold Coast Award.

Victoria Philpott, gapyear.com’s Social Media Manager, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for any backpackers with an interest in social media and multimedia. It’s going to be a full-on week of exploration and reportage – we really want to show off what else there is to do on the Gold Coast apart from the world-famous Surfer’s Paradise. The three finalists will be in for a memorable and incredible week.”

Michael Thurston, Gold Coast Tourism’s International Marketing Manager, said: “With more attractions than any other destination in the southern hemisphere, endless natural beauty and a reputation for being famous for fun, we believe that the Gold Coast is the ultimate gap year destination. The Gold Coast offers 50 miles of unspoilt coastline and beaches, a spectacular hinterland and over 300 days of sunshine to enjoy it all. When combined with the city’s famed surf culture, laid back vibe and nightlife what else could a backpacker want? This competition showcases all of these qualities and offers the winner the trip of a lifetime.”


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Content and Social Media Manager | gapyear.com | 07763 690237 | victoria (dot) philpott (at) gapyear (dot) com

Established in 1998 gapyear.com is the home of the gap year and the original gap year social network. Created by backpackers for backpackers, it is a great platform for bringing gap years to life, even before take-off. Editorially independent, it offers expertise on travelling, including round the world trips, volunteering and working abroad, all tied together with inspirational ideas, opportunities and products.

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