If you had One Day in Paradise, what would you do? That’s the challenge thrown at 20 different filmmakers by TTNQ (Tourism Tropical North Queensland) as a new tourism promotion initiative. The filmmakers each made a two-minute movie using GoPro cameras to capture their perfect, one-day experience for a chance of $75,000 prize money.

The short films feature some of the regions best attractions including the ancient rainforests, food and dining options, wilderness adventures, Indigenous cultural offerings and the Great Barrier Reef. The clips have been broadcast via YouTube since May 2013.

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Pictured (from left to right): Harold Tayley, Leroy Winkle, Sylvia Jeffreys, Danny Fisher and Peter Fisher.

‘Today’ television journalist Sylvia Jeffreys chose to stay at Thala Beach Lodge during her ‘One Day In Paradise’ adventure and was thrilled to include a dance lesson from members of the Kuku Yalanji tribe.

The Kuku Yalanji people are known as the ‘rainforest people’, originating from Far North Queensland’s rainforests. The Kuku Yalanji have been living in harmony with the local environment for more than 50,000 years. Their borders extend from Port Douglas in the south, to Cooktown in the north and Chillagoe in the west, though the Kuku Yalanji people have mostly been based around the Mossman River area since WWII.

Elders from Kuku-Yalangi drop in to visit Thala each week on certain days to give specialist talks to guests, enhancing their holiday experience by sharing some of their local knowledge and culture.

Checkout Sylvia Jeffreys’ finished One Day in Paradise short film below: