1. Into the Sunshine: The Magic of Moreton Island

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    Into the Sunshine is a series of short films directed by filmmaker Matt Raimondo that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment. This episode introduces us to Keiran Lusk - park ranger, photographer and caretaker of Cape Moreton Lighthouse. Kieran and his family, partner Samantha and two young sons, Ellery and Aubrey, live a unique life of solitude surrounded by the serene, natural beauty of the cape and Queensland’s oldest lighthouse.   As a ranger, Keiran’s day-to-day responsibilities are vital to maintaining and protecting the wildlife and the environment. Not only does he manage the campsites, visitor’s facilities and the many walking tracks around the cape, he’s always on call to respond to any emergencies that threaten the flora and fauna, fighting wildfires or even rescuing whales.   Keiran is passionate about educating visitors to the island and sharing the many sights and experiences Moreton Island has to offer. His love for his job, his lifestyle and for the island is infectious among visitors and it’s easy to see why. “It’s a very unique life... I pinch myself every day. I think we’re very lucky to live somewhere like this.”   His desire to share the beauty of the island extends to his other great love - photography. His passion for photography and for the island has seen him capture incredible shots that he shares with the world via social media (his Instagram account has over twenty-eight thousand followers). Keiran feels there is a story to tell with every image and that every shot captures a moment of his family’s life living on the island.   “Sharing my photography of the island is a privilege. It’s a wonderful chance to share this place with others. Most afternoons we’ll go down to one of our many gorgeous beaches within a couple of minutes drive and I capture these incredible sunsets. It’s just awe-inspiring. It leaves you speechless.” Check out Keiran's Instagram account at http://instagram.com/keiranlusk To get to Moreton Island there is a daily ferry (except Tuesdays) from Port of Brisbane.

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    • A Taste of Queensland

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      We’ve always known that Queensland has the most beautiful beaches, the best views and perfect weather but what about Queensland’s food? You might think you know Queensland tucker but a “shrimp on the barbie” only scratches the surface of what Queensland cuisine has to offer! From fish and chips on the beach to the very best in fine dining, Queensland’s food is as varied as it is flavoursome. Boasting some of the best reviewed restaurants and food destinations in the world, the selection of dining opportunities gives you the best of Australian fresh produce, including the freshest seafood and locally farmed goods, expertly prepared by both home-grown and internationally renowned chefs. And don’t forget our coffee! Queensland is home to some of the coolest cafe’s you can find, with their own signature blends and beans ready for you to sample. Filmmaker Matt Raimondo set out to visit just a handful of the best food destinations around Queensland, from the Gold Coast to Brisbane, and all over the Sunshine Coast and North Queensland, to truly discover the taste of Queensland. He gives us a first-hand experience of the vibrant mix of local fare and flavours, showing us just a tease of what Queensland has in store for your tummy. Matt’s stops were 10 Hastings Boutique Cafe, Alchemy, Berardos, Alfred and Constance,The Boat Shed, Caffeind, Chester Street Kitchen, Currumbin Beach Vikings Surf Life Saving Club, Di Bella Coffee Factory, Esquire, The Fish House, Glass House Mountains Lookout Cafe , Lucky Duck Cafe & Bar, Maleny Cheese, Miss Moneypenny’s, Mooloolaba Fish Market, Mt Coot-tha Kuta Cafe, Nitrogenie, Noosa Heads Surf Life Saving Club, Nu Nu Restaurant, Palms, Rusty's Markets, Sandbar Cafe, Seaduction, Silky Oaks Lodge, Surfers Paradise Beach Cafe and Wahoo’s Fish Tacos. Thanks for the hospitality, Queensland! .... Additional sound design by Cam Mackay soundcloud.com/cammackay

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      • Into The Sunshine: Whale Tales

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        Into the Sunshine is a series of short films that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment. In this episode, we explore the underwater magic of the Great Barrier Reef with dive instructor Shona Whittaker. If Shona could live under the sea, she would. Hailing from New Zealand, the would-be mermaid has spent much of her young life diving and exploring some of the most beautiful coves on earth, but it wasn't until just over a year ago that she landed her ultimate dream job living and working on the Great Barrier Reef. The only place in the world where humans can come face-to-face with beautiful minke whales, Shona spends her days escorting travellers on expeditions through the Ribbon Reefs of Far North Queensland, allowing them to dive and play with the inquisitive minkes and other majestic creatures of the deep. Though highly interactive, dwarf minkes are an elusive species. Frequenting the Reef every June and July, the friendly visitors have recently become the focus of a collaborative research effort between local tourism operators and James Cook University. Shona's employer, Mike Ball Dive Expeditions, continues to play a crucial role in the project. Operating minke swim and dive packages for almost 20 years, Mike Ball invites guests to contribute directly to ongoing tracking, tagging and conservation efforts. Departing Cairns, trips range from four to seven nights and include up to a massive 22 dives. Find out more or book your expedition here. [http://www.mikeball.com/expeditions/minke-whale-dive-expeditions/] ... Thanks to Julia Sumerling & Mike Ball Dive Expeditions for contributing some of the amazing underwater shots seen in this episode.

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        • Into The Sunshine: Raised on Waves

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          Into the Sunshine is a series of short films that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment. In this episode, we discover Gold Coast surfer Jon Locke and his unique take on family bonding. Originally from Cottesloe in Western Australia, Jon has spent the majority of his life chasing waves. The freedom, the unpredictability, the escape – there is nothing quite like the exhilaration of riding a wave, says Jon, who has been surfing since he was just four years old. In his early twenties, he took his passion to the next level and migrated trans-coastal to the Gold Coast, the spiritual home of Australian surfing and ideal setting for his active, outdoor lifestyle. Now settled down and raising a young family, he and wife Nicole - a champion Iron Woman - share their love of the water with their three children, who can often be spotted flying and dancing through the surf on the front of their dad’s board at Currumbin Beach. With salt water in their DNA, the Locke children - Indiana, 7, Meika, 5 and Jacob, 4 – also carry on their parent’s tradition of surf lifesaving, the sport through which the couple first met. Though no longer competing, Jon is excited about the many decades of sharing waves with his family ahead of him – and he couldn’t think of a better place to do it than the Gold Coast.

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          • Into The Sunshine: Storytelling in Brisbane City

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            Into the Sunshine is a series of short films that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment. In this episode, Brisbane Greeter Blair Allsopp takes us on a tour of the Queensland capital through his eyes. A storyteller at heart, Canadian Blair was first lured to the sunny skyline of Brisbane over 35 years ago as a young schoolteacher – subsequently falling in love with not only the city but also one of its inhabitants, who later became his wife. Citing the balmy weather and relaxed lifestyle among his favourite aspects of the river city, Blair has enjoyed watching Brisbane grow and evolve over the years – a timeline of change he explores and details regularly in his walking tours of the CBD. Although now out of the classroom, he’s still passionate about teaching: unearthing the history, heritage and great legends of the capital, and sharing his knowledge with those who wander with him. Blair and his cohort of over 150 volunteer Brisbane Greeters run free tours of Brisbane’s CBD, parklands and riverside seven days a week. The Brisbane chapter is just one of 66 Greeter programs operating around the world, each dedicated to exploration, sustainability and an international network of friendship. ....... Check out the original post on the Queensland Blog: http://blog.queensland.com/2014/06/23/into-the-sunshine-storytelling-in-brisbane-city-video/

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            • Into The Sunshine: The Picture of the Mountains

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              Into the Sunshine is a series of short films that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment. In this episode, renowned rock climber John O’Brien recalls his childhood fascination with the Glass House Mountains and how a poster once pinned on his bedroom wall grew into a dream to climb the craggy volcanic remnants that rise from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast hinterland (70 kilometres from Brisbane). Like many dreams, John’s took a while to materialise and it wasn’t until he was 45 years old that he really started pushing his limits in rock climbing – proving that age is no barrier to learning a new skill. Now aged 54, John is a bit of a rock star on the Queensland climbing scene – achieving notoriety for his remarkable strength and agility, and more specifically for his daring feat of scaling overhanging walls. Into the Sunshine: The Picture of the Mountains follows some of John’s favourite climbs including Mt Tibrogargan, Mt Tinbeerwah and Coolum Cave. ... John O'brien is sponsored by Wild Country, Red Chili and Sterling Rope Follow John's blog at http://jjobrienclimbing.blogspot.com.au/

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              • Into The Sunshine: Discovering the Jurassic Land of Hinchinbrook Island

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                Into the Sunshine is a series of short films that will take you into the lives of some remarkable Queenslanders, showcasing their powerful connection to the environment. Not many people seem to know about this place, despite it being the largest national park island in Australia. Hinchinbrook is situated off the Far North Queensland coast, between Townsville and Cairns. Although it’s home to one of the nicest treks in the world, and is becoming known as one of the best sea kayaking destinations in Australia, it remains very low profile for now. I knew little about the place or what characters I would encounter along the way, but when I met lead guide James Thorpe, I knew the story I wanted to tell. James is a guy that lives and breathes for adventure. Born in Tasmania, he grew up with a paddle in his hand, competing nationally in whitewater kayaking, and for the past 12 years has worked as an expedition leader, guiding trips all over the world including Australia, New Zealand, Nepal, Norway, Canada, British Columbia, Turkey, and Greenland. Currently, he spends many months of the year leading Antarctic expeditions. After so many worldly adventures, what’s Hinchinbrook got that brings him back to Queensland year after year? “I come back here to defrost,” he jokes. But It’s not long before you realize that this isn’t just a job for James but an almost visceral connection to the place itself. I asked James about the first time he came here: Initially I was struck by this place’s beauty and its wildness and how little it’s publicized. It’s like this little hidden spot off the North Queensland coast that nobody knows about, but it’s amazing, so pristine. It hasn’t changed since James Cook sailed along the coast and named a lot of its features. I knew that I could never describe this place in my own words the way James can make you feel about it when you listen to him. This is James’s story.

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                • Adrift on the Nile

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                  A rafting adventure in Uganda on the mighty Nile River. Shot entirely on a GoPro while having a wicked time! Part of a mini series of videos I am working on from my recent adventures in East Africa. For more check out http://vimeo.com/mattraimondo/onkili to see my journey up Mt Kilimanjaro the highest freestanding mountain in the world, and follow me on Vimeo or Facebook for more as they are completed. http://mattraimondo.com facebook.com/MattRaimondoCreative

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                  • Lets Face It

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                    On 16th May I had the pleasure of capturing the second instalment of Brisbane's new art initiative 'Let's Face It' presented by Dan Hancock Design and Thirteen Digital, which also doubled as a pre-party to the Analogue/Digital creative conference The unique event includes live screen printing of 50 T-Shirt's. The Tees are initially designed by 12 artists who create a face which is then mixed and matched with other artists designs from buyers in the crowd. The artist are there on the night printing the Tees right in front of you. Participating artists included Ken Done, Reg Mombassa, Mulga the Artist, Loretta Lizzio, Stu Vidler, Ben Johnston, Tabitha Shafran, Alarna Zinn, Nick Chalmers, and Listen to the Graphic’s Jack Tierney. Also on the night was live street art by artists BeastMan, NumSkull and Skount.

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                    • ON KILI

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                      Mt Kilimanjaro — The Roof of Africa (5,895m), the highest freestanding mountain in the world. Shot and edited by Matt Raimondo Shot on a Go Pro hero 2 and Canon 60d Additional music composition by Cam Maykay.

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