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A true local, Melissa was born and bred in Mackay and lists travelling and exploring among her favourite things to do. She's traversed mountains in the Andes of Peru. swam alongside crocodiles in the jungle of Bolivia, cycled mountains in Mexico, skydived in New Zealand and explored Europe, South East Asia, Fiji and China. But she still has much more to see, particularly in her hometown!   As Communications Officer at Mackay Tourism, Melissa gets to bring her love for writing together with her love for travelling.  She's been a radio, tv and print journalist, as well as worked in Public Relations for a variety of different organisations. In her spare time, she teaches classes at the gym and loves exploring untouched areas in The Mackay Region.   

The Hungry Traveller's Sharmin and Chelsea are best friends and busy mums encouraging Mackay locals to discover the hidden gems in their own backyards. Discovering their shared passion for adventure and food, these gals have made memories across the globe. When sharing their stories on social media a couple of years ago, they quickly discovered there was a large following of locals, hungry for inspiration, which brought The Hungry Travellers to life.

Luke Galea is a mad keen recreational angler from Mackay, who spends every spare minute wetting a line somewhere. He's been 'hooked' since the age of 4! Luke is an avid fishing writer, with his own website and is an expert on the diverse array of target species and locations to fish in and around Mackay. Fishing is more than a lifestyle choice for Luke... it's a way of life!  

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