台北的必訪景點從古 (例如以第十世紀工藝品聞名的故宮博物院) 到今 (例如 2004 到 2010 年間全球最高樓台北 101) 包羅萬象。如果您是個饕客，那您更不能錯過台北的美食 - 嚐嚐臭豆腐、各類包子水餃和竹炭花生。
不論是逛酒吧，或是在 18 層樓高的百貨公司裡逛街購物，台中是位於台灣中心最有活力的城市。你可以參觀玻璃植物園和知名的藝術博物館，然後前往夜市逛街、享用各類小吃。台中四周環繞的群山，不但保護台中免受颱風肆虐，還可讓旅客一改城市的生活步調，欣賞湖泊美景、農村風光，還有自行車道等等，等你前往一探究竟。
要去台北嗎？除了市中心以外，台北還有許多知名景點。新北市的範圍超過 2000 平方公里，其中包括海岸線、溫泉、寺廟、歷史地標等等。野柳岩岸有許多形狀奇特又引人入勝的石頭，吸引遊客一探究竟。林家花園則保留了古典優雅的中式庭園造景和建築。
許多人來到花蓮，都是為了要前往太魯閣觀光。原因很簡單，因為這裡實在是太美了。這裡有架設在河川上方的繩橋、絕美景觀的健行步道，還有坐落在群山之中的寺廟，美景令人難忘。如果要欣賞壯闊的海景，不妨前往距離花蓮約 2 個半小時車程的石梯坪，海浪拍打著岸邊的岩石，壯觀而美麗。
南投日月潭的壯麗美景，真正可讓人獲得絕妙的空靈體驗。這個綠松石盆地的形狀，看起來就像東邊的太陽和西邊的新月，所以被稱為日月潭，或是明潭。日月潭的登山步道共長 7 英哩，爬了一天的山之後，你可以選擇搭乘九族文化村的纜車欣賞風景並下山，或是去泡泡溫泉，這裡有許多溫泉。這裡的農家多栽種鮮美多汁的水果，在悶熱了一整天之後，最適合來顆水果，清涼解渴又消暑。
如果有幸可在元宵節的時候前往台東一遊，保證讓你流連忘返。在為期 12 天的元宵節慶祝活動中，台東搖身一變，成為四處張燈結彩、鞭炮聲響透雲霄，還有各種熱鬧活動的活力城市。就像是腳下的土地有魔力般，大家一起狂歡跳舞。台東也是台灣有重要考古價值的城市。當地考古學家已陸續挖出上萬件原住民古文物，其中包括知名的卑南石棺就有 1500 件。你可以參觀史前文化博物館或卑南文化公園，進一步了解台東豐富的歷史。
Traditionally, along with the sea, rivers and canals were the main means of transporting goods, so history and culture is ripe along the banks of the world's rivers. Using these ancient highways to explore a destination is a quieter and more relaxing affair than the usual transport of planes, trains and automobiles. Here are some of the finest waterways of the world to float down or up.
Paddling The Wilderness Waterway, USA
The Florida Everglades are a watery labyrinth designed by a god who clearly enjoyed a spot of canoeing. Paddling the Everglades' every bend could occupy a lifetime, which makes the Wilderness Waterway as much a relief as an adventure. This 159km paddling route threads along the Everglades' western edge, winding through the 10,000 Islands and briefly into the Gulf of Mexico. Campground and camping platforms are no more than 15km apart, and you'll share your journey with alligators, dolphins and manatees. If you need a canoe or kayak, they can be hired in Everglades City. Expect to paddle for about nine days.
The classic of classics... a tiny felucca on the world's longest river, leaving behind the souqs of Aswan and cruising on the current towards Kom Ombo, Edfu or Esna. Feluccas can deliver their passengers a very personal Nile, with the lateen-rigged boats typically carrying between six and eight people. Nights are spent aboard the felucca (bring a sleeping bag) or camping on an island in the Nile: felucca trips to Kom Ombo involve one night out, while sailings to Esna mean four days and three nights on the Nile. Feluccas are big business in Aswan, and you won't have trouble finding a captain and boat.
Rafting the Franklin River, Australia
Though Tasmania's Franklin River isn't far from the city of Hobart, it remains among the world's most remote and pristine rafting waterways. Once you launch from below the Lyell Hwy, you're all but committed to eight days and 100km of rough-and-ready river travel until the Franklin finally spits your inflatable raft into the Gordon River. Blanketed by the impenetrable forest of the Word Heritage-listed Tasmanian Wilderness, the journey morphs from the haunting stillness of the Irenabyss to the fury of the 5km-long Great Ravine, which boils with invitingly named rapids such as the Cauldron, Thunderush and the Churn.
For high-octane thrills in a high-octane city, head for Queenstown on New Zealand's South Island, where one of the signature activities (among a smorgasbord of adventures) is jetboating the Shotover River. Through the river's steep-sided canyons, jetboats skim past the rock walls, fishtailing and throwing themselves into 360-degree spins. It's 30 minutes that's like a drug-induced dance on water, deep in the mighty Middle-earth scenery of the Southern Alps - Tolkien geeks may recognise the Shotover as the Ford of Bruinen, if they can look beyond the spinning bow of the jetboat, that is.
Canoeing the Bowron Lake Circuit, Canada
Set beneath the Mowdish and Cariboo Ranges, Bowron Lake Provincial Park offers one of the world's finest canoe journeys. The renowned canoe circuit in British Columbia crosses through 10 lakes and paddles along three rivers in its 116km course. The circuit takes between six and 10 days, and numbers are strictly limited, so paddling reservations are essential. A shorter (three to four days) alternative is the West Side return route from Bowron Lake to Unna Lake. The circuit can be paddled from mid-May to mid-October; September is considered the best month because of the vivid displays of autumn colour.
With more than 3000km of navigable canals and rivers, England is the ideal place for a bit of leisurely canal boating. You can hire your own narrowboat and play skipper, or you can have somebody else do all the work on a hotel boat. Popular narrowboating canals include the Kennet and Avon Canal, running between the Rivers Thames and Avon; and the busy Llangollen Canal, which crosses from England to Wales and has a reputation as the most beautiful canal in Britain. Across the Channel, in France, the World Heritage-listed Canal du Midi that flows between Toulouse and Sète is another classic among the canal crazy.
Dugout canoe on the Sepik River, Papua New GuineaFlowing more than 1000km from its source in the PNG highlands to the Bismarck Sea, the mighty Sepik River is navigable for much of its length. Motorboats ply most of the trade routes along the river, but for visitors the most popular and most redolent mode of river travel is by dugout motor-canoe, puttering between villages on the Middle Sepik or among its lakes and tributaries. The best place to arrange Sepik travel is in Wewak, while on the river itself you'll be able to find motor-canoes for hire at Ambunti, Pagwi and Angoram.
Europe's longest river is a prime destination for the cruise crowd, with ocean-style liners as large as the Kremlin barging their way along the Volga. Cruises typically operate between St Petersburg and Moscow (though neither city is actually on the Volga), or extend further downstream to Volgograd, the city once - and more notoriously - known as Stalingrad. Ports of call along the way usually include Uglich, a town perched like an onion-domed fairytale above the river; and the island of Kizhi, with its World Heritage-listed Kizhi Pogost featuring Russia's finest wooden buildings.
It's an unusual highway into the desert, but sailing up the Niger River to near the legendary Timbuktu is one hell of an entrance. Passenger boats operate on the river in the high-water season between August and mid-December, and you can expect five very crowded days getting between Koulikoro and Korioumé (18km from Timbuktu). For relative comfort there are also pinasse (motorised canoes). Laden with either cargo or tourists, pinasse depart from the city of Mopti and take around three days to reach Korioumé. Pack a sleeping bag for the cold nights spent on board or on the river bank.
The Laotian town of Vang Vieng sits among an inspiring landscape of limestone spires, and is best viewed from the reclining position floating atop a tractor tyre inner tube on the Nam Song. This idle pastime is so pleasurable it has become a staple on Southeast Asia's backpacking circuit. Tubing trips usually involve a 3km scenic float, made even more enjoyable by the presence of several bars on islands and beaches en route. As idyllic as it sounds, keep a clear head, for there's the occasional horror story; in times of high water, rapids along the Nam Song can be quite daunting.
Noosa: best for food
They arrive before dawn. A solitary car pulls up, then two, then a dozen. With cloth bags tucked under arms and torches clasped in hands, a troupe of eager gourmands makes its way along the edge of a suburban football ground to an unassuming string of tarpaulin-covered stalls – the Noosa Farmers’ Market.
The small coastal district of Noosa, with its golden beaches and laid-back hippy roots, may seem an unlikely candidate as Queensland’s unofficial culinary capital, but its location between the fresh seafood of the coast and the farm goods from the surrounding hills has seen the town gain a reputation that draws visitors from all over the country.
Plump strawberries are neatly piled beside crates of forest-green avocados the size of gourds, perky starfruit, and passionfruits like cricket balls. Beyond the fruit, fresh artisan breads, cheeses and exotic concoctions such as ‘golden kiwi sweet chilli sauce’ or ‘lychee balsamic vinegar’ are in high demand. By the time the sun is out and the main crowds arrive, the early risers are finished, settling down for a flat white coffee and a free-range egg and bacon roll.
Fraser Island: best for wild nature
It may look like a gentle tropical paradise, but Fraser Island – as wild and unpredictable as it is beautiful – commands respect. At more than 80 miles in length, the island is the world’s largest sandbank, and it teems with life. The skies are filled with birds, from the darting form of the spangled drongo to the white-bellied sea eagle that rides the breeze on wings spanning two metres. The waves conceal whales, dolphins and sea turtles, and the western beaches are covered with armies of blue-backed soldier crabs that rear up on their hind legs and flee in panic at the approach of a human foot. Emerging occasionally from the brush are wallabies, echidnas, possums and palm-sized sugar gliders.
There are also some creatures of the less cuddly variety. ‘We have six of the world’s ten deadliest snakes,’ local photographer Peter Meyer says cheerfully, with a hint of pride that’s common to Australians when talking about things that might kill you. ‘Not to mention the spiders – the Fraser Island funnel-web is the deadliest spider in the world. But they’re unlikely to hurt you if you don’t disturb them, and it’s very rare for people to be bitten.’ He gives a chuckle. ‘The thing I’m most afraid of is the ants,’ he says. ‘We’ve got an inch-long bull ant here that will rip your leg off.’
Whitsunday Islands: best for beaches
The Whitsunday archipelago is made up of 74 islands, and several of them are spread out in the sea below like mossy rocks set on an azure blue quilt. Pilot David Macfarlane gently drops one wing of his tiny 12-seater seaplane and wheels around the northernmost point of Whitsunday Island. ‘Here it comes,’ he says through the crackle of the on-board speakers. The island’s soft green hills suddenly part and a broad estuary is revealed, an impossibly scenic tidal river with overlapping swirls of sand and sea meandering off into the distance in shades from glassy green to sky blue and deepest jade.
In the distance, a raucous group of kids is playing beach cricket and others are venturing into the waves, each clearly visible in the astonishingly translucent water. This is Whitehaven, considered one of the greatest beaches in the world. The secret is in the sand. It’s the brightest white – almost blindingly so on a sunny day like this one – and is 98 per cent silica, which makes it talcum-powder fine and so reflective that, no matter how blisteringly hot the sun, it is always cool to the touch.
Port Douglas: best for snorkelling and divingWith a sloshing, spluttering sound, six heads emerge from the water in unison, each adorned with snorkels and masks. ‘Did you see it?’ asks one. ‘I’m sure I did. Look again.’ Then down they go, to peer at the vast, colourful world of coral and sea life just a few feet below them, stretching out as far as the eye can see. This is just a tiny section of the mighty Great Barrier Reef, which covers 135,000 square miles – an area significantly larger than Britain – along the Queensland coast, supporting thousands of species of fish, sea turtles, sharks and whales, with corals in 400 varieties.
On view today are the staghorn coral – its hard, pointed antlers growing thick and knobbly – and the maze-patterned blobs of brain coral, as well as the purple, fan-shaped ‘elephant’s ears’. Then, from the softly grasping, greenish-mauve fingers of a sea anemone, the orange-and-whitestriped clownfish made famous by Pixar and Disney’s Finding Nemo emerges, and a silent ballet of excited slow-motion pointing begins among the snorkellers.
‘It’s an incredibly diverse world,’ says John Scotese, a Chicago-born marine biologist aboard the Wavedancer catamaran floating in the waters nearby. ‘Every day I go down there, I tend to find a new plant or animal I haven’t seen before. And if I don’t, I feel genuinely surprised.’
Mount Mulligan: best for outbackIt’s muster day at the Mount Mulligan station (the local name for a ranch) and half a dozen mounted stockhands are driving a motley herd of cattle down into the pastures. Helping them are three matching dogs, running a full-speed circular relay of canine discipline, their feet barely touching the ground.
Some of the bulls are ‘cleanskins’ – wild and wilful unbranded cattle born in the bush – and it’s not unknown for them to lower their horns and charge. The horses are no domesticated nags, either, having been drawn from the ranks of ‘brumbies’, or feral horses, that roam in mobs around the surrounding hills. These dusty cattle yards are set in 70,000 acres of largely untouched bushland, in the shadow of one of Australia’s most remarkable natural structures.
Mount Mulligan is a huge sandstone escarpment around ten times the size of Uluru, or Ayers Rock, that rears out of the landscape and runs for more than 11 miles along the horizon. To the local Djungan people, it is known as Ngarrabullgan, the birthplace of the Rainbow Serpent god, and is one of the most sacred sites in Australia. Fringed with green, the rock looms over the stockmen’s bunkhouse and slowly changes from a fiery orange to a soft mauve as the sunlight begins to fade.
公園護林員的位置，吸引了10萬澳元的年薪為6個月的合同包（AUD $ 50,000的工資和AUD $ 50,000彌補生活開支）。
昆士蘭被視為是世界上最豐富的天然環境之一，並擁有豐富和多樣化的世界遺產領域，包括大堡礁，丹翠雨林（Daintree Rainforest）和弗雷澤島（Fraser Island）。
Yes, you read right. As our ex-island caretaker is regretfully handing over the keys to his island hacienda we’re looking for someone to take his place.
As our Park Ranger you will be exploring the world’s oldest rainforest, watching whales migrate on the Great Barrier Reef, and showcase our five World Heritage areas to the world through blogs and social media.
This is the perfect opportunity for an outdoor lover with a sense of adventure to promote some of the world’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders to an international audience. The position is a six-month contract attracting a generous salary package of AU$100,000 and a free jar of vegemite
We will consider applicants from a wide range of backgrounds, but believe you should possess these traits:
The position of Park Ranger attracts a AUD$100,000 salary package (AUD $50,000 salary and AUD $50,000 to cover living expenses) for the six-month contract.
The successful candidate will live amongst the stars with a range of rent-free accommodation. You might spend one night camping on an island and the next in a bunk on a luxury yacht.
You’ll receive return airfares from your nearest capital city (in your home country), travel insurance and the cameras and gadgets required to show the world a good time.
The six-month contract commences on 1st August 2013.
About your new office
Queensland is regarded as having one of the world’s richest natural environments and boasts a rich and diverse array of World Heritage areas including the Great Barrier Reef, Daintree Rainforest and Fraser Island.
The state is home to hundreds of national parks, conservation areas, resource reserves and state forests.
How to apply
The position is open to adventure-hungry, outdoor lovers from Australia and overseas. Apply online at http://bestjo.bs/Park_Ranger.
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