EVERY work-day morning Mike Heber springs out of bed at 5 with a smile at the ready; he dons his khaki uniform and heads off to the office - a cycle he repeats five to six times a week.
Forty-something-year-old Mike is a Fraser Explorer Tour guide and self-confessed "Fraser Island tragic".
His office is a 10-tonne bright green bus called Froglet and the view from his portable workplace is Fraser Island's fabulous, ever-changing, World Heritage-listed sandscape.
According to Mike, a visit to Fraser Island on a family holiday in 2004 led to a life changing tree change - and he couldn't be happier.
"I've spent most of my life growing up on the NSW Central Coast in customer-service related positions or running my own small businesses," he said.
"When we visited Fraser Island in 2004, I fell in love with 75-Mile Beach, the island and the sea, so we spontaneously decided to make a list of pros and cons for moving. The list ended with only one con - uprooting our son from school - so we ended up selling our home and our business and relocating to the Fraser Coast.
"I'm a people person and have spent most of my life in hands-on roles with people. I can handle a vehicle and love my off-roading, so I found myself applying to an ad for a tour guide with Fraser Explorer Tours and, hey presto, I found my dream job."
According to Mike, each day is different, so he never has a chance to get bored with the job, the company he keeps on tour nor the view.
"With a job like this, I don't need to travel overseas for the simple reason that foreign travellers come to me," he said.
"On an extended two- or three-day tour, you really get to know them and we swap stories about my island home and the weird and wonderful places where they live.
"It might sound corny, but I love every minute of my job - I mean who wouldn't?
"It really is a surreal feeling driving through the sub-tropical rainforest knowing it's growing completely in sand; the beaches are mind-blowing and the perched dune lakes are magic," Mike said.
"I even come here fishing on my days off with my teenage son and my wife - who loves Fraser, but not the fishing - so she's just content to sit on the beach and read.
"I wouldn't swap my life or my job for quids."
You can join Mike Heber as a tour guide on Fraser Island
OUR office on the world's largest sand island could be yours.
What do you get when you combine the world's largest sand island, with a dose of sunny Queensland weather, tropical waters and World Heritage-listed surrounds?
An incredible holiday destination and an incredible job opportunity.
Fraser Explorer Tours offers a variety of one and two-day tours ex Rainbow Beach and Hervey Bay.
They are looking for people, just like Mike, to take to the sand tracks in their custom-designed 4WD buses to show off the region.
For more information on the tours, visit: fraserexplorertours.com.au
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