Hervey Bay life coach Peter Sewell proposed to his girlfriend Annette Ludwig on a tour of Fraser Island's Lake McKenzie.
Hervey Bay life coach Peter Sewell proposed to his girlfriend Annette Ludwig on a tour of Fraser Island's Lake McKenzie. John Riley

Fraser Island tour group part of surprise marriage proposal

IN WHAT could have been a scene from a romantic movie, Hervey Bay life coach Peter Sewell proposed to his girlfriend Annette Ludwig on a tour of Fraser Island.

The big moment came after a visit to Lake McKenzie, when Peter gave the signal and tour guide John Riley marshalled his and another tour group into the picnic area. 

As Peter and Annette rounded the corner, the group was huddled together holding up three big A3 signs with the words WILL, YOU and MARRY ME.

According to John, Annette was totally shocked, stunned and impressed.

"She saw the signs and then Peter turned and got down on one knee," he said. 

"Annette said 'of course I'll say yes' to a chorus of whistling, clapping and cheering."

Peter and the team from Fraser Explorer Tours had plotted for several days to arrange the perfect proposal.

Then on Wednesday, tour guide John quietly filled all of his passengers in and enlisted the help of three volunteers to hold up the all-important signs.

"As I picked up each guest for my tour, I let them know we were going to have a marriage proposal on tour and to keep it quiet," he said.

"The funny thing was we had quite a few couples on tour and each was slyly looking at the next couple thinking it was them."

After the proposal, the tour group left Lake McKenzie to the tune of Bruno Mars's I Think I Want to Marry You piped through the central PA system in the bus.

The happy couple, who met in Germany 19 months ago, have been visiting friends and family in Hervey Bay and will divide their time between Hervey Bay and Europe.



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