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A bit about me

My travel career first started when I spent a year in Australia. I visited most of the country starting in Sydney for a few months and then travelling up the East coast, some of the highlights including Byron Bay, Noosa, Fraser Island and the Whitsundays. I also spent three months in Cairns and Port Douglas and took trips to the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation and the Daintree. After Cairns I visited Darwin and Kakadu National Park, I drove through the centre of Australia visiting Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cooper Pedy and Adelaide and Melbourne. I took the Indian Pacific train to Perth and toured the West coast of Australia before travelling home via Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand.

Since returning from my round-the-world trip I have been lucky enough to revisit Australia and New Zealand several times again, including Perth, Margaret River, Kangaroo Island staying at Southern Ocean Lodge, Sydney, Darwin, The Kimberly region and the Bungle Bungles, Byron Bay, Hamilton Island, Hong Kong, Japan and Samoa.

My favourite place

Sydney in Australia, I just love the city – there is so much to see and do and one of my favourite views is looking out to the Opera House and Harbour Bridge.

My favourite hotel

Has to be Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef – one of Australia’s most stylish and luxurious island retreats. Take a picnic to a secluded beach in your own private dinghy and spend the day snorkelling and exploring.  You can even select your picnic menu the night before.

My most memorable experience

Horse riding in the Kimberly region with the most amazing back drop and views, then in the evening sitting around the campfire stargazing.

My top tips

  • In Sydney book a room with a view, my favourite being the Grand Deluxe Harbour View room at the Shangri-La.
  • If arriving into Australia on an early morning flight try and beat jet lag by keeping busy on the first day and staying up until at least 9pm. That way you’ll help set yourself to the time zone from the first day of your holiday.
  • Don’t miss a cultural Maori experience when travelling to New Zealand either in the Bay of Islands, Rotorua or Kaikoura.
  • Gemma’s organisation of our New Zealand holiday was absolutely perfect. The whole trip was accurate in every respect with no hitches whatsoever. We will certainly recommend to friends and family.

    C.S. January 2020
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