She went Down Under and fell head-over-heels.
Alicia Parry was living in Yulara where she met and eventually married the love of her life. After living in Oz for a year, she’s visited three times since, allowing her to explore this vast beautiful expanse and become a qualified expert in her travels and all things Australia.
Below, she offers her best advice on where to go, what to do, and most importantly what kind of Tim Tams to bring back for her (the answer is… any kind).
1. How many times have you visited Australia?
Four times in total; I have lived in Australia for a year and have visited three times since.
2. What makes you an expert in Australia?
Does being married to an Australian and having a half-Australian child count? In all seriousness, I have travelled a large portion of this massive country and have extensive knowledge in product from backpacker to luxury to family-friendly. I will be happy to recommend experiences to enhance your holiday. In addition, I’m pretty fluent in Australian and can give you a language lesson to get by Down Under.
3. What is your favourite city in Australia?
Melbourne. It has history, arts and culture, and is easily navigated.
4. What surprised you the most about Australia?
The size of their creepy crawlies!
5. What made you fall in love with Australia?
I have always been a city girl but I treasure the time I spent living and working in Yulara the most. It offers very wide open spaces, picturesque scenery with Uluru and Kata Tjuta as your backdrop, plenty of wildlife, (minus the insects. So. Many. Flies!) a velvety black night sky filled with the most amazing canvas of stars I have ever seen, and if you are lucky to experience the rain in the desert, it comes most welcomed. Yulara is also the place which stole a piece of my heart forever and is where “our” story started (I met a pretty awesome bloke in my travels…)
6. What’s your favourite memory about Australia?
Sailing and scuba diving around the Whitsunday Islands and beach bumming at Whitehaven Beach.
7. What are your top 3 Australia tips that you would give a client travelling there?
1) Don’t try and cram every possible attraction into a two week period. Slow down and enjoy the moments. This is a trip of a lifetime but it’s also a place to go back to over and over again with new discoveries every time.
2) The flight will be a long haul! Why not do a stop-over on route to help break up the travel time?
3) Show some love for your travel consultant and bring back a pack of Tim Tams (any flavour – I’m not picky!)
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit Australia?
The advertisements are true. They have saved a spot for you on the beach – so where the bloody hell are you? There’s truly nothing like Australia!
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to Australia?
Slip! Slop! Slap! (Bathing suit and shirt, sunscreen, and a hat).