When it comes to Australia, Carla Gimelli has just about experienced it all. After all, Carla lived in Australia for 18 years, travelled through each state and territory, and, funny story – once even took shelter in a freak hail storm with a mob of kangaroos (you might want to start with asking her about that). Here she shares her story and her expert tips on travelling to the land Down Under:
1. How long did you live in Australia?
I lived in Australia for 18 years.
2. What makes you an expert in Australia?
I have been lucky enough to travel through each state and territory in Australia, getting to know that each area has something different to offer.
3. What is your favourite city in Australia?
4. What surprised you the most about Australia?
How much each state is different from one another. There is so much to offer regardless of what your interests are, from food journeys, to hiking, wildlife, amazing beaches, and believe it or not – skiing!
5. What made you fall in love with Australia?
I fell in love with Australia’s diverse landscape and wildlife, and of course the weather!
6. What’s your favourite memory about Australia?
I have too many to narrow it down to one but one of my most memorable moments was being stuck in a freak hail storm sharing an undercover area with a group of kangaroos.
7. What are your top 3 Australia tips that you would give a client travelling there?
1. Make sure you know your must-dos ahead of time as there are a number of things that you’d be better off pre-booking.
2. Allow some free time in each destination. You never know what might strike your fancy once you arrive.
3. Have a good understanding of the distance between cities and areas to allow for travelling time.
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit Australia?
I believe it’s a bucket list destination already for so many Canadian travellers. Australia has many drawcards for any kind of person, from the natural beauty that it offers, to experiences that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. It truly is an incredible part of this world.
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to Australia?
A sense of adventure is always recommended, and of course a camera and sunscreen – regardless of the time of year! An Australian winter can sometimes feel like a Canadian summer.