Not one to shy from new adventures, our Australia Expert Brittany Bell embraced the life Down Under after she visited once and then returned to live there. Her working visa has expired but her love for Australia runs deeper than ever. Here she shares how she explored Oz and shares a few tips on how to make the best of your trip:
1. How many times have you visited Australia?
Two. Once for three months, the second time for a year.
2. What makes you an expert in Australia?
After visiting for three months I immediately fell in love. So deeply that I decided to live there for a year on a working holiday visa. I lived in Adelaide and explored Brisbane, the Gold Coast, the Sunshine Coast, and more. I also spent a lot of time in Melbourne and Sydney.
3. What is your favourite city in Australia?
Melbourne! This city has everything you could ever need.
4. What surprised you the most about Australia?
How cheap it was to fly within the country which helped make it possible to travel around a lot. I was surprised by the higher wages and affordable costs of living and also very (pleasantly) surprised by the drive-through “Bottle-Os” (liquor retailer).
5. What made you fall in love with Australia?
The boys, the beaches, the sunshine, the surfing, the paddleboarding, the cliff jumping, the night clubs (open ’til very late), the shopping, the accents, and the kangaroos.
6. What’s your favourite memory about Australia?
This is a really tough question. My favourite moments include looking out at the city from the top of Sydney Harbour Bridge, paddleboarding in the ocean, and cuddling a koala!
7. What are your top 3 Australia tips that you would give a client travelling there?
- If you’re planning on renting a car, make sure you plan a road trip on the Great Ocean Road.
- Climb the Sydney Harbour bridge, it’s beautiful and the views were amazing. Plan it so that you can see the sun set over the city and then watch the city lights flick on at night.
- Check out the Barossa Wine country. It’s beautiful, charming and relaxing. The wine is unreal!
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit Australia?
I think it’s important for people to visit Australia because of how diverse it is. Whether you’re interested in history, arts and culture, sports, wildlife, outdoor adventures like cliff jumping to learning to surf, or sleeping under the stars in the Outback, there’s something for everyone and plenty of ways to experience it. See Oz on a tour, cruise, sailing trip, with a backpack, on a hotel stay, working holiday, and so much more.
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to Australia?
SUNSCREEN. It does depend on the time of year and the length of your trip but I would recommend bringing more than you think you’ll need. Another reason is things are a little pricier there. Bring bathing suits, bug spray, light clothing, jackets for the evening, comfortable shoes, camera, Go Pros, and an open mind.