Published on September 29th, 2016 | by Emma Hackwood0
Meet the Australia Expert: Jillian Brown
1. How many times have you visited Australia?
I’m from Australia! I’ve been to every major capital city except Hobart in Tasmania.
2. What makes you an expert in Australia?
I love my home country and everything about it. Although I live in Canada now, I try and get home about once a year and visit one new place I’d never been before.
3. What is your favourite city in Australia?
This is a hard one. I would say I’m torn between my home “town” of Brisbane, Melbourne for the food and culture, and The Daintree, a must-see for anyone that loves natural beauty!
4. What surprised you the most about Australia?
Being from a remote outback town in Australia, nothing surprises me! But now living in North America, I’d have to say that I do miss the food – especially the fruit. Australia is also a multi-cultural country that’s really spoiled with options for authentic cuisine!
5. What made you fall in love with Australia?
The colour and the scents. There is nothing better in the world than the aroma of rain falling in the desert!
6. What’s your favourite memory about Australia?
It would be a toss up between doing the Sounds of Silence dinner at the base of Uluru (Ayers Rock), visiting Fraser Island in a 4×4 vehicle, or simply hanging out on Sunshine Beach (local secret) just south of Noosa.
7. What are your top 3 Australia tips that you would give a client travelling there?
- Don’t try and do too much. It’s a big country! Pick three of your top things you must do so that anything else you pack in is a bonus.
- Avoid December to January if you can. It’s summer school holidays so everything is either super busy or twice the price.
- Try and get out of the city. The country has so much to offer, there are some really great authentic experiences to be had.
8. Why do you think it’s important for people to visit Australia?
I may be biased but it’s one of the most beautiful countries in the world and the people are fantastic. Everyone loves “travellers” and the locals always go out of their way to either help you out or give you advice. I wouldn’t be surprised if you met Matt from Sydney who then sent you to stay with his cousin Bob in Brisbane.
9. What things would you recommend someone pack for a trip to Australia?
Travel insurance is a must, but aside from that cosmetics and such items in Oz will seem expensive so bring those items with you if you can. If you are going in the winter, take a windbreaker as it may be sunny but the wind is cold. In the summer, take cotton clothing. Don’t bring anything polyester – it may seem light and cool but the moment the heat/humidity hits you may regret it!