After graduating university, I decided to pursue my love of long summers, sun and beautiful beaches and bought a one-way ticket to Sydney and became an au pair. Living with an Australian family allowed me to experience the country like a true local, gaining some specialist insights.
I quickly fell in love with Sydney, its beautiful harbour and beaches and laid back outdoor lifestyle. I knew this was the place where I wanted to spend the next few years. While living in Australia, I travelled extensively throughout the country and even circumnavigated the whole of Australia as part of a 16,667 mile (26,833 km) round trip. My highlights were Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania, Lord Howe Island, Lucky Bay, Exmouth and Kakadu National Park, just to name a few.
I was also lucky enough to travel both the North and South Island of New Zealand and enjoy the dramatic landscapes, crystal clear lakes and culture during my road trip. Determined to find a fulfilling career after moving to the UK, I joined Audley to share my passion and enthusiasm for everything Australia and New Zealand.
I'll never forget when…
I've been fortunate to have many wonderful experiences on my travels, however one that really stands out was snorkeling with whale sharks on Ningaloo Reef. After being out on the water for nearly four hours, and seemingly out of nowhere, a whale shark appeared. With my mask on I jumped into the water to swim alongside one of them. I will never forget how I felt when I saw this massive 7 m (23 ft) fish swim past me for the first time; a mixture of respect, wonder and utter admiration for this remarkable animal, before it turned and gracefully swam off into the deep blue.