After graduating university, Janin decided to pursue her 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 her to experience the country like a true local, gaining some specialist insights.
She quickly fell in love with Sydney, its beautiful harbour and beaches and laid-back outdoor lifestyle. She knew this was the place where she wanted to spend the next few years. While living in Australia, she travelled extensively throughout the country. Her highlights were Uluru, the Great Barrier Reef, Tasmania and Lord Howe Island.
As part of a 27,000 km (16,677 miles) full loop around the country, she spent time exploring the cities and natural wonders such as Melbourne, the Great Ocean Road, Lucky Bay, Perth, Exmouth, Kakadu National Park and Fraser Island to name a few.
She didn't just discover a love for travelling in Australia, but also a passion for scuba diving and the magnificent world underwater. An experienced diver, some of her favourite memories of Australia have been created underwater, in particular seeing weedy and leafy seadragons in Sydney and Adelaide, great white sharks in Port Lincoln, whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef and huge green turtles on the Great Barrier Reef.
Determined to find a fulfilling career after moving to the UK, Janin joined Audley to share her passion and enthusiasm for everything Australia.
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.