Ever since Simon was able to walk he has been amassing memories by travelling the world. He has visited North America, Europe, Asia and Australasia on multiple occasions, taking-in everything from the vast white slopes of Vail in Colorado to the 'Red Centre' of Australia; home to Uluru and Kata Tjuta.
For Simon, midnight December 1999 ushered-in two significant events: the new millennium and, more importantly, his new home. Arriving in Adelaide to originally play district cricket, his passion for all things Australian began. A land of easy-going attitudes where active, outdoor lifestyles are celebrated and natural wonders are everywhere, was too much for him to ignore. So, in 2006 he moved permanently to South Australia, where he spent the next 10 years exploring the wonders of not only this region, but this huge country at large. So much so that in 2012 he officially became an Australian citizen.
He has recently explored even more extensively, enjoying a variety of experiences including dinner under the desert stars at Uluru, through to snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Simon's appetite for Australia is unquestionable and since joining Audley he hopes to share his passion and knowledge by creating memorable trips for clients.
I'll never forget when…
I've been lucky enough to do many memorable things: I've seen the sunset over the Grand Canyon, snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef, and been soaked by the never ending mist of Niagara Falls. However nothing comes anywhere close to the Sounds of Silence experience at Uluru. Setting off just before sunset you walk through the red sand of Australia's desert centre, kicking off my shoes as I went to really heighten the experience. I was then welcomed by the indigenous people of the land with traditional dance. From there you enjoy a champagne reception whilst watching the sun go down over both Uluru and Kata Tjuta. With the darkness now firmly set-in the real magic begins. You sit down to dinner and listen to the desert literally come alive with sound. Your host for the evening will then guide you through the night-sky, showing you constellations visible only in the Southern Hemisphere. Words do not do this experience justice. Put simply, it was unforgettable.