Having graduated from Birmingham University with a degree in Philosophy, Tom, already a keen traveller, put on his backpack and set off for an around-the-world adventure. Roaming through South America, North America, Australasia and Asia, nothing stuck in his mind more than his adventures around Australia's east coast, which cemented his love affair with the land Down Under.
Tom's first experience of Australia was watching England lose the opening game of the Cricket World Cup in front of a 100,000 strong crowd in Melbourne; it was all uphill from there however. He has since returned on a number of occasions to (unsuccessfully) try to shorten his bucket list, which just keeps getting longer. As an experienced scuba diver, Tom gravitates back to the Great Barrier Reef — and having explored many of the earth's most spectacular underwater worlds — nothing gets any better.
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On a recent research trip with Audley I visited a vineyard called Rymill Coonawarra, in South Australia. Here, I spent the day tasting a beautiful selection of wines before spending the night camped among the vines. Coonawarra is known as the red wine centre of Australia due to its rare terra rossa soil and produces some of the world's best Cabernet Sauvignon — a favourite of mine. The camping was a particularly special experience and Rymill provided me with a beautiful hamper of local cheeses, meats, breads and pâté. I then sat there in total privacy, watching the sun set and eating and drinking some of the produce that South Australia is famous for.