Speak to James about
- Northern Territory
- Kakadu and Katherine National Park
- Great Ocean Road
- Culture & history
- Round the world
- Wildlife & nature
I started working in the travel industry about 11 years ago having just returned from a two year trip exploring Australia, New Zealand and South East Asia. After a few years I set off on my travels again, this time travelling overland from Huddersfield to Timbuktu!
I have been with Austravel for the last six years. I enjoy the job as no day is the same - Australasia is such a huge and diverse place, so every trip we arrange is different. It is fun chatting to customers, finding out who they are, what their plans are, and what their idea of a perfect trip is. Then making it happen.
I love the areas just inland from Cairns - the Atherton Tablelands and beyond. Driving up winding roads from the coast and into the mountains. The landscape is a dramatic contrast to the reef and beaches below. The Tablelands are a beautiful patchwork of farmland and rainforest, dotted with friendly country towns, spectacular lakes, and national parks (where you can find all sorts of wildlife, including the rare platypus and tree kangaroos). Further inland still, the outback begins and you reach Undara Volcanic National Park which is well worth a visit if you have time.
Watching the shadow of our aircraft dance across the red Australian landscape as we took a scenic flight over Kakadu National Park. The outback is so vast, and getting up in the air is the only way that you can truly appreciate the scale of it.
I enjoy getting off the beaten track in search of amazing scenery and wildlife. I’m a keen hiker and walking is something I do a lot of whenever I go away. Or if I need to get around a bit quicker, hiring a bike is the next best option. Cycling is a great way to see the surrounding countryside, and most of Australia’s big cities have fantastic bike routes too.
Tip 1: If you are driving along the Great Ocean Road, call into the general store in Kennett River; they will tell you which track to take to find huge numbers of wild koalas. They sell nice pies too.
Tip 2: The Great Barrier Reef is not the only place to snorkel in Australia. For example, there are some great places around Sydney such as Botany Bay where you’ll find one of the world's largest populations of weedy seadragons. Look them up!
Tip 3: Fill up your tank in the city. There are three fuel prices in Australia - the city price, the small town price, and the middle of nowhere price!
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