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Interview With (Awesome) Oz Experience Driver Guide Jimmy

Note from the Editor: Since we published this blog post, Oz Experience have changed their direction. They no longer feature Driver Guides on their buses, but they still retain what they’re really famous for: providing an awesome way to travel Australia’s East Coast with incredible experiences along the way. Speak to your Travel Expert in store, or on the phone, for full details about how this might affect the Oz Experience product from now (March 2013) onwards.

There are a few things in life regarded as a ‘right of passage’ and an epic few months discovering all the fun to be had during a trip to Aus is definitely one of them.

Cruise around Australia is the ultimate gap trip experience – drinking, dancing, trying out exciting things you’ve never done before, meeting new people and maybe even finding the love of your life (or a holiday romance at least) as you go.

We’ve pinned down an Oz Experience driver guide Jimmy and got him to explain why he loves driving travellers around Australia and why he thinks you should get a piece of the action.

Grab your sunnies and your sense of adventure and delve head first into a taste of the crazy life of an Oz Experience driver guide…

Hey! What’s Your Name?


Got A Nickname?

Uncle Buck

How Old Are you?


Where In Oz Are You From?

Liverpool in the western suburbs of Sydney. I’m what the Aussies call a westie!

Heeeeeere's Jimmy!

How long have you been working for Oz Experience as a driver guide?

4 years

What’s The Best Thing About Your Job?

Every week I get to surf, dive and shoot guns with cool peeps that have never done any of these things ever…until the ride with us that is!

What’s Been Your Best Moment So Far As A Driver Guide?

I was appointed water boy for the wet t-shirt competition at Cheeky Monkeys in Byron Bay, well it was my birthday!

What’s The Weirdest Thing That’s Ever Happened To You At Work?

Being chased by a cassowary at Lacey Lacey Creek. There are less than 1,000 of them left in the wild so I guess he was looking for a mate when I rocked up; well I reckon I’d chase me out of there too!

Where’s your favourite place that you visit on your journey around Aus?

Cairns is tops! It’s like our massive backyard with heaps of action packed stuff to do like scuba diving, snorkelling, sky diving, mountain biking, white water rafting, cable water skiing, kite surfing bungy jumping and even jungle surfing. Plus there’s heaps of crazy stuff like crocodiles, cassowarys and box jelly fish. It’s one massive adventure up top, down under!

Where’s Your Favourite Place – Out Of Australia – That You Have Travelled To?

Munich, Germany. Home to the worlds biggest beer fest! Great food, awesome beer, Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and of course the locals in Dirndls.

If Your Bus Could Fly, Where Would It Take You?


Jimmy loves a dirndl. I wonder why?!

Who Would Be Your Perfect Passenger?

My perfect passenger would be Red Dog. He’s one of the most famous dogs in Oz. He is well travelled and loves riding buses. He even has his own movie. In fact I don’t think it’ll take him long to round everyone up, when we have more cool stuff to do.

What Do You Think Makes Oz Experience Such A Great Way To Travel Around Australia? What Makes It Special?:

We are a bunch of mate who love Oz and really enjoy what we do. So if you want a road trip but don’t want to drive, we can take you to see some cool stuff on the highway, like the Bundaberg run factory, famous surf beaches and take you swimming in amazing waterfalls and lakes. In fact our busses will have around 20 free inclusions like National Park visits, surf lessons and even a goat rodeo between Sydney and Cairns. So grab ya goat and c’mon!

How many wombats would it take to fill an Oz Experience bus?

Imagine a car full of clowns at a circus! That’s how many Wombats I’d like on my bus. Wombats are curious, excitable and very funny – just how I like my passengers.

How many wombats can you fit on Jimmy's bus? A LOT is the answer

You’re driving your bus down the road, when three things jump out in front of you. Which two do you avoid and why: a six pack of Fosters; a shrimp on the barbie; or a flaming galah?

I’d dodge the flaming galah cause that is usually me every other day. I’d definitely save the 6 pack of Fozzies, you just can’t imagine how rare those buggers are down under! I’m well aware that I could just ask for another shrimp on my next steak at the Emus Beach Resort so that would need to me the one I’d hit.

If that has wet your appetite for a taste of Oz Experience check out our cheap flights to Australia, or speak to your Travel Expert today!
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