At Bridge the World we are as guilty as the next travel agent of being seduced by a few quintessential Aussie staples – unnecessarily cold beers, beaches that will make you weep with joy, and barbecues that aren’t confined to one weekend of the year or a giant golfing umbrella.
So what – we’re shallow, pasty and it’s been raining for about forever. However, while we strongly encourage all of the above and wholeheartedly endorse experiencing all cultural stereotypes on your trip to Australia, particularly when they include a drink in a palm slung hammock, nowhere can quite capture the true spirit, power and raw splendour of Australia like the Northern Territory.
In 2013, 25 year old Cameron Ernst from Kansas USA, applied for the Chief Funster position in New South Wales, as part of Tourism Australia’s epic Best Jobs in the World competition. He lost out (boo), but in an unexpected and rather exciting turn of events, Cameron’s application led him on to another, and just as incredible, opportunity (yay!) Cameron was instead chosen to be Virgin’s High Flyer, travelling to all corners of Australia with the airline and experiencing the best of Australian hospitality and adventure. Here’s what happened, in his own words.
A small town boy from Kansas goes to Australia to travel for six months. My friends and family couldn’t believe it. And neither could I. Who would have guessed that my “somewhere over the rainbow” would be down under? I certainly didn’t see it coming. You see, the best part about being Virgin Australia High Flyer was that everything came unexpectedly.
Image credit: Cameron Ernst.
Every now and again, one of those rare opportunities comes along that is so amazing, so exciting, that it’s almost unbelievable. The kind of opportunity that could potentially, not only change your life – it could make it.
This is one of those opportunities. We’ve teamed up with Mentor Me to offer 8 lucky people the experience of spending a month working as a paid intern with a prestigious South Australian company in sunny South Australia, home of the the furry inhabitants of kangaroo Island and the culture hub of Adelaide as well as a hole lot of sunshine (yes, I know, I’ve almost forgotten what that is too).
These internships will not only offer you the perfect opportunity to live the Aussie dream, they will also offer you a once in a life time chance to increase your employability by gaining valuable work experience in a prestigious company.
Become a shark scientist in Post Lincoln.
To coincide with the launch of our new Bridge the World Australia brochure, we have spent the last few weeks on an online journey through Australia’s unique wilderness landscapes, wildlife adventures and hidden luxury retreats.
This week we are in New South Wales – a state whose reputation is understandably dominated by the iconic landmarks and stylish urban lifestyle of its world-famous capital Sydney.
At Bridge the World we are by no means immune to Sydney’s dazzling cosmopolitan charms, fully recognising that few cities in the world feature so highly on the average bucket list or are capable of sucking so many well-intentioned and once intrepid travellers into it’s magnetic vortex, never to return (we’ve lost a few good customers this way, they’re currently very happy, tanned and living in flipflops).
Expecting that visiting Sydney is a given, we are temporarily shunning the expected day trips out to the Hunter Valley and Blue Mountains in favour of a few days self drive into the staggering natural splendour, gastronomic and grape-infused wiles of New South Wales. Perfect for a short Sydney stopover or one dreamy long weekend away, this self drive ventures into the soaring mist-cloaked peaks and plunging canyons of the Blue Mountains; vine-clad rolling countryside and rich earthy tones of the Hunter Valley; and sheltered white beaches and calm emerald waters of Port Stephens in just 4 days. Although, given what we already know about this intoxicating part of Australia, we would recommend longer – we of course refer here to intoxicating natural beauty as well as the wine.
In the full throes of celebrating the release of our new Bridge the World brochure, we’ve spent the last couple of weeks touring Australia to bring you some of our favourite wilderness adventures and luxurious retreats. This week we are in South Australia – a state of extraordinary natural wonders, unapologetic puns, and a corner of the world in which we have fallen hopelessly in love (or at the very least in serious wander lust).
Home to hauntingly beautiful and diverse ancient landscapes, stretching from the scorched jagged ridges of the southern outback to the crashing white peaks of the Southern Ocean, there is a rawness and wildness to South Australia’s beauty that cannot be found anywhere else.
A trip here will take you to the mind-blowing extremes of nature and geology; diving with prehistoric Great Whites in the wild waters off the Eyre Peninsula, climbing Kangaroo Island’s remarkable rocks sculptured by 500 million years of Antarctic winds and ocean spray, and hiking into the vast lunar crater of 800 million year old Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. In stark contrast to this giant and dramatic wilderness, are the rolling woven hills, undulating countryside and intimate vineyard retreats of the Barossa Valley, and the gentle colonial charms and long alfresco summers of Adelaide.
And, if this wasn’t enough, South Australia is also the country’s gourmet capital – with delicious seafood hauled from its oceans, fresh produce pulled from its pastures, and world-class wines drunk from its picturesque vineyards.
How to See the Very Best of South Australia