Unspoilt beauty on island paradise
Rebecca Gibney on Lord Howe Island and crayfish.
Where’s your favourite place to travel in Australia?
RG: Lord Howe Island is spectacular. It’s only a two-anda-half hour flight from Sydney but it feels like you’re entering Jurassic Park. Soaring cliffs, wild walks, gorgeous local produce and beautiful beaches. It was stunning. They only allow a set number of visitors on the island at a time so you feel like you’re the only ones there. It’s never crowded, just beautiful.
How about overseas?
RG: We went to Colorado early this year. Mid-life, my husband and I and our son have decided to take up skiing. I’m a green-run girl forever but we’ve been back to Colorado a couple of times now and absolutely love it. We’ll be back for the next ski season.
Cheesiest thing you’ve done travelling?
I’ve had photos taken at all the big places, you know the Big Pineapple, the Big Banana; and I always buy T-shirts at cheesy places too.
Has there been a special travel moment that has stayed with you?
RG: Yes. When I was younger I was staying in northern Kenya with World Vision. One morning, I woke at 2am to a noise outside where I was staying. I looked out the window and there was a baby elephant rubbing itself on a rock and behind it, with a full moon over the top, was a herd of elephants grazing 3m from where I was sleeping. I cried. I just thought, if I never see something like this again ... incredible. One of those amazing moments where you just wish there was someone to share it with. I didn’t have my camera handy so I just sat for an hour watching them graze.
What’s the best thing you’ve eaten while travelling?
RG: When you drive in the south island of New Zealand you can pick up fresh crayfish on the side of the road. I recall a beautiful bottle of wine from Marlborough Sounds and a fresh crayfish that had been pulled out of the ocean that day, cooked and enjoyed on the side of the road while looking out at the ocean. That was a pretty cool experience.
What’s the weirdest thing you’ve eaten while travelling?
RG: When I would travel with World Vision, the communities we were visiting would often put on a feast and I would try local delicacies to be polite to our hosts. I’ve eaten sheep’s stomach and thinly sliced horse in Vietnam. Interview by Chanel Parratt. Rebecca Gibney stars in Winter, Wednesdays at 9pm on Seven.