Un­spoilt beauty on is­land par­adise

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

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.

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