Emma finds her new home in Airlie Beach
In our new series, we bring you stories from those who call the Whitsundays home for a little while: backpackers
ENGLISH backpacker Emma Craig came to Australia for the same reason as many of her countrymen – to escape the horrible weather.
“(Australia) was kind of similar to home, so it wasn’t that scary to just go on your own,” she said.
“You can speak the same language and it’s sunny obviously; it doesn’t rain every day.”
Leaving her life in the mother country behind, Emma flew into Sydney 14 months ago and landed
Everyone looks out for everyone. It’s literally like a little family. Emma Craig
herself a job in a hostel.
“I was just working for accommodation and then I got transferred up here to help them out,” she said.
What she found was a place to call home, for a longer stint than she first planned.
“I’ve been here for the last seven months,” Emma said.
“I only came here for three months but I’m still here.”
She may have come for the beautiful beaches, but she said she stayed for the sense of community found in Airlie Beach.
“As soon as I moved here I felt like I was with family,” she said.
“When you’re a backpacker and you’re on your own, you don’t have family, all your friends leave all the time, and then I came here and I was like ‘wow’.
“Everyone looks out for everyone. It’s literally like a little family. That’s why I love it.”
And with such a close-knit community to keep her here, Emma is hoping to stay.
“I’m going to try and get sponsored. That’s my plan, that’s top of my list.”
But when it does come to the beautiful beaches, Emma is in the know, advising backpackers to check out Whitehaven Beach.
“It’s the best beach in the world,” she said.
EXTENDED STOP: Backpacker Emma Craig likes Airlie Beach so much, she's stayed an extra four months. Photo: Rory Sheavils