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

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

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

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