Australia promises family ties and fun
In our new series, we bring you stories from those who call the Whitsundays home for a little while: backpackers
HE CAME to Australia to fulfil a dream and connect with family.
English backpacker Steven Rickwood said the great southern land had been on his bucket list for a while.
“I’ve always wanted to come to Australia, but I never really did it,” Steven said.
“I had a job back home that I didn’t really like that much and I figured why don’t I just come to Australia?”
However, Australia held much more than just the opportunity for a holiday.
“My dad passed away before I came here and he has Australian relatives, so part of coming here was about meeting my dad’s relatives to know more about him,” Steven said.
“So I’ve done the east coast a bit differently to some people, I’ve kind of gone where they live.”
The trip saw the Englishman travel inland, visiting the gem fields around Emerald, known to locals as “the gemmies”.
Hitting the road north, Steven found himself in Airlie Beach for what was meant to be a short stay.
“I was only going to be here for like a week,” he said.
“I’ve been here seven months.”
Having found work at Mad Travel and Paddy’s Shenanigan’s, Steven has plans to continue his trek north.
“I’m kind of taking it as it comes,” he said.
“I’m saving to go up to the rest of the coast that I haven’t done.
“Then I’d like to stay here, but I’m not sure yet, so I’m open to stuff and I’ll see what happens.”
For the meantime however, Airlie Beach has proven a pretty good hangout for the young traveller.
“Something I quite like about Airlie is you get to know people quite well,” Steven said.
“It’s just chilled out; it’s a really nice place.”
“... part of coming here was meeting my dad’s relatives to know more about him,” - Steven Rickwood.
FAMILY TIES: English backpacker Steven Rickwood came to Australia to connect with family and find new experiences.