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

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Rory Sheav­ils

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.

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