Trip­pin’ on the Aussie east coast

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Back­packer chats

NAME: AN­DREI DERKAC AGE: 23

HOME: GER­MANY

AN­DREI, a Ukrainian-born re­tail fash­ion buyer, was work­ing in Ger­many be­fore de­cid­ing to pack in the 9–5pm of­fice grind and take off on a global ad­ven­ture.

Away from home for one year, An­drei has a work visa and is plan­ning an ex­ten­sive east coast tour which be­gan in Bris­bane.

He and his re­cently­be­friended travel bud­dies have just ar­rived in Air­lie Beach and plan on head­ing to Cairns be­fore track­ing south into New South Wales and Vic­to­ria.

An­drei said he hoped his time away from home would amount to a life-chang­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, in­clud­ing a change in at­ti­tude and sys­tems of be­lief.

“If you are trav­el­ling for one year there will be a very big change in your mind and I don’t know how it will be in Ger­many when I go back to my nor­mal life,” he said.

How long have you been in Air­lie Beach?

It’s my sec­ond day.

What do you love about the Whit­sun­days?

The is­lands. We are look­ing for a tour and are search­ing for some of­fers be­cause it is quite ex­pen­sive. I am not sure if we are go­ing to White­haven Beach be­cause of the cost.

What has been your favourite Australian at­trac­tion?

I would say Agnes Wa­ter, be­cause of the surfing – it was my first ex­pe­ri­ence and it was very cool.

What are your plans while you are here?

We are go­ing to Townsville so we can see Mag­netic Is­land and then on to Cairns.

Any fur­ther plans?

To travel as much as I can and to work also, and I guess af­ter one year I will travel back to Ger­many.

Top Queens­land travel tip?

Buy a car so you can travel, be more flex­i­ble and more in­de­pen­dent. And to avoid trav­el­ling by bus or train. A tip for the money? I would say cook on your own and don’t eat out too much as it is very ex­pen­sive.

What is the weird­est thing about Aus­tralia?

The out­side bar­be­cues. We don’t have sim­i­lar things in Ger­many. Ei­ther you cook on your own at home or you eat out – but there are no parks where you can have a bar­be­cue.

PHOTO: PETER CARRUTHERS

AUSSIE TOUR: An­drei Derkac, 23, from Ger­many has just ar­rived in Air­lie Beach on the way to Cairns.

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