Trippin’ on the Aussie east coast
NAME: ANDREI DERKAC AGE: 23
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.
AUSSIE TOUR: Andrei Derkac, 23, from Germany has just arrived in Airlie Beach on the way to Cairns.