Per­fect spring break des­ti­na­tion

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NAME: Melina Ehrsam AGE: 23

HOME: Zurich, Switzer­land

SPRING break was the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for Swiss ex­change stu­dent Melina Ehrsam to close the books and pack the bags for a North Queens­land road trip.

Melina is in her third year of a Bach­e­lor of Eco­nom­ics from the Uni­ver­sity of Zurich and is half­way through a six-month ex­change at the Uni­ver­sity of Queens­land, Bris­bane.

Dur­ing her time in Aus­tralia, Melina vis­ited the Gold Coast, Noosa and By­ron Bay, but this time she flew to Cairns, hired a car with some friends and is mak­ing her way back to Bris­bane along the east coast.

What is your favourite Aus­tralian travel des­ti­na­tion so far?

I re­ally liked Noosa. I thought that it was re­ally laid­back and had a nice at­mos­phere. By­ron Bay was re­ally cool too.

What is your favourite thing about the Whit­sun­days?

Ev­ery­thing is re­ally nice. I think it’s re­ally in­ter­est­ing that there are 74 is­lands. I didn’t know that be­fore. I did a two-day tour and we went to White­haven which I re­ally liked.

What is the strangest thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

I think it’s re­ally funny that Aus­tralians call it a bar­be­cue, but of­ten it’s just a sausage in toast with some onions. I al­ways thought Aus­tralian bar­be­cues were re­ally big and had lots of meats, but it’s usu­ally just a sausage.

What is your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

Take your time. I feel like we have just 10 days to get from Cairns to Bris­bane and I think there’s so much to see. Plan enough time and soak up ev­ery­thing.

How has travel changed you?

I think it’s made me more open, like talk­ing to peo­ple and car­ing less about how I look. Also not rush­ing to places. Some­times even if there are so many things to see, then you just en­joy the things in­stead of just run­ning to all the places just to tick it off.


LOV­ING THE SUN: Melina Ehrsam is pass­ing through the Whit­sun­days on a road trip dur­ing her spring break.

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