Perfect spring break destination
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.