Niko­las is en­joy­ing his time here

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Back­packer chats

NIKO­LAS Brin­cat, from the south of France, has been on the con­ti­nent for seven months.

Tired of the un­for­giv­ing daily grind of his mar­ket­ing role, he gave it all up and came to other side of the world in search of some­thing more.

He started off in Dar­win and has trav­elled all around the north­ern end of Aus­tralia, parts of the wild and iso­lated west and now he’s mak­ing his way down the east coast.

He misses the food back in France and thinks driv­ing in Aus­tralia is easy… but he’s yet to ex­pe­ri­ence Mel­bourne or Syd­ney traf­fic.

What’s your favourite Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tion so far?

Uluru was magic – it was a very spir­i­tual ex­pe­ri­ence.

It’s just this huge sim­ple rock in the mid­dle of the desert, and there’s not much around which makes it even more amaz­ing, it was very cool.

I also re­ally liked Esper­ance, it was beau­ti­ful and qui­eter which was nice.

What’s the weird­est thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

It’s all very new – the build­ings are all new, in France most build­ings are hun­dreds of years old. Aus­tralians seem to be from ev­ery­where, which is also dif­fer­ent but great.

What’s your favourite thing about Aus­tralia?

Aside from all the cool places I’ve been to I re­ally en­joy driv­ing here. I think driv­ing is bet­ter here than in Europe. When I was driv­ing through the cen­tre there was no­body else to worry about, it was just me.

How do you think travel has changed you?

It’s given me some time out, and some life ex­pe­ri­ence. This is my first time in Aus­tralia and I can’t be­lieve all the places I have been that I would never had known ex­isted. I want to go to South Amer­ica next.

What’s your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

I think driv­ing is a great way to see the coun­try – you miss so much when you’re on a bus or fly­ing.

Get a car so you see more of the coun­try and just do what­ever you want to do. It’s rare that you can do that in life. Travel is the one ex­cep­tion.

PHOTO: GE­OR­GIA SIMP­SON

TIME OUT: Niko­las Brin­cat takes a break from the scorch­ing af­ter­noon sun at the la­goon.

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