Nikolas is enjoying his time here
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.
TIME OUT: Nikolas Brincat takes a break from the scorching afternoon sun at the lagoon.