Parisian takes Aus­tralian road trip

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

NAME: Chris­tine Feuer­bach AGE: 23

HOME: Paris, France

NONE of her friends would come with her but that didn’t de­ter Parisian back­packer Chris­tine Feuer­bach from fol­low­ing her dream of an Aus­tralia road trip.

Chris­tine was four years into an eight-year ac­count­ing de­gree when she de­cided it was time to head down un­der.

She started her jour­ney in Cairns then trav­elled through Townsville and ar­rived in Air­lie Beach three weeks into her two-month sight­see­ing ex­pe­di­tion.

Chris­tine will con­tinue her trip along the east coast of Aus­tralia stop­ping at sev­eral des­ti­na­tions along the way, in­clud­ing Her­vey Bay, Bris­bane, the Gold Coast and By­ron Bay be­fore fin­ish­ing in Mel­bourne.

What made you de­cide to travel through Aus­tralia?

Aus­tralia was my dream but no­body wants to go with me, so okay, I go alone!

What have you done in the Whit­sun­days so far?

I have done the Con­way Na­tional Park walk­ing track. It was very beau­ti­ful. I also went to Shute Har­bour which was good. I walked to the Ma­rina and I went to the mar­kets on the week­end.

What Aus­tralian des­ti­na­tion have you en­joyed the most?

Cairns was beau­ti­ful. On Mon­day I will do a cruise in the Whit­sun­days so I think it will be the cruise that I will love most.

What is the weird­est thing about Aus­tralian cul­ture?

They walk a lot with­out their shoes. I think that Aus­tralians are very friendly. They speak a lot and they smile a lot. In the road when I see them they say, “hi, how was your day?”. In France we don’t speak like this. I think it’s the most beau­ti­ful thing in Aus­tralian cul­ture.

How has travel changed you?

I travel alone so I have to be more friendly. I have to speak with more peo­ple. And I think trav­el­ling alone, I met more peo­ple. It’s dif­fi­cult at times be­cause I miss my fam­ily, I miss France and I miss my friends, but it’s beau­ti­ful.

What is your top Aus­tralian travel tip?

Rent a camper van be­cause I think you see more things than in a bus or a plane.

PHOTO: CLAU­DIA ALP

GO­ING SOLO: Parisian back­packer Chris­tine Feuer­bach said trav­el­ling Aus­tralia was her dream.

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