Discover another Australia: Interview with Nikki Davies at Trailfinders

February 14, 2012

Great Ocean Road, Melbourne

Marketing Director, Nikki Davies

 Winner of the ‘best specialist independent tour operator’ in the Daily Telegraph’s Travel Awards, Trailfinders offers curious travellers a new way to discover another Australia. We speak to Nikki Davies (pictured left) , the Marketing Director at Trailfinders to find out why they’re so popular and her top tips for planning a big trip across Melbourne, Victoria and beyond…

1.       Trailfinders has regularly won awards at the Daily Telegraph for its products and services and recently featured in the paper with tailor-made itineraries across Victoria and the Northern Territories. What’s the secret behind your appeal?

Experience. Our travel consultants have visited over 96% of the world’s countries and have a passion for travel that is second to none. The only places left on our list are Armenia, Chad, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Liberia, the Marshall Islands, Sao Tome and Principe. But we’re working on it!

2.       Trailfinders offers travellers a way to ‘discover another Australia’ – What does this mean and what can travellers expect?

‘Discover another Australia’ lets travellers get off the beaten track and discover more of what this incredible destination has to offer. Australia is consistently in our top 3 destinations and many of our clients have travelled there before, so they’re looking for something extra. The new Singapore Airlines service from the UK to Darwin (launching on 25 March) means it will be so much easier for travellers to combine a trip to Melbourne and Victoria with a journey to those hard-to-reach areas in the Northern Territory. It’s a great choice for anyone wanting to see the ‘real’ Australia.

3.       Australia’s wildlife and aboriginal culture is a key feature of Victoria and the Northern Territory. Is this something travellers are becoming more interested in?

Kangaroos and wildlife on the Great Ocean Road

Kangaroos at Anglesea Golf Course on the Great Ocean Road

Australia has so much to offer that it’s the whole package that appeals to our travellers – it has many ‘must see’ sights, extreme and diverse landscapes, fantastic weather and, of course, the unique wildlife and aboriginal culture. It’s Australia’s incredible diversity that attracts our travellers time and time again.

4.       Trailfinders offers tours which start in Melbourne and stretch all the way up to the Top End. Can you give us an ideal itinerary with two weeks to spare?

Start your holiday with four nights in Melbourne, so you have ample time to explore this fabulous city’s museums, shops and thriving cafe culture. Trailfinders can pre-book everything for you including hotels, car hire and day tours.

Great Ocean Road

Great Ocean Road

Then set off on a self-drive trip along the Great Ocean Road.  With a week to spare, you can visit the long sandy beaches of Apollo Bay, wander the boardwalks and paths at the iconic Twelve Apostles, hike in the Grampian Ranges and explore the picturesque town of Halls Gap and the surrounding lakes, valleys and waterfalls of this national park. It’s then time to head back to Melbourne, stopping at Daylesford, the ‘spa capital’ of Australia, for some well deserved R’n’R.

From here, it’s less than a three-hour flight to Alice Springs, so you’ll be in the heart of the Northern Territory before you know it.  Experience the spectacular natural wonders of the Red Centre, including the Kings Canyon and Uluru – the majestic icon of Australia – at sunset, sunrise or both if possible!

For an unmissable journey through the heart of the continent, drive back to Alice Springs and hop aboard The Ghan. One of Australia’s great rail journeys, you’ll be whisked away through the hot Red Centre to Darwin, where your great Australia adventure must come to an end. Until your next visit.

5.       A trip across Victoria and the Northern Territory sounds like a big adventure. Can it be relaxing too?

A cafe in St Kilda, Melbourne

Take it easy... and linger a little longer over coffee in St Kilda, Melbourne

Yes! Whilst there is plenty to see and do, it’s easy to take things at your own pace. We recommend you spend a little more time in some locations to really enjoy the scenery and experience true Australian hospitality.

6.     What are your top tips to anyone thinking planning their big trip to travel across Australia?

First and foremost, I would highly recommend that you seek the advice and assistance of a good tour operator such as Trailfinders. It’s a big trip you’re about to embark on and for many it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity, so why risk going it alone as you could miss so much. You can surf the internet for hours and still not know exactly what you should see and do – talk to a Trailfinders travel consultant and they can help you piece together your perfect Australian itinerary. You can also travel with the knowledge that your holiday and money is in safe hands with Trailfinders unrivalled financial protection, so all that’s left is for you to make the most of your visit to Australia.

Discover another Australia:

Singapore Airlines operates three daily flights from London Heathrow to Melbourne via Singapore, with return fares starting from £799, and also flies from Manchester to Singapore.

Take advantage of exclusive holiday offers from Trailfinders, the UK’s No 1 tour operator to Australia: trailfinders.com

For more information on indigenous activities in Melbourne, Victoria:visitmelbourne.com/uk

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