High Flying adventures in Sydney and New South Wales

6 March 2014

Guest post from Cameron Ernst – Virgin Australian High Flyer

Before the Best Jobs in the World competition and landing the position as Virgin Australia High Flyer, I had never been to Australia. Of course, I knew about the Opera House in Sydney, but beyond that I really had no idea what was Down Under.

Cameron Ernst NewcastleWithin my first minutes of exploring Sydney, I realised that this city was much more than I had imagined. From The Rocks area with its historic buildings that overlook Sydney Harbour, to cozy Surry Hills with one-of-a-kind cafes and shops to discover, there’s always something to do and see here. If you’re a beach person, a museum person, or just a “kick back at a bar with a beer” person (I’m a bit of all three), you’re in luck because Sydney has it all and does it right. I’m nowhere close to finished with experiencing Sydney, and I don’t think you could ever be in this majestic city.

During my time as High Flyer, I’ve had the privilege of seeing a few more spots in the great state of New South Wales. Coffs Harbour and Newcastle were two places I had never heard of before, but I got to dive in to everything these destinations have to offer. My favourite parts about Coffs Coast and Newcastle are that they’re located adjacent to the ocean, and the beach is a part of life in these towns. Coffs “six pack” includes an array of activities around the coast (I loved getting to skydive here with a beach landing), and the ocean baths in Newcastle are iconic. Getting to see New South Wales beyond Sydney gave me an even better grasp of what it means to be Australian and what life is really like when you come to Oz.

Sydney: The first city where my feet touched the ground in Australia, and I’ll never forget the way it made me feel. Eager, ready for adventure, inspired…

Coffs Harbour: How could you not love Coffs Harbour with its sensational beaches and friendly community? This is definitely a place I could see myself living in someday.

Newcastle: Rich with history and locals who love their town, Newcastle is a coastal goldmine I was fortunate enough to visit.