Phillip Brenner

One of the very few urologists in all of Australia with the depth of knowledge and specificity of training needed to treat patients with urological cancers such as kidney and prostate cancer, Dr. Phillip Brenner has assisted countless patients in need of a truly specialized level of care at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales.

Dr. Brenner, who completed a fellowship at the renowned Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center based in New York, has performed more than 1,000 radical prostatectomies along with more than 750 laparoscopic procedures throughout the course of his illustrious and achievement-laden career. Previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s, Dr. Brenner has repeatedly demonstrated the invaluable nature of his leadership and expertise in promoting the best possible patient outcomes.

1.  What do you do for work?

As a urological surgeon, I care for patients who might be dealing with a wide range of issues, including kidney or prostate cancer. I was previously the head of the urology unit at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney, New South Wales, and I also perform medical research on prostate and kidney cancer through the Garvan Institute.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

The medical profession appealed to me due to nothing more than the frequent opportunity to help the people who are most in need of immediate care.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

In my role as a urological surgeon and head of the urology unit, I have the opportunity to work directly with patients and doctors with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for the patient. My unique skill set as a surgeon — as well as the breadth of my understanding of urological cancers — ensures that patients dealing with complex issues will have access to nothing but the most outstanding level of medical care.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia?

Since I live and work in Sydney, I often have the pleasure of running into former patients or their friends and family members whenever I happen to be out and about. It is nice to hear a positive patient update and to know that my care had a significant impact on the patient and their loved ones.

5. What do you do for recreation?

There is no shortage of recreational opportunities in Sydney, but I really enjoy tennis, skiing, and sailing whenever I have the opportunity to do so.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d head back to the US to visit Manhattan and some other places throughout the Northeast, particularly since I still have many close friends from the time I spent at Sloan-Kettering.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Something else! I enjoy skiing, sailing and tennis. 

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

As a medical researcher myself, I have long admired Basil Hetzel and all that he was able to contribute to the field of medicine through his outstanding research.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Sydney is a great place for a first-time visitor looking to become acquainted with Australian culture while enjoying some of the more traditional components of a holiday.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

A visitor once tugged on my shirt to earnestly ask me how he could go about renting the “giant sailboat over there in the harbor,” which, upon turning to look in the direction in which he was pointing, I discovered was the Sydney Opera House and not a sailboat at all. I’d never heard of anyone making that mistake before, and I am confident that I won’t ever hear of it again.

Kim Dao

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At the time of its founding, the Kim Dao Blog was created as a simple way to digitally document and share a trip to Japan. Kim Dao, the founder of the Kim Dao Blog and a social media influencer of impressive magnitude, quickly learned that her blog could be so much more than an online journal documenting a single trip for friends and family.

The Australian-born Dao has since moved to Japan on an extended basis, due in part to the immense success of her blog and YouTube channel, which has been bolstered by her pervasive presence on a number of social media platforms. In addition to travel, the Kim Dao blog — as well as Dao’s social media accounts and her YouTube channel — offers extensive coverage of subjects that include makeup and fashion, among many others.

1.  What do you do for work?

In addition to my blog, I also produce videos for my YouTube channel and work with quite a few brands on social media marketing campaigns.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Since I began this career mostly by accident, I feel as though the field chose me more than I chose it. Either way, I feel incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work in such a wonderful industry.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I try to ensure everything I share is not just entertaining, but also informative and valuable to my followers.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Western Australia?

Although I plan on staying in Japan for quite a while, I have so many friends and family members in Western Australia that I look forward to seeing every time I have the opportunity to visit. I do intend to move back to Australia to settle down at some point, but I’m not sure when that will be.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to just head out with the goal of exploring a place I have yet to experience, so my recreation is really dependent on whatever I happen to find while I’m out exploring.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

Other than Japan, I would like to spend more time in Western Europe since I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy an extended trip to the region.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’ve actually considered taking up golf since it is so popular in both Australia and Japan.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Absolutely, and there are quite a few Australians I admire and whose influence is of profound importance to me, but none more so than the members of my family.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Everyone goes to Sydney and New South Wales the first time they visit Australia. My advice is to visit Western Australia instead.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Although I’ve heard some stories about travelers and their odd questions, I do not have one of my own that qualifies as particularly strange or funny.

Marty Stallone

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Marty Stallone has achieved a great deal throughout his time as the executive vice president of development for Metropolitan Development Group. The broad-based land-development company — commonly known as MDG — has earned a reputation as an exceptional provider of comprehensive service offerings relating to land development. This versatility has allowed the company to specialize in all manner of development projects, including commercial, residential, and industrial.

Marty, a graduate of Cornell University, has close to 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and in the public markets. This experience has certainly contributed to the efficacy of Marty’s leadership style with MDG, but it has also enabled him to regularly share his insight and expertise concerning a wide variety of relevant subjects as a featured speaker at countless conferences and seminars.

1. What do you do for work?

I’m the executive vice president of development for MDG, a land development company based out of Eastern Pennsylvania.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I’ve studied finance and economics for as long as I can remember, so the choice to pursue a career in my current field was quite natural.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Our development projects span quite a range and include residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Due to the company’s versatility, we are able to create affordable residential communities as well as affordable commercial or industrial properties.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about Victoria, Australia?

There is a lot that I enjoy about Victoria, but I’ve always felt drawn to the beautiful cliffs that line so many parts of Victoria’s coast.

5. What do you do for recreation?

When I have some time strictly devoted to recreation, I often choose to spend a day out on the water while fishing.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to explore all the parts of Africa I have yet to visit. I’ve always enjoyed traveling there but have not had the time necessary to experience the whole continent.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

As a spectator sport, cricket has grown on me quite a bit over the past few years.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Although it was quite controversial at the time, I admired former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd for offering an apology to the Aboriginal peoples for their treatment by previous administrations. However you feel about the sentiment, you have to admire the willingness to admit when you are wrong and to own up to it in whatever way possible.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Don’t leave Australia without making firm plans to return in the near future.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I can’t recall any question that was especially outrageous since I have been here, but I’m sure it happens with relative frequency no matter where you happen to be in the world.

Reed Gusmus

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QASymphony, an Atlanta-based company responsible for creating a number of advanced QA testing tools, has enjoyed a tremendous amount of business growth thanks to the efforts of its director of marketing, Reed Gusmus. An experienced digital marketing professional known for his specific expertise in the development of innovative B2B marketing strategies, Reed brings a uniquely valuable perspective to QASymphony.

Hailed as a visionary for his simultaneously creative and analytically rigorous approach to marketing, Reed favors a comprehensive strategy in matters of B2B digital marketing. As the director of marketing, Reed and his team recently developed a highly effective campaign promoting QASymphony’s JIRA test management capabilities that has earned a great deal of praise due to the volume of new customer acquisitions the campaign successfully generated.

1. What do you do for work?

As the director of marketing, I’m in charge of the marketing team at QASymphony.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Not only am I incredibly passionate about digital marketing, I am also deeply interested in software development. I leaped at the opportunity to combine those passions through my position with QASymphony.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

QASymphony creates truly exceptional software testing tools that make a tremendous difference in the effectiveness and efficiency of software development teams. The implementation of our software makes it much easier for developers to create quality software products and significantly enhances productivity levels.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Queensland, Australia?

The proximity to The Great Barrier Reef is absolutely wonderful, so I try to take advantage of every opportunity to see this phenomenal aquatic ecosystem from every angle possible.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I’m very interested in aviation and photography, and I have actually been able to combine my passions into a single recreational activity on multiple occasions.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’ll always be especially fond of Atlanta due to all the great friends and co-workers I have had the pleasure of getting to know over the years.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’m actually quite fascinated by all three sports, but cricket holds the most appeal for me at the moment.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Lawrence Hargrave’s contributions to early aviation have inspired me on both a personal and a professional level.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Research the history and culture of Australia well in advance of your departure date. This will make your experience more meaningful and hopefully more enjoyable as well.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I’ve met quite a few comical characters visiting from other countries, but I’ve never been asked any uncommon or strange questions from any tourist I have encountered over the years.

Jon Giaan

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Knowledge Source Founder and Managing Director Jon Giaan has successfully assisted countless investors in learning and applying the wealth-creation strategies espoused by the company he founded in 2000. Prior to creating Knowledge Source, Jon established a property investment portfolio worth $35 million through the use of strategies he developed while educating himself on the subject of investing in real estate properties. Jon, the definition of the self-made multimillionaire, has since worked to share his insight and expertise with as broad an audience as possible through Knowledge Source as well as through his written work, which includes a popular book called “The Millionaire Phenomena,” which was published in 2005.

1. What do you do for work?

I serve as the managing director of Knowledge Source, a company I founded over 15 years ago.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

As a self-taught investor, I am keenly aware of the many difficulties new investors face as they strive to achieve financial freedom. Knowledge Source allows me to guide those new investors and provide a blueprint that will help them succeed as investors.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I experienced quite a few hardships before amassing my current level of wealth through property investing, and my professional role essentially revolves around the idea that my experience and the experience of other experts can help newcomers enjoy a much smoother path to lifelong prosperity.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia?

I enjoy the fact that it is a modern city that understands the importance of its unique history and culture.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to visit the many art museums located throughout the city and enjoy watching a good tennis tournament every once in a while.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

For many of the same reasons I enjoy living in Melbourne — the arts, history, and culture — I also enjoy visiting Athens, Greece.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Footy is my preference out of the three, but I would definitely prefer to attend the Australian Open if given the opportunity.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Although I do not agree with all of his viewpoints, I have always admired Peter Singer’s unyielding commitment to his beliefs even when faced with harsh criticism.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Make sure you become a second- and third-time visitor as well! Australia is simply too large and too interesting to experience during a single visit.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Most of the visitors I have encountered during all my years in Australia have been nothing but thoughtful and polite. There have been a few, however, who must have expected a much more raucous atmosphere and subsequently tried to rile people up. It was all in good fun, but it surely caused them to look a bit foolish.

Dymphna Boholt

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Dymphna Boholt MYIAs the founder of I Love Real Estate and an internationally renowned speaker and mentor, Dymphna Boholt has helped countless investors achieve their personal financial goals through sound advice and practical strategies. Ms. Boholt was born in Central Queensland and grew up on a small-town farm before heading off to study finance and economics at the Australian National University in Canberra, and she now lives on Australia’s Sunshine Coast on a vast and unspoiled 32-acre property.

Featured for her investment acumen in the immensely popular “Secrets of Property Millionaires Exposed,” Ms. Boholt has since taken on a number of her own writing projects, including a series of books on asset protection and investing. She is also the co-founder of Wildly Wealthy Women, and her work as an investment mentor has earned her widespread acclaim and international recognition.

1. What do you do for work?

I actually have quite a few projects going on at the moment, but my principal focus is on the mentoring programs I have developed to help thousands of students achieve their financial goals through property investing and portfolio building.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

I’ve personally benefited from the guidance of a mentor and wanted to pass on what I had learned to others seeking to achieve a similar level of success.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

I’ve been able to help so many of my students free themselves from professions in which they had to exchange their time for money. With just a little guidance, these students have enjoyed the endless benefits that come with financial freedom and long-term financial security.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living on the Sunshine Coast of Australia?

I love that I am so constantly confronted with nature’s beauty and I feel incredibly fortunate to live on such a fantastic property.

5. What do you do for recreation?

My family and I like to go for hikes and have recently taken up bird watching.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I spent some time working in Bangkok, and while I did enjoy my time there, I would like to travel to Venice in order to really become immersed in the Italian culture.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I enjoy attending rugby matches, but only every once in a while.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

The person I admire most and who had the most profound influence on my professional career is Dr. Dolf de Roos, but he was actually born in New Zealand and is probably best known for his work in the United States.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

The cities are all amazing and are absolutely worth visiting, but you haven’t really experienced Australia until you’ve spent time in the diverse natural settings we have throughout the country.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

Someone asked me where the annual Yahoo Serious Film Festival was held, but I was completely unaware that there was ever such a film festival, let alone an annual one.

Sam Ovens

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Entrepreneur and consultant Sam Ovens is the founder of OVENS International, a company he originally founded out of his parents’ garage and ultimately grew into an international consulting firm capable of generating over $10 million in profit over just four years. During that time, Sam also managed to create another wildly profitable business — SnapInspect — that he eventually sold for substantially more than he initially put into it. A digital application designed to streamline property inspections, SnapInspect is now used in 16 countries and clearly demonstrated Sam’s unrivaled ability to recognize a need within the market and quickly fill that need through his entrepreneurial acumen.

1. What do you do for work?

I continue to run OVENS International, which is a digital marketing consulting firm that also provides e-learning and training programs.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

It was initially a decision made out of a desire to take control over my professional career after a poor experience in the corporate world.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

Through the e-learning and training programs offered by OVENS International, I have helped aspiring consultants generate incredible wealth in a short period of time. So far, we have nine millionaire consultants and 136 more six-figure consultants.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Australia?

Living in Australia has reminded me how fortunate I have been as an entrepreneur since I am able to split my time between New York, New Zealand and Australia.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to go fishing, swimming and diving.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I recently visited the Adirondacks in Upstate New York, so I’d like to see more of that area the next time I have an opportunity to travel.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

Rugby is the best out of those three, but I prefer to spend my free time out on the water.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

My entrepreneurial ventures have mostly been inspired by the innovators of Silicon Valley, especially Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

Scuba diving is one of the most enjoyable experiences available in Australia, even if it means having to earn your certification either before or during the visit.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I’ve been asked about Lord of the Rings more times than I’d care to admit, and on more than one occasion a tourist has asked me how to get to Mordor, the Shire or Rivendell.

Rachel Kramer

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A QA testing tools expert specializing in JIRA test case management, Rachel Kramer currently supervises a wide range of business operations in her role as business development representative for QASymphony. Rachel’s company is responsible for creating software testing and test management tools capable of performing remarkably well at an Agile pace, making it possible for developers to quickly deliver exceptional software regardless of the industry in which they are operating. Rachel, a graduate of Emory University who originally hails from Atlanta, Georgia, now splits time between the United States and Sydney, Australia.

1. What do you do for work?

I’m the business development representative for QASymphony.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

Software development was always an interest of mine, and I immediately recognized the potential associated with QASymphony and the many projects it has since undertaken.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

The tools we provide to development teams increases efficiency in so many respects, which results in the delivery of quality software at an Agile pace. This is great for the individual development teams and the company they are working for.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, Australia?

The people have been so kind and welcoming that it already feels like home.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I like to go for long walks through the city, but hiking has always been my preferred recreational activity. Fortunately, there are plenty of trails just outside the city and the beach is also quite close to where I live.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I love the Pacific Northwest: Oregon, Washington, British Columbia. It is just so lush and verdant, and there are so many mountains to climb.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I’ve become a big fan of rugby since I’ve been here, but my sport of choice is Ultimate Frisbee.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Andrew Morton. He was one of the principal developers of the Linux kernel that is used on a worldwide basis.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

You can do all the touristy stuff, but make sure you make time to really get to know the locals.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I have been asked some really strange questions during my relatively brief time in Australia, but the oddest exchange I ever had with a tourist involved a perfectly reasonable question about directions. After telling this gentleman how to get where he wanted to go, he turned to his travel companion and said he couldn’t understand my Australian accent! Of course, being from Atlanta, I don’t have anything resembling an Australian accent, so I just laughed it off.

Darren Pawski

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Darren - 20160223-1Darren Pawksi serves as the managing director of Synergy Financial Solutions, a company geared toward assisting clients in adopting a comprehensive and highly effective approach to financial management. With nearly 30 years of experience in the financial industry, Darren is uniquely qualified to help clients achieve a sense of financial empowerment through the principles and services made available through Synergy Financial Solutions. A consummate professional who cares deeply about the long-term security of all of his clients, Darren holds a diploma of financial planning from Deakin University and is currently close to completing his master’s degree in finance and banking from Edith Cowan University.

1. What do you do for work?

My professional role is as the director of Synergy Financial Solutions, where I oversee company operations and assist clients in developing a long-term plan for securing their financial future.

2. Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

The overwhelming majority of people understand the importance of financial management and are aware of the benefits associated with developing a thorough and detail-oriented strategy, yet it seems that a significant portion do not yet have a plan in place. I felt that my experience and expertise could help to change that.

3. In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

A strong financial plan creates a sense of security and stability that can have a powerful impact on every aspect of an individual’s life, so it gives me a great deal of joy to contribute to creating that sense of security and stability.

4. What is it that you enjoy most about living in Perth, Western Australia?

Swan River is easily my favorite place to go in Perth, especially when the sun hits the skyline along the river in just the right way.

5. What do you do for recreation?

I don’t go as often as when I was younger, but I still enjoy paddling out into the ocean to surf on my longboard.

6. If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d really like to go on an extended tour of South America. The natural beauty of the rivers and mountains has always been of interest to me.

7. Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I still like to play rugby on occasion, but I think I’d rather watch and play golf as opposed to anything else.

8. Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

I’ve read a lot of Henry Lawson’s work over the years, and I’ve always aspired to some of the principles he espoused in his poems and short stories.

9. What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I think every visitor should spend a lot of time outside of the city centers, and, if possible, should camp out a few nights to connect a bit more closely with nature.

10. What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

I haven’t had too many strange questions sent in my direction, but I have fielded questions about the rationale behind our colorful currency a time or two.

Marlon Kobacker

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marlon kobacker hbyjmMarlon Kobacker is one of the clean energy industry’s most frequently sought-after sustainability advisors and currently serves in a variety of positions in which he is able to provide guidance regarding both financial and sustainability issues to business owners, builders, property managers and asset managers. Marlon currently serves as a director with Sustainable Future Group and as a Principal with Clean Energy Corporation Australia, and he also continues to serve as a sustainability advisor with EarthRights International. In addition to his extensive professional experience, Marlon is a highly respected lecturer, writer and consultant regarding a whole host of subjects associated with the achievement of sustainability performance goals.

What do you do for work?

I am a Principal with Clean Energy Corporation Australia. My main responsibility is to provide guidance regarding sustainable building and design.

Why did you choose to pursue a career in the field in which you currently work?

This is a critical time in which sweeping changes need to be made to the way we use energy, and I felt that the best way to encourage the necessary changes was to pursue a career in which I could demonstrate how green energy could be implemented without adversely affecting economic goals.

In what way does your professional role make it possible for you to have a positive impact on others?

My work has put me in a position to address what is likely the most critical issue of our time, and it is becoming increasingly obvious that clean energy is the best solution we have available for addressing global climate change.

What is it that you enjoy most about living in Sydney, New South Wales?

I’ve always loved the vibrancy of the city and the fact that it continues to attract so many people from all over the world.

What do you do for recreation?

I love to play Ultimate Frisbee, so we have a group that gets together every so often for a game.

If you could travel anywhere outside of Australia, where would you go and why?

I’d like to spend more time in the Pacific Northwest in the United States. It seems to be so unique in just about every way imaginable.

Aussie rules football, cricket, rugby or something else?

I have nothing against any sport, but surfing is my personal preference.

Is there an Australian you admire or who has had a profound influence on you personally or professionally? Explain.

Peter Garrett’s environmental activism had a profound influence on me as well as my decision to pursue my master’s degree in sustainable design from UNSW.

What advice would you give to a first-time visitor to Australia?

I meet a lot of travelers who only did a minimal amount of research about the country before arriving, so I would advise all of those planning a trip to thoroughly research the areas they’ll be visiting before they finalize their travel plans.

What is the funniest or strangest question a tourist has ever asked you about Australia?

The funniest things I’ve been asked about Australia are whether or not we have electricity, whether I have a pet kangaroo and if I have ever wrestled a crocodile! Hilarious.