Michael Purvis, 27, from Durham: “I had a great time in Oz. It was my first year traveling and gave me so many experiences. My favourite time was working on a small orchard off the backpacker trail to get my seasonal work done. Working hard, meeting all the local people and making friendships that are still strong to this day more than 3 years later. Fishing for your dinner and cooking on a campfire with a 4X in hand. That's life.”
Louise Denton, 24, from Birmingham: “I left for Australia on my first backpacking experience in August 2008 on a working holiday visa. I loved it! Australia is so easy to travel around, very easy to meet other travellers and has some fascinating attractions.
“I did my three months farm work, which I loved... Being in the great Aussie outdoors, living in remote areas with some new found friends was an amazing, different experience to home.
“It's so hard to pick my highlights for Australia - there have been so many. Fraser Island, the Whitsundays, the Great Barrier Reef, Ningaloo Reef, Kakadu National Park, Uluru.... the list is almost endless!
“I'm still in Oz, living in Darwin waiting for the outcome of a residency visa. There's so much I still want to see... Australia has so much to offer!”
Charlotte Riley, 25, from Scotland: “I left in 2008 for an eight month trip to Oz after finishing university. I then left Oz two years later! It was a fantastic experience in a fantastic place.
“Australia is such a varied country and each state is very different. I have wonderful memories of the time I spent living in places that were unique and worlds apart from my life at home, whether it was on a farm in rural Queensland or sharing a tiny apartment with eight people on Sydney's Darling harbour!”