I've watched supercars as much as I can on the telly, ever since I first came across a guy called Mark Skaife. I think that was around the time I was president of the Motorsports society at uni and someone mentioned there was a 'famous racing driver with the same name'. Turns out he was one of the best too and from that point on I always wanted to watch them live. I've been to F1, BTCC and other live racing events in the UK but this one I never thought I'd do.
It's not the most luxurious hotel in Dubai, but Atlantis the Palm is easily the poshest I've ever stayed in. Epic views of the palm and an aquarium in the hotel (not to mention one of the best steaks I've ever had) made it a great experience.
It was also very relaxing to arrive in such a nice room having been stuck on a runway at the old Dubai airport in searing heat for a couple of hours - I was due to land at DXB shortly after another plane crash landed and they had to close the airport.
DONE: August 2016
Probably one of the sadder looking things on the list to most people, but being a Supercars (and Skaifey) fan I knew about Bathurst and had always wanted to go there. I didn't realise until I was in Australia that for the rest of the year when the Bathurst 1000 race isn't on, the circuit is actually a normal road you can drive around. Jackpot.
Always wanted to see an Aussie Rules match. Never really understood the rules before I went out there, but there's a whole channel dedicated to the sport and I picked it up eventually. I chose the Swans rather than GWS as the stadium was near my apartment and I was slightly in love with Buddy Franklin!
Went to watch them play the Western Bulldogs (who they would ultimately go on to lose to in the Grand Final later in the year). The dogs won with a late goal but it was still awesome to tick off the list.
DONE: July 2016
Everyone in work was raving about this. There are a lot of coastal walks in and around Sydney, and I did pretty much all of them. This was one I wanted to do though as I'd heard so much about it. It's only about 6 miles long but takes you through a number of bays and beaches along the way. My favourite spot was Gordons Bay, near the start of the walk, as shown in the picture.
DONE: April 2016
I spent six months working in Australia so was able to tick off a few of the things I'd always wanted to do while I was there. I went on a tour of the opera house one day which was fascinating. Bought a salt and pepper shaker in the shape of it afterwards which now sits proudly in my kitchen!
DONE: April 2016