Aussie Specialist Nagsri on creating experiential itineraries for Australia

Australia has exquisite travel and dining options that will cater to the Indian traveller.

Australia is home to epic landscapes — from UNESCO World Heritage-listed rainforests and reefs to endless swathes of ochre outback.

In an interaction with TravelDine, Aussie Specialist Nagsri Prasad Sashidhar, Chief Happiness Officer of NAGSRI- Creating Special Memories, talks about the travel and dining experiences she often recommends to her clients.

Nagsri Prasad Sashidhar, Chief Happiness Officer, NAGSRI-Creating Special Memories.

As a destination, Australia is diverse and embodies several landscapes and experiences in one trip. It is this factor that makes Australia truly exciting to promote. Literally, the sky is the limit with regard to the things one can include,” she says.

On the most sought-after destinations for an Indian traveller, Nagsri says that the choices are manifold.

“It totally depends on what the client likes and would want to do. If it is the city and the shopping, one would recommend Sydney or Melbourne. For the wine, may be South Australia from Adelaide. The adventure with water would mean Cairns, Gold Coast, and Whitsundays. The cultural tryst would bring them to the centre to Ayers Rock, Alice Springs. Untouched and pristine would see them in Western Australia. The backyard of Australia where some of the freshest sea food and plants come from is Tasmania, which is also great for self-drive holidays. Theme parks would be Gold Coast. Skiing would be Mt. Buller from Melbourne in Victoria,” she says. 

Sydney Harbour Bridge.

MasterChef restaurants

Nagsri is meticulous when recommending dining options. “For my clients, food is an important aspect of their holiday plans. When it comes to Australia, it is even more special, considering it is the birthplace of the popular MasterChef series. I try and recommend most of the MasterChef restaurants where possible. In fact, I had even done a MasterChef restaurant itinerary for a client, complete with the chef’s table and the tasting menu,” she says.

Her recommendations are Attica in Melbourne, Koi Dessert Bar in Sydney, and Quay Restaurant Sydney, which is a MasterChef restaurant.

Shopping in Australia

Unlike the US, Australia is never pitched as a shopping destination.

“However, what interest my clients are the visits to the local and the weekend markets where local farmers come together bringing their fresh produce and where genuine Made In Australia products can be found. Many of these markets have been there for decades. Some of the famous and most visited local markets are Paddy’s Market in Sydney, Adelaide Central Market, and Salamanca Market in Tasmania.

Australia has put together several signature experiences that are highly recommended for visitors. For couples, Nagsri would recommend a stay in a luxury lodge, self-drive in Tasmania, dinner on a cruise along Darling Harbor in Sydney, snorkelling and scuba diving along the Great Barrier Reef, and wine indulgence in the wine regions of Australia. 

For families, she would recommend a bridge climb and

Showboat Dinner cruise in Sydney, lodging at the Tangalooma Island Resort, and a day out to the Barrier Reef. 

For large groups, Nagsri would recommend a visit to the Opera House, cultural experience at Tjapukai from Cairns, a visit to any of the Worlds (Dream/Sea/Movie world ) in the Gold Coast, a visit to the Penguin island from Melbourne, and day out to the Blue Mountains from Sydney.

“Personally, what I love most about Australia is that it is so large and diverse.  It is a 100% customer delight destination,” she says.

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