Booroomba Rocks, Namadgi National Park, ACT
'There's nothing like the native bush and animals, and the friendly people in Canberra. I love Australia! There's nothing in the bloody world like it!'
Genevieve gained a new appreciation for nature during her three years as student in Canberra, Australia's bush-fringed capital. After the city bustle of Singapore, Genevieve grew to love Australia's outdoor adventures, from walking and biking to snowboarding.
She took this photo on one of her “most memorable trips” - a hike to the tranquil village of Tharwa with her best friends Katherine and Mei. The trio had set out beneath an overcast sky and were battling hail by the time they reached Corin Forest.
“Undeterred by the weather, and armed with our raincoats and umbrella, the three of us hiked up the square rock. That trip really showed me how sporting my friends were, with everyone looking after each other on the way up. We didn't get to enjoy the view that day because of the clouds, but the hail eventually stopped, and we could enjoy a nice picnic at the top, really enjoying each other's company,” Genevieve said.
“My friend took a picture of me breathing in the ‘clouds' because it was like breathing in the fresh air. Even though it was just a short day trip, being surrounded by native bush and Aussie friends made it a truly Australian vacation.”