Is this the ultimate dream job? 7



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I feel extremely fortunate to have this job, and don’t really think of what I do as a ‘work’! Every day I get to meet amazing people from all over the world, explore beautiful places and share stories with a group of new friends – not bad for a day at the office!


I am a Travel Director in Tasmania and I am very passionate about this part of Australia. Its richness of diversity means that it truly does offer something for everyone. From the outstanding seafood (such as Richmond’s delicious scallop pies) and world class wines to the depth of history and stunning natural landscapes, Tasmania is a varied and vibrant island I would encourage everyone to explore.

At AAT Kings, we like to give guests a truly authentic experience when they visit Tasmania – and I certainly know the inside track on all the best spots to head to.

Bicheno is one of my favourite places on the island and I love taking our guests there; it’s a beautiful coastal town with a lot of local charm, yet very little is known about it outside of Tassie. We have resident penguins in Bicheno and it’s a real treat for guests to get up close and personal with the wildlife in their natural habitat. The penguins are a friendly bunch and I’ve even seen them brush past guests’ legs as they make their way across the sand, which is guaranteed to put a smile on everyone’s face!

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One of my favourite aspects of my job is meeting so many new people; I genuinely feel that I have friends in all corners of the world now. One of the most memorable groups I hosted on a trip were nine lovely ladies from a Western Australian netball team. They called their team ‘the fossils’ and they dressed in their matching outfits of purple shirts. Their sense of humour and positivity was truly infectious and it added a whole new energy to the group – it was a really wonderful trip for all involved.


Doing this job has made me even more of a proud Australian! We all know this is a vast country, but by taking a Guided Holiday and allowing us to take the reins, guests have the chance to truly relax. We know our destination back-to-front. It is the opportunity to share this knowledge and passion which makes getting up for ‘work’ every day such a complete pleasure!

Would you come out of retirement (or leave your current job) for a position like this? If not: what’s your idea of a dream job?

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Kelly Anderson

Kelly is a Travel Director in Tasmania for AAT Kings.

  1. I would love to work in the travel industry but it would be very tough to get into now at my age. It was tough enough years ago because they wanted people with experience. I will have to keep this tour group in mind, and a great story.

  2. I love travel, so that would be my dream job. I worked in the corporate world for MANY years, and now I bartend four days a week, I feel like I’m already retired, but would so love to travel more.

  3. I volunteer in our local Tourist Information Center and it is wonderful meeting people from all over the world.

  4. My dream job would be a concert pianist. A very large miracle would be needed for this to happen as play only Christmas Carols, poorly. Dream I will!

  5. There are very few barriers to starting a walking tour business if showing people around where you live and are passionate about is something you are interested in doing. It gets more complicated and expensive once a vehicle is involved (but not public transport). Age is no barrier. If you want to do it, you can.

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