Rob Evans, a UK-trained teacher who is now working as a Consultant in our Collingwood office, recalls his most memorable NYE in Australia.


Q: Where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Australia?
A: Originally from Birmingham, studied and taught in Bristol for 7 years and been in Melbourne for 5 years now.


Q: How did you spend your most memorable NYE in Australia? Who with?
A: My most memorable New Years Eve was spent in Tasmania at Falls Festival with friends and work colleagues. The line-up was incredible, the weather hot and the atmosphere electric!


Q: Did you miss anything about NYE in the UK?
A: Nothing I can really think of. There’s so much going on here, there’s something for everyone and the public transport runs all night so the opportunities are endless! You can also most likely go out in a t-shirt and shorts rather than wrapped up with gloves, scarf and a beanie!


Q: What was your favourite part about celebrating NYE in Australia?
A: I’ve actually enjoyed calling everyone back home wishing them a Happy New Year before it’s New Year there. A lot easier to get on to people back home then rather than just after midnight when the networks die because everyone is calling each other.


Q: Were there any traditions from home that you brought to Australia with you?
A: Nothing I can think of.


Q: What advice would you give other overseas teachers who are celebrating their first New Years Eve in Australia?
A: Keep an eye out for what’s going on as no doubt there will be something that suits your tastes. If it’s music you’re after, there are loads of genre-specific groups on Facebook that will help you as well as festivals all over that occur over New Years but additionally on New Years Day. The fireworks in Melbourne are pretty awesome too (probably not as good as Sydney), just get to a good vantage point, sit back with an esky and relax!