About Ann

Published on February 18th, 2005 | by Ann Rickard


About Ann Rickard

You’re an Aussie right?
I’m actually English although I’ve lived most of my life in Australia.  My parents were ten-pound Poms and came to Australia in the 50s and settled in Sunshine a suburb in Melbourne. There wasn’t anything sunny about Sunshine in the 50s and 60s when I grew up.  It was a melting pot of confused and frightened immigrants.

What was your first travel experience?
I left Sunshine in 1967 to do the working holiday thing in the UK. I lived in London during the swinging sixties but completely missed them due to my passion for spotted dick (a pudding!). I lived with an aunt in London who was an outstanding cook, and instead of racing out each night for swinging sex, I raced home to eat toad in the hole and suet puddings.

Sounds silly, what happened then?
After a couple of years of that I looked like suet pudding. When I returned to Australia on a ship called the Southern Cross – you had to travel by sea in those days, air travel was far too expensive – I met my Geoffrey. He was a dashing engineer officer who somehow saw through the layers of blubber and fell in love with me. I was hopelessly in love with him after 24 hours of meeting him. We married shortly after and I spent nine years travelling the world with him on board cargo ships and massively big oil tankers with him.

Sounds very exciting. Why did you both give up that life?
We settled in Melbourne in suburbia – as far away from Sunshine as possible – brought up three fabulous kids, moved to Queensland in 1992, and when the kids all left home, we started travelling again.

When did you start writing?
Shortly after arriving in Queensland, in Noosa actually darlings, very posh, I got a job at the local paper, the Sunshine Coast Daily and began writing little advertorial pieces. Then I went on to feature writing and doing dining reviews and started writing about travel.

In 2000 after a long trip to Italy where I kept an extensive journal, I decided to pull that journal together and write a book. While I was writing it, I thought ‘no publisher is going to look at this, they’ll take one look at the manuscript and say “not another book about Italy’. Then I thought, ‘hey, that’s a good title for a book, so I threw the title on and what would you know? The publisher liked it, as well as the manuscript, and decided to publish it.

So, how many books later?
Six  published books

All about travel?
Yes, all humorous travel narratives. All true, all about my travels with the faithful husband Geoffrey.

How did you become a tour guide?
After visiting Provence so often I felt I knew it really well and loved it so much I wanted to share it with others.  We found the charming village of Vers Pont du Gard where an 18th century mas had been refurbished to impeccable standards while retaining is old charm.

It’s absolutely gorgeous and so well located to take guests to all the Provencal icons such as Avignon, Les Baux de Provence, Roussillon.  And it’s just five minutes from the beautiful town of Uzes with its bustling Saturday markets.

What next?
Who knows?   I run these great tours, have a full time job as a feature writer with the Sunshine Coast Daily, live in beautiful Noosa, write travel stories about some of the world’s most gorgeous locations and now am a successful blogger.

Ann Rickard

About the Author

is a Noosa (Australia) local and author of six successful books, all humorous travel narratives. In 2005 Ann won the prestigious ASTW’s Australian Travel Writer of the Year and in 2007 she won the ASTW Travel Book of the Year. Ann takes a culinary tour to the South of France in June every year . Ann writes travel, dining and columns for the Sunshine Coast Daily and is the Life editor of the Noosa News. Ann also maintains a well read and popular blog site. Ann’s travels have seen her explore cuisines all over the world.

2 Responses to About Ann Rickard

  1. Vivienne Arber (Was Rose and previous Challis!!) says:

    Hi Ann – lost your email – so hope you get to read this. John and I are coming over to Aus end of March this year. Spending 3 nights in Sydney then visiting his daughter and grand kids in Old Bar then onto his brother in Caloundra. Would be lovely to catch up with you if you are near to any of these places.
    Love Viv x

    • Ann Rickard says:

      Goodness me Viv, couldn’t work out whoVivienne Arber was, thank goodness you put Challis in. Never heard of Old Bar…you don’t mean Hobart, do you? But we are Near Caloundra. It’s about an hour away from us on the Sunshine Coast, so definitely love to see you. That would be a hoot. Email me on ann@annrickard.com . I have been meaning to email Eve for a catch on all the family. Hope everyone is going well…especially your mother. Email me.

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