My dream destination: Catriona Rowntree, Getaway presenter

MY ONE DREAM DESTINATION IS STILL

Aitutaki, in the Cook Islands. I read Robinson Crusoe as a child and loved it, so when I discovered this quiet island more than 20 years ago I knew this was as close as I'd get to that childhood dream. In fact, I thought: "If anyone is ever crazy enough to ask me to marry them, this is where I'd choose for my honeymoon". Years later, he did and we went.

WHEN THIS IS ALL OVER I'M DREAMING OF VISITING 

France. My COVID challenge was to sign up for French classes at the Alliance Francais and I'm all but dreaming in French now – I'm obsessed. Every element of France is calling my name.

MY DREAM TRAVEL BUBBLE DESTINATION IS

Taiwan was one of the happiest trips of my life, no doubt helped by the fact that I'd just found out I was pregnant before going, so I pretty much ate my way through this magnificent country. Like many, all I knew before going was the "Made In Taiwan" label, so to visit its Buddhist temples, make a wish at its famous Lantern Festival (which came true) and to mingle amongst its kind locals, was all a treat.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC DESTINATION IS 

swimming with the whale sharks at Ningaloo, Western Australia. When I started on Getaway, we had a story on this experience that won awards for our cameraman, Chris Miller. It was otherworldly. Timing has never allowed me to go and now I'd just love to take my children.

MY DREAM DOMESTIC TRIP SO FAR HAS BEEN 

I've just returned from the most amazing island in Tassie, Picnic Island. It's a private island with magnificent accommodation that's nearly as good as being able to boast that my hubby and sons caught all our dinners from the waters around us – abalone, crayfish, mussels. One of the best holidays ever.

Catriona Rowntree has been a presenter on Getaway for 25 years. The 30th season of Getaway is now airing on Nine and 9Now.

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