A Bollywood superstar will tour the east coast of Australia over the next two weeks, posting her impressions to 12 million followers on social media.
Parineeti Chopra will undertake the tour as part of her duties as a Tourism Australia ambassador – the first Indian woman ambassador to be a part of the ‘Friend of Australia’ panel.
The panel is an initiative designed to harness the power of globally influential individuals who have a genuine affinity with Australia.
As a child, Parineeti aspired to visit Australia and she has described experiences on her previous visits as a “dream come true”.
She joins fellow Indians chef Sanjeev Kapoor and cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle as advocates encouraging Indians to visit Australia.
While in Melbourne, the Bollywood star will visit the Ballarat Wildlife Park and the Oakridge Wines vineyard before embarking on a scenic chopper ride to Phillip Island and a visit to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.
In Sydney, Parineeti will do the Bondi to Bronte coastal walk and check out the Bondi Icebergs pool, while trips to Sydney Harbour Bridge and The Blue Mountains will provide plenty of holiday snap opportunities.
In Queensland, she will get to indulge her love of thrill seeking with a seaplane ride and some scuba diving, before relaxing with a picnic at Whitehaven Beach.
According to the Indian website SpotboyE: “Parineeti loves to travel and her travel stories on her social media are extensively followed by the youth of the country.
“Her incredible social media engagement and influence was spotted by Australian Tourism who wanted her to popularise their country in India.”
India has climbed into the top ten for in-bound tourists to Australia, with growth of 14.6 per cent in the past year.