So far I’ve had my phone stolen, I was fired from a job I quit and have been bitten by a pig whilst up to my knees in pig shit. But overall I’m happy to be back in Australia.
I smelt them, before I met them in my dorm, Rockhampton YHA was pretty much deserted apart from me and Miffas, a Finnish YouTuber I met in Agnes Water. The smell of feet hung in the air of the dorm, which unlike other hostels on the coast had doonas on the bed instead of just sheets. I had chosen the bunk in the corner away from everyone else and was mindlessly scrolling through Facebook when I overheard Miffas talking to Fred and Alex when they came into the dorm. "We're walking the entire length of the East Coast," they said, and got a map to show us where they'd started in Cape York, taking a plane to one of the small islands before crossing over to start at the very top of Cape York before walking down. It was day 69 when they'd arrived in Rockhampton and taking a rest day, they'd only taken ten so far.
Prior to travelling to Australia, I didn't know much about the country besides the fact that it seemed like everyone aspired to go there one day, or had already been or knew someone who went there. I also knew Australia has a lot of animals, I wasn't too fussed about that, there was also the sun and beaches and surfers. Going in cold to Australia worked in my favour, I pretty much winged my trip and it worked out pretty much how I imagined it would go. I learned so much about what an amazing country Australia is, and I learned a lot about myself in the process..
A love letter to Fraser Island, an overly indulgent photo essay encouraging you to visit Fraser Island.
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I've been travelling around Australia for eight months now, five of which were spent in the outback. If that doesn't scream this girl can handle herself, I don't know what does. No I may not be the roughest, toughest backpacker to hit the roads of Australia, but I'm not pathetic either. Each time someone says something along the lines of "it's not safe for a girl to travel alone" I just ignore it. I've had men confess to me that they couldn't do what I was doing if they were a woman my age, fly across the world and explore a country alone, taking such a big risk. So what does that say about them? What does it say about me?
Looking for regional work can be tough, especially when you're competing against every other backpacker. It gets stressful quickly and can really put a downer on your travels, especially if you're deciding whether or not to gamble on a working hostel. If you don't fancy the idea of fruit picking or have been scared off … Continue reading 88 Days: How to get a job at a cattle station