If you're backpacking around Australia then you might end up working in the outback, whether it's for your regional work or just to replenish travel funds whilst experiencing life in the bush. For me working in the outback has been the highlight of my travels so far, however it can be quite he culture shock … Continue reading Working in the Outback: What to expect
For my regional work I am working as a cook on a cattle station just outside of Julia Creek in outback Queensland. I cook three meals a day for seven people, feed animals, and maintain the garden. It’s hard work and I thought it would be helpful to post my daily routine to give anyone … Continue reading 88 Days: A Day in the Life of a Cattle Station Cook
A couple of weeks ago I was sat in the library using the computer and decided to give looking for regional work by placing an ad on Gumtree another go, I was sceptical about trying again as it had proved futile when I was in Sydney. Now that I was in the outback I thought … Continue reading The Outback Barmaid Diaries #4: Last Drinks
Just as I was beginning to settle in at my job in Winton, I was offered a job at a cattle station outside of Julia Creek, I’ve talked at length about the struggle to find regional work on here and lucky for me I was approached by a station that's run by an English woman … Continue reading The Wanderings Month 5: Calamity Holly
“You should have done this!” Jimmy said as he lifted up his singlet and exposed his pale chest to the bar, only Jed would appreciate the sight. Jimmy was back in town after working away for a couple of days, and was teasing me because last time he'd seen me was on Friday night when … Continue reading The Outback Barmaid Diaries #3 You didn’t come here to f*ck spiders!
January was definitely the hardest month of travel, beginning with failing to find regional work, not helped by the creepy guy incident in Sydney and then a rather turbulent first couple of weeks getting to grips with working in Winton. February was a rollercoaster ride in itself, coming to the outback was never part of … Continue reading The Wanderings Month 4
Winton has a council swimming pool which opens in the afternoon, even though I'll have spent eight hours on my feet I'll still go for a swim. One afternoon I went and swam a few lengths in the pool that is only part covered by a canopy, after about fifteen minutes I decided to move … Continue reading The Outback Barmaid Diaries #2 Holy Dooley!