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.
Found yourself travelling Australia with a Working Holiday Visa (417), but don’t think a year is enough time to see the whole of the great nation? Then why not extend your visa by completing 88 days regional work? Like many other backpackers out there you could find a job in order to earn your second year visa. But before you start looking for your regional work, you should think seriously about what you’re about to do, and from someone who’s been there, you need to ask yourself these questions before you consider doing your 88 days.
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Like many other backpackers heading off to do their 88 days, the four months I spent working on a cattle station was the first time I'd ever worked on a farm. Add to that being 136km from the nearest town, on a farm which is 31 times the size of my hometown Colchester, on the … Continue reading 88 Days: The Lowlights
Out of the outback and back to geeky business in Brisbane, this city has made it so easy to get back in touch with my geeky side, so much so that Brisbane may just be the best city to be a geek on the cheap! What do I mean by this? Well its major art … Continue reading A Geek’s Guide to Brisbane
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
Writing this post runs the risk of killing the charade put forward by most travellers who bid home goodbye, fly across the world, land on their two feet and fill their social media feeds with posts about their drunken nights out and the amazing experiences they're having. I can't lie, I am one of those … Continue reading Confession: I miss home.