After my disappointing two days in Cairns, I went to Atherton, a town about an hour away from Cairns. I expected mesmerizing rain forest and a working hostel which had promised farm work, that could get me a second year in Australia.
30 June 2012
After four months in Brisbane I decided it was time to see more of Australia. It was winter in Brisbane at that time, and it was tempting to go somewhere a bit warmer. I had heard good things about Cairns and was curious to see what so many backpackers before me had found so intriguing.
27 June 2012
|The Attic in Fremantle|
Fremantle is one of those travel treasures that you really have to see for yourself to realize how wonderful it is. Freo has everything: Art galleries, beaches, shopping, concerts, pubs, night clubs, restaurants, coffee shops and museums. A lot of the buildings are beautifully preserved from early settlement. A beautiful, interesting, inspiring and thriving city. I heart Freo!
17 June 2012
13 June 2012
11 June 2012
On Australia Day in Adelaide, I came across numerous bicycles, conscientiously covered in colourful knitting. It was part of a series of art events celebrating "everything bike" in connection with The Santos Tour Down Under, Australia's premier cycle event in January.
10 June 2012
I was delighted to find that everything I was eager to see in Sydney was in a walking distance. The Opera house, The Harbour Bridge, The Royal Botanic Gardens, The Rocks and Darling Harbour.
7 June 2012
In movies, vineyards are places where beautiful and successful people go to relax, find themselves and maybe even fall in love. The idea of working in a vineyard therefore seemed appealing to me. I wanted to walk amongst sunbathing vines in a never-ending landscape. Have a sip of wine and laughingly stomp grapes in a tub just like they do in the movies. The art of making wine however, is far from glamorous.
5 June 2012
|Sunrise at Sunshine Beach|
4 June 2012
I thought I would never want to see a tomato again after working on "Eatough" tomato farm in Bowen, in the middle of nowhere. The supervisors treated us like worthless slaves and had us working thirteen hours a day for not much pay. The working hostel "Barnacles Backpackers" was absolutely dreadful. I shared a tiny room with thirteen others. The hostel managers treated us like scum of the earth. And the atmosphere felt more like imprisonment rather than a home.
3 June 2012
Strawberry season on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland goes from roughly beginning of June till November. At Eumundi Strawberry farm, where I worked, the last berry was picked in the beginning of December because of a late crop that year. If you want to land a job picking strawberries, you need to be early.