Five months in Australia flew past. We didn’t see or do everything, but it would take a lifetime to do that! Here, in pictures, are some of the highlights and a bit of a breakdown of the route we took.
Cooktown, located on Cape York Peninsular, North Queensland, was named after the British explorer Captain James Cook, who became stranded here in 1770 when his boat, The Endeavour, took a bit of a knock from the reef south of Cooktown. Whilst wwoofing our way around Australia we spent three weeks in this little town.
When I was growing up I lived in a small town in the heart of the North Yorkshire country side. It was a beautiful life, playing in fields and walking freely. I had a job all through high school and collage and lived as close to a free life as a school girl probably could. Having my own money meant I could buy anything I wanted (within reason) without really having to ask for permission from my parents. And when I passed my driving test and bought my 1st car, I was away! There was no stopping me. Given this you can imagine the feelings of constriction that wwoofing brought.
After a few days at The Pickled Frog in Hobart I managed to bag myself a job in Cygnet on a strawberry farm. A quick conversation on the phone to the farmer and I found myself googling Little Devil Backpackers, like he had advised. I gave them a quick call to check there was space and then hopped on the bus from the corner of Elizabeth and Brisbane Street to Huonville. The ticket cost me a little over 10 bucks and the driver said he would give me a shout when I needed to get off.
Standing close to the top of the hill on Liverpool Street is a large green building, impossible to walk passed without giving it a second glance. This is The Pickled Frog Hostel. Walk in through the main entrance and you will be greeted by a cosy reception room with communal computers, comfy sofas, a small bar, the reception desk and, in winter, a roaring open fire. This is where I found myself after 10 days wwoofing on a dairy farm in Wodonga, torn between wanting to spend some time not working and needing to find a job before winter crept in.
They have four wheels, like a car. Two wing mirrors, like a car. A steering wheel and a gear stick, like a car. Six hydraulic levers, like a…hold on a second!