How Australia Broke My Heart

When I first left home for New Zealand in 2011 I never could have guessed the path my life would take. I absolutely loved my time in New Zealand and would go back in a heartbeat. I wouldn’t live there though. Australia on the other hand- that’s a different story.

While I was in NZ people would ask me if I intended to travel to Australia, my answer was very non-committal. I didn’t like the idea of Australia. I’m not a beach person and I was never a big fan of the heat. I can think of a hundred things I would prefer to do over laying on a gritty bed and baking myself like a pizza. I didn’t know much else about Australia apart from the fact that it was a country with a lot of beaches, the Great Barrier Reef, and Uluru, which I had only known as Ayres Rock. My response to peoples queries about my future travels was that I may spend a couple weeks across the ditch to do a bit of diving on the reef, but that was all I had interest in. It’s funny how things change. Read more

12 Fair Dinkum Aussie Expressions

After starting a travel writing course through Matador University I was contacted by a teacher asking me to write an article for their website. This is my first paid piece with hopefully more to follow. It’s not my regular writing style but is the format I was asked to write in. These are all expressions that I learned from Australian folk living in the outback- many are commonly used my my mates! Please follow the link for a read. :)

12 Fair Dinkum Aussie Expressions

A Kimberly Adventure

So here I am, in one of the least populated areas in the world, The Kimberly, Western Australia. Four months into my 6 months of work. Some days I feel like I have been here forever, others I feel like I just arrived. I don’t see many people, but I don’t really mind. It can be lonely. It can be breathtaking. It is always beautiful.

After a year in Clermont it wasn’t easy to head off, but I was keen to see a new part of Australia. With the drought continuing on throughout much of Queensland and work becoming more and more difficult to come by, I decided it was the perfect opportunity. I was offered a job as a governess, and it was an offer I couldn’t refuse; flights to Broome paid for, more than double my previous wage, free chopper flights, and masses of country to roam. It was a dream job.
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Diving the Great Barrier Reef

A relaxing night spent in Mission Beach was followed by an early morning sky dive for my brother. I opted out of this one as it wasn’t as high as the one I did in New Zealand, and I decided against the extra expense this time around. he had an absolute blast though. Proud of this kid for taking the leap and loving every second of it!

As Jared cooled down from his adrenaline high we continued our journey to Cairns. Read more

A Trip For Three

Dawn broke on boxing day and presented us with another sunny day. Not too hot, not too windy, just beautiful. The perfect day for a road trip.

Jared and I had been planning our Christmas break adventure for weeks. We had it all sorted out, the days the activities, the stops. I knew though, from many past experiences, things never go exactly as planned. This trip was no different.

We packed up the car with the things we would need for the coming week. I said goodbye to Darcy. We filled the car with fuel. Then we were off.
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A Christmas In Clermont

Christmas carols constantly played through my head as I stood at my gate in the 38 degree heat.

“Across!” Darcy shouted.

I pulled open the gate to my left, to let a couple cows through. Sweat and dust caked my face, but I didn’t mind.

“Behind!”

I took a few steps back and out of the way as I opened my gate to let cattle into the pen with me. I shut the gate again, still singing carols in my mind.

Sure, it was just another work day, but it was one day closer to Christmas, and boy, was I excited! December had arrived and was progressing with a lot of sun, and still no rain. And DEFINITELY no snow. With it being my third Christmas down under, I thought I would be used to it. Wrong. I was the most homesick I have been since I started travelling over two years ago. Read more

Special: Central Station Feature

After starting work at a new job in Western Australia my boss asked me to do a post for her blog, Central Station. Each week a different cattle station takes on the responsibility of writing a post for each day that week. The purpose of her blog is to show the world that cattle workers and farmers aren’t all rednecks. It’s to show people what living on a piece of land this big, taking care of so many animals is truly like. The vast majority of the population have no idea what happens to their beef before it ends up on their plate, but it’s Jane’s goal to show them. It’s mostly cattle stations, but this year even a camel station will be posting!  Read more

A Sticky Situation

With some droving experience under my belt, it was time to head back to Trelawney to spend one more month with Eva. Kate had gone on a trip to Tasmania and needed someone at home looking after Eva, I jumped at the chance.

It was nice to be back for the few short weeks I returned for. Week one was back to Mini School. It was a lovely chance to see some of the other govvies I had met previously. While all the kids were off doing school all the home tutors hung out. For Melbourne Cup Day we all dressed up for the luncheon being held at mini school. It was great fun as well all drank champagne, ate a beautiful meal, and races around on toy horses. There were many laughs to be had.
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