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Australia – Life of a farmgirl in Bundaberg

It’s almost two weeks ago since I first arrived in Bundaberg. After replying to hundreds of ads on Gumtree (the Australian equivalent of Marktplaats) for Farmwork, I finally found a job and here I am!

The hostel from hell
I got in contact with a woman who could provide us with farmwork. She arranges the hostel, the transport and the farmwork for us. That’s how the deal works: we stay at their hostel, pay loads of money and they take care of the rest.

When I googled the hostel I was shocked by the reviews: a dirty, run down old place with no soul, filthy matrasses and frustrated people. You can imagine I was quite apprehensive to see what I would find once in Bundaberg. Luckily it turned out not to be so bad as what was written on the World Wide Web. The hostel is old indeed and I’ve seen much much better, but the matrasses are comfortable, there’s a big kitchen and the location of the hostel is right in the heart of, as the locals call it, Bundy.

No time to chill, off to work!
During my first night in the hostel I found out I was already working the next day. Every night after 7pm there’s a new schedule hanging in the hallway of the hostel stating who works when and where. I saw that I was working at a farm named Tinaberries and that I got picked up 5:40 the next day – early! I ran to the Coles to get food for lunch and went to bed early.

First time for everything: farming!
At Tinaberries I got to meet the lovely farmer Tina and her husband Bruce. Strawberry planting season had just begun and after two hours of training I was ready for the real stuff: let the planting commence!
img_1074That afternoon my friends from Wales arrived and they are working at the same farm. We work 5 hours a day, starting at 6am (which means watching the gorgeous sunrise everyday) and, when the sun comes out it gets too hot for the plants and for us, we finish around 11am. We work 6 days a week, from Monday to Saturday and get paid by the number of strawberries we plant (aka modern day slavery). We didn’t exactly hit the jackpot when it comes to the money, but the farmers are lovely people, we have great fun with the team and every day is another day signed off for our 88 days of farmwork (which you need to complete if you want to apply for second year visa) And if you finish around 11 you still got the whole day ahead of you to enjoy the pool or the beach.

Bundaberg isn’t as small as I thought it would be. It has quite a few shops, coffee bars and the beach is only a 20 minute bus ride away. When we’re not chilling at the hostel we go to the pool, grab a coffee, chill at the beach or just wander around town. Life is not too bad here in Bundy 🙂

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But that's not the reason I'm smiling from ear to ear in this photo. The reason was being in the outback and finally seeing Uluru! This place was high up in my top 5 of destinations I wanted to visit soooo badly. The other four are Fiji, Sri Lanka, The Philippines and the Aussie East Coast from Brisbane up to Darwin.
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Only a stone’s throw away from @wayoutbackaus’s campsite you’ll find the Glen Helen Gorge. It’s the ultimate spot to cool off and relax after a day of hiking and exploring the outback!
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When I think of the desert I think of loads of sand, a burning sun and not much greenery. Well, @wayoutbackaus showed me there’s much more! This little oasis is found in the heart of Kings Canyon and is the perfect spot to take a well deserved break from your hike in the heat :)
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📷 by my tour buddy @lanizaragoza
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On day two @wayoutbackaus took me to Kata Tjuta to go on the Valley of the Winds walk. During this walk you’ll wander between the domes and are treated to the most stunning views. Take this one for instance. In love with the outback 😍.
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Ever since I came to Australia I’ve been dreaming of going to the Red Centre to visit the magical Uluru. Thanks to @wayoutbackaus this dream came true - and the adventure has only just begun. The next five days @wayoutbackaus will show me the hidden treasures and most beautiful spots of the Australian Outback. Stay tuned as I’ll take you with me on my Instagram Stories whenever I can find some phone reception ;).
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After having lived in Brissy for nearly 4 months it's time to say goodbye. But ohhh, how I'll miss this place. I'll miss the stunning sunsets in Kangaroo Point, I'll miss the friendly faces at my favorite coffee place, I'll miss the man-made beach where I spent many hours worshipping the sun, I'll miss the people I met and the friends I made, but above all I'll miss working at @breezelodge. Meeting travelers from all over the globe plus having the best boss and colleagues a girl could wish for made me go to work with a huge smile on my face day after day. Except for those early morning shifts maybe ;) Brisbane, it was my pleasure and hopefully one day I'll be back! .
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