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Finding the Cold in Melbourne

10 April 2011 No Comment

Having ended up in Melbourne a day ago, you may be wondering why I have travelled so far south. There is a reason though, and hopefully I have made the right decision. Time will tell.

I was able to reach Townsville, and consequently found myself enjoying a couple of days on Maggie (Magnetic Island). Weather has been a problem though, and much of my time in Townsville, as well as on Maggie, has been wet and miserable. Had the weather been better, I would have liked to have stayed on Maggie longer. As it happens I had one day of good weather, while the other was spent hiking in the rain, getting soaked to the skin. But I didn’t want to waste time sitting about waiting for the weather to change.

Whilst on Magnetic Island, I was surprised to bump into six people that I have met previously up and down the coast. You always meet the same old faces when travelling the only route along the East Coast, but Maggie seems to have been more so than other places as yet.

I stayed in a place called Bungalow Bay, and it was here that I was able to hold a snake, a crocodile, as well as many other reptiles. I also tried my hand at feeding the birds, which ended up with me – and the others on this tour – having a lot of scratches up and down our arms and hands. These birds have sharp claws.

After Maggie, I met up with some old friends in Airlie Beach, a place where I had hoped to partake in a tour of the Whitsunday Islands. Due to adverse weather conditions, and a niggling feeling of running out of money again, I opted to miss out this time around, and to come back later in the dry season where I will hopefully have more money to play with. My friends chose to stay and do a tour, and I hope they get good weather, as the prices of these tours are incredibly high.

So I have moved south to Melbourne in the search for work, and as this city is one I have not seen yet – and tends to be a favourite of most who travel here – it seems like a good place to base myself in the search of more money.

My initial landing into Melbourne saw me enter a world far different from that I have already witnessed in OZ, with temperatures plummeting into the early teens, and rain lashing down persistently. I hoped this wouldn’t be a sign of things to come. It didn’t help that I managed to take the wrong tram and get myself lost in a city I had not been to before, with my backpack weighing me down, and the rain soaking all my clothes. I did eventually make it to the hostel just before midnight, and was happy to set my things down.

The following day I was able to set out into the city and see some of the local buskers, and the market at St Kilda Beach. The rain was ever present, but the sun did show it’s face from time to time, enabling Melbourne’s weather to live up to it’s reputation of having four seasons in one day. I’m not sure I can get use to this cold weather though, especially as the UK is experiencing hotter temperatures than here right now. I am wondering if I have made the right decision to come here in the search for work. Only time will tell, and I have that, at least as long as the money lasts.


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