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Hatching a Plan of Action in Noosa
Wednesday 9th to Thursday 10th March 2011 – Brisbane and Noosa, Australia
My stay in Australia up until now has been immensely fun and exciting, with countless stories and adventures already under my belt. It has been relatively all go so far, and this had taken its toll on my wallet, feeling very light as it did in my pocket these days. I needed to spend a time working now, and here in Brisbane I was beginning to devise a plan to get me through the next few months.
My recently acquired book on WWOOFing (Willing work on organic farms) was feeding me a wealth of information on potential work in and around the area, as well as across Australia in its entirety. I just needed to narrow it down a little and settle on a place, or selection of places and get contacting the owners. This is what today was about.
After contacting a handful of places, I was unsuccessful in finding any available spaces, or any place that was accepting workers at this time. Brisbane wasn’t looking too fruitful currently, and I maybe needed to think about moving to another place. There was only one place on my mind, and being just down the road it seemed inevitable that I would end up back in Noosa, back to one of my favourite places so far.
With my mind set I went about tying up some loose ends in Brisbane, finishing off my sightseeing and getting some much-needed laundry done. With my appetite for seeing the local sights satisfied, and with a backpack of clean clothes, I was all set to return to my little bit of paradise. Flashpackers was booked and I only had the evening to while away.
As it turned out this evening was a lot of fun, and I met some cool people, mostly German. One particular girl was telling me about her desire to work on a farm, just like me, and she welcomed a browse through the book I had, settling on a handful of horse-related properties. We talked into the night swapping stories of our travels to date, and I was later surprised to see a couple of familiar faces turn up at the hostel. A couple from my recent trip to Fraser Island were here, and it was great to see them again.
The next morning I set off and I was very pleased to see the welcome sight of Flashpackers Noosa. I wasted no time in walking down to the beach for a dip in the sea. I saw many familiar faces at the hostel, and I was pleased to learn they had remembered my name. It felt as though I had never been away. I felt instantly happier about being in a place I loved with free Wi-Fi, and near a lovely beach. This would be a better base for me to look for work I felt, and I was a lot nearer here to many places I had found in my book.
I contacted a guy after lunch about the possibility of work, and to my amazement he accepted, and said he would come and pick me up tomorrow from the town. This was perfect for me. I was going to work on a large farm, painting and weeding, and general work around the property, all in exchange for food and accommodation. By the sounds of it, I was going to have a small cottage all to myself just away from the main building. It was an adventure just waiting to happen, and I actually couldn’t wait, though I was a little nervous truth be told. And I was a little sad I wouldn’t be spending more time here in Noosa, especially having just returned here. Anyway, I could always return, and the work was only for a few days, or a week possibly.
All that was left today was to ready myself, relax by the sea, watch movies and hang out with the other guests.
Written by Daniel Stevens,
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