Thursday, 22 September 2011

In it for the long haul: Budget vs Normal Airlines.

People tend to have a distinct hatred for all that is Ryanair and with Ryanair changing the rules AGAIN so that you can't use your Caxton to get free card payment you have to get your own Ryanair creditcard (even then it's not free it's a voucher for your next flight) but personally I've had no problem. If it wasn't for Ryanair there is no way I could have afforded loads of my amazing trips READ MORE>>

Friday, 16 September 2011


I have often swanned about backpackers telling everyone on their working holiday visas NOT to work at the fruit farms (despite never working there myself.) The horror stories are unreal. One strawberry farm in particular in Mooloolaba had people working 10 hours a day for about $70 (a waitress normally earns about $20 an hour.) You are bent over all day in order to pick the strawberries and you get 70c a kilo plus you have to pick mould for 10c a kilo. If you miss mould however you have to start the row again. You have to get up at 6 leave at 6:30 and you are back about 4:30. Most people quit after one day. It was all too much. One of my roommates used to pick barefoot after she couldn't afford the shoes (apparantly it was a real shoe destroying job.) People put on bets on how long people will last and often if you are doing it for money and not for the visa the answer is not long. READ MORE>>

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Hay and Shit

WARNING: This post contains a graphic image of me without make up on. While I am fine with how I look (who wouldn't be) I am warning the men of the world to look away now before your dreams of how women wake up looking in the morning are shattered.

Most girls grow up with the unhealthy obsession of wanting to own their own pony. They dream of brushing their pony, riding their pony and in general their pony running around cute as a button. This lie has been developed by years of My Little Ponies and reruns of black beauty. This however is all a lie...

This is the dream ...

In reality horses are READ MORE>>

Monday, 12 September 2011

The Perthect Weekend!

Excuse the pun but I'm putting it out there straight away. Perth rocks! It is exactly my kind of city everything from the skyscrapers to the food suits me down to the ground. So what did I get up to.

Well I arrived at about half 10 in Perth after doing my 2 hours in the morning at the farm. This means I had breakfast at 6am and at half 10 I was pretty hungry. READ MORE>>

Friday, 9 September 2011

Llama Farming and Sparrow Farts.

So I have arrived in Perth and although I say I am llama farming (you know has a nice ring to it) really I am horse farming, don't get me wrong there are alpacas here but they are very low maintanence and apparantly terrified of people. I come to the fence and they all stand and stare at me it is fairly eeire actually but yes I am down on the farm rocking it with the animals.

The scenery out here is amazing rolling green hills and beautiful birds cockatoos, gallahs, 28s READ MORE>>

Wednesday, 7 September 2011

The Indian Pacific.

Now I have eaten, had a shower and slept I feel I am ready to give a more objective account of my trip.On Saturday I began my trip on the Indian Pacific. The Indian Pacific is the second longest train journey in the world (next to the Trans Siberian) and boast the longest straight piece of track in the world something near 500km. The train travels from Sydney and Perth and back runs twice a week and takes nearly 70 hours. It has just 5 stops. My train left 3pm Saturday and arrived 9am Tuesday. I was in for a long ride.

I had heard mixed reviews of this trip READ MORE>>

Thursday, 1 September 2011

To Perth.

After nearly a whole month in Sydney it is almost time for me to move on. First I am going back to Pips house to meet her daughter and then onwards on the Indian Pacific to Perth. How long does a train from one side of Australia to the other take do you think?

4 Days is the answer. 4 WHOLE days. Do I have a bed? No of course I don't I am a backpacker so it's sitting up right all the way. I also doubt there being a shower READ MORE>>

Canberra - As described.

So today I woke up at sparrow fart (5am) to go on the road to Canberra. It's only 3 hours from Sydney so a good day trip as far as Australia is concerned. Admittedly I didn't have to get up at 5am (we were leaving at 7)  but I must have been just too excited and my body wouldn't let me nod off. Like a happy camper I had packed potato salad and cornish pasty for my lunch as well as my travel pillow etc in case I went to sleep (I didn't too rude on my uncle really) and we were on our way.

The drive was stunning. Just outside of Sydney you could see these valleys full of forest with low lying fog that was READ MORE>>