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GOING BANANAS IN INNISFAIL..........

sunny 35 °C

WITH HAVING NO LUCK WITH WORK IN CAIRNS I DECIDED TO TRAVEL TO A PLACE CALLED INNISFAIL AN HOUR SOUTH OF CAIRNS KNOWN FOR ITS BANANA FARMING AND SUGAR CANE INDUSTRY WITH HOSTELS OFFERING GUARANTEED WORK FRUIT PICKING.

NOT REALLY SURE WHAT TO EXPECT BUT THINKING THIS WILL BE A TRUE BACKPACKING EXPERIENCE AND A CHANCE TO SAVE A LITTLE EXTRA MONEY BEFORE LEAVING NORTH QUEENSLAND.

I BOOK MY GREYHOUND BUS AND ARRIVE IN INNISFAIL AT 830 PM ITS A TUESDAY NIGHT AND I HAVE BOOKED INTO A HOSTEL CALLED BUDGET BACKPACKERS. 1 OF THE GUYS WHO WORKS AT THE HOSTEL MEETS ME WITH MY BAGS OFF THE BUS ...WHICH WAS NICE. I ARRIVE AT THE HOSTEL BUT NOT SO HAPPY.........IT IS AWFUL THE WORST HOSTEL I HAVE BEEN TO BY FAR. VERY SHABBY LOOKING AND DIRTY,IM IN AN 8 BED MIXED DORM...I FELT LIKE CRYING AND THIS WAS BEFORE I FOUND OUT I WAS STARTING WORK AT 6AM THE NEXT MORNING.

WORK..............BOUT TIME I DID SOME I GUESS. AS IM HERE LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION FOR A NEW CAREER WHEN I RETURN HOME...... I CAN RULE OUT FARM WORK ATLEAST,ESPECIALLY IN THIS HEAT ITS 35 DEGREES AND VERY HUMID.
ALTHOUGH ITS CALLED FRUIT PICKING I HAVENT ACTUALLY PICKED ANY FRUIT COZ WITH BANANAS ITS CALLED HUMPING AND THE GUYS DO THAT BECAUSE THE BUNCHES WEIGH ANYTHING FROM 60KG TO 80KG. HOWEVER I HAVE WORKED OUTSIDE FOR 9 HOURS A DAY DOING VARIOUS THINGS INCLUDING
DE-LEAFING....TAKING DEAD LEAVES OFF THE TREES
STRINGING.......TYING STRING AROUND TO KEEP THEM UPRIGHT
KILLING OFF THE USED BANANA TREES USING PETROL
ADDING AND TESTING THE SPRINKLERS
DRIVING THE TRACTOR WHILST THE GUYS DO THE HUMPING
PACKING AND SORTING THE BANANAS INSIDE FOR 1 DAY
ALTHOUGH THE WORK HAS BEEN TOUGH MAINLY DUE TO THE WEATHER IT HAS BEEN A GREAT EXPERIENCE AND I HAVE MET SOME GREAT PEOPLE AND THE SCENERY AROUND THIS PLACE IS BEAUTIFUL.

YOU WORK 630 TILL 330 MON TO FRI WITH WEEKENDS OFF.WE HAVE A FREE BBQ ON A MON AND THURS. ON THE WEEKEND ALL OF US FROM THE HOSTEL GO ON DAY TRIPS EITHER TO THE BEACH(ETTY BAY) WHICH IS VERY PRETTY AND QUIET TOO, JOSEPHINE FALLS OR GOLDEN HOLE WHICH ARE 2 WATERFALLS CLOSE BY AND LAST SATURDAY WE WENT TO THE CROCODILE FARM WHICH IS HOME OF THE LARGEST CROC IN AUSTRALIA. THEY FEED THE CROCS WHILST WE ARE THERE AND I GET WITHIN 1 METRE OF SOME OF THEM. THE GUY WHO RUNS THE FARM SITS ON GREG THE LARGEST CROC FOR PHOTOS...HE IS ONE CRAZY MAN AND YOU CAN TELL WHEN HE SHOWS YOU HIS SCARS ON HIS LEGS AND ARMS FROM CROC ATTACKS....

AFTER 3 AND A HALF WEEKS IT IS TIME TO LEAVE INNISFAIL AND HEAD BACK TO CAIRNS TO CONTINUE WITH MY PREPERATION FOR TRAVELLING DOWN THE COAST.
IM KINDA SAD ON LEAVING AS IVE MET SOME GREAT GUYS AND MADE SOME GOOD FRIENDS ALTHOUGH THE PLACE IS A SHIT HOLE THE PEOPLE HAVE MADE IT INTO A PALACE. WE HAVE A LEAVING PARTY ON THE FRIDAY BEFORE PEOPLE LEAVE AND THIS WEEK IS THE SAME.
MY BUS BACK TO CAIRNS LEAVES AT 6PM ON THE SATURDAY...IM HUNGOVER AS DRANK ALOT LAST NIGHT.
ALL THE GUYS HELP ME TO THE BUS STOP AND WE SAY GOODBYE. SOME OF WHO I MAY SEE AGAIN IN OZ.
WHILST IM ON THE BUS THEY ALL RUN BACK TO THE HOSTEL AND STAND ON A TABLE OUTSIDE. WHEN MY BUS PASSES THEY ALL CHEER AND WAVE SO SWEET IT ACTUALLY BROUGHT A TEAR TO MY EYE.....ILL MISS THOSE GUYS !

IM BACK AT THE GIRLS HOSTEL NOW AND GOING TO BE DOING A TRIP HERE BEFORE I HEAD SOUTH AGAIN
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Posted by TUTS 18:01 Archived in Australia Tagged round_the_world

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