Warmer weather and Relocation Road Trip
Arrived in CAIRNS via a redeye flight and stepped into the humidity and sunshine, yay! We even got a free shuttle to our new hostel Asylum. It was a really lovely social place and we arrived on a $5 all you can eat BBQ night! We enjoyed the Esplanade and weather but it was a similar job situation as Perth. We really wanted to be on a farm to enjoy the Aussie weather and finally we got a response from a farm near Brisbane so we go a Van relocation set up (companies want their vehicles in certain cities so they give you so many days to drive a car there and just have to pay insurance and some gas is covered!) and were ready to go until we hear some horrible reviews about this farm (many scam backpackers with room deposits and paying by bin weight not hourly) but we figured we might as well get moving and hopefully find work further south.
Our relocation van was called Vanguard from the Spaceship company. She was a good van and fully equipped with a bed inside and kitchen gear. We had 6 days to get to Brissy so we had to cover some ground! We free camped the whole way down via WikiCamps (best app!).
Our first day on the road we popped by Innisfail where our Canadian friends were Banana picking (hardest farm work!) and we checked out swimming holes of The Boulders and Josephine Falls. Then we stopped via Townsville where the Japanese nearly bombed the harbour during WWII. Next a side trip to Airlie Beach and ice cream. Then a longer driving day to Gladstone where we enjoyed one of the many free BBQ beach spots. Then another beach stop in Noosa where we saw dolphins fishing in the surf and ended up at the Cloughs! (Ariel's highschool friends parents) It was a lovely reunion with wine and swapping travel stories.
We had to get the van dropped off the next morning near the airport and then got picked up by Ariel's old camp friend Nate who took us to the Koala Sanctuary and dropped us off in RedCliff (North of Brissy) where the Beegee's were born and we had our first AirBnB set up.
We stayed there for 3 nights with our lovely hosts who ran a jaffle food truck (like fancy grilled cheese) and had 2 lovely staffy dogs. We explored the beach, even went on a run and went into the city to explore, eat sushi for our 4yr anniversary and celebrate Canada Day at one of the pubs! We even befriended a young couple there that we would catch up with a few more times over our time in Brissy.