I can’t believe we are a month into our Australia Working Holiday already! It’s been a whirlwind month that’s for sure. Hence why I haven’t been keeping up to date on the blog, I’ve just been too busy! We started our first month in Australia in Darwin and we are now… still in Darwin. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t been busy. In that month; I have been to Arnhem Land and back, worked in a food truck, in HR and as a waitress. Meanwhile, James has been working at the Darwin Races. But let me rewind to the day we arrived in Australia.
Our overnight flight from Bali landed at 5 a.m. After breezing through a very easy immigration and customs department we were in a cab and on our way to our hostel. So far day one in Australia was going smoothly, too smoothly in fact.
We arrived at the hostel and reception didn’t open until 9 a.m.! It was 5.30 in the morning and we had nowhere to go and no way to call the hostel staff. As inventive and spontaneous backpackers, we decided to head to the beach to watch the sunrise. I thought this was a brilliant plan, except the sun sets on Mindil beach, it doesn’t rise there! Ultimately, we found a park bench where we took it in turns to nap until 9 a.m. when the hostel opened. This wasn’t how we planned our first morning in Darwin to be spent, as hobos sleeping rough!
After settling into Darwin we started fruitlessly looking for jobs. Nobody told us how hard it is to find a job in Darwin. However, after a week I was leaving James to go and work for food and accommodation at a remote safari in Arnhem Land (read all about my experience here). This experience was a once in a lifetime opportunity that will remain a highlight of my time in Australia. Back in Darwin James found employment at the Darwin races. While this wasn’t the ideal situation, we were making ends meet despite being 250 kilometres from each other.
I stayed in Arnhem Land for three incredible weeks, however, I did have to return to Darwin and James eventually. Upon my return, I have managed to find some casual work as a waitress at a fancy gala, as HR at the Darwin Races and as dumpling boiler in a food truck. While none of these jobs has lasted more than a day, it has been enough to see us through until James finishes his work at the races. I’ve also learnt a valuable lesson. I am extremely adaptable and I am capable of pretty much any unskilled job. Furthermore, the challenge of being thrown into these chaotic and new experiences has proved how determined I am to make a success of Australia.
So, after a month that has been nothing at all like I envisioned it. We will be leaving Darwin this week. Our next adventure awaits. We have bought ourselves a car and have work lined up at a Cattle Farm in Alice Springs. I’m sure it won’t be a walk in the park but I can’t wait for the next part of our adventure!