Bowen - Back to Work
Trip Start Nov 30, 2005
31Trip End Dec 09, 2006
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We checked into a campsite and began our search. It actually took 3 days to find a job and it was somebody at the campsite who found it for us. We began work as farm hands on a tomato farm. Not a bad job and we ended up sticking around for nearly six weeks - this enabled us to have enough money to get to Sydney and enjoy a few sights on the way.
The job was basically pulling down tomato vines. The season had finished and everything -bushes, vines, wires and stakes all had to be removed. Generally we worked apart, me having the easy job of clipping wires. If I got too far ahead then I'd join the boys cutting the vines
Out of the jobs we had on the land this was the best. Don't get me wrong, it was hard and very hot but it seemed so easy compared to zucchinis and we were on an hourly wage. The town of Bowen is actually very nice and very untouched. The beaches are stunning and it is only a 40 minute drive from Airlie Beach - the whitsundays. We spent a day exploring Airlie which is a great town. From here John booked his reef fishing trip that he had been saving for. John finished work a day earlier than me and went on his trip - that night we enjoyed coral trout and spotted mackeral for dinner.
Life in the tent became a bit much for me but the campsite was fine and there was a few people from the farm there. Andy the guy who got us a job was a constant source of amusement with his non stop drinking of jim beam. By the end of the six weeks when it was time to pack the car up again we found that we had a few residents living with us in our tent. Three tiny geckos (who we spotted every night) lived between the fly sheet and inner tent. It took us ages to catch them and put them into the long grass. This place was by far the best and worst for nightly visits from the insect world. We've had huntsman spiders - a rainstorm of beatles - a family of cane toads (who visited every night) - praying mantas and off course lots of ants, cockroaches, mozzies and flies.
When the time came to leave and pack up I have to admitt I was very excited. We had promised ourselves a night in a room on our next stop.