News

Backpackers loving Biloela

Liz Clark loved playing with puppies on her backpacking adventure in Theodore.
Liz Clark loved playing with puppies on her backpacking adventure in Theodore. Contributed

BACKPACKERS aren't a rare sight in the Banana Shire as they are often used for labour on properties.

The Central Telegraph spoke with two backpackers who have been in the region for a few weeks.

James Woodhall and Liz Clark are both from England however, they met as backpackers in a hostel in Melbourne.

The pair hit it off and have been travelling together since November.

After spending three months in Sydney, the pair headed north before making their way to Theodore in May.

The couple spent a few weeks working on a cattle station towards Cracow.

"We walked around fields poisoning trees,” Liz said.

"It was hot and carrying some of the equipment was heavy,” Jim said.

Jim and Liz enjoyed their time around Theodore and said how nice the community was.

"Everyone was friendly, every time we went into town they said hello and we went into the cafe a couple of times,” Liz said.

They also said they loved learning how to do things on the property.

"It has been good doing something different,” Jim said.

"Learning how to use a chainsaw, driving a tractor, quad bikes and there is always animals on the farms,” Liz said.

"I really enjoyed tractor driving, it was my favourite.”

CHANGE OF PACE: Jim Woodhall loved driving utes when working at Theodore.
CHANGE OF PACE: Jim Woodhall loved driving utes when working at Theodore. Contributed

Jim and Liz have been in Biloela for about a month now working on another cattle station doing odd jobs.

The pair have been living in a caravan and were surprised at the cold.

"We didn't realise how cold it gets here,” Liz said.

"We thought who wears jeans and jumpers in Australia.”

"You would think with how cold it gets in England we would be used to because the winters days here are our summer but we seem to have lost our cold ability,” Jim said.

During their time in Biloela, the pair have done some travelling and quite enjoy the area.

"The scenery around here is quite pretty,” Liz said;

"And how clear it is at night, you can see the Milky Way; I have never seen it so clear before,” Jim said.

The job the backpackers are working is almost finished and they are looking for more work.

"It would be nice to stay around here because it quite pretty and Rockhampton and Gladstone aren't far away so it is close to everything we want to go and do and see,” Liz said.

"It's nice to get that experience of a local town rather than in a hostel in a city centre.”

The pair are on a working holiday visa and so far have only managed to get signed off on 44 days out of 88 day in three months.

"It has been difficult because we don't have any experience and we're asking the farmers to take us on, to pay us and sign us off,” Liz said. "And the changes to the visas are a bit complicated so it is lot of effort for the farmers.

"Plus they go to all that effort for people who don't even know what they are doing.

"So it has been really difficult trying to find jobs, a lot harder than we thought it would be.”

The pair will have to move on soon if they can't find work but they have been trying.

"We have been calling farmers off yellow pages and it's been hard work,” Jim said.

"It is a bit disheartening calling farm after farm for them and they all say they don't need anyone.”

While they do hope to find some work in the area soon, the pair have enjoyed their time travelling the region and Australia.

"I have enjoyed Australia completely since the day I got here,” Jim said.

Topics:  backpackers backpacker work biloela business visa changes


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Whole Qld town needs 'drug diversion', says Magistrate

After several hours of dealing with drug matters, magistrate snapped

Preserve our town water

The water tank on State Farm Road will undergo some repairs.

Works to start on water tank

Local Partners

'What gig?' Drummer left out of Powderfinger reunion

IT was the reunion gig that quickly became the talk of music fans across the nation.

FINAL PHONE CALL: Princes’ regret over last words to Diana

Prince William and Prince Harry have opened up about their mum, Princess Diana, in a new documentary. Picture: ITVSource:Supplied

Two princes regret rushing the last phonecall with their mother

OPINION: Splendour reached peak glitter

Courtney Smoulden and Dylan Barker sporting some of the extensive glitter available at Splendour in the Grass 2017 near Byron Bay.

2017 is, officially, the year of Splendour in the Glitter

Karl Stefanovic breaks his silence on divorce, new love

Karl poses for Stellar’s July 23 issue. Picture: Steven Chee Source:Stellar Magazine

Stefanovic on his marriage breakdown, new girlfriend

What's on the small screen this week

Matty J and Osher Gunsberg in a scene from The Bachelor.

WINNERS will be crowned on MasterChef and Australian Ninja Warrior.

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

Popular beauty blogger run off the internet for racist comment

Financial scandal destroys alternative community

Families who gave thousands to be a part of an alternative community at Mt Burrell, west of Murwillumbah, are now trying to recover their investment. Picture: Jamie Hanson

Dream Utopia turns into a nightmare

Mum buys $900,000 apartment for her 8-year-old son

Tania Katsanis beat another couple of homeowners to secure the winning bid.

The apartment was a 'bargain' as the property market bottoms out

Townhouses planned for Nicklin Way site

CBRE's Brendan Robins and Rem Rafter on site at Wurtulla.

Prime 1.5ha Sunshine Coast property set for town homes development

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!