Its been a while….

9 03 2009

Well, I haven’t checked in here for a while, and I do apologise. We arrived in Cairns last Tuesday, March the 3rd. We were put in a difficult position because we were made to decide whether to stay in Cairns for a spell, or leave Cairns for somewhere else using the last of our funds left over after our long trip up the coast.

We chose to stay in Cairns, as the dry season is nearly upon us, and we postulated that it would be an ideal time to pick up casual work in the tourism trade. Furthermore, we couldn’t have come all the way to Cairns and then quickly departed again without having had a chance to explore the Great Barrier Reef.

We very quickly found somewhere to live, a company called Cairns Sharehouse, had a number of rooms in a number of properties available for short to long term rent. The minimum tenancy is a month, so we decided to go for it, and try and find work in that period. The house is very nice – much nicer than our house in Melbourne. The house has 5 bedrooms, only 3 of which are occupied. The house has a nice sitting room/ kitchen with high ceiling and ceiling fans, and two large bathrooms. We also have a large outdoor verandah and a manicured garden full of tropical flora and shady palm trees. Our housemates include one Aussie who is doing a postgrad at the local uni, and two german guys who have been doing a similar campervan adventure around Oz. They are all very friendly, and we have all become friends, enjoying our first communal barbecue last night.

Well, we have been here nearly a week, and I have been exploring all the possible avenues of work. I had 40 copies of my revised CV made, and I walked around the town handing in CVs to all sorts of places. Bars, restaurants, car dealerships, car hire places, hotel, hostels, tour organizers, shops etc. All the people I spoke to seemed to concur in saying that Cairns is very quiet at the moment, with not many people hiring due to the economic downturn. I suspect that this probably why there doesn’t appear to be many jobs advertised, but it also strikes me that the tourist season hasnt *quite* started yet, so I am maintaining an optimistic outlook that we will find something soon. I applied for some jobs that looked very interesting, but I was sadly not particularly qualified for (underwater photographer and prawn trawler captain).

Cairns is a small town, with a small but cosy centre. The town is just the right size for me. It is big enough to have everything you need or could want, yet you can walk around it in about an hour. The town has a glitzy end, down by the esplanade and lagoon (see picture) with big name hotels and a casino. Ajacent to the esplanade is the marina, where all the boat operators take shoals of tourists snorkelling or diving to see the shoals of fish loitering in the crystalline waters around the Great Barrier Reef.

Well, thats pretty much all the news since we arrived, so I will keep you posted on any further work developments.

TTFN Dave.

Courtesy of Scott Photos

Courtesy of Scott Photos