30.09.2012 - 30.09.2012
I have continued my adventure and exploring of south Victoria with the help of Cass
Cass took us to Phillips Island which is about an hour ish drive from Pakenham, where she from. Went to main town there called Cowe. Got to drive back, first time driving in Australia, felt so cool!
Just had an appointment with Vic Roads who have accepted me to have an international driving licence, which means I can drive if I stay for longer then a year.
but at moment biggest battle is finding farm work that will let me stay another year. went to Adelaide .. a place called Barossa Valley. Was so beautiful there but the work got pushed back 4 weeks so decided to rent a car and drive back to Melbourne. The drive took bout 9 hours and was around 700 ish km. I did this journey in one day as the Australians would as otherwise it would take to long to get anywhere. Was cool drive as Adelaide is quite dry and Melbourne is quite wet was interesting to see
the difference in the colour of the plants.
I guess this is the problem with farm work it is hard to get a good job that pays okay because they always another backpacker will do it if you refuse. The other issue is a lot of the farm work is in the country so much it takes 10 hours to get there and public transport is hard to come by and therefore not very often. This is why looking at buying a car because this could increase our chances.
Buying a car out here is interesting:-
1) need rego which is like our tax disc and costs around $700 a year. (about 500pounds)
2) need a road worthy certificate which is like our MOT
3) If want to buy car from dealership have to have an australian licence
4) need to buy car in same state as licence otherwise have to transfer registration to other state which is money and paper work.
5) stamp duty on amount of car which is 4%
6) $22 charge to swap ownership.
Went up to Healesville and Cass drove us on the black spur which is a very bendy road but the trees are so crazy tall but it is just amazing. Also stopped at Maroondah dam which again was so beautiful. These are the places that make me love Australia as much as I do. On this trip went to Marysville which is one of many places which got destroyed by bush fires 4/5 years maybe longer ago. You can see how the place was effected and still getting built back up. The trees in some areas are black where they burnt in that terrific fire. The worse part is knowing people died here and there route to escape was the road journey we had done which would of been close to impossible in them conditions.
Drove to Brighton which is along the coastline, very posh place on all accounts. mainly big rocks but still cool place. Then drove further down the coast to Chelsea beach which i think have mentioned in previous blog.
Drove to place called Sale which had a beautiful lake ...amazes me how much of this country amazes me, its so beautiful!