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  1. The Pom Queen

    Photos of Queensland

    Continuing from the Tasmania photo thread I thought we could have one in Queensland. I know a few members are great with their camera and take excellent photos so I'm hoping they will join in. A few that spring to mind are @Johndoe @Bobj Cape Hillsborough- North of Mackay
  2. Bulya

    Driving Around Australia

    And yet there’s always the odd Pom who will travel, and discover the real Australia. http://www.traveller.com.au/driving-sydney-to-melbourne-why-you-should-do-this-australian-road-trip-at-least-once-h131qo
  3. The Australian Medical Association has released a paper outlining ways to get more doctors into the bush. The ‘Position Statement – Rural Workforce Initiatives’ outlines what the AMA says is a comprehensive five-point plan to encourage more doctors to work in rural and remote locations and improve patient access to health care. It says at least one-third of all new medical students should be from rural backgrounds, and more medical students should be required to do at least one year of training in a rural area to encourage graduates to live and work in regional Australia. The plan also proposes initiatives in education and training, work environments, support for doctors and their families, and financial incentives. “About seven million Australians live in regional, rural, and remote areas,” said AMA President Dr Michael Gannon, announcing the initiative. They often have more difficulty accessing health services than their city cousins. “They often have to travel long distances for care, and rural hospital closures and downgrades are seriously affecting the future delivery of health care in rural areas. For example, more than 50 percent of small rural maternity units have been closed in the past two decades. “Australia does not need more medical schools or more medical school places. Workforce projections suggest that Australia is heading for an oversupply of doctors,” said Dr Gannon. “What is required are targeted initiatives to increase the size of the rural medical, nursing, and allied health workforce. There has been a considerable increase in the number of medical graduates in recent years, but more than three-quarters of locally trained graduates live in capital cities. “International medical graduates make up more than 40 percent of the rural medical workforce and while they do excellent work, we must reduce this reliance and build a more sustainable system.” The AMA Rural Workforce Initiatives plan outlines five key areas where it believes governments and other stakeholders should focus their policy efforts: Encourage students from rural areas to enroll in medical school, and provide medical students with opportunities for positive and continuing exposure to regional and rural medical training. Provide a dedicated and quality training pathway with the right skill mix to ensure doctors are adequately trained to work in rural areas. Provide a rewarding and sustainable work environment with adequate facilities, professional support and education, and flexible work arrangements, including locum relief. Provide family support that includes spousal opportunities/employment, educational opportunities for children’s education, subsidies for housing/relocation and/or tax relief. Provide financial incentives to ensure competitive remuneration. “Rural workforce policy must reflect the evidence. Doctors who come from a rural background, or who spend time training in a rural area, are more likely to take up long-term practice in a rural location,” Dr Gannon said. “Selecting a greater proportion of medical students with a rural background, and giving medical students and graduates an early taste of rural practice, can have a profound effect on medical workforce distribution. “Our proposals to lift both the targeted intake of rural medical students and the proportion of medical students required to undertake at least one year of clinical training in a rural area from 25 percent to 33 percent are built on this approach. “All Australians deserve equitable access to high-speed broadband, and rural doctors and their families should not miss out on the benefits that the growing use of the internet is bringing.”
  4. Sam Trafford

    My first 6 months in Oz - a review!

    So after spending almost a year in NZ we eventually hopped the pond to Australia. Taken from my blog 'Yorkshire and Beyond', here's how the first 6 months went... You know the feeling – you’ve been sat in all evening contemplating a takeaway. There’s plenty of food in the house, but something’s clicked in your mind and you won’t settle for anything less than greasy, filthy, life-shortening ‘food’, served up in a polystyrene box. You cave in to temptation and imagination, everything starts well but you remain seated a few hours later filled with guilt and self-loathing. Fortunately, my arrival into Australia was nothing like this. It was great. We turned up with about $2,500 (about £1,300) between us. In Sydney. A less than preferable start to proceedings, but we were optimistic. A hotel room and a taxi to the hotel room later (usually, a dorm room in a hostel would have sufficed but availability was still feeling the brunt of New Years’ fever) and that’s about a tenth of our money gone. Within an hour. At this rate of spending we’d have been gone quick enough to not have to worry about another night’s accommodation, at least. Obtaining a car was our sole aim, and that we did on our second day. A few calls here and there and we had ourselves a $1,300 (about 700 quid) Holden Commodore. ‘Executive’ model, I should add. It looked ****, but it was cheap and had a bed (camping mattress) and camping equipment (some dodgy cutlery in a box). That was it, just a bit of lying about where we lived and we were set! The following week or so, before we really decided to make a plan, was probably the most surreal week of my life so far. Driving up the East Coast of Australia, sleeping wherever the hell we wanted to, and generally having the most care-free of times (in between remembering we’re skint). The car was going as well as we could have expected given it was cheaper than some phones, but we needed money. 2 people can only live on cereal bars for so long. We were in Brisbane by this point, and without money or working air con, we needed work for the sake of our health if nothing else. The first job we were offered turned out to be anything but a job, it was some bollocks ‘scheme’ or whatever, and it’s one I advise you to remember should you ever get out there yourself. We agreed to join a company who offered work towards your 2nd year visa, costing us a mere $100 each (the company was legit), was given the location of a tomato farm and subsequently set off on a 14-hour drive up to Bundaberg. About half an hour away, we rang to confirm the address to be told we have another $800 or so to pay before we can start work, this would cover accommodation expenses/travel expenses/a ‘job bond’. A what!? Any particular reasons why this wasn’t mentioned before we essentially drove the equivalent of England to Liechtenstein. **** creek, no paddle. My 21st birthday was a few days later, spent sat in a car park with Lauren and a few warm beers. She’d done her best to lift spirits by putting a candle in a muffin. Times were hard. This whole series of events would turn out to be what I regard as the most educating experience I had while away. We quickly learnt that the more you dwell and feel sorry for yourself, the worse things get. The arguments get more intense and the hatred for everything you own becomes slightly worrying (slow phones, a shaking car and a 10L water drum with the shittest lid ever made). We had only one option, and that was to get off our arses and find a job. We drove back down to Brisbane with an exhaust pipe tied on with the drawstring from my shorts, we’d been in better situations but at this stage we didn’t care. We soon found ourselves with a stop-gap of a job, Lauren nannying 5 children and me being employed essentially as a handyman/bitch for a family with quite a lot more money than us. A couple of weeks in and we were overjoyed, we were watered, fed, had somewhere to settle for a while and most importantly had money hitting the bank. The house was on the outskirts of Toowoomba, the biggest inland city Australia has to offer (it’s still rubbish), and was situated overlooking a huge valley. Outdoor pool, the lot… What we didn’t know, was that the mother of the satanic little bastards Lauren had to somehow try and tame throughout the day, was a passive-aggressive lunatic who sacked us after a month, with 2 hours notice, because we watched TV a lot while the kids were at school. Yes. That happened. Work came thick and fast after this, after leaving her house we both had jobs in Brisbane within the week, and spent about 6 weeks living the city life. We lived just above South Bank, and it was breathtaking. I worked on boats once more (bigger, more expensive, more ****) and Lauren in a café. It was great. We didn’t spend a great deal of time in Sydney but I think I’d prefer Brisbane regardless. It was smaller, quieter and had a beach right smack in the middle of it. What more could you want? Oh, and they had a half-decent football team and a pub that sold proper beer and showed Leeds games. Oh aye. Times were great, and even when we inevitably left our jobs and hit the road again, we did so knowing money was there. We could afford the finer things in life, like a sandwich (possibly), or clothes that fit. I felt like a real backpacker, driving around not giving a **** about ‘no camping’ signs or whether we had enough petrol to get to a town that I couldn’t pronounce the name of. We drove around for a while, meeting people, drinking with people and then meeting more people. It actually becomes difficult to live in a way where you see it as perfect, I’d find myself over-excitable at the smallest of events and struggled to keep a level head in Hungry Jack’s when I saw a Frozen Coke was a mere dollar. It wasn’t always easy, however, and it wasn’t always roses. I did miss parts of home after a year away. Apart from the obvious pairing of family and football, I missed being able to get a bath, being able to put beer in a fridge and I missed owning socks. The adage of not knowing what you have until it’s gone can certainly be classed as applicable when it comes to not being able to lay down in bed without thoughts of Wolf Creek or even worse, a council fine. Our next discovery was Airlie Beach… Where do I start? This place was our final stop on our post-work tour (we had a few other jobs here and there to top ourselves up, but work had become something we could somehow afford to turn down) and would be my favourite by a considerable distance. It was everything I imagined when I thought of Australia, everything we were yet to see, and everything I had started to the existence of. Known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, it was picture perfect. Beaches, palm trees, islands all complimented by water which I can only describe as looking a bit like Listerine (the blue one, obviously). The weather was incredible, we’d already met some great people, and we weren’t leaving without a fight. We arrived well and truly out of season, and despite the whole town still offering a lively backpacker vibe, with bars full every night, there weren’t much work available on the mainland. We whittled ourselves down to pennies once more through the costs of survival, beer and a spot of sea fishing (I won). Never more desperate for a bit of luck, it arrived in the form of a job offer on one of the nearby islands. We’d gotten good at last ditching it. The job was the same for us both, housekeeping for One&Only, a company regarded as providing the most prestige hotel resorts and locations in the world. This wasn’t right, I barely made my own bed, let alone someone else’s! I won’t go into depths about the job or the location, I’ll let the pictures do that. However, I certainly don’t think island work, “works”, at least not for me. Island fever is something I thought existed in films, but no, it makes people go a little bit mental. There were a few people we worked with who’d had screws loosened whilst there, several potential fights, a few stolen golf carts and the odd knife threat. We’d met a few cracking people, and work was a breeze, but being told how to brush my hair and tie my shoelaces was enough to sway the both of us and 4 others to perform an impromptu disappearing act about a month into the job. Homesickness had start to creep in, and doubts were there as to whether we wanted to continue searching for work. Our car was quickly running out of registration and we’d have had to start again, not something we could afford without a decent stint of work. We couldn’t really be arsed, and after a day of strawberry picking, we all but confirmed we couldn’t be arsed to go through it all again so soon. We had a chat and realised we both had similar feelings, and within 12 hours of doing so, we were on a plane home. Spontaneity seemed to be the one thing we kept consistent. A couple of short stays in Kuala Lumpur and Sri Lanka to mix things up en route and then Heathrow. Where had the last 16 months gone? I didn’t really know whether this was ‘the end’, I didn’t know how I was gonna feel when I got home. I half thought this was the time to get back and get into a job, saving traveling for the odd week off work. Part of me wanted to think that it was “out of my system”, but no. Far from the case. I loved seeing family, I loved being back on home turf, but within a day or two I had itchy feet. I'm now back in Australia and have been living on an Outback cattle farm for the last 6 weeks. No regret in sight! One thing I have left out of this is a massive thank you to the people we met who helped us out along the way. It’s cliché but we really couldn’t have managed it without them. I hope a few will be reading this, I’m sure you’ll know who you are – cheers, we owe you! From the strangers giving us lifts to those pretty much making us family expecting nothing in return. People are awesome! Feedback, advice and discussion are fully welcome!
  5. Hi! We are selling our beloved Mitsubishi Pajero 4x4 Escape (1999). Priced for a quick sale! Only one previous owner with extensive Mitsubishi service history - we are the first backpackers to own the car. It has been extremely reliable. WA rego till June. Non-residents can use any address to maintain rego, you don't need to re-register in NSW. 235,000kms. You won’t find a better 4x4 at this price! Will accept AUD cash or GBP bank transfer. Smooth 3.5l V6 engine with auto gearbox & cruise control. Selectable 2/4WD & lockable diff. Cold aircon. CD/radio with ipod connection & USB charger. ARB bull bars. Great condition inside & out. 7 seater (all the rear seats fold away if required). Recent new windscreen and front tyres. Can include a bunch of extra stuff if wanted including: electric coolbox, 2nd spare wheel, fuel can, camp table & chairs, queen airbed & electric pump, 4-man tent, gas stove, a ton of cooking equipment and a road map! Located in Sydney - please PM Chris and Cath and we can send you some pictures!
  6. fourcorners

    Horse Owning in the Outback

    Probably a long shot on here, but wondering if anyone has any experience of owning a horse in more arid/desert regions? I am a very keen horse rider at the moment but can't currently afford my own in the UK. I'm hoping that once we move and I am earning more I will be able to get one in Kalgoorlie. Horse riding is popular there but I feel I have a lack of knowledge about horsekeeping. I'm used to turning out horses in grassy paddocks and dealing with mud fever, neither of which are particularly relevant in a desert! I know there's issues with dry feet, and sand ingestion/colic due to feeding on the ground. Just wondering if anyone else has adjusted to a different horse culture out there and if you have any advice?
  7. PommyPaul

    Going abit crazy in the outback?

    I have to say i think the isolation is driving me abit mad lol, i need to get a grip, moneys not everything so gonna give the boss my notice when he gets back from holidays and head back to the bright lights of perth, feel better already for making the decision haha sorry for the random post, honestly theres no one else to share things with really but you lot and my facebook buddies lol :wacko:
  8. PommyPaul

    Outback fuel ???

    So i've found this between port ausgusta sa and norseman wa that the fuel is shockingly poo!! my cars computer was saying my economy was a whole 1.2 litres per 100km worse and its costs $2 per litre!!!! was the same thing between port augusta and the alicew as well!! is there something dodgy going on, same outback fuel supplier supplying watered down fuel???? my car hates outback fuel
  9. 2and3

    Who lives in the outback??

    Anyone live perhaps not so much in the outback, but a small place or on acerage out a bit?? Bit more rural like ?? How did youget to settle there,how is it and would you change location?
  10. Great buy and great family car going cheap as going back to England end of Sept 09. If interested it is on www.carsguide.com.au . We are in Narangba if you want to view it. Reg til March 2010. If you want a really good car at a bargain price (price is negotiable) come and see it Couldnt edit the title but i am sure its a SUBARU not an Ubaru LOL
  11. Hi everyone I hope you're all really good and enjoying your travels in Australia. I am the Recruitment Co-ordinator at JP Nurseforce and have a requirement for Registered Div 1 Nurses for one of my clients in regional Western Australia (aka, the REAL outback). I am looking for nurses across the following specialties for fixed term contracts: Midwives Paediatric nurses Emergency If you are interested in a short term contract, minimum. 3 months, please feel free to send your CV to jennifer.nini@jpnurseforce.com For further enquiries, please call me on 03 9617 9000 or on 0428 454 123 Please feel free to JP Nurseforce on Facebook if you are keen to keep in touch about nurse opportunities. We have opportunities across Australia. Also feel free to add me on LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/jennifernini Cheers, :wink: Jennifer Nini Recruitment Coordinator JP Nurseforce Level 1, 595 Little Collins Street Melbourne VIC 3000 Telephone: 03 9617 9000 Facsimile: 03 9617 9050 Mobile: 0428 454 123 www.jpnurseforce.com.au
  12. Our client is seeking a Mammographer for a Permanent role in Queensland, Australia's Sunshine State. This is an opportunity for a Mammographer to really experience the real Australia, with opportunities to visit and work in more outback areas every fortnight...and get paid for it! Training opportunities will be available in digital mammography. Ideally you will be an experienced mammographer with over two years experience, however our client will also consider skilled radiographers looking to specialise. To express your interest, please call toll free from: Australia on 1800 33 05 33 UK on 0800 047 0924 NZ on 0800 223 381 Ireland on 1800 422 011 Singapore on 800 6161 871 Or call us on +61 3 9530 2511 Or otherwise email your cv to info@hsr.com.au or Apply Now.
  13. olly

    Outback Cattle Drive

    Not sure if information about the 'Great Australian Outback Cattle Drive' has been posted here before, but thought I would mention it in case anyone was interested. It had been advertised on the Aus Tourist Commission website 'australia.com' but it is not there at the moment. You can google the name as I have given it above and get into the website giving all the details. It was done a few years ago by the South Australia State tourism, now it is a regular event. A fantastic experience for anyone looking for some adventure in the Outback.
  14. When we first came out here, a few years ago, petrol seemed cheap and buying a new 4WD vehicle off the dealership forecourt that stated an economy rating of 9.5l/100kms seemed like a good idea. Of course, petrol isn't the price that it once was and so I'm thinking about having an LPG system installed. Tyke already pointed out to me that I should make sure it is possible in the first place to run LPG through a late model Outback and I'm still waiting to hear back from Subaru. I've placed a similar posting on BE, as well as ANLDU, in the hope that someone, somewhere, will have already undergone the fitment on their Subaru - it doesn't have to be an Outback - any model really, I'd just like to know what the difference in economy is and how effective it has been for you. Incidentally, our driving style nets us 8.5l/100kms amongst the steep hills and on the flat it drops to about 7.6l/100kms on petrol - not bad for a 4WD 2.5 litre wagon with autobox. These cars are not light! Any feedback appreciated. Cheers Paul.
  15. Hi All For anyone who hasn't seen the series/the trailer for tonite's prog, a guy is going round the world at 23.5 degs South - ie on the Tropic of Capricorn. Which runs through the middle of Oz. Roughly Broome to Brisbane-ish, I think. From the trailer, he's walked across the Outback pushing one of those white paint carts they use to mark out football pitches etc. 8pm, BBC 2 for anyone who might be interested. Cheers Gill
  16. Guest

    The Outback Eyrie Of Nick

    THE OUTBACK EYRIE OF NICK By Desmond Zwar The isolated bush eyrie of Nick Marshall, lanky son of Bryan Marshall who was twice winner of the English Grand national and jockey to the Queen Mother, is finally discovered at the end of a swaying, body-jolting 4WD safari into the Australian jungle. On a clearing surrounded by great white gums, Oxford-born Nick and Irish-born botanist wife, Lizzie, have put up 10 motel-style cabins under huge mango trees, and a lodge that is a cross between a Samoan meeting house and a Tahitian home on poles. Nick found their 70 acres of wilderness after he had "bummed all over the world." Always too tall to follow in his famous father's stirrups, he has been a horsebreaker, wanderer, stablehand and mechanic, camping on lonely Australian beaches, living in tarpaulin humpies with his brother, searching for a meaning to life. When he and Lizzie saw a newspaper advertisement for land at the very tip of Cape York Peninsula, they believed they had found their Shangri-la. 'When we got there, we saw lush rainforest with a stream tinkling down rocks. All that was there were two garden sheds and an abandoned fowl house. We bought it.' This morning their rustic Mungumby Lodge hosts Italians in designer track-suits lounging in huge cane armchairs and sofas, sipping breakfast coffee. British businessmen thumb through the latest issue of The Economist, which Nick has flown in. Tourists, rich enough to make the world their oyster, say they have rarely experienced peace and tranquillity like this remote hideaway. Later, they listen over pre-dinner drinks to the story of Nick's journey to his final paradise, where he met and befriended people who, like him, had taken an alternative path to life. 'I was camping at Cedar Bay' (notorious later for a recent raid by police looking for smuggled drugs) 'when this large man, completely covered in grey matter burst out of the bushes. It was Michael "Tarzan" Fomenko, a man of legendary strength, who had once single-handedly lifted an aircraft that had overturned on the beach. He wore only underpants and his body was covered with pig-fat and ashes to keep the mosquitoes off. 'He spoke to me in a well-educated voice, and was pleasant. But he backed off when I questioned him too deeply. He told me he lived by killing wild pigs with a knife. 'I then met - and liked - Cedar Bay Bill Evans, a socialist ex-Lithgow miner who had taken part in the notorious New South Wales union riots and would quote the Communist Manifesto to you. He was then well over 80 and had lived there for years. 'My brother and I met and admired people who had gone into the bush and set up communes; moving into a land that was harsh and uninviting, to scratch out a living. There were hard-working "doers" who grew marvellous fruit from orchards and exotic trees. We met a fellow who had brought 70 former trotting horses hundreds of miles north. He'd been given them and didn't want to leave them behind uncared for.' When the Marshalls bought their land, they discovered a Matilda tank that had been fitted with a bulldozer blade some 35 years before so a pioneer could clear his land. It had overturned and toppled into a jungle crevasse where it lies rusting today, a stop for Nick's tourists exploring tumbling waterfalls, clambering over river stones worn smooth over the centuries, stopping to stare at great 700-year-old trees festooned with bush orchids in blazing oranges and blues. Further away, as far as the eye can see, valleys stretch below and rivers run to the sea. Nick will take you on one of them to sight fat crocodiles basking on sand-banks in the sun, ready with the death-roll should a clumsy tourist offer himself as a meal.... When Lizzie and Nick had nailed the last piece of timber and the Lodge and its neat cabins was ready for guests, Nick opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate. On his way from the kitchen he tripped, broke all the glasses, but saved the wine. 'Not a good beginning,' laughs the tall, wiry host/roustabout/mechanic. Having invested their savings and borrowed heavily, they wondered if people would really want to make such a journey to stay with them, driving past the sinister Black Mountain, with its masses of broken volcanic rock, over rough roads that jolt the body and the baggage. It meant flying in to Cooktown then taking a light aircraft to nearby Helenvale; or being picked up at Cooktown airport by Nick in his four-wheel drive vehicle. But they did come, marvelling at the cuisine Lizzie had learned at Ballymaloe Cooking School, relaxing in the cool of the rainforest outside the large lounge with its pandanus ceilings and open windows, hearing only the sounds of a rushing creek and the call of birds ringing through the jungle. Travellers accustomed to marble foyers and five-star luxury found a new experience as they became part of a family of six who warmly embraced their guests and could be heard reading bed-time stories to their children. 'When I was four years old and my father was training horses, he taught me to be a "people person",' says Nick. 'To answer the phone in a friendly way, to pour a gin-and-tonic for his guests. Father always said: "It's easy enough to train horses; but it's the owners you must train if you are going to succeed. Racing is a people business." 'Lizzie and I believe that's what tourism should be.' As remote as it is, the Marshalls refuse to let distance influence the quality of wines that have to be shipped from 1,000 miles south, or beef that must be air-freighted from the nearest wholesale butcher. They were hardly established when the recession struck and tourism suddenly slowed to a trickle. While other ventures fell into receivership, they survived. 'Now we know we will never look back,' smiles Lizzie who recently had twins Katherine and Tessa, company for Patrick, 7, and Ben, 5. 'We know that what we have is very different from anything else in this part of the world. We are lucky, aren't we?'
  17. Guest

    cannibles in the outback

    i heard somewhere there are a tribe of cannibles who live in the outback, and they have a dinner meeting once a month, anyone is welcome and they only carge fifteen aussie dollars per head.:biglaugh:
  18. Guest

    murder in the outback

    just a reminder that it's on itv1 now started at 9pm....:yes:
  19. parsonsbigfamilyadventure

    Murder in the Outback

    This is being shown on ITV 1 ON Monday 9th April at 9 pm. Joanne
  20. Hi All, Being shown on tv tonight is the film Murder in the Outback Murder In The Outback is a joint production from Britain's Granada and Australia's Ten network, with funding from the Film Finance Corporation and the NSW Wales Film and Television Office. It was filmed over four weeks in Broken Hill and Sydney's Fox Studios, where a replica of the Darwin courtroom was built, last August. Just wondering if this has been shown in the UK or has it been previewed as a coming soon, i shall watch it think it maybe quite interesting, read the book Joanne Lees wrote "No Turning Back" very good read