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Hi there,

After three weeks of travelling I arrived at my job: Barrington Outdoor Adventure Centre (BOAC) in the small country town Gloucester in the Barrington Tops NP. This place will be my new home for the next few months. I'm working here as an adventure sport instructor, mainly for the activities down hill mountain biking and white water canoeing. The last few days I was in training, to get to know how the instructors work here and to find out if I have the skills my bosses, Brian and Naomi, are looking for. So far so good! I've been guiding one down hill mountain bike trip and one white water (ww) canoe trip as an assitent guide over the weekend and helped with some catering stuff for the groups.

My 'house' is a tipi, next to the main building.

Port Macquarie
In the main building are the bathrooms, kitchen, tv room and the reception.
The people I've met so far are really friendly and helpful.
Yesterday I had the morning off and went mountainbiking with Brian and three collegues. The guys had some great professional bikes!! I got an instructors bike of the BOAC, which wasn't bad at all. I was a little scared I would slow down the guys, but fortunately I wasn't. It was great fun and with some small jumps, narrow single tracks and fast down hills it was a really good first ride. I made a nice head first crash in slow motion and missed a turn, but only a few bruises remind me of that now...

When I'm not working as a guide I'm doing WWOOFing work (Willing Workers On Organic Farms). BOAC has a garden with fruit trees and vegetables and a rain forest in progress.

Port Macquarie. Whale jumping
Two reasons I work my ass off in this garden with weeding, watering, cleaning, planting is that I don't have to pay for food and stay for free at BOAC and this work can help me with getting a second Working-Holiday-Visa...

Gloucester has 2500 habitants and was founded in 1885. There are two pubs, where I haven't been yet... and that's it. Fun places to go are at least an hour drive. So I'm wondering what I will do in my spare time the next few months... hahaha

Before I came to Gloucester I spend four days at the coast in Port Macquarie. A nice coastal village. This time of the year the whales move on from north to south and they get really close to the coast. So, with my new camera I was able to take some great shots of whales that were at least 300m off shore. In Port Macquarie I stayed again on a campsite in my car. Still comfortable, though I prefer the bed I have now.

I've seen the biggest spider ever in my life, and that's the only thing that doesn't make me happy here in Australia. Spiders really freak me out, any other animal doesn't scare me. Fortunately I have a musquito net or shall I say spider net around my bed!

 

maria_ says:
hey! it seems you're not gonna be bored in the next few months! It reminds me a little of my summer: I was in a town with 300 people and 2 pubs also, and it was a blast! so don't worry! check out the pubs!:)
take care!
Posted on: Oct 27, 2009
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Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie
Port Macquarie. Whale jumping
Port Macquarie. Whale jumping
Port Macqaurie
Port Macqaurie
My house
My house
BOAC
BOAC
My view
My view
The garden and rain forest in prog…
The garden and rain forest in pro…
Bike repair
Bike repair
Gloucester
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