I went and stayed with my mum for a while after I came back from Thailand, then I went to Trent's sister's wedding. And the itch came back. I needed to leave, explore, travel.... GO!
I found a job on Gumtree - 3 hours work a day at a hostel in Mission Beach in exchange for free accommodation, laundry, internet and weekend BBQ.
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Mission Beach is a collection of beaches spread down the Cassowary coast. Most backpackers that came to stay with us were in Mission Beach for the sole purpose of Skydiving- at 14,000ft Mission Beach offers the highest skydive with beach landing in Australia.
I feel that MB has more going for it than skydiving - the beaches are gorgeous! Proper holiday brochure style; with blue skies, palm trees and hardly any people around!
Skydiving: Most of Mission Beach's tourism was backpackers there to do a dive, or backpackers there for a long-term farm job. The skydive is the highest in Australia at 14,000 ft. Most of the other staff at AB did a dive but I was too scared and I was trying to save money. The dive itself isn't too badly priced- what makes it expensive is getting a video and photos (I wouldn't do a dive unless I had video proof cos no one would believe me otherwise!). Everyone who did it loved it and would recommend it.
Tropical Fruit tasting: At North Mission Beach, about a 15 min drive from our hostel, is a community hall that offers Tropical Fruit tasting a couple of times a week. It is $5 per person and you get to listen to some experts talking about each fruit & of course afterwards you get to taste them! I was surprised at how many of these fruit I had never heard of before - I LOVED the mangosteen!
Tanya's Wildlife rescue talk: Tanya is an awesome lady. She looks after animals, particularly wallabies, that have been injured/abandoned/orphaned. We drove groups of backpackers to her house a couple of times per week, its a $5 donation each which helps to feed the rescued animals. Her talk lasts about an hour and are always informative and fun - she has a lot of cool stories to tell! The best part is getting to cuddle baby wallabies wrapped up in blankets... so cute! She has a snake and a lizard too, I was lucky enough to hold and have photos with both of these - others weren't so brave ;)
Dunk Island: I cannot believe it - I never made it to Dunk Island for a day trip!! About half of the other staff went, on various days, and unfortunately not many of the backpackers went over. Half-day trips were priced quite well (food not included) and the trip mostly involved taking a boat over to the island and then doing some snorkeling.
What else did we do?
Went to the beach, sunbathed by the Absolute Backpackers pool, watched DVD in the Absolute lounge, made use of our free internet, went for walks, went to the Mission Beach markets, had a beach bonfire, went out into the main beach for a night out (it wasn't that great..) and EVERY day (seriously) we went to Woolworths (usually towards the end of the day as this was when they made reductions. Yes, this is true. Don't judge us, we were poor backpackers!)
I had an amazing time in Mission Beach, it lasted less than a month but I met the most amazing group of people EVER. I loved all of the other staff and was so sad to leave but when its time to go, its time to go. xoxox