I went to Australia on a Working Holiday Visa, which meant that I could stay for a year and work with any one employer for up to six months in total. After only a couple of months, I knew that a year would not nearly be enough in this wonderful country. I decided to apply for a Second Working Holiday Visa, which meant…I would have to do agricultural work! In Australia, you are required to complete 88 days of agricultural work (planting & picking fruit or vegetables, weeding, etc.) in total, before you can apply for a Second Working Holiday Visa. I did not get paid to do this but I did have my food and accommodation taken care of. I chose Tasmania not only because of how beautiful it looked, but also because I didn’t know much about it.
Here are some of my adventures…
I stayed on three different farms during my time in Tasmania. The first farm was located in a very small town called Mangana. I had a lot of different jobs while I was there but I also made sure to explore as much as possible 🙂
From there, I moved on to Georgetown which was beautiful. Each day, I would go for a walk by the beach and see pelicans, pied oystercatchers and many other species of birds.
I met an amazing family while in Mangana. They took me to Launceston to check out what is now one of my favourite places – Cataract Gorge Reserve. There are tons of peacocks, stunning views, great walking trails and a wonderful cafe that has delicious scones. Absolutely love this place!
I also lived in Hobart for a little while. During my time there, I was able to visit the heritage site Port Arthur. It was formerly a convict settlement but is now a popular tourist destination. It’s fascinating and very memorable – well worth a visit.
The Museum of Old & New Art (MONA) is also worth a visit. It’s unlike any other art gallery I have ever been to. It’s edgy, strange and beautiful all at the same time. The Salamanca Market is another must-see. Aside from visiting the market, I was lucky enough to be able to work there for a weekend. I sold preserves and sauces made by Ann – the lovely lady that I was staying with. What a memorable experience.
At times, I found living there difficult because I was away from my loved ones and did not always have access to a computer or phone. However, I would not trade this experience for anything in the world. Tasmania is incredibly beautiful and has a lot to offer. Definitely worth visiting if you find yourself in that part of the world.
“Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” – David Mitchell