So yesterday we got the bus up from Byron Bay at 6:45am to take us up to Mooloolaba. It took us first to Surfers Paradise (where I saw Snapper Rocks and Surfers main city centre) through to Brisbane, where we swapped buses and eventually made it Mooloolaba by 12 mid day.
Having got off the bus we went and checked into the hostel, right on the other side of the road. We signed and discovered that 30 people from the hostel are working on the strawberry farm it's linked to, with another 15 on the waiting list.
We then went to walk around the town, and discovered that they actually very rarely get good surf - south swells don't really get into the beaches unless they are really big, and the desired easterly swells arnt as common as they would like.
The combination of these factors made all 4 of us quickly have doubts and feel very down, especially after leaving friends at Spot X and having epic waves in Byron.
Having walked around the town we discovered it is more of a touristy upper class coastal town, with a lot of restraunts and shops etc. We decided to come back to the hostel and write CV's to hand out, in hope we could get a job to tie us over until we could start farming.
In the evening we spoke to a lot of the people doing the fruit picking work, and the news got worse - the work is poorly paid in comparison to the hours you have to do, and the hostel are very awkward about wanting any days off etc.
As a result I spoke to Fenella on the phone, who lives approximately 20 minutes inland from Mooloolaba. She said me (and 1 friend) are welcome to stay with them for as long as we like, whenever we like, which is very generous of her!
She also had contacts regarding farming, so she said she would speak to them the following day and get back to me with any findings.
I then spoke to Mum and Dad on the phone to let them know of my dilemma, and they gave me some good sensible advice, which to be honest was needed!
After a very stressful day we all sat round talking about possibilities for a while and had a drink, then went to sleep about 9pm..
(photo - Surfers Paradises skyline)