I arrived in Cracow on 8th October and on the way I stopped off at Newcastle, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane. You may all be wondering how the hell I ended up in Cracow.... well here is the story.
While in Brisbane I found a job which was advertised as "experiencing life in the outback" which looked really good so I decided to take it which is how I ended up in CRACOW........ what a mistake...... this place is totally in the middle of no-where which I was told but didn't realise exactly what they meant, as we all think Millom is a quiet place!! This place is the only living thing for 60km either side - the population of the town is 27!!!!!!!!! The Cracow Hotel is a typical Outback Aussie pub which is in the middle of no-where but is very famous for exactly that. There is a Gold Mine down the road which basically keeps the hotel going as we feed them their meals during the day and serve them their beer in the evening.
On 15th October two English girls came to work at the pub which was a relief for me as I was beginning to pull my hair out (as much as I knew this was going to be a great experience). Cheryl is from Sheffield and Mel is from Essex and we hit it off straight away which is brilliant as the only way to get through living in the outback is to have a ball, otherwise you would go insane.
While we were there we went to a typical Australian Horse Sports Day which was really good to see. We also went to a locals house which was covered in house spiders (pictures attached) which if you all know me, frightened the life out of me!!!! This place totally helped me get over my fears of spiders and snakes and stuff as we literally had snakes as our neighbours!!! On 22nd October it was Mels birthday which we turned into a big "drinking session" which was out of the norm for the locals as they usually have a few beers then home to bed (pub is usually closed by 10.30pm) this night we stayed up till 4am and the only reason we left then was because myself and Cheryl were on breakfast shift and had to cook the Miners Breakfast at 5am. This place seems to be getting better with more alcohol (we are now drinking at 8am after our breakfast shifts as there is nothing else to do). We have also found a Dam to swim in which is a pretty dangerous place to be by the sounds of it (we gathered that by the ten DO NOT ENTER signs we passed on the way in through the barbed wire) but being typical English tourists, we need somewhere to swim and sunbathe - Thank God we are still here to tell the tale. We also visited Cracow Beach which is totally shamefull, you can see the pictures in my album attached!!!!
Since being in Cracow we have had some great laughs and have met some truly wonderful people, e.g. Mal, Taz, Matty, Hope, Angelo, Gary, Stuart, Coleen, George (I could go on but I won't). We decided it was time to move on from Cracow on 2nd December and as much as this place is in the middle of no-where and can be extremely boring I will really miss the people we have become really attached to - I really don't think I will meet people as genuine as these guys anywhere else in Oz - BYE GUYS
Just a little something to add for all my English friends - In Queensland the non-smoking ban is in so you cannot smoke inside, or even 4 metres outside the door of any pub/bar. By the time I come home the ban will be in over in England and I can't wait cos as much as I like a cigarette when I have a drink, you do not go home stinking like fags which is nice. Also smokes over here are sold in packs of 25 and 40....... you should see the size of the boxes, they look really weird!!