Devonport - Tasmania - © Claire Blumenfeld


1 year and 3 months | July 2017 – September 2018
My country of birth. I spend six weeks in 2016 before being back in July 2017. I stayed for 1 year and 3 months. Australia it’s the vastness of the landscape, the great distances and the wild animals. It is also the island of Tasmania, one of the most beautiful area of the continent where I lived during 4 months.
Mount Buller is a small mountain of 1,805 meters. For Australia, it's high mountain. It is also part of the great chain of mountains spreading from Melbourne to Canberra and considered as the Australian Alps.
The ferry crossing from Melbourne lasted 10 hours. I arrived at night in Devonport, a small port city north of the island. The next day I put my eyes on the landscape around me. Wavy hills, steep mountains, the sea lined with pretty beaches, eucalyptus, palm trees and a peaceful atmosphere. Tasmania, I loved it instantly.
Two trips to Australia and a lot of discoveries. From the arid plains of the Flinders Rangers, to Kangaroo Island, the Great Ocean Road, Victoria with Melbourne and Mount Buller, New South Wales, the beautiful landscapes of Tasmania and the beauty of the Whitsundays Islands and the Great Barrier Reef, lots hours spent on the road. But Australia is gigantic. And I saw only a small part.
After leaving Mount Buller, I have three short weeks left to visit Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. I head for Airlie Beach and tour the Australian countryside before enjoying the extraordinary scenery of the Whitsundays Islands and the Barrier Reef.
After Tasmania, I go back on the continent to head for Mt Buller, one of Australia's most famous ski resorts. Yes, there are some mountains high enough in Australia to receive snow. They are called the "Australian Alps".
Four months in Tasmania. For discover one of the most beautiful places in Australia. Well, in reality with the work (supervisor at Costa Tasmania during the raspberry season then vegetable picker at Premium Fresh), I only had about a month. But is was a beautiful month.
From late April to late June I worked at Premium Fresh. A vegetable farm ten minutes from Devonport. Three teams of about ten people take care of hand picking the different vegetables that the farm produces. The team where I was is picking mostly carrots, rhubarb and silverbeet.
These past days, my head is boiling. Since a few months, I have the impression of overdosing. It's too much. Too many ideas, too many expectations, too many worries, too many changes that I want to accomplish. I'm a little exhausted.
In a small corner of paradise, Tiandi Wildlife Sanctuary, Julia takes care of kangaroos and possums, orphans or survivors of road accidents. I had the chance to work there for a month and it was an amazing opportunity.
From December to January, I worked in the harvest of blueberries in Tumbarumba. Little paradise in the state of New South Wales. Interesting work, nice friends and a lot of great places to visit. A peaceful time.
Tumbarumba appeared under a torrential rain. It's been raining for three days and I do not know what to do. The only goal I had in mind was to reach Tumbarumba because that's where one of Costa's farms is doing blueberry fruit-picking; the harvest of blueberries.
Five days on the road and the least we can say is that I do not really enjoy it. Yet I think I was ready to do THE road trip that most backpackers do: drive away for a week, a month, to discover the country.
After Kangaroo Island I'm back in Adelaide for a week. It is very hot and humid. It's really the beginning of the summer and I'm in pain just to think that here the normal temperature during the summer is around 35°C.
My hurried departure from Arkaroola turned my plans upside down. I don't know want to do. After a few days of thinking in Adelaide, I decide to go Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island is a small island off Cape Jervis a hundred miles south of Adelaide. According to the majority of people, it is one of the most beautiful places in South Australia.
Life in the Arkaroola is mostly very quiet and peaceful. But between my work at the reception, behind the bar, serving at the restaurant, helping in the kitchen and cleaning the rooms I do not have the time to get bored.
In the Australian bush the native plants have interesting names: bush-banana, bush-tomatoes, native curry, sturt’s desert pea, etc. Apart from the name, they have little in common with the plants from which they took the name.