Noo(sa) beginnings 

On the brink of exhausting my money, options, and willpower, something happened that ended up  completely shaping my next few months in Australia. I was offered a job at one of the best hostels on the whole East coast of Australia (and that’s not just me being biased… the multitude of awards and reviews say it all). I could barely believe my luck when I got the phone call from the owner of Noosa Flashpackers, Jo. She talked me through what the job involved – mostly driving their shuttle bus, some work on the reception desk and other cleaning and odd jobs around the hostel. It sounded absolutely ideal and I jumped at the chance to return to what was a favourite spot of mine on my previous trip down the coast. 

Next thing I knew my bags were once again packed and my flight ticket was booked! I was so overwhelmed with my luck when I most needed it that I was doubting that this job was real, envisioning myself turning up to the hostel to be told they weren’t expecting me at all. Luckily my fears were totally unfounded and I arrived to what would be my new home and place of work for the next four months. To say I fell on my feet is a understatement of the highest proportion. The owners of Flashpackers Jo and Warick are two of the kindest, big-hearted, most passionate and hardworking people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. I instantly felt welcomed in to their business, and even more so the flashy-family. Their manager Janine instantly became a source of inspiration , laughter, and friendship in a place so far from home and I quite literally owe her my life after rushing me to hospital on the verge of a life-threatening complication from a infection (still a flashy record!). 

Over my months working as the “shuttle bus queen” I met some incredible people, made some hilarious memories and truly fell in love with Noosa and the sunshine coast! From the breathtaking views on the famed coastal walk, to the heights of Mount Coolum, beautiful seaside towns and the inspiring Eumundi markets it was safe to say I was never stuck for something to do. I made the most of ‘hostel perks’ and found myself on my very first surf lesson (a sprained ankle to show for it), a behind the scenes tour of the Australia Zoo and many other truly unforgettable experiences. The four months spent working here are a true highlight of my time in this country and something I am sure I will look back on with fondness for many years to come. 

To everyone I met whilst being part of the flashy family, thank you for making my experience that little bit better, the sun shine that little more enjoyable and the free goon a little more palatable! 

Laura x

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