During my time in Townsville, Australia I was living in a share house with one swedish girl who came with me from Jönköping. We lived on the first floor, while our landlords, a nice Australian couple lived upstairs. They also had airbnb in the other two rooms on the first floor, which made us familiar with travelers from all around the world. We had our own rooms, and then shared the kitchen and toilet. We also had a pool just 5 meters outside the livingroom where we spend most of our afternoons in the heat. This cost me around 4000 kr per month, which is pretty good as Townsville can be very expensive. I got this accommodation through a swedish occupational student who studied at the same school the semester before.
I had a lot of fun memories from my time in Australia. One of the trips I will remember is when my boyfriend visited me from Sweden during midterm. We went to Melbourne and took the flight over to Tasmania, where we hired a car and drove around the island camping along the way. The other trip was to Tokyo, Japan. Which is not that far away from Townsville, and not to expensive to get to. This was a fun trip Mariana (the swede I lived with) and I did before the exam period. We also had time to do smaller trips on the weekends. Our landlords took us to Pelorus Island, which is a small island right on the great barrier reef and you’ll need your own boat to get there. We snorkled during the day and saw dolphins on the way out swimming in the sea.
But the best part was seeing all of the extraordinary animals they have there. And not to worry, there were not many spiders in the city!