AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE: Emily Saunders and partner Jake Young hard at work in the Smiths’ shearing shed at Alum Rock.
AUSTRALIAN ADVENTURE: Emily Saunders and partner Jake Young hard at work in the Smiths’ shearing shed at Alum Rock. Jojo Newby

An out-of-office experience for UK visitors to the bush

FAR from the confines of an office job in England, rouseabout-in-training Jake Young had sheep fleece tangled in his beard as he swept wool from around a shearer's post.

Twelve months ago Jake and his partner, Emily Saunders, left the English city of Brighton to come to Australia.

They took the road less travelled and put up their hands to work on properties in rural Queensland and Victoria.

"We wanted to experience a bit more of actual Australia," Jake said.

Jake was the manager of a call centre in England, a position quite contrary to the rousey manoeuvring his way around the shearing shed at Alum Rock.

"Working on properties also helps us travel a bit more ... we get paid and we get accommodation," Jake said.

Jake and Emliy are staying in the old workmen's cottage at Alum Rock, and said they were enjoying the experience.

The backpackers have been in Australia for just a year, and were working in Victoria during the grain harvest.

"We were working with wheat and barley down there in a little corporation in Dimboola," Emily said.

"It's exactly what we wanted to do ... we didn't want to work in an office."

Emily spent her day in the shearing shed wool rolling under the watchful eye of Cathy Smith.

"I take off the skirting all the way around the fleece and look for any imperfections in the wool," Emily said.

Emily and Jake bought a campervan when they came to Australia, and have been juggling their time between work and play.

They'll stay at Allum Rock until the end of shearing, then jump in the van and head off down the road again.

After experiencing life in the country and getting a taste for work in the outdoors, Jake and Emily both agree they won't be hurrying back to an office job in the city.

"I reckon we'll branch out a bit ... try something different and try to avoid offices," Emily laughed.



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