So you’re coming to Stanthorpe to get your 88 days up, or to earn some money to finance the next part of your travels. Here are some tips that might help you.
Your first stop will probably be BEST Harvest Labour. Corner of Railway & Rogers streets, phone 4681 6200. Linda, Sharon and Judy know exactly what’s going on work-wise, and are the main point of contact for farm work. Please don’t drive around farms; the farmers get really annoyed at being interrupted in the middle of their working day. The exception is Rugby, who are happy to receive applications in their main office on Amiens Rd.
Banks: Stanthorpe has ANZ, Commonwealth, NAB, Heritage and Bendigo. If you need to do regular banking that you can’t do online, or if your employer pays by cheque (I know, but rural Queensland hasn’t caught up with the rest of the world yet) probably think about Heritage – they are open Saturday morning as well as traditional bank hours, and the women who run it are switched-on and helpful.
Doctors: We hope you don’t need them, but you probably will if you’re here for any length of time. Stanthorpe Medical Centre is the bulk-billing practice – if you come from a country which has a reciprocal agreement, this is the clinic to use. Call them between 8 am & 5 pm weekdays on 4681 1666. Pick up the new patients form first so you have it filled out before your first appointment.
Hospital: Sometimes with farm work things happen. Stanthorpe has a great casualty department. Again, we really hope you don’t need it, but for stitches, bites, suspected breaks or dangerous allergies, they are the best. We recommend you consider having your tetanus shots up to date before you get here. 8 McGregor Terrace, call 4683 3400 (but not in an emergency. In an emergency, ALWAYS call 000)
Now the important stuff: wifi.
The Happy Apple has free wifi for our guests, accessible from around the office. Sit outside in the little grove behind the office, or in the information room next to the office, and catch up with your friends back home. Don’t forget to review us while you’re on-line!
McDonalds wifi is probably the fastest, but they’ve been known to suggest you leave if you sit there drinking one coffee for three hours. Find them on the New England Highway, on the bypass around Stanthorpe.
Stanthorpe Library has free wifi you can use on your own device, and a few computers you can use for a small fee if you need to print anything. Please respect other library patrons, and don’t unplug any of the library electronics to plug your own stuff in. The library is open 10 am – 5 pm Monday & Tuesday, 1 pm – 5 pm Wednesday, 10 am – 6 pmThursday & Friday, and 9 am – 12 pm Saturday. There’s a pretty cool art gallery in the same building with entry by donation, and a nice park outside where the wifi still reaches most of the time. If you want to borrow books, there’s a $50 deposit for travellers that you can get back when you return all your books and DVDs in good condition. Corner of Marsh & Lock streets (in Weeroona Park)
The Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre has free wifi – don’t expect any of the volunteers to be able to fix log-in problems as they’re mainly elderly and not that technically minded, but the verandah is a beautiful place to sit, overlooking the creek.
Message us on facebook, or ring us on 4685 2880 if there’s something you’d like to know that we haven’t covered here. We can’t wait to meet you at the Happy Apple, where you’re always with friends!