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Backpacking on a Pension Book - Australia

Talks - Travel

Event Description

After retiring at 60 Pamela went backpacking, firstly to Australia.

She got her dive certificate on the Barrier reef, the Aborigines put on a Corroboree for them, saw Ayres rock change colour at dawn, camped across the Outback.

Pamela hired a camper van with two others and drove the 900 miles from Cairns to Brisbane, on the way rode bare back in the sea, hand fed wallabies on the ferry ramp, fossicked for sapphires and nursed an injured wallaby!

  • Duration: 45 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
Pamela McLellan

Meet The Speaker, Pamela

Pamela says she is so lucky, having 5 or 6 lives all rolled into one. In 1960, on leaving the Civil Service, she bought a Hardware shop in Crawley. From this, as a result of a joke and the BBC’s Nationwide programme in 1970, she started a business manufacturing kits for model railways which is still going strong. The next part of her life included backpacking round the world on her own at 60, hang gliding, white water rafting, learning to dive on the Barrier Reef, climbing through a glacier, and walking 17k over Mount Doom from the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film. She then bought a smallholding, with no previous knowledge of farming, and raised cows, sheep, pigs, goats and chickens and sold the produce at Farmers markets and Country shows.

Preparing for the Event

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