FINDING LOVE IN THE FAR NORTH:
FINDING love in a Far North Queensland city full of backpackers and FIFO workers can be hard.
Nobody knows this as much as deckhand and single man Robby MacDonald.
The 26-year-old has been searching for love for a year and said the struggle was continuous for single men like him. “Being single can be fun and exciting at first, but at the end of the day you do want someone who you can settle down with,” he said.
The Bayview Heights resident said he hadn’t been on a date in a while, but did have a perfect situation in mind.
“It’s always good to take advantage of the good weather and go for drinks somewhere on a first date,” he said.
“Obviously you don’t want to be trapped in a restaurant with someone you might not like, but going somewhere like the Pier Bar can be pretty casual but fun.”
Like many men living in the Far North, Mr MacDonald said a love of the outdoors was essential for his future girlfriend.
“It’s definitely important to me that she likes the outdoors and doesn’t mind a bit of fishing. She’d have to be outgoing and like to have fun,” he said.
“I think ideally you’d probably want to meet a girl through your friends instead of on dating apps like Tinder.”
Dating website Elite Sin- gles’ editor Alexander Rennie agreed that people dating in the Far North had to embrace their adventurous side and head to the outdoors to find romance.
“Taking in the sea views along the city’s Esplanade or wandering through Cairns’ Botanical Gardens are two great alternatives to the usual restaurant routes,” he said.
“For the more adventurous, Barron Gorge National Park and the Cattana Wetlands are perfect if you truly want to be at one with nature.”
Mr MacDonald said he would continue his search for the perfect Valentine next week.
OUTDOORSMAN: Cairns lad Robbie MacDonald says his ideal partner would share his love of the Far North’s myriad natural attractions.