TROP­I­CAL RO­MANCE

FIND­ING LOVE IN THE FAR NORTH:

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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.

Pic­ture: STE­WART McLEAN

OUT­DOORS­MAN: Cairns lad Rob­bie Mac­Don­ald says his ideal part­ner would share his love of the Far North’s myr­iad nat­u­ral at­trac­tions.

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