Carcass Classic for everyone

French backpackers Claire Bourgeois and Pauline Philippe helped out at the Gympie Carcass Classic.
French backpackers Claire Bourgeois and Pauline Philippe helped out at the Gympie Carcass Classic. Craig Warhurst

TWO French backpackers were taking life as it comes this week, getting “up close and personal” with the region’s rural side at the Gympie Carcass Classic.

Finding out the facts of life about where that juicy tenderloin comes from for the classic French dish, Chateaubriand steak, were Claire Bourgeois and Pauline Philippe.

The two young travellers have been staying with the Bambling family at Sexton.

It’s been a hectic fortnight for the nurse and marketing student, visiting the coloured sands at Rainbow Beach, going to the Widgee Bushman’s Carnival, dancing with the Devils and kayaking down the Mary River, to mention just a few activities.

Claire and Pauline are working for their keep as part of a year-long cultural exchange experience touring across Australia by van.

Realising farming wasn’t their forte, host Anette drew on their strengths.

“They gave my house a bit of a makeover instead. They painted walls and gave me some advice on interior decorating – they loved that.”

Anette, a mother to five boys, said it was great having the girls help with cooking.

“Their cooking’s been wonderful; we’ve had some special French dishes.”

For her family, Anette said the experience has been rewarding.

“You have to be open to other cultures and open to other people’s views and there’s a lot of give and take,” she said.

“As long as it’s based on honesty and goodwill then there’s no problem.”

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