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Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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  • 380 Positive References5 Neutral
  • Ambassador
  • Fluent in English; learning French, German
  • 57, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Semi-retired, mature-age student
  • University post-graduate (MEdSt)
  • No hometown listed
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About Me


To find community.


My name's Frank. I'm from Melbourne, but moved to Cairns over 20 years ago for work, and fell in love with the region's beautiful natural environment and balmy weather, ideal for the lifestyle I lead. I study and promote sustainability, and enjoy getting to know travellers and communing with nature.


Choose love over fear.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing


In the past, I have met/hosted many travellers and shared information about the region.

Unfortunately, couchsurfing has now become commercialised and I no longer participate to the extent I did previously. I encourage travellers to consider bewelcome as an alternative. My profile there is http://www.bewelcome.org/members/sarongrainbow


Since Valentine's Day 2008, I've hosted several hundred guests, most of whom have become my friends. Some guests have stayed for a considerable time, allowing us to become close friends. See me in this video from one of my guests https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0E1bBYLDjg&list=SPhpg6gv-UYV4QrHju7QDm4baMircaNQVB&index=20, or listen to this song one of my guests wrote and recorded for me https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vct0Kahlu0I.

In 2011, after hosting so many Germans, I gained the courage to move out of my comfort zone and travel overseas for the first time in 32 years to see many of these new friends. Read about my travels here http://www.travelpod.com/members/frankap211.


In my desire to connect with nature, I like bushwalking, gardening, and naturism. Environmental, planning, and social issues capture my serious attention, sometimes prompting me to write to the media. I'm also interested in local/family history, healthy/sustainable living (including nutrition, exercise, and massage), photography, and the Arts.

Music, Movies & Books

I have some CDs I bought when hosting a gay radio show in the late '90s, but prefer being entertained by guests' live music/singing. I appreciate art-house movies and documentaries that provoke thought, and read mainly non-fiction material related to my areas of interest.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Ask me about my Wulambiny Momoli life-changing experience in the Rainbow Region of New South Wales.

Teach, Learn, Share

Ubuntu and Earth Charter principles are important and I try to teach/learn/share ways of living peacefully/sustainably. Due to my length of time living in the region, I can share its secret spots and steer you clear of tourist traps.

What I Can Share With Hosts

As the Cairns region is so beautiful, I don't normally travel much, but when I go abroad I like to stay with former guests so we can renew the wonderful friendships we have formed! I am reliable, clean and tidy, respectful of my host's space, and keen to participate in activities my host suggests (or to do my own thing if my host is busy).

Countries I've Visited

Germany, United Kingdom

Countries I've Lived In


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