Naz Wapau was 18 when she ran away from her home in Weipa in Queensland’s Gulf of Carpentaria.
Her parents did not approve of her boyfriend, so the young couple packed up a battered old car and hit the road.
“I didn’t have a plan at all — I just left,” Ms Wapau said.
The couple made it to Rockhampton before the car broke down, then bought bus tickets to Brisbane with their “last bit of money”.
They arrived in winter with no cash, no warm clothes and a creeping fear that leaving their community was the wrong decision.
“It was really bad — we had no food, no money, no place to go, we didn’t even shower,” Ms Wapau said.
“We got off the bus at Roma Street and then had two weeks sleeping rough on cardboard in Mary Street … it was a silly decision, we just left our jobs and left without telling our families that we were going.
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