Tributes have begun flowing in for the British backpacker slain in a frenzied stabbing in north Queensland.
Friends have described Mia Ayliffe-Chung as an infectiously happy young woman as news of her death in Home Hill, a rural town about 75km south-east of Townsville, spreads to her former home on the Gold Coast.
The 21-year-old arrived in Australia about a year ago on a working holiday. She had been working as a waitress at Gold Coast nightclubs before making her way north for the backpacker rite of passage on the harvest trail.
She completed her first day on a sugarcane farm on August 17 and began sharing photos of her experience on social media.