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Situated in Queensland, Australia, Bundaberg is a city of about 50,000 people. Home to the famous Bundaberg rum distillery, "Bundy" is also known by backpackers who pick up seasonal work there every year in various agriculturally related jobs. Bundaberg is very close to a major sugar cane industry and is surrounded by cane fields.
Bundaberg hostels are plentiful and many backpackers stay in them for a while to work to gain some more travel money before continuing on their trip. In addition, many Bundaberg hostels can help you get work. This is actually the most common way of becoming employed in the area unless you contact the employers directly.
The pricing of Bundaberg hostels can be considered average in Australia, with better rates if you stay for a week or longer (which are often utilized by working backpackers).
Things to do when you're visiting a Bundaberg hostel (in addition to the rum distillery and working) include seeing the Hinkler House Museum (the former home of aviation pioneer, Bert Hinkler, who was born in Bundaberg). There is also a fully restored steam train in the Bundaberg botanical gardens that is worth seeing. Bundaberg is a bit inland (just under 10 miles) so it's a bit of a drive to the seaside.
There is a train station in Bundaberg, but the city doesn't really have much an internal public transport system except for Duffy's Buses, which mostly consists of school buses. It is very advantageous to have a car (or a bike) if you want to get around efficiently.
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Workers & Divers Hostel
"The hostel is ok - I stayed in Workers and Divers Hostel for 3 months. The owner Ian has a funny temper, but he really helps people he likes. If he says he's gonna find you work, he's gonna do it. He doesnt take people in if he doesnt have work for them. I had work all of these 3 months and it was a good work in packing shed. The transportation to work is included in the weekly rent and you dont have to pay for that extra. The hostel itself...
"Sh*t - I come to Bundaberg and I stay in federal hostel. I pay 190 dollars for stay in the bad room. really cold. they dont find a job to me. Restroom really really bad." … "Federal family ... best family ever!! - If heading to federal, do not expect the ritz. But do expect memories that will last a lifetime, good and bad. I arrived already knowing that it had a reputation for not being the cleanest so this i was prepared for. after...
City Centre Backpackers
"Sums up farm work, cry when you arrive and cry when you leave - No truer words spoken about farm work and especially this hostel. I arrived in March at about 8pm. I was working full time the next day and continued to work full time for nearly 5 months. The staff are amazing Emma, Michael and Lin And of course the bus drivers Shane and Neil. Out of my 15 months of traveling living and working here have been some of the best memories I have...
East Bundy Backpackers
"East Bundy Backpackers is laid back and friendly. It seems to be mainly aimed at workers staying for longer periods of time -- they organise work and for a small fee transport you to and from work in their own minibuses. Location This hostel is located in East Bundaberg (hence the name), which is maybe a twenty-minute walk from the bus station and thirty minutes from the train station. There are a few shops nearby and just down the...
"Billing itself as the only "themed backpackers" in Queensland, Cellblock Backpackers quickly disappoints, which is a shame because the building itself is comfortable and relatively clean. The owner lets the place down immensely; John is hostile and can get aggressive, and can be found at the bar, choosing the next frightened female victim to play beer pong with him. If you refuse, you may as well leave because you will not be given work....
North Bundy Backpackers
"We chose Grand Backpackers upon arriving in Bundaberg because it had the highest rating among reviews online. The Location The hostel is little bit -- just over a kilometer -- out of the city center, so it takes twenty minutes to walk into the city. There is a shopping center nearby with an IGA supermarket, bottle shop, and pharmacy. If you arrive by bus or train and have a lot of luggage, you need the hostel crew to come to pick you...
Bus Stop Backpackers
"Worst week ever!!! - I went here because the Harvest Hotline told me this is the only hostel with work at this moment. They make you check in for $190 (!) a week plus $50 deposit for key and cutlery. It's a rip off!! They say transport and internet is included. Well, if you're lucky you get 3 days work a week for a couple of hours and $2.90 a bucket of zuccinis! There are 2 computer of which one is not working and the keyboard from the other...
DingoBlue Bundaberg Backpackers
"The Dingo Blue Backpackers is a working hostel. If you see this hostel for the first time you could think "oh no, I don't want to stay here," but after a while you would like it. The hostel is very simple, not so fancy like others in town -- but that is what makes the hostel so special. The Location Bundaberg is known as a harvest town, ideal for backpackers. The hostel is right in town centre, opposite from the train station. Internet...
Footprints Feeding Grounds
"Disgusted - Ive never actually stayed at this hostel, but I literally just rang to have a convo with the manager, after reading these reviews I was excited! Ive never been more mistaken! What an ignorant man! When I asked if there was any availability he just got ruder and ruder and kept swearing ... I'm in shock. My recommendation to everyone? Avoid!" … "Terrible - shithouse, all management are wankers. Go here if you want to wreck...
Footprints Bigfoot Backpackers
"Pushy greedy owner - Three of us stayed one night in this hostel and on checkout, were told by the pushy owner That he is the only person to be trusted in bundaberg and Not to bother looking for work or accommodation elsewhere. he spent twenty minutes talking about how every other hostel and all farms are corrupt. we have been in Bundy now one week and have paid by the hour work and a great room at at a different backpackers. don't believe...
Bundaberg Travel Tips & Suggestions
If you come here to party and drink, then you will come across a few or more idiots. If you come here for a relaxed atmosphere and great holiday, then that is what you get.
It's a fantastic place to work and stay -- I chose to stay just out of town on a farm because it was cheaper. This was one of the safest, friendliest towns I stayed in.
— Anonymous from uk
Bundaberg is great -- the work, the good accommodation, the good people. I can't wait to go back.
The government should do something here -- it's a seriously nasty place to spend time in.
— kevin walker
It is an absolute sh*thole. The hostels are full of bad people and fleas and there is loads of work elsewhere. You don't need this experience.
Bundaberg sucks really bad, I would suggest staying away. People get attacked all the time because of the violent drunk and drugged kids that are under the age of sixteen! It's the worst place in the world!
Stay away from Bundaberg -- there is nothing to see or do.
Bundy is great!
I have lived all over Australia, in the big cities and small outback towns and in between, and Bundaberg is without a doubt right up there with the best. Everything you need is here, there's lots to do, and great weather. Bundaberg is a fantastic place to live and meet people -- a lot of people from all over the world come to Bundy for work. For good reason, Bundaberg is awesome.
The best thing in Bundy was the Bundy Asian Market on McLean Street. They gave great advice and have the best range of Asian food plus a very pleasant owner.
I stayed in Bundaberg around five years ago and had an awesome time and saved heaps of money! If you are a physically fit guy and there in the tomato season, try and get a job loading the trucks! I made $600 to $1,400 a week in the peak of the season!
— russell burnard
I have been all around Australia and found Bundaberg the best place to settle down so we moved here from Sydney eight months ago. The climate is fantastic and the people are friendly -- the only hard thing is the lack of jobs if you are unskilled.
My nephew is having to have major surgery because some idiots decided to attack him after a night out in Bundaberg. A nineteen-year-old is now having to have his face rebuilt -- please stay away, the place is full of nutters. Maybe if people stop going there, something will get done to clean the place up.
Bundaberg is a sh*thole. I've been cussed at, ripped off, and assaulted in Bundaberg. I witnessed my friend getting his skull cracked open here. half of the population consists of unemployed, violent, permanently drunk people. Not to mention this bloody gang who are roaming the streets looking for victims.
I used to live in Bundy. For some reason, even though I lived all over Australia, it's always been home. Parts of Bundy may be crap, but it's what you make of it, which is why I'm coming back to start my new life. And it's better than the Northern Territory.
Bundaberg isn't hillbilly!
I came to Bundy with my family at the age of twelve for a family get away. At the time we lived in the middle of Brisbane and needed to get away. Mum had family here so we came to visit. I'm now at the age of twenty-nine and I am now living here with my twins and hubby. I moved here at the age of eighteen to settle down and start my life by myself. I got married at the beautiful Botanical Gardens. I recommend this place to anyone. Yes, it takes a while to find a job but it's worth the while.
— New resident to Bundy
I came to Bundy with my family for a month at the age of five -- I'm now fifteen and we are living here. It's such a beautiful place but you've just got to find the right hostel. I'm so glad we came and moved back here.
I loved Bundy -- spent five months there and have a lot of fond memories.
I love Bundaberg. I made great friends there and we still keep in touch.
Bundy is a good place to live, work, and stay.
I had a fantastic time in Bundaberg learning to dive at Bundaberg Aqua Scuba. The instructors and staff were great and had loads of fun. Roger was awesome. I would recommend it to everyone -- it was by far the most memorable part of my time in Bundy.
I had a fantastic time in Bundaberg learning to dive at Bundaberg Aqua Scuba. The instructors and staff were great and had loads of fun. I would recommend it to everyone -- it was by far the most memorable part of my time in Bundy.
I recently stayed in Bundaberg and hated every minute. I learned to dive at Bundaberg Dive Academy and my instructor couldn't speak any English at all. The locals were vulgar.
I had a brill time in Bundy, mostly because I accepted that the work is hard and the hours long, but hey, that's what you're there for. Make the most of it while you're there, make loads of mates like I did, and take advantage of the central pub -- that's where all the magic happens.
The hostels here are enough to make a person puke. I would never go to Bundaberg again in my life!
— Chuck Norris
I had a great time in Bundy learning to dive at aqua scuba. The hostels were great and my instructor Danny-boy rocks.
This place makes me want to puke. All the guys try to screw the girls. They make me sick. All a bunch of perverts.
I would skip this sh*thole. It's dirty and the people are dickweeds.
This place sucks. The work is underpaid and the hostels are overpriced so it makes it hard to save.
I liked Bundy. The work and people were great.
I have fantastic memories of Bundaberg and would go back. I loved the hillbilly feel of the town. Beats the cities any day. Work is hard but well worth the experience.
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