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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
"I stayed at this hostel for 5 months and left rich with money and friends. The friends you make are for life and the hostel has such a great atmosphere. The owner's help you in any way they can and they became like a family to me. The work was great and the farmers and all friendly and patient. Staying here is such a great experience." … "Really loved the place! Social atmosphere and great staff. - I stayed at Bundy Workers & Divers...
"I made the best friends and had the best memories there about six and a half years ago. It made my trip. The people i worked with fruit picking got me through those jobs. The beer garden was indeed where we all gathered. Got pissed every night." … "You Gotta Do It Baby - When i first walked into Federal i thought what the hell is this place, walking through a lounge covered in writing on the walls, i knew i was going to hate it. But I...
City Centre Backpackers
"I stayed in this hostel twice, totaling about four months altogether of work. It is basic but has such a good atmosphere, and this was the first time I'd ever stayed in a triple bunk bed! The hostel owners work hard to get constant work for their residents, and if you work hard then you will find constant work. Occasionally you may have to wait a day or two for work to become available. Sadly some people don't work hard and these are the ones...
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
"Great - I stayed here for six months and had a great time. the owners are great and really look after you! Fruit picking isnt fun but you can have a good time here. well advise to go. good experience!" … "I stayed here for four months and it was the best place i've stayed in all over australia. emma was always friendly, sue was nice as long as you were willing to work. it was ideal as long as you're not out to booze up all the time,...
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...
Grand Mid Point Backpackers Hostel
"Great place, clean, modern -- central to all entertainment and shops - We stayed here for about three months and I can't recommend highly enough -- even though for the first two weeks there didn't seem to be a lot of work available, when the rain stopped we got loads of work through the hostel and good pay. The pub below has really good food at great prices -- for au$6 you can get things like a good sized bowl of spaghetti bolognaise or some...
Footprints Feeding Grounds
"A lovely little hostel with a really homely feel to it - more like going to stay with a relative. When we ran to book 2dorm beds and they found out we were a couple, they made it so we had a dorm to ourselves for our stay, which was a really nice touch. The people who run it are really nice and really make an effort to get to know all of their guests. Free breakfast, free tea and coffee, and free laundry and washing powder! The package...
Footprints Bigfoot Backpackers
"Very friendly. directly at greyhound bus station. In the cbd. Big "living room," more than enough toilets and showers." … "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....
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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