Emerald Backpackers, Emerald

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Emerald Backpackers Reviews

Good Environment

If you guys want work this place is like any other farm work hostel and you just have to pick the seasons. The jobs pay very well. You meet so many awesome people and the vibe of the hostel is very relaxed. If you like to party then this is the place to go. And karen (the hostel manager) is awesome! The place is a little run down, but were backpackers so suck it up people.

Chelsea & Kyle

Excellent working hostel

The place can be kind of dirty, noisy and sometimes not very tidy BUT people are very nice, there are plenty of jobs running thanks to Karen, there is a pool table, a big TV, fridges. It you expect to make money and meet people then this is a good place to go to!


Excellent Hostel

I stayed for 4 months in this place from December 2002. The place was really nice, staff was perfect Justin my man! I'm still in contact with some of the backpackers from all over the world. You work hard, after work a nice beer what else do you need? Just go there and check it out yourself I really enjoyed staying there.


Great way to meet other backpackers

I stayed here for about three months in 2000/2001and had a great time! No, it wasn't the cleanest or tidiest place to stay and the staff could be grumpy at times but I met some great people here (including my husband) and had a lot of fun along the way. After a day working on the flower farms I was so grateful for a shower I didn't really care about much else anyway! Have lots of wonderful memories of Emerald, particularly the wonderful Christmas dinner that the staff laid on for us, the people and the amazing scenery. Was a great experience as part of my overall trip to Australia.


Really bad!

The hostel is dirty, awful, and crap! The owner and manager are unfriendly.They only want to earn money and don't spend any money back to the hostel. I am not the only one how got only one week work within two months time. They smoke not only tobacco and drink a lot while never care about the Backpackers. And since the manager do not care about the hostel, none of backpackers does as well. The living room is a mess -- especially the kitchen. There is a lot of weed, beer, and partying during the week and especially on the weekends and the people are smoking in the kitchen, which isn't allowed! The equipment of the kitchen is very poor, old, and very used. The stove does not work really well, old pans, no lids for pots, no tin opener. (The hostel has a non-thinker old cleaner who cleans a bit the hostel for his underpaid job.) The most annoying thing while waiting for a job (at least in the winter times). The heat is turned off during the day and the rooms become freezing cold. There is no wood for the fireplace and if wood, then only wet! This led to a lot of people getting sick in winter. I think a inspection by the health department wouldn't be too bad.



I have stayed at this hostel for a few weeks last month and there is now hot water, no bedbugs -- at least not whilst i was there. The place is tatty but is slowly being done up by the manager. The microwaves are brand new, I cant vouch for the stove though! The toilets are fixed the showers are hot, the fridges do smell a little wiffy but if you have a food bag with a zip then no worries. Yes the heating is off during the day (whilst you are at work or out) and then on at night, if its too hot open a window! I wasnt even aware there was a pool or a weights room so I'm not bothered. The farms are not that bad, they pay between $14.50 and $16 per hour plus overtime and weekend work. Theres lots of drinking at weekends but you dont have to participate, you can just stay in your room. Yes the internet connection there is very slow but there is free Wi-Fi and you get half an hour free each day at the library and you dont have to join up. Oh and finally theres lots of room under the bunk beds! Its totally fine and its only one-and-a-half-hours from the city and a half-hour from FountainGate shopping centre if emerald town doesnt have what you need.


People great, work good, facilities average (and slowly decaying )

I stayed at this hostel twice in 2001/2002 on my very convoluted work around Australia bicycle trip. I met some fantastic people at the hostel. I quite enjoyed the physical outdoor work at the flower farms. It was a big contrast to what I usually do, and the pay was ok. Not brilliant, but if you put your head down you could certainly save. Some of my emerald money ended up paying for my sea-kayaking in the Whitsundays. The physical aspect of the hostel wasn't the best. Certainly we had kitchen, laundry, and bedbug problems while I was there. Perhaps not as serious as others have described. I would recommend giving it a go. If things don't look up to scratch, clear out and try your luck elsewhere. If you're lucky, you'll have as much fun as I did, and leave cashed up for the next part of your journey.



I stayed at the Emerald Backpackers hostel for a while in 2007. The place constantly had no hot water, which led to a lot of people getting sick and having diarrhea. The residents there barely cleaned, the staff had some lame guy who was underpaid to do it and the microwaves were gross from people boiling food inside them and never cleaning up the spilled mess. The stove didn't work really well. The toilets leaked, the showers were freezing, the lounge area was filthy. The "weight room" was never open, the refrigerators smelled nasty. The heat was off during the day and blasted us out to roasting at night. There was a massive outbreak of bedbugs and the management didn't do anything about it. The back "pool" was a mosquito infested swamp, and the flower farms they had us work at payed really low wages. There was a lot of drugs, beer, and partying on the weekends, which was good, until some guys on mushrooms went off their face and wrecked some stuff. While Emerald is a beautiful area, I think that this place needs to be inspected by the health department. Also, their internet connection sucked and took your money a lot, so bring your own computer or go to the library for internet. There isn't much room for keeping your stuff unless you get a private room or the bottom bunk.


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emerald backpackers is a work hostel situated in the beautiful dandenong ranges surroundiong melbourne. being quite a small hostel and also guests staying for longer periods due to their work, this gives the hostel quite a homely atmosphere..a place to work, rest and meet some great friends!

Location and Contact


take the train from the city to belgrave station, and then the 695 bus to emerald.



Address: 2 Lakeview Crescent, Emerald, Victoria, Australia

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Website Emerald Backpackers Emerald www.emeraldbackpackers.com.au
Phone Number: +61 (3) 5968-4086, +61 (4) 1245-8227
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Facilities and Amenities


BBQ Grill

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Entirely Non-Smoking

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Wheelchair Accessible

Credit Card Payments


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Service Animals

Checkout: 10:00 (10 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 12pm-2pm and 4pm-6pm


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