The Mildura City Backpackers is a pretty neat little working-hostel. It is an excellent choice for staying a few weeks or month and earn some money by picking or packing grapes or working in one of the small businesses around town.
The Backpackers is located a little of the town's centre, but it is well within walking distance.
Coles and Woolworth are a at the other end of the towns centre, so, if you stay here, be sure to always take enough people with you for a shopping trip. If you prefer not to carry to much you can also "borrow" one of the shopping carts.
For your amusement there are several backpacker-friendly bars (e.g. the Sand Bar, Setts Bar) where you can always count on having a great day off or a cold after-work-beer. The Bars and Clubs also regularly host backpacker-events like "Miss Backpacker", Wet-T-Shirt-Contests or trivia quizzes.
In addition to the night life attractions, you can always go for stroll through the city park, which is about 3 walking minutes from the hostel, or take a swim in the Murray River.
Rooms and Bathrooms
The rooms are normal dorms with two to eight beds and lockers provided. We think the mattresses are pretty comfy, although we didn't test all of them. The only negative thing we have to say about the dorms is, that you don't have a lot of space to fit your stuff in, but that's just a small downer.
The bathrooms on the other hand are not for the picky and smaller wildlife interactions may happen.
The hostels own cat is not very good at catching spiders, but awesome to cuddle with ;).
The Common Spaces are build pretty generous and there is more than enough space for everybody, because the hostel only provides accommodation for about 50 people. There is one TV-Room inside, which we often use to end the day with a good movie, while relaxing in the comfortable chairs and sofas. Under the roof outside the left of the hostel is another TV and a huge table with enough place for a kingsize banquette. Out in the back at the largest hang-out area in the hostel, we've got another TV(!), a ping pong table and various places to sit and socialize. All this is well protected by a big sunroof and is the centre of the whole place.
The kitchen has an appropriate size for the number of people who are staying at the City Backpacker and is well maintained by the groundskeeper. The fridges and freezers also provide enough place for everyone to accommodate their belongings.
All in all we can say, that we're having an amazing time here. We get to know each and every person who joins our little community and if there's something to celebrate everybody is in for a good party. The owners of the backpackers, who are also the operating staff, are hilarious and awesome people and will also become your friends if you stay for some weeks. Also there is total pizza madness on every Friday, where the hostel gets free pizza for everybody and it's so much that you can't finish it in one day ;). Without overacting we can say that this is one of the best hostels we've ever stayed at! We wish you lots of fun and amazing times :)