City Centre Backpackers


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216 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australien
-24.867399, 152.345673 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+61 (7) 4191-9818
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We were treated fairly
We spent two month in the City Centre Backpackers and from all the hostels we have been to this was the best. The accommodation itself is not the nicest, but people tried to get us only hourly rate jobs and we felt treated fairly. Piece rate jobs were on a volunteer basis and as soon as there were new hourly paid jobs, people were put on the better Jobs. People respect in general the no-alcohol policy and the hostel is quite calm. Shops and other facilities are nearby so there is no problem when you don t have a car. On sunny weekends the hostel Management offers bus rides to take you to the beach. The manager was always straight and very honest with us and we had the feeling that we could trust him. During low season, couples had a room to themselves and when there were only piece rate jobs, the Management lowered the rent. All in all we had a great experience.
Anca & Mat
Age 30, Germany and France
Great experience
Spent almost 6 months here doing my days and was gutted to leave! It's hard work but the hostel and money is good and it's easy so save. They always try to help you and find you work. It was a really good experience and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to do their farmwork!
Age 20, Finland
Surprisingly amazing experience
I came to the hostel just with the intention of doing my days and going but am checking out today gutted to leave! City Centre is honestly such a brilliant place to come and do your farm work but also to make friends for life. I was working within a couple of days on sweet potatoes and then chillies before getting permanent on a pineapple farm. Even when the storm season came and put a stop to most farms, Michael still made sure you had work to pay your rent. Everything's allocated fairly and if you work hard, you'll do well. Aside from the farming, the hostel is such a sociable place where everyone gets along with everyone and just have a laugh. It's a dry hostel so there's no midweek partying while you're trying to sleep for work but every Friday and Saturday everyone clears out to let their hair down after a hard weeks work. Shopping centre and laundrette is a short walk away, train stations across the road, nightlife is on the same street. It's just an ideal balance of everything. The hostel really cares about its residents and even after one drunken night where I lost my phone, the manager, Michael, tracked it on his app and drove me to go get it -- absolute life saver! Could not recommend more, I'd come back in a heartbeat. Makes the drudgery of doing the required farm work actually fun!
Age 23, Scotland
Best Experience of my life
Arrived first week in April with my friend I'm traveling with.We both got work straight away on macadamia 5 days a week. Hourly pay. Can be very surreal experience but it becomes a daily routine very quickly. Rent was $180 and $7 for travel per day. The hostel is ran by Michael, Lin and Emma on reception. They do their very best to get you work and are very helpful. We were in a room with a 3 tier bunk bed with a sink, shelves for belongings and a balcony. The rooms are cleaned, sweeper and hoovered very day. Showers and bathroom are cleaned very morning. Kitchen can be quite hectic in the evenings you also get your own food locker at check in. There a smoking area with picnic benches, a table tennis table, and the TV room has couches and board games and also DVDs available from reception. It is lovely place to meet people from all over the world and I definitely met friends for life. I would highly recommend City Centre to anybody.
For the best times and best friends
we stayed here back in oct 92 for a few months leading up to xmas and had the time of our lives! picking rockmelons, mandarins and tomatoes, up at 5, back at 6, across the road for happy hr $1 pots and $3.50 crumbed steak. foxys nite club then maxis, out all night with the city centre crew then back to catch the tomato bus again!! a weekend ritual that lasted till we left for another maxis in airlie beach for xmas. yep, those were the days alright!! sounds like the family vibe is still going strong which is bloody awesome. this home away from home holds a special place in my heart. I hope for you too have fun.
Age 46, nz
My home for 6 months and always!
Arrived early in March and had work straight away. Even ended up staying longer after completing my days to save up more money. Farm work is always going to be sh*t and hard. Everyone in the hostel is in the same position which really helps. Michael, Lin, and Emma, who run the place, go out of their way to get work for people and make sure everyone is happy. They respect you as long as you treat them the same way. When the work is so hard coming home to a clean, friendly, and well-run hostel makes life a lot easier. Weekends were filled with BBQs in the nearby park, beach trips, banjos beer garden, and central night club. You spend 3-5 months with the same people and they become your family as well as Michael, Emma, and Lin! All the work is hourly paid and they will never let you get ripped off or treated badly by farmers which happens a lot in other places. I always felt at home and safe here. Was absolutely gutted to leave the place and people. Would recommend it to anyone.
Age 22, England
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 had. I was in triple bunk beds in a 6 bed girls dorm. We each had our own wardrobe and it was cleaned everyday and bins were emptied the bathroom is great always cleaned first thing in the morning. The kitchen is clean but busy, but same goes for every working hostel! City centre is so close to everything the park, station, supermarket and the bars. Bundaberg isnt the best place but within a few days city centre becomes your family so makes up for it. Rent was $175 a week and transport was $7 a day. If you want to work, earn money, meet amazing people, and have fun, City is the place to be.
Age 22, England
Bundys best!
I arrived at the beginning of March and have honestly had the best time here. Micheal Lin and Emma have been nothing short of brilliant. The work is, as we all expect it to be, crap! But I had been lucky that my farmer was great and had a good bunch of lads to work with! Being honest no matter what farm it is the people you work with will be great. Most importantly it's hourly paid work! So back to the owners/managers. I've had friends that stayed here before when the old owners were still there and and all they had to say were bad things! Never had I any problems with the staff, show them the respect they deserve for the job they're doing and everything runs smoothly and if there are any problems it's not long before the situation is resolved. The building itself is quite old but with 100+ people in 1 building you would expect a little wear and tear! It's cleaned top to bottom everyday and never had I any problems with bed bugs or that kind of stuff. And then the people, well the only word is amazing! From the people you meet for a couple of days who are just passing thru or the people who are there for the long haul, either way they are friends. The family vibe is something I've never experienced with so many people. Good times, memories and life long friends are what will stand out the most for me. I couldn't recommend this place any more and not that I ever will do farm work again, but if I had to, it'd be a no-brainer to go back to city centre!
Age 23, Kildare, Ireland
Absolutely love this place!
I arrived in Bundaberg in October14 when the old owners were there, and the place was a shambles. When Michael and Lin took over the hostel in Nov/Dec they completely changed the place for the better! The two of them and Emma the receptions are all super friendly and are there to help you in any situation, and work their absolute arses off trying to find everyone work and make sure the buses are arranged as best as possible. I stayed here for 4 months working on Grima farm which is sweet potatoes which was the hardest work I've ever done but what an amazing experience it was. I made heaps of friends here and everyone welcomes each other with open arms in to "the family." These are friends I got to share some amazing experiences with and are friends for life. Yes we all know farmwork for our 2nd year visa isn't going to be easy or fun and is a pretty sh*t situation, but it's the hostel family in city centre backpackers that will get you through it together. The hostel is a full working hostel and doesn't allow people to drink alcohol on the premises but believe me we all had a great time in Banjo's the beer garden across the road, and Central "nightclub" on the weekends so there is a good work/life balance. Wouldn't hesitate on going back to City Centre it has been by far my favourite hostel in Aus, and I'd advise anyone that's planning on going to Bundy to stay here 100%. The other hostels in Bundaberg don't provide the backpackers as much work as they do in City Centre, so don't bother with anywhere else this place is the best!
Age 21, The Valleys, Wales, UK
Great hostel with a lovely family feel
Stayed at this hostel for 3 weeks and was given work the next day after arriving! Extremely friendly and helpful staff and the people staying in this hostel were all brilliant and I made friends instantly. My room was a girls only and huge, was cleaned daily as well.
Age 23, Uk

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