DingoBlue Bundaberg Backpackers




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11 Burrum Street, Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
-24.869061, 152.344553 (accuracy not guaranteed)
+61 (7) 4152-0100
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Best in a bad town
Well Bundaberg is pretty ordinary. But it's also the biggest fruit-picking town in oz so you basically have to do your 88 days there. This hostel was the flashest in Bundaberg with a resort feel. Usually booked out and hard to get into. It seems expensive at 200 a week, but they have the best work and transport every day and gave huge rent discounts when work was rained off like in a recent cyclone or between jobs. It's quite strict but you can also let your hair down.
Sara Slade
Age 25, UK
Hands down best working hostel group in the region, a friendly team who actually give a damn and actively seeking work for backpackers. Dingo Blue Base has its own bar and pool, friendly atmosphere, spend a couple of weeks here and you'll find yourself with a great bunch of friends from around the world and a couple of "Fair Dinkum Aussies" you'll regard as family.
Timothy Sant
Age 25, New Zealand
Great work, nice environment
I have stayed from March. Been here for about 7 weeks and met so many nice people here. I have done farm jobs before but would suggest to come. Having outside area is very nice for everyone sitting outside and chatting. Most are hourly paid job. Waited for about a week then get into the hourly paid. Cleaners are very friendly and make it tidy. Manager was nice and funny though. 88 days! Finally done.
Age 20, UK
The Best In Bundaberg
There was a lot of work going on at this hostel when we arrived and for the first 4 weeks. It was painted and refurbished and the results were great -- really cute hostel. It's the only hostel in Bundaberg with outdoor areas which gives it a really great feel. The best part of this hostel is they have the best jobs going. All hourly paid and a lot of indoor packing jobs. When we met people at other hostels in town they were waiting weeks for work and then had bad paid per bucket kind of work. The manager and owners are very professional with the farm work they have, but if you don't go to work they will ask you to leave. We went to do our 89 days of work and we got them all in less than 100 days which people at other hostels couldn't believe. There is usually a waiting list for this hostel because of the good jobs they have. Great hostel with really great work and a fun atmosphere.
David and Aggi
Age 24, German
Save yourself the trip, don't stay here, it's a rip off.
The owners should be disgusted with the way things are run at this hostel. With a kitchen and bathrooms that are hardly ever cleaned, to a false guarantee that you will get work, it is not the ideal. No soap in the bathrooms, no locks on the lockers to put your food in for safe keeping and no guarantee that you won't get anything stolen from you. You pay $195 a week, $50 bond and no guarantee for a job (as we were promised on the phone). We waited nearly a week before we could get jobs. We waited 5 hours to get checked in, and we told the owner via phone when we had arrived, said there would be somebody there in just 40 minutes, we waited a long time. We paid $50 bond and didn't receive a key, our lock was also broken on the door, so we had no security of our belongings. As an Australian, staying in a backpackers hostel, I am absolutely disgusted with the way things are run here. To know that people are visiting this country and not getting a good experience, because of greedy hostel owners. They are ripping innocent people of their money, and not putting any work back into the place. The only thing that keeps you here are the people staying with you, all the guests are beautiful people, and are all in the same boat. Save your time and money; don't stay here!
Age 22, Australia
Great place to get your 2 WH Visa.
I stumbled upon Dingo Blue's ad at Gumtree and it was one of the best moves I made while in Australia.In my opinion, Building condition is better than other backpackers. Staff are friendly and they work hard to keep the place clean. The rooms are 2-4 bed dorms. I stayed and worked for over 4 months, picking and planting Tomatoes, zucchini and Sweet Potatoes 6 days a week to save enough money for my 4 weeks trip around Australia.
Great Place
I stayed at this hostel several times during my time in Oz. Management was always helpful and they're completely honest about work -- they'll tell the truth about what work is going over the phone so you don't waste time and money getting there. There was a great atmosphere in the hostel and I made lots of new friends. So it's a good combo of work and fun. It's not the flashiest hostel in Bundaberg but one of the friendliest. I'd definitely recommend it.
Pretty Damn Good
We stayed at Dingoblue from dec 11 - feb 11. It's pretty basic -- a real working hostel. We'd stayed in a few other hostels in bundaberg for the month before but they didnt provide any work. Dingo blue probably has the most work in bundaberg and they arrange your 2nd visa extension. We're heading back to dingo in April to start work again and most people we met there are still there.

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