Federal Backpackers


Federal Backpackers

221 Bourbong Street, Bundaberg QLD 4670
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(07) 4153 3711
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Shitest Hostel ever!
16 December 2014
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DONT GO THERE!!!! These comments are written from the owners!!! The owners are liar and rip you just off, in special this Korean cunt what is sitting behind the counter. Just care about the own folk! Shit contract work! In the rooms are a lot of BED BUGS, fridge are MICE and "kitchen" are COCKROACHES. You gonna life with 85 people together where everyone pays about 210$ A WEEK! A kitchen as small as a doghouse! Typical Australian criminal, just lying, dissembling and try to screw someone!! The owners life in a castle paid from the money of the Backpackers!! Bundaberg itself is dangerous too! The other Backpackers around aren't better!!

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Bizzare
3 July 2008
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nothing apart from the dirt!!!
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The Beer Garden and the t.v room are awesome!!!
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After arriving in Bundaberg to find the rest of the hostels fully booked we agreed to stay here for one night RELUCTANTLY!! This then became home for next 6 weeks!! This place has the best beer garden in the world which parties all week and doesn't stop for nobody! And when your all out it has a great TV room with a massive selection of dvds which came in very handy on a Sunday afternoon when you just couldn't face another beer!! The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will work round the clock to find you work!! So the morale of the story is, don't believe the lonely planet book because this place really is an experience!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

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Kevin keegan
Japanese prisoner of War Camp
24 March 2005
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Be aware when entering this hostel you are signing your life to one of abject misery and slavery. I was whipped up and down the fields of fruit by savage Aussie redknecks and left to wander the unrelenting outback to find my own way home without food or water after being sacked for sitting on a plant. If you can , get out now, if not, settle down to boxes of Stanley wine, smokin weed, fighting with locals and upping sticks to the Big Orange , Mundubbara, the El Dorado of fruit picking.....where even more delights await

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Anonymous
Experience the fruit picking and Bundy!
17 March 2005
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Go to Bundy and pick som Z... I don´t dare to spell any further, my back is already hearting.... It´s the best place, stay cool, be happy and be gentle with the fruit!!! The staff is friendly, you meet lots of friends, you work, you see animals, never forget the snakes in the fields..., you experience. Go here and you will never forget the Feds in Bundy!!!!!!!!

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torstd
Lord have mercy......
5 November 2004
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This is just the worst place ever, and I even had to "celebrate" my birthday here!!! Please don't do the same mistake....

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kazzie25
dont ever go
2 June 2004
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well, I didnt even get to see the dorm rooms and I still wouldnt recommend anyone to go here. I booked me and my friend into a dorm, we arranged a pick up from the station. 20 mins after the bus had dropped us off the pick up still hadnt arrived, we calle dand they said they would be there in 5 mins. half an hour later they came and when we got to thwe hostel informed us they only had one of us in the book and were very moody. They offered us a mattress on the floor in the lounge until they could sort us out two beds the next day. NO THANKS. We left that night to a motel. I should have known how crappy the place was by the reviews and the fact that they left what they thought was a single female in a deserted bus station for 50 mins. dont go there.

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Welsh Cath
BL**DY AWFUL
6 April 2004
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Just don't bother!

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Daryl Hallard
just chillin out!
24 February 2004
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Well alot of people bag the fed,i'v spent three weeks here so far and it's not to bad.The staff are great,good for a laugh and easy to get along with.The rooms are not the best but hey it's a workin hostel so it has a bed and thats good enough.The bathrooms are not the best but i'm not here to rate them,just to shower and get down to the beer garden got $4 jugs at happy hour,so a good place to meet people and get pissed.

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Nina
rustic but absolutly great
17 February 2004
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I spent 3 weeks in bundaberg in November 2003, and now, over a year leter, whenever i think of my trip to Oz i always think of bundy and the fun times i had at the federal. Ok lets face it, the rooms are small and when i was there the bathrooms had no locks, but it was part of the charm. We all looked after eachother and it was almost like i was part of this great big family. The owners, allthough a bit unorganised, always remembered your name and they did organize work for you straight away. And to all of you who complained of the work, fruitpicking is physically hard and it is long days, but picking flowerbulbs in bundy was the best fuitpickingjob I had during my travell, and i picked a lot of fruit! Anyways the absolutly best thing about this hostel is the beergarden in the back. After work everybody hangs here and complain about work, while drinking inexpensive beer, mixing with the locals and listening to the jukebox. Weekends are always fun, because there is always something going on in the pub. And if the little restaurant is still there make sure you treat yourself to some of the food, it's cheap AND tasty, how often does that happen? And ask the chef if his wife can make some of her butterbreadcake for you - it's absolutly fabulous. Finally i would like to say that some of my fondest memories from my trip to Australia are from Bundy. Go there and experience real hospitality

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Anonymous
AWFUL!
3 January 2004
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This hostel is pretty poor - I've stayed in some pretty bad places, but this really takes the word 'bad' to another limit! Where shall I begin!...the rooms are awful (VERY small, little light, lacking storage, dusty floors...) and the beds have got to be the worst beds I've come across in an Australian hostel!! Thin, falling apart foam mattresses on metal frames - after a hard day picking fruit, they won't do much for your back!! The facilities aren't too good either, although the kitchen is kept relatively clean considering. Perhaps I just got the worst room and had a bad experience (unfortunatly I really couldn't bare it so I checked out after a few days even after having paid for a week - the expense was definatly worth it!) But on the positive side, the staff are friendly and learn your name. And yes, they do get work straight away, but it can be pretty nasty work and I've heard of much better places to go fruit picking!!

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Doron Schreeuwer
My greatest Xperience
27 September 2003
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Well, boyz and Girlz..what can i say about the Federal backpacker??? When I got to there on the beginning of May 03, I were shocked from BUNDY and the Hostel. But friendly management and great atmosphere made it as one of the greatest experience of my trip. I would like to mention, the facilities aren't the best. But who care about that? they are still good and useable - for one who spent few years in the Army there will never be complains about that. (-; there are normaly 4-6 people in small rooms, but hey! you only sleep there - and you find out i know what I'm talking about. (the size doesn't matter in this case) The work would probably would be Zuccinies picking.."fuckin Zuccinies" you will hear that a lot. But there is life after work, also in the place! and there were nothing like that in my trip, or life, nor the army days. There is the Beer Garden and the Happy Hours on weekneds..so great, so unforgetable. I might go again, cuase there's something about Bundy and Federal.

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Anonymous
Excellent!
17 September 2003
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I thought after reading these reviews I would not want to stay! However after actually booking in I must admit that I had the best time I've had so far in Australia. I was desperately looking for a quid and within 1 day of arriving I was placed in a full time job. The staff are really friendly and helpful. I've taken home some great photos and memories of Bundaberg. I recommend that you go and check it out, I'll be back again when I run out of dosh! Hi to Robyn & Graham! Thanks Guys!!!

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Anonymous
awful
6 March 2003
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I stayed here and thought it was awful. Just because someone is backpacking does not mean they have to stay somewhere dirty. They really need to make these places a bit cleaner. But because these places are so cheap they will never be as nice as we would like. "You get what you pay for". Not everyone that visits Bundy is only there to work. I went there to scuba dive not work. (Classes and diving is cheaper than Cairns and you dont get the horrible crowds) Bundaberg may eventually shake off it's "Backpacker on a tight budget image" as the prices of accommodation increases, due to higher insurance, hostels are going to have to pay in the future. Some hostels will go out of business because of this, leaving only the ones that have renovated or upgraded making the price increase worthwhile to the customer. But I guess there will have to be one or 2 run down places for the people on ridiculously tight travel budgets.(bring the bed bug ointment)

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YO! WatsUP!!
I Love it!!!
15 January 2003
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Well....Somone think that it's bad & dirty, but I can say this is my first view when I moved in...Now...I feel good!!! The people there are nice, and the beer garden dinner is cheap & great tasty!! I stayed there for a month and it give me a lot of happy memory~ The managers there are super helpful & funny :-)

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Still asleep
If youre in Bundy to work its a wicked place to stay.
24 January 2002
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The federal isnt as shitty as some reviews make it out to be. if your in bundy to work this is a wicked place to stay, the guys who run it are cool, and it has the best work of all the hostels. ive just been there for 5.5 weeks and believe me, if your working you dont really have time to care much about the facilities -this place is cool and with a pub and beer garden on site, what more do you need? Besides, if youre not in bundy because you need money, what are you doing there?!

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Anonymous
Crap
26 May 2001
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I was there this year and it was the most terrible place i ve stayed i in australia. it was dirty and noisy. DON'T GO THERE!!!!

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