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Backpackers of Queensland

80 High St, Stanthorpe, Queensland 4380 Australia
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80 High St, Stanthorpe, Queensland 4380 Australia
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Little Miss Travel wrote a review May 2017
Halifax, United Kingdom
3.0 of 5 bubbles
There are good things and bad things about this place, let's start with the good things. Backpackers of Queensland is a place where paying for a bed gets you a job. There isn't anyone just 'hanging around' or living there for fun; everyone is working and living the same kind of lifestyle. It's quiet at night and getting a good nights sleep isn't a problem. The hostel and the grounds are an alcohol / drug free zone.

I was promised (by email) I would start work on either Friday or Monday if I turned up, and I did. I was promised full time work (40 hours per week) until I needed it (my stay was 10 weeks) and I did work this amount of hours until I left.

For a working hostel BoQ is very clean and well kept. The rooms, beds, bathrooms and grounds are of a good standard. There is enough space in the rooms (6 bed dorms) for everyone and their baggage ( = backpacks, not emotional baggage). Rent includes a lift to and from work and the buses leave on time everyday.

Stanthorpe itself is a great place to do your farm work. There is work pretty much all year round. There is a small high street with all the usual amenities plus Woolworths, The Reject Shop, Aldi and a Library with wifi. There's a pretty creek to hang out at and bars/ restaurants/ places to go on a night out. Stanthorpe is even home to one of the worlds most famous bars 'Viscosity' (I know, in the middle of nowhere, weird right?). It's 3 hours away from Brisbane and it's easy enough to get there without your own transport.

Now for the bad parts. Staying at this hostel is bad for your wellbeing. The closest I can describe it is like some kind of strange boarding school. The review below is from a previous time when this hostel was run by Doug and his wife. It is now run by Craig and his wife Michelle who are amongst the most two faced, boring, childish, pathetic people I have ever come across in my life. They will do their best to make your stay here as uncomfortable as possible, right to the bitter end. They do not seem to actually like backpackers, foreigners, their neighbours, or many people really. Why they have chosen to work in hospitality is beyond me.

I am generally a relaxed, friendly person. I was pleasant, I paid my rent on time, I got up for work everyday, I just wanted to do my farm work and leave but rather than being treated with any kind of respect for their growing business, I was treated and spoken down to like a 5 year old child, as if I was some kind of problem to them. I was threatened with losing my job and having my personal items thrown away three times on the first day, at which point I didn't even have a job?

There are rules here about absolutely everything. They seem to think that because you're staying there they are in control of your entire life, not just your time inside the hostel. There are even rules telling you how to sit to watch TV (no, I'm not joking). As far as they are concerned, you'll do what they want, when they want. Your role as a paying customer is irrelevant.

At $205 a week it's expensive. There is no wifi at the hostel and rent doesn't include laundry / aircon. Craig has OCD and removes pans / knives / utensils from the kitchen if they are not cleaned. What this means is, through no fault of your own, when you've worked a 10 hour farm shift and all you want to do is have a shower, eat and go to bed, you can think again. Thanks to Craig your $205 does not include a fully functioning kitchen. It will take you hours to cook while you wait for the 1 available pan, then you'll be waiting for a hob because 2 out of the 6 are not working. Other times he'll take the microwaves away and if you leave anything laying around in the kitchen by accident, he'll throw it away. Yes that's right, the expensive food you bought won't even by put into a free food basket (because there isn't one) or left for you to pick up later, it will just be chucked. You can stay at BoQ but you're not allowed to live there, that's against the rules!

Slowly but surely these things will start to hack away at your mental state. There is no where to go at BoQ apart from the kitchen or your room. There is no area to relax quietly away from the ruled working environment apart from outside, however Stanthorpe is infested with flies that will drive you crazy and Craig will still be patrolling around outside making sure you're not breaking any rules.

The items that are available in the kitchen are dangerous and are an accident waiting to happen. The washing machines do not clean your clothes (although that was my fault too apparently) and the showers are rubbish (we changed ours with a plastic bottle).

If you want to have a little fun to break the bore of your farm work days then it will not be provided by BoQ. You are there to pay rent and follow the rules and that is it. They know you need your 88 days and you don't have much choice but to stay there. They have no desire to make it a pleasant stay, essentially the place is an expensive joke. It's a real shame because with a few less rules, a little bit of fun and some friendly running staff it has the potential to be one of the best working hostels in Australia.

Luckily my farm work was still a great experience and that was due to all the amazing people I met. We got each other through the craziness #88daysaslave #farmerdramer. My advice for anyone considering BoQ is to go to Stanthorpe and see if you can get a job off your own back and stay elsewhere. There are worse places to stay but this should be a last resort.
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Date of stay: October 2016
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sambo20389 wrote a review Mar 2018
Melbourne, Australia
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I will start with a disclaimer that if you are reading this you are obviously looking for a farm work job to do your 88 days, the reviews all over the internet will drive you insane and you won't know what is people being 'dramatic' and what places should actually be avoided, therefore I will keep this very direct and too the point of what to expect.

This is a working hostel and the owners have good relationships with the farmers, they will assign you to a farm that is best suited for you, a lot of jobs are by height and strength and they know what each farm needs. The owners are not the farmers, so any issues on the farm, there is very little they can do. The rule is you can only stay there if you are working, so if you get fired for a reason, if it is a ridiculous one, you will have to leave if there is no other positions on any other farms.

The managers Craig and Michele essentially just want an easy life and job, if you don't cause them any problems you will be fine, if you annoy them they wont care about helping you.

It is a dry hostel, but you will not be sober for your time here. The pub in town loves backpackers because of the money we all spend and there is nice outdoor places to drink. The owners do not care what you do at the pub or at the creek as long as there is no drink on their property, and if you are on the 4 am bus on a Sunday morning you will appreciate the quiet.

The rent is $205 per week and includes all transport to work and back and a weekly deep cleaning, you will have to pay $2 for 6 hours of Air con / heating. $4 for use of the washing machines and there is no WIFI.

All the farms they work with have a decent reputation, and I have not heard of any major issues in the last year that warrant any fear etc. When they call you to offer you a job my advice would be to ask if the farm pays Piece rate or Hourly and depending on what suits you, you can go from there but you wont be able to move farms at a later date, so make a good choice.

I do feel that some past reviews are very harsh and not what it is like now, but that is just my experience, but there was no people kicked out randomly at midnight or rules for the way to watch TV, but there are a lot of rules and expected things in place. However if you want your 88 days and to live in a place where the center of town is a 5 min walk and obviously meet other people in the same boat as you this is a good place for it, and myself and hundreds of others have done this at the Backpackers of Queensland and that stands for a lot in my opinion.
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Date of stay: November 2017
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Trip type: Travelled solo
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Frances wrote a review Mar 2020
Bristol, United Kingdom
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My boyfriend and I came here from England to start our farm work and got placed in the Apple Packing shed. In my whole 23 years I have never met a group of employers so disgustingly rude, condescending, and genuinely inhuman. Nella, the wife of the owner never once introduced herself, never smiled, never actually spoke to us like human beings. She would point at you and point somewhere else if she needed you to do something, never once were you asked politely for anything. You have to ASK to use the toilet during work, sometimes they’ll even refuse you. Nicole one of the supervisors would swear at you for asking simple questions regarding the work, and had no compassion or patience. No talking is allowed for 12 hours a day, and the constant glares the bosses give you are absolutely horrible. The hours are 12 hours a day, 6 days a week non negotiable. Having asked to move to picking instead of packing, we were told there were no jobs even though they were still advertising online. We were then given a Saturday off, and received a phone call on the Sunday saying ‘It wasn’t working out’ and given TWO days to leave the Farm. This was all in the space of 2 weeks. If you want to be treated like an actual human, and have some sanity intact at the end of your farm work I would honestly advise you to stay miles away from this vile place. Worst two weeks of my life.
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Date of stay: February 2020Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Joseph D wrote a review Dec 2018
1.0 of 5 bubbles
The stanthorpe redemption My stay at the backpackers of queensland reminded me much of when I joined the military. You are read out "THE RULES," which there are many of and if broken ... good luck!! I had to give my bottle of Jack Daniels on arrival or face being immediately expelled off site if caught with it. You can only get your alcohol back on the condition you leave the premises with it immediately. Craig and Michelle are some of the rudest people I've ever met and their people skills for owners of a hostel is quite embarrassing really. You pay $205 a week. There is no wifi. Air con is 2 bucks for 6 hours. And the washing machines are $4 dollars per use. Don't use the washing machines as they will ruin your clothes. (Happened to me and others.) And when you ask about it you'll just get talked to like an idiot and told "do you stains on my clothes" when nobody I'd asked had ever seen them use them. This hostel is one that is extremely weird atmosphere. Craig kind of just skulks around the hostel all day looking for rule breakers. And the hostel has no real shared area, which means everybody just sits in their own rooms (common room/kitchen feels like you're being spied on by the multiple cameras). The beds are good just the frames need tightening up as when you even just turn over it feels quite unstable if you're In a top bunk. There's so many horror stories about this place. A few weeks before i arrived, Craig once caught five guys smoking cannabis And instead of calling the police, He blackmailed them into paying him $200 EACH or he was going to kick them out at 10pm on a Saturday night. When asked "Where's this money going to" Craig laughed and replied "oh to the hostel." surely this isn't legal? The work was fine. But you are under a constant threat of "if you lose your bed you lose your job. And vice versa." If you have any questions or queries about way things are done, You will instantly be met with hostility. They like to throw people out onto the street with all their bags outside the hostel to scare everybody else. Luckily my bags were in a friends car but apparently me being off site wasn't enough, my bags HAD to leave as well or face the police... not sure what she'd have actually said to the police. They clean up for an hour and a half a day (which makes cooking unavailable) but if you leave even the slightest bit of mess. They take away pots, cooking stoves, and microwaves. (So if they actually have to clean it you lose it.) If you have the displeasure of staying here don't trust Craig or Michelle as I was warned on my arrival. Heard many stories about people being kicked out For having a glass of wine Or for just being drunk when returning home from the pub. Craig once offered the hostel "2 weeks free rent To the person who tells me who left a shopping trolley outside the hostel." is this guy actually for real!? I got kicked out for asking how to use the washing machine without ruining my clothes, which was apparently was me complaining when all i asked was how to use the washing machine without it ruining my clothes. Don't bring alcohol. Don't ask questions. Don't be loud. Smoke off site. Do NOT stay. And this isn't me giving a bad review since I was kicked out. I've found a much better place to live and a better job. So I hold no grudges. Just warning people about the racketeering that goes on at the backpackers of queensland. Don't even listen to the 5 star reviews they havnt been wrote by actual guests. They paid a girl money to allow them to fill her saying she enjoyed her time there. They refuse to help me get my days signed and got verbally aggressive at me and my friend who hasn't even been or spoke to anybody at the hostel before.
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Date of stay: December 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Danielle B wrote a review July 2017
1.0 of 5 bubbles
After weeks of waiting in North Queensland for a job, the promise of one in Stanthorpe bought us to Backpackers of Queensland. The hostel itself is nice, although very quiet while we were there and not convinced the facilities would be enough at full capacity, especially as the kitchen is closed at 9pm. At this time of year it's freezing in Stanthorpe and you have to pay $2 for heating for 6 hours, and the tv/common room is freezing with no heating.
Our job was at Snowmans Farm - we were warned by Michelle and other backpackers at the hostel that this was not a friendly place, any they aren't wrong! Avoid if possible, it's an absolutely miserable place to work and you'll be constantly verbally abused by the boss. The other farms in the area are much better, Savios and Taylor's are highly regarded by others that we lived with that worked there.
Michelle and Craig seemed nice enough, but went on holiday shortly after our arrival.
One of their dads, Errol was looking after the hostel in their absence and is absolutely lovely.
There is a no drinking rule in the hostel, but on arrival Michelle said they had no issues with us going into town for drinks. So that's what we did! One evening we returned not late, around 11pm and went to bed having had a few drinks at the pub (central hotel, nicest owners, such a lovely pub). Some of the others in the hostel had bought friends back and Craig and Michelle appeared suddenly back from their holiday and kicked the guests out, fair enough as there's a no guest rule. They knocked on our door to see if we had guests which we showed that we didn't and we went to bed. End of story as far as we were concerned.
The next thing we know, they have ordered the farm to fire us, so that they could kick us out of the hostel. No warning, no being spoken to about it (they had disappeared on holiday again). So the farm fired us on Craig and Michelle's request and we get kicked out at 9am the following day.
Gracelyn who cleans the hostel and drives the bus is the only nice member of staff (apart from Errol) she looked after us, always made sure we were okay and was just generally lovely. Thankfully Errol let us leave our bags in the hostel until our bus at 4 or else we would have been stranded in town for 7 hours with all our luggage.
If you go here just be aware you may be 'fired' through no fault of your own, and kicked out for having done nothing wrong and with no explanation.
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Date of stay: July 2017Trip type: Travelled on business
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Daniel G wrote a review May 2017
Norwich, United Kingdom
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here for several months whilst completing our farm work. Had an awesome experience. Doug was always fair and looked after us well. People have to remember this place is a working hostel and not a place to party. Aslong as you respect the other guests you'll have a great stay. Would recommend visiting boonoo boonoo, and giraween national parks which are a short drive away. Any questions please feel free to ask.
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Date of stay: June 2016
3.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
5.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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estRR wrote a review May 2019
5.0 of 5 bubbles
There have been many people staying at this hostel for a really long time and a lot of them come again (and again). I wonder if it is indeed as bad as some people say then why do they keep going back. I spent there over a year and would gladly go back if given a chance. I worked in two different farms and was treated well everywhere. I miss this place every day and I wish them all the best! I sent my best friend and my little sister there so I would reckommend it to others as well.
If You respect yourself and others You will be fine.

Good luck with Your travels!
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Date of stay: June 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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adajuliada wrote a review Feb 2018
Novi Sad, Serbia
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Well managed, lovely hostel where everything works. Many backpackers enjoy their stay here for months. Warm friendly atmosphere and awesome people. If you are looking to do your farm days and earn some money, this is the place for you.
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Date of stay: November 2017Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Frequently Asked Questions about Backpackers of Queensland
Which popular attractions are close to Backpackers of Queensland?
Nearby attractions include Stanthorpe Museum (0.9 km), Mount Marlay Lookout (0.8 km), and Stanthorpe Regional Art Gallery (0.6 km).
What are some restaurants close to Backpackers of Queensland?
Conveniently located restaurants include ZEST Pastries, Varias Restaurant and Function Center, and Brinx Deli & Cafe.
Is Backpackers of Queensland located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.10 km away from the centre of Stanthorpe.
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