I stayed a night in a 4-bed mixed dorm. The bed was cheap by Australian standards ($28) and the quality reflected the price. I had a top bunk and the handrail and foot of the bed almost came off when I climbed up (I'm only 75kg). When I lay down my feet poked through the metal rails at the end of the bed (I'm only 166cm / 5'6" tall). There were no pillows on the beds either.
While the beds are pretty awful and quite substandard the backpackers is quite chilled out with plenty of common spaces to sit. It is also clean. They must have a theft problem because plates and cutlery cost a $10 deposit that you get back after you return them.
Many people at the hostel seem to work on nearby farms. But they still seem to be short-term backpacker workers not long-term residents. Someone told me the hostel helps them get work and there is a bus from the hostel to and from the farms.
The 8pm balcony curfew and 10pm common room/alcohol curfew are strictly enforced. I was told that it was because the neighbours have complained about noise in the past. This is good if you are trying to sleep because at least there are no parties going on all night long.
You get what you pay for and $28 seems to be quite a reasonable rate in backpacker hostels in Australia at the moment so overall I'd say it was average. I'd stay there again if I were in the area. I've stayed in many better hostels. But also in many worse.
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