Top 16 Working Hostels To Find Fruit Picking Jobs in Tasmania
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This guide was written for travelers who are backpacking Tasmania and searching for cheap accommodations and potential work, particularly fruit picking work for their second-year visa. We’ve collected a list of working hostels for backpackers and provided you with as much information as we can for each of them. We try to let you know about the hostels’ cleanliness, service, security, location, price, facilities, contact details, user reviews, and whether or not they can help you find work. A few of the hostels on this list don't offer work but they're included in this list for people who are between jobs and want cheap accommodations as they travel the country. We don’t have any affiliation with these hostels. 

If you need more help finding regional fruit picking work in Australia for your second-year visa, you can also try checking out our many guides to fruit picking jobs in Australia

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Working Hostels near Bridport

BRIDPORT YHA

Do they offer or help with finding work?

This hostel does help with finding work.

Contact Information:

  • Address: 47 Main St, Bridport TAS 7262, Australia
  • Phone: +61 3 6356 1585
  • Email: bridport@yha.com.au
  • Website: https://www.yha.com.au/hostels/tas/north-east-tasmania/bridport/

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Contact accommodation directly for prices. 

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.1/5
    • 4.4 Great for proximity to things to do
    • 4.1 Great for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.1 Great for proximity to transit
    • 2.4 OK for airport access

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • YHA reviews give this property a 91% rating for Safety & Security. 

Is it clean?

  • 6 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness as favourable.
  • YHA reviews give this property a 98% rating for their staff. 

Are the staff helpful?

  • Some google reviews have mentioned this hostel's service to be favourable.

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Barbeque
  • Bicycles
  • Boat/Canoe
  • Games room
  • Parking
  • Television

Reviews:

Google: (4.2/5)

YHA: 92%

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Stayed with 2 young kids in a family room. Clean, quiet room, organised, helpful and friendly host. Would definitely stay again.

  • Google Review: (3/5)

Very basic accommodation.

  • Google Review: (4/5)

Very acceptable place to stay with a seaview from the common area.

  • YHA Review: (85%)

Beautiful location, Quiet, friendly host

  • YHA Review: (95%)

Great hostel. Feels so homely. Murray is an absolute gem. Was really comfortable here and it was super chill. The view from the common room is gorgeous.

Working Hostels near Hobart

The Pickled Frog

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms start at $19 per night

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.8/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.6 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.3 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9/10 score for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with security lockers and luggage storage. 
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 8.4/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 43 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 65% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.7/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Expedia reviews give this property a 3.4/5 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3.5/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 92 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 88% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.2/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their service
  • Expedia reviews give this property a 4.3/5 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Shared Dormitory (Bed in 4-Bed Mixed Dorm)
  • Shared Dormitory (Bed in 6-Bed Mixed Dorm)
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Cable TV
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Jobs Board
  • Parking
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Foosball
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi
  • Wii

Reviews:

Google: 4.1/5

Hostelworld: 8.6/10

Tripadvisor: 4/5

Wotif: 3.7/5

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Kitschy, eclectic space with a great vibe. The dorms were clean, the common spaces ample. Staff is incredibly patient and helpful. Salamanca and Constitution Dock (MONA ferry!) are a 10 minute walk, in addition to lots of eateries ($-$$$$) and groceries. Communal luggage room available with lockers for a fee (didn’t use cuz my dorm mates were awesome and there was plenty of storage space under and around the bunks). Minimalist accommodation but so cozy and welcoming. Will definitely stay here again!

Trip typeSolo

Rooms 4.0 Service 5.0 Location 5.0

  • Google Review: (2/5)

Disappointing.

Downstairs bar and nooks for seating dining. Warm friendly welcome but then went downhill from there.

Security lax with open rear windows. Noise from tv till midnight, common room till later. Cleaner emptied bottle bins 6am! Dorm a mess. Door handle broken. No bed light. No power or usb. No shelf. Sheet felt and smelled unclean. Pillows need replacing. Bathroom upstairs and all the way to rear of building. Maintenance lacking. Door missing from mens toilets...

Would we stay again. No.

  • Hostelworld Review: (10/10)

Super cosy, chill, warm and easy to be comfortable. Really nice atmosphere among everyone staying there - some long termers. Comfy beds and nicely laid out 14 bed dorm, didnt feel crowed at all even though was full. Reception always happy to help and provide info. The tours they offer were involving good attractions, although i didnt go on the tour myself. Around the corner was Eurocar where we rented a car, soo convenient and a two min walk away from the hostel. Great time, I love Tasmania.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (2/5)

I didn't enjoy it

I was in a 14 beds room, overcrowded, not well ventilated, nor good illumination. The stuff isn't the helpfull, everything seems over capacity.

My friend had a bug in her bed, and they didn't give her any compensation for the night she had to spent sleeping in the living room. They only changed her room.

Lots of long term guest, so may be hard to socialize if you're there only for a few days

  • Expedia Review: (4/5)

Fun in Hobart

It’s very funky and fun. Building is a little old and it’s not that close to downtown. Great fun if you like hostels (and I do)

Backpackers Imperial Hotel

Do they offer or help with finding work?

No, they don't.

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Bed in 8-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room from $15 per night. 

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.9/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 5.0 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.3 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.4/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with security lockers and luggage storage. 
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.8/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 59 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 49% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.6/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 7.1/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3.5/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 48 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 50% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.6/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3.5/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 7.6/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Linen Included
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Internet Access
  • Security Lockers
  • Common Room
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Dryer
  • Cable TV
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi

Reviews:

Google: (3.1/5)

Hostelworld: (7.5/10)

Tripadvisor: (3.5/5)

Wotif: (3.3/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Everyone here is friendly and kind in backpackers, especially they made me feel like a family when I came here in Tasmania, here everything is very clean, everyone comes every week clean my room, they always maintain cleanliness here, very polite and friendly, especially Alex and Laurence they are night guards, they always ensure the safety of the backpackers community at night and they will always be there when you are needed them

Trip type Solo · Business · Family · Couple · Friends · Vacation

Rooms 5.0 Service 5.0 Location 5.0

  • Wotif Review: (4/5)

Convenient location; bathrooms were clean; private room was very large with a comfortable bed; quiet

  • Hostelworld Review: (6/10)

I've been very unhappy with how the management treated us. We got fined 30$ for something that was purely an accident and I've never been so ashamed of the behaviour of someone else before. It was absolutely reckless that they fined us and although the hostel was nice and the other guests and the staff extraordinarily friendly, I left with a bad feeling. The management is not open to find compromises.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (3/5)

Good and bad

Need more private bathroom and shower. And they don't look clean. Kitchen is mess no place to put food in the fridge. No much plates and cups. The chair and sofa look dirty need a cover so that they are wash every time.

Beds are good and comfy. Need more storage places in the room.

  • Booking.com Review: (9/10)

Comfy bed. Clean rooms.

Disliked · One toilet in the men's room. Water soaked carpet in the vicinity of the men's bathroom at the time of our stay - must have been a plumbing issue. I hope this was sorted.

The Nook Backpackers

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Beds starting from $23.40

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.8/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.7 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.3 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.9/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with security lockers and luggage storage. 
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property an 8.5/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 56 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 80% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 8.5/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.1/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 80 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 86% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property an 8.8/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.9/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • 4 bed female dorms
  • 6 bed dorms
  • Linen Included
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Internet Access
  • Security Lockers
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Utensils
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Jobs Board
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Late check-out
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Bar
  • Vending Machines
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • DVD's
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi

Reviews:

Google: (4.1/5)

Hotels.com: (8.6/10)

Hostelworld: (8.5/10)

Tripadvisor: (4.5/5)

Wotif: (4.3/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Great location, clean and amazing staff! You will find yourself like at home with a big confy lounge area indoor and treats as free coffe and tea 🔝😍 confortable beds and nice local beers sold at the reception! Been here almost a month and I totally recommend it!

Trip type Solo · Friends

Rooms 5.0 Service 5.0 Location 5.0

  • Hotels.com Review: (10/10)

I really liked the nook. I stayed for several nights here. It was comfortable. The kitchen was good. The hostel itself was not very full (due to travel restrictions from COV-19) which did make it easier to use the kitchen. I liked the laid back feel here.

  • Hostelworld Review: (10/10)

Loved my stay at the hostel it is well managed by Robbie Kept well cleaned and tidy and it’s very welcoming to all the people and Would definitely want to stay here again.

  • Expedia Review: (5/5)

Fantastic friendly clean and tidy very very happy i rate it 11 out of 10

  • Tripadvisor Review: (5/5)

Superb Place! Overall the best value for money.

Superb Place to be. Staff is extremely helpful and often go the extra mile to help you. Good amenities and a welcoming lounge where everyone can socialize.

Very Close the city centre (2min) and value for money for the location and services.

Clean rooms and bathrooms. Huge kitchen so we don't have to queue and wait. Separate bbq station and entertainment area. Ping pong, Movie room, pool table. Secure Parking too. They also give free tours to Mt Wellington :)

Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse

Do they offer or help with finding work?

No, they don't.

Contact Information:

  • Address: 1 Stowell Ave, Battery Point, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, 7004
  • Phone: +61 3 6212 0474
  • Website: https://montacute.com.au/
  • Email: hello@montacute.com.au
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/montacutebb
  • Twitter: www.twitter.com/montacutebb
  • Instagram: www.instagram.com/montacutebb

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms start at around $24 per night. 

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.9/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.1 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.7/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9.4/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with luggage storage. 
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.1/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 35 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 100% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.5/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9.2/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 5/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 44 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 91% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.5/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 5/5 score for their service
  • Hotels.com reviews give this property a 9.2/10 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9.1/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Linen Included
  • Free Parking
  • Free City Maps
  • Towels Included
  • Free WiFi
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • BBQ
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Adaptors
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Utensils
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Reading Light
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Housekeeping
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi

Reviews:

Google: (4.7/5)

Hotels.com: (9.2/10)

Hostelworld: (9.3/10)

Tripadvisor: (4.5/5)

Wotif: (4.6/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Really nice place :)

  • Hotels.com Review: (10/10)

Exceptional

First Hostel Experience

Located very near the water, Salamanca Place, and in Battery Point, this property offered multiple lodging options and was a clean, well managed alternate to other, more expensive options. No snoring from the five other women bunking in my shared room.

  • Hostelworld Review: (10/10)

Truly beautiful hostel in the historic Hobart suburb of Battery Point, an easy walk from the airport bus. Best hostel kitchen I’ve encountered, including plenty of regularly washed tea towels! I’d definitely stay there again, in a heartbeat.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (5/5)

Just perfect for me

I have being staying here for two nights.

This hostel is easygoing, quite, clean and well organised.

There is everything you need: lots of space to enjoy, laundry, nespresso machine, free te and coffee and a free car park.

I loved it

  • Booking.com Review: (10/10)

Exceptional

Hobart Central YHA

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms starting from $19

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.9/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 5.0 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.4 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.8/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9.4/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with security lockers and luggage storage. 
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.2/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 34 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 85% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.1/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.4/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 35 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 74% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.3/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9.1/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • 4 Share Female
  • 4 Share Mixed Private Bathroom
  • 6 Share Female
  • 6 Share Male
  • 6 Share Mixed
  • 8 Share Mixed
  • 12 Share Mixed
  • Linen Included
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Security Lockers
  • Key Card Access
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Cots Available
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Cooker
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Utensils
  • Dryer
  • Reading Light
  • Jobs Board
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Towels Not Included
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Airport Transfers
  • Towels for hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Bar
  • Board Games
  • Games Room
  • Wi-Fi

Reviews:

Google: (3.9/5)

Hotels.com: (7.9/10)

Hostelworld: (8.8/10)

Tripadvisor: (3.5/5)

Wotif: (4/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

My family members stayed here and said it was good enough and cleaner that a lot of hotels they have stayed at!

  • Hostelworld Review: (9.7/10)

Clean. And nice, helpful staff.

  • Hotels.com Review: (6/10)

First stay at a YHA. Very nice and helpful staff. Great location. Our private, ensuite room was separate from shared rooms and facilities and was quiet. However, the property is pretty run down and needs a major upgrade. Common kitchen is small and had many flies. Sheets and towels did not smell or looked clean.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (3/5)

Situated right in the centre of Hobart, it’s in a perfect location for all your activities. Rooms and bathrooms were very clean and I never felt unsafe during my stay. The winning part of this hostel is it’s incredible staff. They were so friendly, caring and understanding. I had to extend my stay a few times due to the COVID situation and they could not have been more accommodating. I felt so comfortable here.

Consider your options

I stayed here for one-night before transferring on to a tour, so can only really judge the ease of check-in and room comfort.

As I arrived late and the reception was closed, I pre-confirmed a mechanism for checking-in. As it happened, without an Australian SIM card, I had to log on to the hostel’s WiFi and call the number left on the door. This wasn’t a simple solution.

I arrived in town after a warm day and tried to sleep in a room without a fan or a/c. This was a challenge, whilst it was also on a creaky, metal bunk.

It’s therefore my conclusion that there must be more comfortable local, budget accommodation options for using whilst in town.

Tassie Backpacker @ The Brunswick Hotel

Do they offer or help with finding work?

No, they don't.

Contact Information:

  • Address: 67 Liverpool St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
  • Phone: +61 3 6234 4981
  • Email: bookings@jargroup.com.au
  • Website: http://tassiebackpackers.com/

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms starting from $19 per night 

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.8/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 5.0 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.3 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.5/10 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with security lockers and luggage storage. 
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.4/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 16 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 56% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 6.1/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 6.4/10 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 17 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 71% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.8/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Security Lockers
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Utensils
  • Dryer
  • Jobs Board
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Linen Included
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Internet Access
  • Internet access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fax Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • ATM
  • Housekeeping
  • Express check-in / out
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Restaurant
  • Bar
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • DVD's
  • Board Games
  • Wi-Fi

Reviews:

Google: (3.2/5)

Hostelworld: (7.2/10)

Wotif: (7.2/10)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Booking.com Review: (8/10)

Very good

Super central location! The room was very clean and comfortable. Staff was very friendly.

Luggage storage was unlocked with the door open all day. The storage is also shared with the restaurant, so there was very little room to leave bags.

  • Google Review: (4/5)

This's to provide a hack for future fellow travellers to get around the cold showers. I really like Tassie Backpackers at The Brunswick so criticising it is like criticising a good friend, you don't really want to. I love the character of the old building, it gives you a taste of the old Hobart which is really nice and the lounge and rec areas are cosy, it's reasonably sociable, generally good people and vibe. Ok - so it generally has barely warm showers unless you get in early but the hot water runs out very quickly. I got lucky the first day and got actually consistent hot water which I never have there before, but the second day they were lukewarm at best and given there were two unexpectedly freezing cold mornings in Hobart, this would've been intolerable and I honestly don't know how people there do it. Two get arounds, one of which I'd resolved to do if I ever stayed there again and this happened is the Doone Kennedy Aquatic Centre is 10 minutes walk east of there, easy to get to and for $2 non-swim entry you can have a warm shower, which I did. The second, which I discovered later that day, is that there are free showers on Level 3 of the car park of all things attached to the shopping centre with the Woolworths in it across the road from the Brunswick. If the hot water is next to nonexistent which it mostly is I *strongly* recommend one of these two options unless it's summer and hot as in the colder months the cold showers are just horrible. The only other thing is there are hardly ever any bowls in the kitchen which from what I observed is because guests pilfer them which really isn't cool. But not the fault of Tassie Backpackers, you just have to be prepared is all I'm saying.

Trip type Solo

Rooms 4.0 Service 4.0 Location 5.0

  • Hostelworld Review: (8/10)

Was here very briefly, but for what I needed this place was perfect! Cheap accom in an old building, it’s what you would expect for the price. Location was perfect, accom a little tricky to navigate so could use some better signage for bathroom/toilet and kitchen, but it has character. Relaxed vibe, a bit noisy with the pub, minimal AC and power points for charging in rooms but portable fan and gang plug was provided. A good base for work/holiday trip. Would stay again!

  • Hostelworld Review: (8/10)

Good location & facilities. Suitable for a small young group

  • Agoda Review: (7.2/10)

Very good

Old and dirty

Hobart's Accommodation & Hostel

Do they offer or help with finding work?

Yes, they do. 

Contact Information:

  • Address: 41 Barrack St, Hobart TAS 7000, Australia
  • Telephone Number 1: +61 3 6234 6122,
  • Telephone Number 2: 1300-252192
  • Email: info@hobarthostel.com
  • Website: https://www.hobarthostel.com/

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Contact accommodation directly for prices. 

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.8/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.7 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.3 Great for airport access
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.4/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with luggage storage and Safety deposit box 

Is it clean?

  • 48 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 81% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.1/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 44 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 86% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3.5/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.7/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Safety deposit box
  • Adult only
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Street parking
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Luggage storage
  • Fax/photocopying
  • Bridal suite
  • Ironing service
  • Laundry

Reviews:

Google: (3.9/5)

Tripadvisor: (4/5)

Wotif: (3.9/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (4/5)

Very clean simple rooms. Bed comfortable and had the Best sleep.

Owners very accommodating and obliging

Trip typeFriends · Vacation

Rooms 4.0 Service 5.0 Location 4.0

  • Wotif Review: (4/5)

Location Was good. Hobart fully booked. Very helpful staff

  • Expedia Review: (5/5)

The friendly welcome, we were made to feel like family in the hostel. Nothing negative.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (5/5)

Stayed at the Ibis styles hotel. It was our first visit to Hobart & we were really pleased with the location of the hotel. It was an easy walk to Salamanca markets & all the main Hobart attractions. Lovely staff & it was no problem to organise a late check out as we had an afternoon flight back to Sydney. We had breakfast twice in the dining room which was very enjoyable but unfortunately didn’t have dinner as we had made other plans. Lovely modern hotel our room had views to Mt Wellington. Will definitely return.

  • Booking.com Review: (6/10)

Pleasant 

Liked · Staff very warm

Disliked · A lot of noise. The towel didn't dry in the bedroom and the bathroom didn't have foot towel.

Working Hostels near Devonport

Tasman Backpackers

Do they offer or help with finding work?

Yes they do. It states on their website that,“Tasman Backpackers staff work closely with over 30 farms and factories to ensure you will get Harvest Work as soon as possible. All the Harvest Jobs we provide count towards your Second Year Visa.”

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms starting at $25.00 Per Night

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.1/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 3.6 Great for proximity to restaurants
    • 5.0 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 3.0 Good for airport access

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with free security safes for valuable items

Are the staff helpful?

  • 7 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 43% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Dorm Rooms 7 – 9 beds
  • 5 bed dorm rooms
  • Reception Desk
  • Fully Equipped Kitchens and Large Dining Area
  • Food Storage and Refrigeration Areas
  • Guest Laundry
  • Shared Bathroom Facilities
  • Free WiFi and computers
  • Large lounge and games room with pool table, dart board, satellite TV, DVD, Mini Cinema Room (Movie Room), magazines and Board Games.
  • Outdoor BBQ and Entertainment Area
  • Free Security Safes for valuable items
  • Licenced Bar 
  • Free off-street parking
  • Bike Hire

Reviews:

Google: (3.6/5)

Below are some of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

This review may not be relavent to the current staff but I stayed in this hostel 12years ago when my son was 4 and I was 22 he love this huge place that he slid around on his socks everywhere. The place was clean and welcoming and most of all warm, in both felling and tempeture. It's hard to backpack with a toderler and this place made it easy. My son met people from all over the world, I remeber him siting quietly talking with a young lady from Germany they were discussing why jimmy Newtron was better than spong bob. I honestly have never to that day, or this had such an easy backpackers exprence with a child. Most places won't allow children let alone make them feel greate about there adventures.

  • Google Review: (1/5)

If I could give 0 stars, I would give them. The facilities in this hostel are totally down and except that we found mold in the curtain in our room. They offered us another room but still with mold in the courtain. We paid for a whole week and even if they had no mold free room for us they were not willing to give us the money back. I have asthma and we told them. We couldn't stay there checking out after one night and lost 340$.

They told us that they clean the courtains oftenly with mold killer. After our reclamation they washed the curtain again and after that it was so much cleaner than before that I can't believe they wash them often. The whole hostel smells very humid.

Also the aura is really bad. This hostel was an home for elderlys before and it looks actually still the same.

Everytime we told some local where we stayed they knew immediately that's a shity place.

  • Hostelcritic.com Review: (3/5)

This is a sprawling place with lots of rooms, and not bad facilities. I was there at a quiet time however, and there was not a single other person staying there. The dorms are quite big, but very bare and dull. No linen comes with the beds, and they are very basic, but the hostel is also very cheap. I paid just $12 a night there. A negative point is that the hostel is way out of central Dewvenport - not too far to walk if its a nice day, but not pleasant in the rain.

  • Hostelcritic.com Review: (3/5)

We stayed here for 2 nights and took advantage of a top tour to Cradle Mountain - $50pp. The owner is nice and the hostel was an old nurses accommodation, it was quite drafty as middle of winter, but the duvet supplied for the double rooms was excellent! There are some longer staying residents there who are strange to say the least, but every night @ 6:30pm there are FREE cakes and bread for all!

Working Hostels near Coles Bay

Coles Bay - Esplanade YHA

Do they offer or help with finding work?

No, they don't.

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms start at US$22.56

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.7/5
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.4 Great for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.1 Great for proximity to transit
    • 1.7 OK for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.2/10 score for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 8.5/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 12 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 50% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 8.9/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 8.7/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3.5/5 score for their service

Rooms/Facilities:

  • 4 Bed Male Dorm
  • 4 Bed Female Dorm
  • 4 Bed Mixed Dorm

Reviews:

Google: (3.8/5)

Hostelworld: (8.4/10)

Tripadvisor: (3.5/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (2/5)

No heating or cooling in rooms. Paid for own room and got 4 single sized bunk beds with no towel for a high price of $80 for one night. Clean and good location but nothing else good to say of facility.

Trip typeVacation

Rooms 1.0 Service 1.0 Location 4.0

  • Google Review: (1/5)

Tried to book a bed same-day on their website through the booking system. It said that it was not possible same-day, and so gave an email to enquire directly on availability. Emailed them around 1pm. No one ever got back to me.

  • Hostelworld Review: (6.3/10)

difficult to book - no way with the app yha and on the yha-website no solide wifi - when working very weak poor facilities: few places to charge your devices, no locker, one (1) single knife to use in the kitchen the staff is very friendly - worst yha I ever met in Australia (and I‘ve been in myny yha)

  • Hostelworld Review: (9.4/10)

Improve shower in female bathroom and sheet on mattresses very confusing. Liked kitchen facilities, separate fridges very useful. Quiet and good location for Coles bay

  • Tripadvisor Review: (3/5)

Not good for couples. Great for groups of 4-6.

Rooma qere ok, comfortable beds. The cabins are shared between several travellers so even if you book a private room, you will be staying with single travellers as well. Confined space and very noisy. We had 2 terrible single travellers in the cabin whom played loud music and made excessive noise. We went to complain but the reception advised us we would have to deal with the travellera ourselves or upgrade to a private cabin ($50 extra). We decided to just stay and was very happy to leave the next day.

Working Hostels near  Launceston

Arthouse Hostel 

Do they offer or help with finding work?

No, they don't.

Contact Information:

  • Address: 20 Lindsay St, Invermay TAS 7250, Australia
  • Phone: FREECALL 1800 04 11 35  
  • Phone: 03 6333 0222  
  • Mobile: 0413 266 718
  • Email: bookings@arthousehostel.com.au
  • Website: http://www.arthousehostel.com.au/

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Female dorms  
    • Large Female Dorm - 8-10 share for $25 / person
    • Medium Female Dorm - 6 share for $27 / person
    • Small Female Dorm - 5 share for $29 / person
  • Male Dorms  
    • Large Male Dorm - 8-10 share for $25 / person
    • Medium Male Dorm - 6 share for $27 / person
    • Small Male Dorm - 4 share for $29 / person
  • Mixed Dorms  
    • Large Mixed Dorm - 8-10 share for $25 / person
    • Medium Mixed Dorm - 6 share for $27 / person

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.6/5
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.3 Great for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.6 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.5 Great for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property an 8.3/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.3/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with luggage storage. 
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.9/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 40 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 52% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 6.2/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 7/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 51 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 82% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property an 8.3/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.7/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • 8 Bed Female Dorm
  • 4 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • 6 Bed Male Dorm
  • 6 Bed Female Dorm
  • 6 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • 8 Bed Mixed Dorm
  • 10 Bed Male Dorm
  • 10 Bed Female Dorm
  • Linen Included
  • Free Parking
  • Free City Maps
  • Free WiFi
  • Free Internet Access
  • Wheelchair Friendly
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • BBQ
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Book Exchange
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Dryer
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Jobs Board
  • Parking
  • Hair Dryers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Microwave
  • Washing Machine
  • Towels Not Included
  • Internet access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Fax Service
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Shuttle Bus
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Housekeeping
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • DVD's
  • Wi-Fi

Reviews:

Google: (3.8/5)

Hostelworld: (7.5/5)

Tripadvisor: (3.5/5)

Hotels.com: (7.4/10)

Wotif.com: (3.7/10)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (4/5)

Welcome mate, arthouse hostel since 1888

Welcome mate, the perfect place for your 88 days 😉

Beautiful place to stay!

  • Google Review: (2/5)

We left as soon as we were able to secure alternative accommodation after discovering a lot of long hair strands under the bottom pillow. Top pillowcase looked like it had been washed but there is no way the sheets and/or bottom pillow case could have been washed with that much hair under and hanging from the pillow. Can't comment on any of the other facilities as we didn't stay, the hair was too off-putting

  • Hostelworld Review: (10/10)

Great people, Good Place. Good value.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (9.7/10)

Good vibes but grotty hostel

Stayed here for a few nights in a mixed dorm. The place had good vibes, friendly staff and plenty of chatty and friendly people. It’s also very cheap as well.

The drawback was that the facilities were very grimy and in disrepair. The kitchen and bathrooms were especially bad. The kitchen had grease dripping down the walls, chunks broken off the walls, a hole in the roof above the stoves and was absolutely filthy. Many of the showers were out of order (had to try 3 different showers before I found one that worked, wasn’t just a dribble and the taps hadn’t fallen off!!) but even the one working shower I found was mouldy, the laminated side wall had peeled off and there was hair everywhere. It’s a cheap hostel so I guess you get what you pay for!

  • Booking.com Review: (10/10)

Chile 

Liked · I love that it is a big and old house. It is always clean and the staff is very friendly. The kitchen is large and has everything you need. The rooms are comfortable and spacious.

Disliked · The shower that is on the second floor

Launceston Backpackers

Do they offer or help with finding work?

This hostel does help with finding work.

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms for around US$18 per night

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.8/5
    • 4.7 Excellent for proximity to things to do
    • 4.5 Great for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 4.7 Excellent for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9.4/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.7/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with luggage storage. 
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property an 8.8/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 42 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 79% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property an 8.5/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.1/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 43 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 79% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 9/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.5/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Male dorms
  • Female dorms
  • Mixed dorms
  • Free Parking
  • Free City Maps
  • Common Room
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Breakfast Not Included
  • Meeting Rooms
  • Hot Showers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Jobs Board
  • Parking
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Towels for hire
  • Luggage Storage
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • DVD's

Reviews:

Google: (3.9/5)

Hotels.com: (8.1/10)

Hostelworld: (8.7/10)

Tripadvisor: (3.5/5)

Wotif: (4/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Excellent all round

  • Google Review: (4/5)

The most clean hostel in my life.

  • Hostelworld Review: (8.3/10)

+ Good location, very close to supermarkets and only a few minutes walk to the centre. Friendly staff & cute dog! - Security could be better as anyone can walk in.

  •  Tripadvisor Review: (5/5)

One night stop over

We stopped here during a tour and as it wasn't too busy we had a whole dorm room for me and my girlfriend (which is the dream in hostel life). The fella on the front desk was helpful and knowledgable, the kitchen was well equipped and they even had some adorable dogs wandering around. The room was pretty standard for a hostel, beds were a bit squeaky when turning in the night would be my only complaint.

  • Booking.com Review: (10/10)

Perfect place to stay in Launceston to walk Overland Track. Clean, quiet we had a spacious twin room

Liked · This was the perfect place to stay while in Launceston ready to walk the Overland Track. We had a twin room which was very spacious and we loved the cleanliness of the whole place. The kitchen was great to cook our own meals, with a Coles supermarket just up the road. Most of the other backpackers were young internationals, extremely polite and very quiet.

Disliked · Nothing could be better. It was all perfect for our requirements. Not luxury class, but perfect for us.

Working Hostels near St Helens

Trails End 

Contact Information:

  • Address: 9 Cecilia St, St Helens TAS 7216, Australia
  • Phone: +61 439 361 309

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Contact accommodation directly for prices. 

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4/5
    • 4.0 Great for proximity to things to do
    • 4.9 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 3.9 Great for proximity to transit
    • 1.8 OK for airport access
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8/10 for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with luggage storage. 

Is it clean?

  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.2/10 for cleanliness

Are the staff helpful?

  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.4/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Bed in 6-Bed Dormitory Room
  • Bunk Bed in Mixed Dormitory Room
  • No internet access available.
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • Terrace
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Golf course (within 3 km)
  • Children television networks
  • Books, DVDs, music for children
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Smoke alarms
  • Air conditioning
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Heating
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Luggage storage
  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).
  • Accessible parking
  • Street parking

Reviews:

Google: (4/5)

Booking.com: (8/10)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (5/5)

Great place to stay, owner is very friendly. You can use the shared kitchen, it’s well sorted.

Laundry is also available. Highly recommend

  • Google Review: (5/5)

This place could be one of the best hostel... But... We never received any email regarding the fact that the owner won't be there to welcome us. And we had no code for the door... The kitchen was not clean at all, and the rest of the place was extremely messy... Such a waste.

And for the price ($35) to not have WiFi... It's clearly not normal

  • Booking.com Review: (10/10)

Exceptional 

Liked · Nikki was a super hostess, very nice, very helpful. Our room was comfy and clean. We had our own bathroom, right beside our room. Quite convenient.

Disliked · Nice to have an extra night table in the room.

  • Booking.com Review: (10/10)

Very homely and good value. 

Liked · Very clean comfortable room and bathroom, well equipped kitchen. Nicole was very helpful and welcoming, good local knowledge.

  • Booking.com Review: (7.9/10)

  Liked · Nice bedroom with lot of light. Well equiped kitchen.

Disliked · We had private bedroom with own bathroom, but bathroom was outside the bedroom and everybody has acces to it. So we paid for private bathroom, but during the night other people from their bedroom were coming to our bathroom and they used it.

Working Hostels near Huon Valley

Balfes Hill

Do they offer or help with finding work?

This hostel does help with finding work.

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Contact accommodation directly for prices.

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 2.5/5 score for their location

Is it clean?

  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 2.5/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 2.5/5 score for their service

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Free parking
  • Bar / lounge

Reviews:

Tripadvisor: (2.5/5)

Facebook: (5/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (1/5)

Terrible Service

Out of all the hostels I've stayed at across the world, this is one of the worst for cleanliness and facilities, especially considering the price to stay here. However, this isn't the reason why I feel the need to write a review recommending that you do NOT stay here.

The reason you shouldn't stay here is because of the owner: Jayne.

Jayne is rude and aggressive to the backpackers staying at the hostel on a daily basis. It is clear that her motive for running the hostel is solely to take as much money from us as she can. If we ever made any complaints, Jayne's response was:

"If you don't like the way I run things, leave!"

which is exactly what most of us did (after giving 14 days notice to get our $200 deposits back, of course). We naively assumed that - during these 14 days - Jayne would leave us alone and just wait for us to leave, however she continued worse than before, name calling and threatening to kick people out at ridiculous hours of the evening. Worst of all: she actually phoned our employer in an attempt to get us all fired from our jobs.

During my stay at Huon Valley Backpackers I thankfully meant some great people. It's just a shame that the atmosphere was always ruined by Jayne. I'm now staying in a gorgeous Airbnb for a cheaper rate with some of the people I met, would strongly recommend this to anyone completing their 88 days farm work in Huon Valley, Tasmania.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (1/5)

Jayne

If you're reading this from the mainland, and you're considering coming to Tasmania to do farm-work: stay clear of this area. There are limited employers and limited places to stay, and the people in charge will take advantage of that.

Jayne, who runs Huon Valley Backpackers, is no exception. She will take every opportunity possible to take more money from you, on top of the premium price that she is already charging for a less-than-premium service.

I could rant all day, but I don't want to waste more time than I already have arguing with Jayne. I tried to explain to her (in person) that perhaps charging $600+ per month to live in a house with:

- a mouse-infestation

- no working oven

- limited heating

- limited electricity (no plug sockets in the rooms and only a few in total)

- limited hot water (four minute showers)

- no wifi in the hostel itself, and terrible wifi in reception

...was perhaps too much to charge, especially to backpackers who are earning very little as it is. But she told me that this was simply because I didn't understand how to run a business.

I have never run a hostel. But from the way Jayne acts, you would think she hadn't either.

On one occasion, we were woken in the middle of the night by Jayne. She was shouting and screaming at one of the backpackers in the corridor outside the bedrooms. We had to be up at 5:30am the next morning, but that didn't stop Jayne. In the end, she only left when we begged her to go and let us sleep.

I truly believe that Jayne hates backpackers - she said as much to several of us - and THIS is the real problem with Huon Valley Backpackers. Every day she came into the hostel and found something to tell us off for. I could put up with the basic services and facilities, but what I couldn't put up with was Jayne's attitude towards us. About half of the people staying at HVB moved out before the end of the season, and the reason for this (for every single one of us) was to get away from Jayne.

The ONE positive that came from staying with Jayne is the other backpackers we met. So, if it's too late, and you're already here, then here's what I recommend: stay at Jayne's for a week or so, then get a group together and find an Airbnb to move to. That's what we did eventually. And we're certainly getting a lot more for a lot less money than we were at Jayne's.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (1/5)

Fantastic experience

Stayed here 2014 had the most amazing time. You get wat u pay for with the accommodation but it is cleaned daily janye does her best to find u work and is fair. Met amazing people an still speak to some of them to this day. Only downside was some of the local people are not very genuine an were jealous of Jayne business they wud pass negative comments in the local pubs.

But get out there an do it for cherries season u will look back an smile u will meet great people

  • Tripadvisor Review: (1/5)

Unless you like filth, run.

Although I appreciate HVB is a basic country accommodation this fact is not an excuse for filth and the fact that it is so basic ought to be taken into account when calculating the ridiculous price of the rent. There are three different “hostels” and depending on which you’re staying in you can pay up to $210 a week for the “top” accommodation in ‘Flashpackers’ or the lower end at $180 a week in ‘Cygnet’. There isn’t much difference between the two other than heating and plug sockets. In both you are required to keep your showers to three minutes. In Cygnet there are approx 16 people sharing 2 showers and one kitchen. Both showers of which are poor quality and located in outbuildings just off the main shed/bunk area. The rooms are very small and cramped. The hostel is actually located around 20/30 minutes away from the nearest town and farms. We waited a week before being contacted by the farm for work and the whole experience was very unprofessional and disorganised.

If you’re willing to pay an extortionate amount of money for very basic and dirty accommodation (there is no cleaner for Cygnet and the “cleaner” in Flashpackers is another hostel guest) then Huon Valley is perfect.

Also good luck getting your deposit back, only when legal action was discussed did Jayne “consider” giving ours back. Luckily we did get it back after much email discourse.

I am not one for giving a bad review but I felt this hostel really ought to be exposed for exploiting young backpackers. Being charged $210 a week for horrible accommodation, plus potentially paying for transport each day and then not being given a fair wage from the farm is simply wrong. Piece rate 8/10 isn’t enough for even the most capable of workers. They claim that you’re meant to pick a minimum of 5 bins a day per person but most fit and healthy young pickers average 3 a day. 3 x 48 = 144. In an 8 hour day that’s $18 an hour. Casual work minimum wage is just under $25 an hour. Fair enough if you’re a super picker but if you’re not you’re going to struggle. A lad we met who is still working at the farm is currently only earning $90 per day.

A lot of the backpackers just ended up smoking copious amounts of weed to forget their horrid day!

I would avoid Huon Valley all together and just head north. There seemed to be far more opportunities in the North I.e. Devonport and Launceston. There are quite a few places who will pay you an hourly wage and working hostels that are affordable with much better facilities. (Some of them will let you clean for two hours in the evenings and you can get your rent for free!) It really is worth looking elsewhere, don’t let yourself get exploited.

Awaiting the inevitable unprofessional response from the owner but nothing can excuse the den of iniquity that is Huon Valley Backpackers.

  • Facebook Review: 

Lovely place in a beautiful setting, peaceful. Surrounded by orchards. Jayne and Andy are very friendly, kind and hospitable people. Would definitely recommend.

Working Hostels near Bicheno

Bicheno Backpackers

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms starting from $19

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • 19 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 84% of them scored this hostel’s location as favourable.
  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 4.7/5
    • 4.3 Great for proximity to things to do
    • 4.8 Excellent for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.3 Great for proximity to transit
    • 1.8 OK for airport access
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 9.1/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • This hostel is equipped with luggage storage. 

Is it clean?

  • 33 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 97% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 8.6/10 for cleanliness
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4.5/5 score for cleanliness 

Are the staff helpful?

  • 17 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 82% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property an 8.8/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Free WiFi Internet
  •  Ensuite Rooms
  •  Self Contained Holiday Units
  •  Group bookings
  •  Centrally Located
  •  Easy Accessibility to surrounding National Parks
  •  Full shared kitchens
  •  Lounge with TV
  •  Linen provided
  •  All rooms are heated
  •  Off street parking
  •  Guest Laundry
  •  Walk to beaches & lookouts
  •  Budget prices 

Reviews:

Google: (4.1/5)

Tripadvisor: (4/5)

Hotels.com: (8.2/10)

Wotif: (4/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (4/5)

nice staff

  • Tripadvisor Review: (4/5)

Solid hostel at the seaside

Close to the beach, which is pro! Clean hostel with absolutely modern and clean bathrooms. Cooking facilities could be better (no one has sharp knives these days).

Stayed in a two bed room which was pretty warm during the day, but at night, a cool breeze from the seaside brings cooler air.

Bicheno is somehow close to most sights along the east coast. We also visited Maria island which is about an hour away (plus ferry ride).

  • Hotels.com Review: (8/10)

Great Location for Freycinet National Park

Great location. Our room was small but comfy enough. Hard to plug things in, the beds were against the sockets and when you pulled the one bed away from the wall to use the plug you couldn't open the door. Glad we were in the back building, we only had to share our bath with one other room. Plenty of parking. Safe area. Clean. But absolutely no frills. We all used the kitchen. Would have been nice to have had a few things like oil, salt, pepper, and the like. We've had that at other backpackers and it's truly a nice touch since travelers can't carry around these things. And they are getting good money for providing basically a bed. They also need to buy a couple of new cutting boards, sharp knives, pots (the teflan was so badly scratched, unhealthy) and a few other things for the kitchen. But overall no complaints, just tips for improvement.

  • Booking.com Review: (10`/10)

More than we expect 

Liked · clean, spacious, comfortable

Disliked · Nothing, Everything was perfect

  • Booking.com Review: (10/10)

Glad I went . Good price and comfortable stay

Liked · The beds were so comfortable, the people there friendly but not in your face . Clean new bathroom , have been telling others I meet to go

Disliked · Maybe more power points for phone charging in room

Working Hostels near Swansea

Swansea Backpackers Lodge

Contact Information:

How much does this hostel cost?

  • Shared dorms start at US$13.74

Is this hostel located in a good area?

  • According to Google, this hostel has a location score of 3.7/5
    • 3.2 Good for proximity to things to do
    • 4.2 Great for proximity to restaurants
    • 4.6 Excellent for proximity to transit
    • 2.0 OK for airport access
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.1/10 score for their location
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 7.4/10 for their location
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for their location

Will your personal items feel secured?

  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.3/10 score for security. 

Is it clean?

  • 34 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's cleanliness, 47% of them scored this hostel’s cleanliness as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.3/10 score for cleanliness 
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 4/5 score for cleanliness 
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 6.1/10 score for their cleanliness

Are the staff helpful?

  • 29 Google reviews mentioned this hostel's service, 52% of them scored this hostel’s service as favourable.
  • Hostelworld reviews give this property a 7.5/10 score for their staff
  • Tripadvisor reviews give this property a 3.5/5 score for their service
  • Booking.com reviews give this property a 7.2/10 score for their staff

Rooms/Facilities:

  • Single Bed in Dormitory Room
  • Bed in 4-Bed Female Dormitory Room
  • Free parking 
  • Free WiFi
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Fishing Additional charge
  • Golf course (within 3 km) Additional charge
  • Free WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Laundry Additional charge
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Family rooms
  • Facilities for disabled guests

Reviews:

Google: (3.4/5)

Hostelworld: (7.2/10)

Tripadvisor: (3/5)

Wotif: (3.7/5)

Below are 5 of the most recent reviews for this property.

  • Google Review: (4/5)

The Swansea Backpackers is right beside a wonderful bakery & off license and a 5-10 min walk to the centre of town.The staff were friendly and very helpful.There are good cooking facilities and ample showers and toilets.There is space to sit outside and enjoy the fresh air.Great value for money.

  • Wotif Review: (4/5)

This was a true backpackers. It has nice staff, it’s an okay bed with an okay room, the amenities are nothing more or nothing less

  • Hostelworld Review: (7.4/10)

A fine clean and friendly place.

  • Hostelworld Review: (9.4/10)

had no where to put clothes or toiletries when in the shower. Rooms smelt very musty Staff were very accomadting though and upgraded us to private room without any extra charge.

  • Tripadvisor Review: (1/5)

Looks like I dodged a bullet after all

I wanted to stay here, really. But Tasmania locked down its borders and I couldn't visit (from the closest mainland state, Victoria). They refused to issue a refund or even offer travel credit.

You can be sure I will not be staying here once your border reopens. There are many other accommodation providers more deserving of my tourist dollars.

Spirit of Tasmania and the other accommodations we booked with were a class act. Never mind what their booking or cancellations policy stated, refunds were issued. I will remember and try to support them once we are allowed to travel again!

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