Have you ever travelled and thought I’d like to open a backpackers hostel one day. Well guess what, you’re not the only one, and now Craig and Manuela Dewar have applied to the Bundaberg council to open a 12 bed hostel in their two story three bedroom home. There will also be two buildings constructed at the back of the property that will house another 12 guests.
Backpacking in Columbia Craig Dewar met Manuela, and lets just say the rest is history. The couple moved to Australia four years ago, married and has been living in Bundaberg since. Now they have the chance of realizing their dream, opening a hostel.
The hostel could serve backpackers, working holiday makers, fruit pickers that aim to travel and work in the Bundaberg area and surrounding regions. By keeping the numbers low the pair hoped they could create a family style environment, a home away from home.
For the moment they’re going to take things slowly keeping it to 10 visitors at a time, once they’ve figured out all the nooks and crannies of running a backpackers hostel in Australia numbers will increase. With so many farms and harvest jobs in the region the options are limitless but for now the key is to just get the basics right.
What type of backpackers hostels do you prefer staying in ? Large ones like WakeUp in Sydney or small homely ones such as this?