Stayed at the Barossa Backpackers for just under 2 months after coming after being lured in with an advertisement on his website "15-20 needed for grape picking late Jan/Feb", they may claim to not be in the business of "work placement" but that is as blatent as it gets, plus he always said he just puts you in contact with the contractors but as far as I'm aware that isn't a placement of any sorts.
During my time there I witnessed quite a few things I had never seen in any hostels around the world such as management swearing and shouting at guests, increasing the rent and telling people to deal with it if they don't like, trying to create a witchhunt when someone posted a negative review with this caption under a photo of the review "would the person who wrote this review please see reception or I will track you done with your ip address". All these issues made me feel really uncomfortable at the hostel.
The positives of my stay were I did meet some really good people and I guess I did enjoy playing the PS3 whilst there. But by far the negatives outweigh the positives. The kitchen was far too small for capacity of guests so the managements solution to the problem was to increase the capacity of guests by putting 3 tents out the back and charging for them. There was no ventilation in the kitchen so the fire alarm was always going off and then he tried to charge guests for setting it off. There is no air conditioning in any of the rooms so during the quite hot SA summers it gets roasting inside them.
But the worst thing about the hostel was the manager/owners attitude. In my opinion the man is a bully who is seriously intimidating to other guests. One instance was the infamous weekend when he disappeared leaving no one on reception which meant that I couldn't buy internet time, couldn't hire his beloved bikes and most importantly he couldn't answer the phone to a contractor who was trying to contact him about needing workers but instead of coming back and explaining his actions to his paying guests he treated everyone like scum and put the rent up and told everyone that if they didn't like it there was 5 people waiting to take there beds. Not a sign of a professional or somebody with any level of decorum.
After two months I left to go to a more suitable place as I still had a job I had found through a friend, there were sadly a lot more people in the hostel who had been promised the world in terms of jobs and none of them picked up more than a weeks work.
- Also Known As:
- Barossa Backpackers Barossa Valley/Tanunda, Australia