Absolutely shocking hostel to stay in. The owner Paul is a greedy man who abuses the fact that people need to do farmwork for the 2nd year visa. 240 dollars for a 6 bed dorm upstairs. Kitchen has little facilities to cater for the amount of people and is lock at 9 daily. Food got robbed constantly when people asked to look at the cameras Paul's response was ask your fellow backpackers. You were not allowed to bring your own drink into hostel (you would get kicked out and lose your 200 dollar bond -submitted on arrival with PASSPORT) a jug of goon at the bar, 1 litre was 10 dollars. Food was extortionately priced that in all my time there I never once saw a backpacker eat in the bar.
Pool was hardly ever clean. Staff barged into your room in the mornings to change bins, in particular one man that gave little or no warning coming into our girls room. Rachel the receptionist is rude, which you will notice before you get there by talking to her on the phone, and generally talks down to you. Also be wary of her telling you come up as you must be there when the jobs are offered. They lie in order to. Have you stay.
If you owe rent your name is written up on the board with the amount beside it. You will not get your bond or passport back if you owe them anything.
Basically only use this place as a last resort. There are plenty of other places in Bowen that are cheaper, closer to town and generally nicer. Many of the farmers are lovely too if you want to bypass the hostel route and go straight to the farms. A lot of hostels are kind of "contracted" with farms but I know for a fact since last year one of the main farms in Bowen is no longer dealing with Aussie nomads because of Paul and they are not taking backpackers from there.
Good luck to all the backpackers trying to get the farming done, make the most off it and have fun, we did when we left this hostel and were actually able to save a bit of money by paying 110 rent a week in a nicer place instead of 240 a week in this s**t hole.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Aussie Nomads Bowen is more than just your average backpackers, we guarantee work placement within the Bowen area, which has a bountiful supply of seasonal work with quality local growers and farmers. We supply everything from job training to transport, and everything in between that the hardy working backpacker needs. But we're not all about work, you can have fun too! Explore the local heritage, take a trip down to the local, and enjoy in house activities as well. You can come "home" after a days hard work and enjoy a good old fashioned Aussie BBQ, relax by the resort style pool, catch up with family and friends at the Internet Cafe or with our Wifi supplied to every room.If you're looking for a great working backpackers, Aussie Nomads Bowen is your new "home away from home"! ... more less