Island Backpacking

5 07 2011

On a beautiful deserted island in the middle of nowhere,

the following Backpackers were shipwrecked and stranded.


2 Italian men and 1 Italian woman

2 French men and 1 French woman

2 German men and 1 German woman

2 Greek men and 1 Greek woman

2 English men and 1 English woman

2 Bulgarian men and 1 Bulgarian woman

2 Japanese men and 1 Japanese woman

2 American men and 1 American woman

2 Irish men and 1 Irish woman

One month later , the following had occurred.

One Italian man killed the other Italian man for the Italian woman.

The two French men and the French woman are living happily together in

a menage a trois.

The 2 German men have a strict weekly schedule of when they alternate with

the German woman.

The 2 Greek men are sleeping with each other and the Greek woman

is cleaning and cooking for them.

The 2 English men are waiting for someone to introduce them to the

English woman.

The Bulgarian men took a long look at the endless ocean and

one look at the Bulgarian woman and they started swimming.

The two American men are contemplating the virtues of suicide as they

listen to the American woman bitching about her body being her own,

and on the true nature of  feminism and how she can do everything that

they can do, about the necessity of fulfilment, the equal division of

household chores, how her last boyfriend respected her opinion and

treated her much nicer, how all men except her father are pigs, and how her

relationship with her mother is improving. But at least the taxes are

low and it is not raining.

The two Japanese men have faxed Tokyo and are waiting for instructions.

The Irish began by dividing the island into North and South and by

setting up a distillery. They do not remember if sex is in the picture

because it gets sort of foggy after the first few litres of coconut

whiskey, but they are satisfied in that at least the English are not

getting any so what the hell!!!


If you want to experience  Island life, check out Base Magnetic Island!!

David Fitzpatrick (Base Melbourne Stkilda)



BASE Backpackers Magnetic island is truly Magnetic

16 06 2011

One of our favourite Guests, Mike Trujillo, shares his Story on Base Magnetic Island.

 Two Days. That was the planned length of stay at Base backpackers Hostel on Magnetic Island. We are now on day 45, and counting.

This island truly is Magnetic.

After doing some research on accommodation on Magentic Island, we decided BASE hostel sounded like the place to be for the weekend. We couldn’t find another hostel on the island that was literally on the beach, like BASE is. We booked our Steal Deal package, which included breakfast, dinner, welcome drinks, snorkel hire, two nights accommodation, and a return ferry ticket all at a great price. The staff were very welcoming, and happy to point us in the right direction for activities. Without even leaving BASE, you can easily fill a weekend full of fun and events. Each day of the week offers different games/competitions at the bar, with many prizes to be won. If you don’t want to participate in the games, they are  fun to watch.

If you  need a place to revive, the beach and turquoise waters are waiting to help you relax. Grab a book, and lay out in the sand, listening to a combination of the music and ocean.

BASE Magnetic Island has been the perfect place for us to stop and enjoy during our journey down Australia’s coast. After 45 days, we have yet to run out of things to do on the island.

Michael Trujillo

Base Guest

A city with secrets

13 05 2011

“The traveler sees what he sees, the tourist sees what he has come to see.” G. K. Chesterton

It happens as it does every night, same routine, same people. Traveller’s mostly, those who are in the know, and those who wish they were. I nod to them as they pass by. Excited youngster’s conquering the world. Happy. I sit back watching as they return from their latest adventure in the city. A Big city. A City with secrets few would ever see. Unless you wanted to look for them. For Her.

 I take another sip from a mug that had seen better days. Chipped. Old. A story to tell. Like me. I Should throw it away I tell myself for the hundredth time. Get something new. Shiny. I take another sip of the oily liquid, wincing. Good coffee. Always good coffee in this city.

 I look to the list of names on my desk. Lot of Name’s. From places I knew, some I didn’t. All a mystery to me. Unknown. That is until I’m called upon. Then, as always, names begin to match faces, and a story, old as it is new, comes to light. Stories need to be told. That’s one of the things you learn in this job. Stories need to be told. And everyone has a story.

A piece by M.H. Clancy (Base Backpackers Night Manager)

24hrs in Queenstown, New Zealand

12 05 2011

The Place to complete your adventure “to do” list.

 Queenstown, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown is the home of Adventure in New Zealand.  If you are backpacking in New Zealand, a visit to Queenstown is a must.

 Helen Aslett from Base Backpackers Queenstown gives you a quick guide to an action packed 24 hours.

 Start the day with a morning 15,000ft Skydive with Nzone skydive . What better way to wake yourself up, and experience the natural beauty of Queenstown.

Next Stop – Shotover Jet boat ride, a ten minute drive from town.  Experience the adrenaline of swerving between tall canyon walls.

Lunchtime – have a spot of lunch and a few beers in Queenstown gardens, with a round of Frisbee Golf squeezed in.

You tired yet?

Time for some more adrenaline, maybe a spot of bungy? Throw yourself off the Kawerau Bridge with AJ Hacket, this is guaranteed to get the heart pumping.

Maybe time to calm the nerves a little, take the Gondala up to the top of the Hill and be rewarded with some Stunning views of Queenstown. From the top, ride the luge, parasail or bungy again, so many possibilities 😉

Now to Work up an appetite with a sunset stroll through the Botanical gardens.

Feeling Hungry?

Sink your teeth into the Famous Fergburger, YUM YUM!!

 Now to finish the Night in style with a few Jagers at the Altitude Bar.

 What a Day!

By Helen Aslett – Base Reception Superstar.

2 Dutchies and a Campervan

11 05 2011

There is no better way to Experience Australia than in a Campervan, and nothing more rewarding than building it yourself.

Floris Jan Willem and Cas Klverland from Holland lost their $7000 campervan in Melbourne’s Flash flooding in February. The pair only had 3rd party insurance, so the boys have wiped their tears away and started a rebuild!!

Out of pity, Base Melbourne Stkilda Management offered the boys the basement car park as a work shop.  For the past 2 months, they have been transforming there 1991 Mitsubishi Express  wagon into the ultimate backpacker Campervan.

We asked the guys what they thought were the most important things in building your own Campervan:

“Building your own camper van can be a hugely rewarding project, and it can also be a lot cheaper than buying a campervan.  If you build your own campervan, you can have a vehicle that exactly meets your needs”

SMELL:  Make sure to check the oil. Pull out the dipstick and have a good smell.  If it smells burnt, then it could be that the engine is burning oil – NOT GOOD!

 PUSH: Make sure to check the Shock Absorbers.  Get 2 hands and push down on one corner of the van.  The van should come back up without bouncing.  

TAP: Check for previous damage and rust.  Using your knuckles, go around to each panel and knock with the back of your knuckles.  It should be a Hollow tin sound, if not it could be a sign of previous damage or rust.

TYRES: You will be travelling thousands of miles, check that all tyres are the same, and are showing no signs of balding.

POWER: You will need to install a second battery into your campervan to run key electrical items; otherwise you will run the risk of having to push your van to the nearest garage.

FRIDGE: Very importantDon’t ever leave a major city without Beer…  Installing a fridge lets you travel while eating fresh food.

STORAGE: We have loads of stuff, so we think it’s important to use every little nook and cranny that’s available.  Creating storage boxes under your Bed is a great place.

INSULATION:  Make sure to insulate your van, it’s one of the most important steps to making it a comfortable place to sleep.  It makes an enormous difference not only to how warm the van stays, but also to how damp everything gets due to condensation.

EXTRA SEAT: Try and keep an extra Seat, you never know when you want to pick up a good looking hitch hiker 😉

They are both extremely excited to start on their journey, and show off their DIY Master Piece. Watch this space for an Update on the journey.

By Mathew Holman (Bar Manager, Base StKilda)

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