Working at Base Backpackers Hostels

12 07 2011

“What is it about this job…?

I work at Base Backpackers hostel in Stkilda Melbourne, and I LOVE MY JOB!!

I’m pretty sure that most people have had those same aspirations in life.  Finish school, get a job, meet that girl, ‘settle down’, grow a beer belly and spend every second day talking about how next week you plan on going for a jog, spending more time with the dog …lest you actually enjoy that 35 hour a week job.

Somewhere along the way though you took a few months off and went to a South East Asian temple, you sun-baked on a tropical North Queensland beach, went an impossibly long time without showering in India, climbed a Mexican pyramid…and just generally basked in life. You lament….those really were the days.

No suits, No ties, no responsibilities, and just the promise of waking up and actually enjoying yourself, each and every day!

I have now worked at Base Hostel for over a year and reflecting back…I don’t really know exactly what makes this place so special.  Maybe its confiscating the 12 bottles of wine off of one lone Irish lad at 8am who was yet to head to bed (“sorry boss, sorry, never again boss”), or the  chirpy Dutch boys who seemed that touch queer if they weren’t so sleazy the entire time.  Maybe its  the  beautiful kiwi girl giving you that half a smile in the morning on her way to work, or the remarkably unintelligible accent of that Scottish man giving me advice on my air-conditioning at 3am in the morning??

Somewhere along the way I realised I really enjoy this life, this job. Base, and the people within it. Not buildings or facades, but the living breathing 250 beds a few metres above me. The short termers, the long termers, the friends becoming almost like family. The faces often changing, but so many staying the same. Welcoming hellos and teary good byes.

No suits, no ties, and just actually enjoying myself each and every day…

Happy Travels


Reception Pumper!


“Go the Blues”

25 05 2011

One passionate Base Backpackers Brisbane crew member and his thoughts on tonight’s opener- 

Ah yes it has come to that time of year once again when we all decide that we will stay loyal to our roots and support the hell out of our State Of Origin Team,  or do we? Although a lot of us move to Queensland from NSW, and some even further south where Rugby league is not even considered a sport, we tend to find that a lot of these people also forget their roots and support Queensland. What the hell is that all about?

 Me, well i do believe in loyalty and have supported the Blues every year with all the zest that i can muster, Maybe after living in Queensland for 15 years i probably should change colours, but i find this would be like cheating on my wife. It is JUST NOT ON. It is absolutely inspiring to watch Brisbane come alive when the Broncos play and even more so when the State of origin is being played here in sunny Brisvegas. Even this morning i am running around Base Brisbane Hostel telling everyone,. ” Go The Blues “ and they all look at me with the look of what the hell is this old boy on about. Thats when I remember that all the backpackers staying here don’t have a clue what State Of Origin is. But I must voice my love for the Blues even though we are on a losing streak of which i get reminded every single day..

 But today is the day my friends.

It is the beginning of the end for the maroon winning streak. We are taking back the glory, it is the first day in a long time that I will be able to say ” I told you guys that we are going to win” even though i have been practicing this line for far too long now. But when I went to bed last night and said my prayers it was not for anything but an absolute slaughter of the Maroons by the MIGHTY BLUES.

Come into Down Under Bar tonight and get involved!

Mighty Blue’s Fan

Base Backpackers Brisbane

The Legend and Power of Seabiscuit! (The People’s Champion)

25 05 2011

It was Monday night at Base Backpackers Hostel St Kilda, and little did Base know, they were about to be graced with the legend “Seabiscuit”! (The Peoples Champion). Fresh from dominating a hectic world backpackers ping pong tour, and a cancelled Tiger Airways flight, Seabiscuit was in town!

 As the snakies and shots started to flow, the Biscuit was starting to get the famous bung eye, yes that’s right, the same bung eye that distracts even the most focused of opponents!

It was growing closer and closer to 8pm, the start of the first heats of Base Red Eye Bar Monday Night ping Pong championship. Starting out flying under the radar, Seabiscuit surely but swiftly eliminated each opponent and powered through to the final. With the Monday night Base Bingo crew keen to start pulling numbers, the final was fast tracked to an unscheduled starting time of 8.50pm.

First to step up to the table is Shane, followed by a strong posse of Base guests,  emotions were running high! Then from out of the blue Survivors 1982 classic, “eye of the tiger” pumps from the speakers.  With hood over head The Biscuit enters, does a couple of laps of the table the whole time never loosing eye contact with Shane.   

It didn’t take long for Shane to realize he was out of his depth, but bloody hell he wasn’t going down without a fight! The famous powerhouse backhand shot of The Biscuit proved to be too strong for Shane and his beloved Base guests to handle. After losing graciously and exchanging a well-earned handshake with Shane, Seabiscuit claimed his $50 Bar Tab from Base Red Eye Bar Staff and kindly donated Shots and Snakies to Base Guests!!

I guess that’s why they call him “The Peoples Champion!”

By Paul Byrne.

Base Travel Desk – Stkilda

Dear Doctor Base

19 05 2011

Dear Doctor Base,

I recently stayed at BASE  Backpackers in Airlie Beach and got checked in by the most beautiful girl. I can tell by the way she said “checking in” that there was an instant connection. She has the most amazing green eyes and the way she handed me my key and gave me directions to my room made my heart melt. My problem is this, my itinerary is already set and I can’t get a refund for the rest of my Australia trip. Should I forfeit the rest of Australia or stay at Base Airlie Beach, gradually winning her over with my killer biceps.

Hopelessly in love.

Dear Hopeless in love,

Umm is there really any question? Definitely stay in Airlie Beach! She most likely is being professional and not wanting to make you feel uncomfortable. I say go for it, what do you have to lose? Ask her for a drink at The Down Under Bar which pumps every night. If she rips your heart still beating from your chest there’s always the beautiful Whitsundays to mend your broken heart. And from what I saw the last time I was there at least 12 hot chicks to every guy! Flex those biceps and grow a pair!

Coming Live from Base Wellington FM

19 05 2011

Goooooooood Morning Wellington!!! K-Dogg here with you, coming live from Base  Backpackers Wellington, the Hottest Reception FM Radio station in the Country.

It’s 7am and the sun is shining!!! It’s rock and roll time, so get out of bed and hit the streets. Today could be the day you experience one of Wellington’s hidden hot spots!

Be the first to pop around the corner for Big J’s Breakfast (Potato hash, red beans (cooked traditional style with a ham hock), Cajun-style smoked sausage, bacon, eggs (fried, poached or scrambled), hollandaise, toasted baguette or 5 grain all for only $19.00!) at Sweet Mother’s Kitchen.  To wash it all down head next door to Kapai and grab a takeaway Vanilla Latte (a BASE Wellington FM staff FAVOURITE!).

 I’m sure your camera’s is full of drunken photos from the previous base bars but why not switch it up?! Take a short hike up Mt Victoria(No, it’s nothing like the Tongariro Crossing so no need to worry) and grab a few snap shots of the city while the grass is still frosty…

 We are back, its 11.30am, your listening to Base Wellington FM, the hottest Reception Radio station in Wellington.

The weather is warming up, it’s going to be a beautiful day is Wellington.

You may have heard that there are no adventurous activities around Wellington? If this is the case think wrong!!! Head down to the waterfront, strip down to your shorts and dive off the wharf just like the locals! We hope you can do better than a belly flop?!

Dont forget to post your best action Photo Snaps on our facebook page:!/profile.php?id=100001527244075

 Dry off at Oriental Bay beach with some gelato from Kaffe Eis. Chocolate, Raspberry, Coconut, Mint, Mocha and every other flavour you can think of!!!

 K-Dogg back with you for the PM party Shift, you are listening to Base Wellington FM.

You’re savings funds are bound to be low, so let’s get saving at dinner time! 2 blocks down the road from base you’ll find Dominos Pizza. Obviously Dominos is everywhere but you can’t get a $7 large pizza just ‘ANYWHERE’! Show your room key and let them know you’re staying at base and you’ll get it here…there’s no doubt about it!

It’s now time for the hottest tunes in town… Lets Hit Base Wellington’s very own Basement Bar to Dance the night away.

 Have a brilliant Night, we can’t wait to hear what you get up to!!

Catch you all at the same time tomorrow…BASE Wellington FM


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.

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