After a very rough start to our backpacking adventure me and my fiance found ourselves with nowhere to go, sitting at a train station in Swan Hill...with little money and all of our worldly belongings in various bags.....
After phoning around a few of the hostels I had stored in my mobile for such an emergency as this we come across a number for Echuca Backpackers....who I had spoken to previously and who had seemed very friendly.
My fiance called them up again and she spoke to the guy there who said there "may" be some work coming up next week....we threw caution to the wind and decided we wanted to go there.....we left with no confirmation from the Hostel and jumped on a train through to Echuca...when we got there we spoke to the hostel owner and she said she would come pick us up from the train station....
She was nice and above all she was a friendly face...just what we needed after our ordeal....they put us both into a room together, and told us that we may have to move in a few days because the people who's room it was were away.....we didn't mind....finally after everything we had been through....Echuca Backpackers felt like coming home.
Over the coming month they helped us to find work, and even let us help out around the hostel when there was little work coming in to help pay our way....it was hard work but the most satisfying work we had done since leaving Sydney. As we felt like we were helping friends.
The hostel itself is a lovely building with a great past which can be still seen in some of the rooms (the blackboard in the tv room or the gas taps in the kitchen)...the staff are fantastic and very helpful (even if like us you are a bit of a handful sometimes)
I would recommend this hostel to anybody going to Echuca...it is a fantastic little place and you will feel very welcome. A true home away from home.
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