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Bush Bunks
Ranked #9 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Bowen
Reviewed June 24, 2009

fantastic people, beautiful surroundings, very comfortable accomodation, everything you could possibly need is provided for you or you are assisted in all sorts of ways to make sure your stay is wait you want and need....love having so much contact with wild life. James and Gabrielle are friendly, warm, open and welcoming....really looking forward to going back....lots of love in this place

  • Stayed: January 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed January 25, 2009

Well what can I say. I ended up sticking it out for almost 2 weeks and it was the worst 2 weeks of my life. James and Gabe basically stole my money when I got there (when you DO get there, it is always dark and you are bullied into signing a contract- if you decide you don't wish to sign the contract which basically locks you there for a minimum of one month, you are told to find your own way back to civilisation which is more than 40 kms from the nearest village)
You will be charged 130 dollars a week rent, 70 dollars a week petrol money (!!) and an "administraton fee" of 30 dollars. You will also have to give 100 dollars security fee. You are allowed to go into town once a week to get food (even though you are IN TOWN to work anyway, and paying 70 dollars a week for petrol) I left there with less money than when I arrived.
The actual hostel itself is filthy and overcrowded and full of animal excrement.
I was sent to a farm where I the work was hard but not too bad- but I was not paid by the farmer at the end of 2 weeks. James and Gabe are the only ones making any money there.
James is a sly, underhand, greedy man with no morals and backpackers should be warned against going here.

  • Stayed: September 2008, traveled on business
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6  Thank LoveOz12
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Reviewed April 15, 2008
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  • Stayed: May 2007, traveled with friends
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Additional Information about Bush Bunks

Address: The BogieRiver Bush House | 284 Normanby Road, Bowen, Queensland, Australia
Location: Australia > Queensland > Bowen
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #9 of 16 Specialty Lodging in Bowen
Price Range: $19 - $126 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — Bush Bunks 2*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Its hard to find a more relaxed atmosphere than the Bush House located a short 40 minute drive West of Bowen in Whitsunday region. The property is set on 25 acres of virgin bushland on the banks of the Bogie River with visiting wildlife and houses built from recycled materials. The B&B accommodation consists of 11 Queen rooms, 2 also have single bunk beds for families, all B&B rooms are air-conditioned. The main B&B lounge area has a large flat screen TV with most channels and movies, limited wireless internet is available.The bunkhouse has 4 rooms and sleeps 12 people and has ceiling fans.The Licensed Restaurant is open to the public as well as catering for house guests and also has a large flat screen TV, games room including darts, pool and table tennis free of charge. The swimming pool which is 12m x 6m and in the shape of Australia is set in tropical palms beside the restaurant. ... more   less 
Also Known As:
The Bogie River Bush House Hotel Bowen

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