After a few days at The Pickled Frog in Hobart I managed to bag myself a job in Cygnet on a strawberry farm. A quick conversation on the phone to the farmer and I found myself googling Little Devil Backpackers, like he had advised. I gave them a quick call to check there was space and then hopped on the bus from the corner of Elizabeth and Brisbane Street to Huonville. The ticket cost me a little over 10 bucks and the driver said he would give me a shout when I needed to get off.
The bus pulled up 40 minutes later next to a big yellow sign with Little Devil Backpackers advertised, which was tucked behind a car garage and a pizza takeaway. David, the hostel manager, was there to greet me and show me to my dorm. The hostel is made up of three sections; the camp site, the main hostel, and the shared house. My room was in the shared house, and because the season was drawing to an end there weren’t many others in there.
Now, I feel before I go any further I should explain I arrived here at the start of April, just as most of the fruit picking seasons are finishing. Because of this Little Devil Backpackers was not full, but had a group of 30 or so people across the three parts of accommodation. The weather was getting colder, jobs were fewer and earnings were dropping. This is worth keeping in mind as I never experienced queues for the shower or fighting for space in the kitchen.
The shared house was nice, 4 beds to a room, a large living room with dining areas and a nice kitchen. There was one en suit room and one shower for everyone else. I can imagine that could get busy at the hight of season and the hot water for the house is mainly heated by solar power. The room also had a big wardrobe that we were able to unpack into as we were all going to be there for a while.
The camp site was pretty basic. The main site was in the garden of the shared house and there was a shed for the campers to cook in and store food, as well as having dining areas and some sofas. When I was there is was getting really cold and the campers tended to go through to the hostel on an evening rather than staying in the shed. I’m sure that its nice in summer, but when you could see your own breath as you breath, I found it a little depressing!
The main hostel had the reception desk in and a few computers. The kitchen was pretty basic, it worked well when I was there, but again I can imagine it got pretty busy in summer. There was a great island in the middle of the kitchen that made for a great socialising center, there was always people sat around here enjoying a drink, preparing food, playing poker or just chatting. Off the kitchen was a living space with some couches, bean bags and a big TV.
The camp site shed didn’t have any hot water to wash dishes in and the people from the main hostel and the campers had shared showering facilities where you had to pay to get hot water.
This is a working hostel so everyone there were out on farms through the day. Little Devil Backpackers provide a small fleet of vehicles made of utes, mini buses and cars to ferry workers to and from farms. These can be used on days off as well, by special arrangement with either Val or David, and at a cost per head.
I really enjoyed staying there for a month, it was great fun and I met loads of lovely people. Would I stay at Little Devil Backpackers again? Honestly, don’t know. It is nice, lovely even. Full of great people and comfy rooms, the staff were nice and the there was always plenty going on. I suppose the question should really be would I ever want to stay in Huonville again? And the answer to that is no.