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Is this the Airbnb for backpackers?

A new share economy player has entered the market, offering guests free rooms and food in exchange for household chores. The start-up called The RoomXchange, was created to give backpackers [...] read more...

International education in NSW grows to $7 billion, surging ahead of tourism

International education has surged ahead of tourism to become NSW’s highest service export industry by nearly $2 billion, and the number of overseas students at the state’s universities has grown [...] read more...

USC lecturer says Fraser Island visitors could be loving the island to death

A University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) lecturer says Fraser Island visitors could be loving the island to death. USC has received a $100,000 donation from Fraser Island Defenders Organisation [...] read more...

“Hell Hill” – The seedy underbelly of backpacker life exposed

Home Hill in remote far north Queensland, known for its sugarcane plantations and with population of around 3,000 rarely made the headlines. That’s until the alleged fatal stabbing of two [...] read more...

Free trade deal could mean UK has greater access to Aus visas

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop is in London for the annual Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations (AUKMIN), said the ability to work, travel and study in the UK and vice versa is an essential [...] read more...

LYTE BYTE: Strange happenings, a yoga class at Burleigh Brewing’s Taphouse

A yoga class in a brewery might seem like a strange combination but don’t tell that to those who recently did just that at Burleigh Brewing’s Taphouse. A collaboration between [...] read more...

Backpacker accommodation destroyed by fierce fire in Bundaberg Queensland

• Fire broke at Maryborough St Queenslander • The house was destroyed • The house was being used as backpacker accommodation • Police continue to investigate cause of the fire [...] read more...

GUEST REQUEST: Sign a petition – Neighbours not strangers, stop short-term lets

Short-term letting operators talk about our homes and lives and rights to affordable, safe, stable housing as commodities that must be shared without limit in a global economy.  Residents call [...] read more...

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