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Young couple re-open historic pub, backpacker style

PICKING tomatoes all day under a hot Queensland sun is more bearable for backpackers when they know there’ll be cold beer on tap close to their bedroom door by night.

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, are providing just that for backpackers and locals alike in their new venture as publicans of the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg

Arguably the youngest couple ever to run a pub in Australia, they initially wanted to run only the adjacent backpacker hostel but to do that, they also needed to be licensed publicans.

So now they are! They quickly learnt how to pour beer and opened for business on September 1, 2019.

“I always wanted a pub but never knew we’d do it so young,” Hayden said.

“If anyone had asked us three years ago where we thought we’d be now, we couldn’t have imagined this, Emma having been in retail and me a farmhand.

“The most nerve-wracking thing was being of a younger age and thinking people wouldn’t take us seriously for the venture we’ve undertaken.

“It was quite overwhelming at first but having the locals and new people coming in encouraging us made things easier.”

Great spot for backpackers

The Bundaberg-born couple said the Globe was an excellent spot for backpackers, many of whom come here for their required 88 days of regional work.

“We have just 16 beds; we know everyone by name and can have a yarn and a laugh with them. They can even meet our beautiful pub dog Bessie.”

Emma said backpackers could find jobs all year round, picking small crops and packing fruit sheds.

“Early each morning, Hayden drives the backpackers to the farms and greets them again at the end of the day,” she said.

“At the Globe, backpackers have access to facilities such as kitchen, bath, showers and washing machine as well as a common room and big outdoor area.”

Old world charm in city centre

Hayden said the Globe was one of only a few country pubs left in the centre of Bundaberg.

“There aren’t many places still around that have kept their heritage atmosphere.

“We want to spruce it up with some fresh paint but keep its old colouring and features such as the old timber-lined cold room; that’s what people like to see.”

What’s next?

Emma and Hayden are yet to decide what new services they’ll introduce at the Globe. 

“We already have a wedding and wake booked in but otherwise it’s about testing the water and seeing what people want,” Hayden said.

“There are no poker machines; no gambling. Please come in for a cold beer and a yarn!”

Young couple re-open the Globe Hotel in Bundaberg

Emma Hurley, 21, and Hayden Rimmington, 22, re-open the historic Globe Hotel in Bundaberg.

Making headlines in the Bundaberg Newsmail

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Hearing the real deal about uni

A REALITY show came to Hervey Bay and Childers on February 17, 2015, giving more than 700 Year 11 and 12 students the real deal about university life.

Urangan State High School Year 12 Co-ordinator Meade Barnes said the students were excited to have people from five universities, Defence Force Recruiting and TAFE Queensland come to their schools for this year’s Uni Showcase.

“I’ve asked the students for feedback and the vast majority said they’ve taken a lot away from the event, particularly about the costs of living, what university life is really like, and what it means to prepare for uni in terms of self-motivation,” Mr Barnes said.

“They’re definitely more inspired now to consider their higher education options after they finish Year 12.”

Uni Showcase is being hosted this week by the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), as part of a series organised by the Queensland Chapter of the National Association of Prospective Student Advisers (QNAPSA).

Uni Showcase presented to 14 schools across the Fraser and Cooloola coasts.

Participating institutions were University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Australian Catholic University, Central Queensland University, Queensland University of Technology, University of Sunshine Coast, TAFE Queensland and Defence Force Recruiting.

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Caption: Urangan State High School students (l-r) Dru Hinds, Morena Tirona and Matthew Verbruggen explore their higher education options at Uni Showcase.