Globe Hotel, Bundaberg

Young couple re-open historic pub

By Jocelyn Watts

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 the 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.

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International travel on horizon for Jeremei

HAVING a university degree broadens horizons in more ways than one, says University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Fraser Coast Student Ambassador Jeremei Maudsley.

“Expanding my career options within Australia is just the start,” he said. “There are also myriad opportunities for jobs overseas on a work and holiday visa.”

Mr Maudsley, 28, said his lifetime dream was to travel around Europe. Now, with just one semester of study left to complete his Bachelor of Business, making that dream a reality is getting closer by the day.

With a major in resource management and minors in psychology and education, Mr Maudsley has plenty of scope for securing work in a variety of areas that require highly skilled people.

“I chose a psychology minor because it linked with human resource management in business. I also wanted the education minor to give myself as many career pathways as possible.”

The former Maryborough sheet metal worker said finishing his USQ undergraduate degree this year still allowed him time to apply for a UK Tier 5 Visa, which applies to Australian and New Zealand citizens aged between 18 and 30 years.

“I turn 30 in March next year (2016) but I can apply up to my 31st birthday. With that visa I’ll be able to work and travel anywhere in the UK for two years.”

Born in the North Queensland town of Ingham, Mr Maudsley is of Philippian and Australian descent but lived mostly in Maryborough attending Albert State Primary and Maryborough State High schools.

“I did a sheet metal working apprenticeship in Maryborough before enrolling at USQ and moving to Hervey Bay two and a half years ago. I had achieved everything I wanted with the trade and was looking for a new challenge.

“I’m trying to keep my options open because I don’t know what I really want to do yet. If I don’t like something, then I want to be able to move around, so having a university degree with studies in a few different areas gives me the best chance to do that.”

Anyone who wants to study at USQ in 2015 still has time to apply. Applications through QTAC close on February 16; direct entry applications close on February 26. Application details can be found at

 Photo: USQ Fraser Coast Student Ambassador Jeremei Maudsley is looking forward to traveling overseas, buoyed with a university business degree to help him find quality work.