Couple bucks backpacker hostel closure trend amid seasonal worker shortage worries

Buying a backpacker hostel during a pandemic is not an obvious investment choice, but a Victorian couple are hoping they can make it work.

When COVID-19 left Adam Mair facing the prospect of moving to Western Australia for his oil and gas industry job, he and his wife Bec took a leap of faith and purchased the Maffra Cambrai Lodge instead.

“My husband came home out of the blue and said, ‘Do you wanna buy the backpackers?'” Ms Mair said.

Mr Mair said they had always liked to travel.

“We thought, ‘Well, we can’t travel — so how about we bring the travellers to us?'” he said.

In Gippsland, where demand for dairy workers and vegetable pickers is high, backpackers still in Australia are spoilt for choice of work.

“It’s their quiet time and farmers are still after people,” Mr Mair said.

Ms Mair said, at the moment, most backpackers were chasing the $2,000 bonus on offer for six weeks’ work picking fruit and vegetables on the harvest trail. 

“So it’s a little bit hard to get them onto a dairy farm because they are chasing that bonus,” she said. 

She said the shrinking backpacker accommodation sector was a concern for the agriculture industry.

“There are two hostels in Maffra at the moment and they were both for sale at the same time,” she said.

“The other one has closed down.”

The closure of international borders and the ever-present threat of COVID-19 has prompted hostel operators to weigh up whether to stay in business.

Some hostels are for sale and others are being repurposed.

After 13 years in the business, John George made the tough decision not to renew his lease at the Mildura International Backpackers.

It can accommodate 41 people and was sold to a group of local farmers who plan to use it to house seasonal workers from the Pacific Islands.

Mr George, who will manage the property, said guests would have work organised when they arrived.

“Our role will be to ensure they are comfortable and that nothing in their living conditions gives them a cause for concern, enabling them to be happy in attending the work that they do,” he said.

A few blocks away, Mildura real estate agent Mark Thornton was selling the Oasis Backpackers.

The 25-bedroom property can sleep 100 people and has been on the market for three weeks.

“There’s some interest to continue it on as a backpackers,” Mr Thornton said.

“There have been others who want to redevelop the site … others are seeing the opportunity for it to continue being used for accommodation, but not for backpackers.”

Mr Thornton said at least two other local backpacker hostel operators were thinking about selling up.

“I think that’s a pretty scary situation for Sunraysia,” he said.

“We know how much this area relies on the backpacking industry, how vital they are for horticulture.

“If these all sell and they don’t remain as backpackers, what do we do when the borders open up?

The number of working holidaymakers in Australia is at its lowest in decades.

“Normally there’d be around 150,000 working holidaymakers in Australia at any one time,” Backpacker and Youth Tourism Advisory Panel (BYTAP) committee member Silke Kerwick said.

“We’re currently down to 38,000.”

The Youth Hostel Association, which was operating 70 properties across Australia at the start of the pandemic, said that number had dropped to 55.

BYTAP wants the working holidaymaker program to resume in a COVID-safe way, similar to pilot programs that have enabled international students to return to Australia.

“We would like to bring them in and quarantine them in a youth hostel, or in student accommodation if there isn’t capacity in the current hotel facilities,” Ms Kerwick said.

“We are concerned there won’t be a capacity in the big cities and regional areas if a lot of these hostels are converted into other uses, so there may need to be some temporary accommodation — pop-up hostels to accommodate working holidaymakers who are doing farm work.”

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Melbourne couple whose wedding has been cancelled twice sell flowers from car boot

When Maree Piacente and Kevin Magrin called off their wedding in May last year because of a COVID-19 lockdown, they hoped postponing it for a year would be a safe bet.

But two days out from their second wedding, meant to go ahead this Saturday, the fresh circuit-breaker lockdown for Victoria was announced in response to a growing outbreak, meaning they had to cancel again.

Some things were able to be postponed, but the couple’s florist had already purchased their flowers — a selection including peonies, roses, carnations and snapdragons.

The pair bought the flowers at cost price, and Maree’s car was packed full of the fresh stems.

She decided they should try to sell the bunches off to passing cars from their boot before Victoria’s fresh restrictions came into effect.

“We didn’t want all these flowers to go to waste,” she said.

Maree, 27, and Kevin, 29, kept a few bunches for home but sold the rest for $10 a bunch, or whatever spare change people had in their cars.

“They got their second life and I’m sure they’re sitting in people’s homes making people happy for the time being.”

Kevin said people who stopped were very sympathetic to the couple’s situation.

“There were a lot of kind words,” he said.

The pair, from Pascoe Vale in Melbourne’s north, said they knew they were in the same boat as lots of other people who had been negatively affected by the lockdown.

But they said they understood why the restrictions had been imposed according to the advice of health experts.

“We need to do what we’ve got to do to nip this COVID stuff in the bud,” Maree said.

The couple, who got engaged in June 2018, are hopeful they will still be able to tie the knot by the end of this year.

But this Saturday, instead of exchanging vows, Maree and Kevin are planning to pop a bottle of champagne and share a quiet night in together on the couch.

Jess Heinjus runs a florist in Port Melbourne called Ivy and Eve, which mainly caters to large events.

Ms Heinjus and her staff had already purchased and prepared fresh flowers for two major events this weekend before the lockdown was announced.

One of the events was a large wedding, and the other was for an arts event connected with the National Gallery of Victoria.

“We went to the flower market early in the morning, we conditioned all the flowers.”

The arts event organisers still accepted the order made up into separate bouquets, while the flowers for the wedding are being held and looked after in the hope most of them will last until the wedding is rescheduled to go ahead in a fortnight.

Ms Heinjus said her company had lost up to 70 per cent of its revenue across the course of the pandemic, but she was determined to hold onto her three staff.

The Federal Government’s JobKeeper payment was crucial for the business while it was still available.

Ms Heinjus said she was hopeful that support for businesses affected by Victoria’s fresh lockdown, which the state government has said it is considering, would be announced to help buffer the effects of the days and weeks ahead.

“We don’t know if this will be a week or a few weeks, but also we’ve had events booked in for the next four to six weeks where the organisers are getting nervous,” she said.

“It’s also so disheartening for the clients when they get so close to the events,” she said.

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Sydney news: Mandatory testing in quarantine hotels still not in place, elderly couple hospitalised after stabbings

Here’s what you need to know this morning.

Urgent genome sequencing and contact tracing continue after a south-west Sydney woman who worked at a quarantine hotel contracted COVID-19.

The woman, who worked at the Novotel and Ibis hotels in Darling Harbour from Friday, November 27, to Monday, did not have direct contact with infected overseas quarantine patients.

It has also been revealed mandatory testing of all staff is yet to be rolled out across all Sydney quarantine hotels.

NSW Health told the ABC it was still working to implement weekly testing at its police-run hotels.

A health alert to self-isolate and be tested has been issued for people who travelled at particular times by light rail between Convention and Central and by train between Minto, Lidcombe and Central between the Friday and Monday.

Police are investigating after an elderly husband and wife were found with stab wounds in Sydney’s inner west last night.

Emergency crews found a 70-year-old man with stab wounds when they were called to the home on Etonville Parade at Croydon just after 8:30pm.

Police searched the home and found a 65-year-old woman in the backyard who also had stab wounds.

They were taken to Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where the man remains in a critical condition and the woman is stable.

A crime scene has been set up at the home and police say they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the incident.

The Wayside Chapel’s iconic Christmas Day gathering in Kings Cross — which attracts up to 1,000 of the city’s homeless and isolated people — will not go ahead this year.

Pastor and CEO Jon Owen said to gather en masse with that many people was “not safe”.

Instead, there will be a lunch held every day in the week before Christmas to ensure the community is supported.

Wayside is among several charities having to either cancel or reconfigure fundraising events in the lead up to Christmas Day.

A travel company that organised school trips overseas has gone into liquidation, leaving hundreds of Australian families out of pocket

Educational World Travel had been paid more than $2 million to organise school trips to the United States for families from NSW, Queensland and Victoria.

Bathurst man Terry Steele said he paid $2,000 for a trip for his daughter.

“It’s very frustrating,” he said.

“I feel sorry for the kids that have worked jobs after school to contribute to these payments. I feel sorry for the parents that have worked hard to come up with the money. But I’m at a state where I don’t believe there’ll be any money coming back.”

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Teen sentenced over Bruce Highway crash that killed young Queensland couple

An 18-year-old Townsville man will not serve time in custody over a Bruce Highway crash that killed a young couple in late 2019.

Evan Fielder, 19, was driving with passenger Lauren Quabba, 16, south of Cairns when an oncoming car veered across double lines and collided with their vehicle.

The then-17-year-old driver of the oncoming car, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death, possessing dangerous drugs, and authority required to possess explosives during his sentencing at the Children’s Court of Queensland in Townsville on Thursday.

The parents of Mr Fielder and Lauren delivered harrowing victim impact statements that brought Judge John Coker to tears.

Lauren’s mother, Rhonda Quabba, told the court she was in “constant torment” after the death of her daughter.

“I will always be broken and I will never stop missing her,” she said.

Lauren’s father, Rodney Quabba, said he had struggled to come to terms with the circumstances of his daughter’s sudden death.

“Her death is a consequence that was handed to her and Evan upon that fateful Sunday evening through the liberty of choice by another person,” he said.

Wayne Fielder told the court his son Evan was “just beginning” his life.

“He had an amazing work ethic, loved his dream job of being a tennis coach — he mentored dozens of children every week,” Mr Fielder said.

“Life has now become about treading water, just getting through each day, not really being able to feel happiness or joy.”

The court heard that the defendant, who had a provisional license, had attended a music festival and taken MDMA the day before the fatal crash.

He is believed to have fallen asleep at the wheel and veered onto the opposite side of the road colliding with the couple’s vehicle head on.

A sample of his blood showed he had 0.13 milligrams per kilogram of MDMA in his system at the time, but was not under the influence.

During a search of his car police found a capsule of MDMA and an undischarged round of ammunition.

In his sentencing Judge John Coker acknowledged the trauma the teenager had experienced after the fatal crash.

“You have suffered, obviously, physical injury and, as it is suggested in a psychological report, psychological injuries and they will be long standing and perhaps lifelong,” he said.

“The far more significant consequence here was the death of Evan and Lauren and the fact that their opportunities for a long, happy and productive life were cut short as a result of a failure by you.”

Judge Coker was overwhelmed with emotion when referencing the victim impact statements read to the court.

“They are heart-wrenching,” he said.

“If I had such power the very first thing that anyone would do would be to see the return of those children to their families.

Judge Coker sentenced the teenager to 12 months’ detention, to be suspended and served by a three-month release order, and disqualified him from driving for two years.

No convictions were recorded.

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Woman charged after couple attacked with an axe in Sydney’s south-west

A woman has been charged after a couple were injured in an alleged axe attack in Sydney‘s south-west yesterday.

Emergency services were called to Dobu Place in Glenfield just before 5.30pm yesterday following reports of a violent incident.

When they arrived, they found a 44-year-old man with a slash wound to his left thigh, while his 47-year-old partner had received a less serious cut to her head.

A man has been taken to hospital after he sustained injuries in the Sydney suburb of Glenfield.

Police search the area and initially arrested three women, but two have since been released without charge pending further inquiries.

The third woman, aged 36, was held overnight and this morning charged with wounding a person with the intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

She has been refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today.

Police say an “improvised weapon” has been seized at the crime scene and will be examined by their forensics team.

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Queensland couple fined for animal welfare offences over ’emaciated’ puppies

A Far North Queensland couple who fed two puppies an almost exclusively vegan diet, leaving them severely malnourished and underweight, has been banned from owning pets for three years and fined nearly $9,000.

James McKenzie and Megan Price from Cow Bay, north of Cairns, were each charged with two counts of failing to treat an animal and one count of failing to comply with an animal welfare direction (AWD) between April and May 2020.

The bull-arab-cross puppies, named Roo and Ula, were seized from the couple after the RSPCA made several visits to their property to investigate reports of animal cruelty and found the dogs were being fed chickpeas, quinoa, rice and grains.

After being seized in May, the dogs underwent days of emergency treatment, which resulted in Ula being renamed and re-homed after his condition improved.

Roo, however, did not respond well to emergency rehabilitation and was euthanased on the advice of three independent vets who held concerns around his quality of life due to lifelong pain.

On one of the first visits in April last year, the RSPCA inspector was told Roo had injured a back leg when jumping off the couch.

The couple told the inspector they had put the dog’s leg into a homemade cast, which they learned to construct from the internet, because they did not have the money to take the dog to the vet for treatment.

Roo was found to be underweight, struggling to stand and suffering blisters on his stomach due to the homemade cast rubbing against his skin.

The couple was issued with two AWDs — ordering them to have the puppy examined by a vet immediately.

The couple told the inspector that puppies Roo and Ula were being fed on rice and chickpeas as the couple had run out of dog food and were unable to buy more.

Days later, when the RSPCA followed up on the dogs’ welfare, McKenzie told the inspector the dogs had “gone to God”.

“They’re not with us anymore,” McKenzie told the inspector.

Less than a week later, the RSPCA learned Roo and Ula were back at the property.

A search warrant of the couple’s property found there was no dog food or meat products at the property, only human food, including lentils, rice, pasta, quinoa and grains in the pantry and fridge.

Price told the inspector she made her own dog food for the puppies but refused to disclose what ingredients she used.

After being seized, both dogs were assessed by veterinarian Dr Paul Matthews as being “emaciated” and suffering severe calcium deficiencies.

Giving evidence, Dr Matthews said approximately three months of inappropriate diet had led to severe nutritional imbalance in both puppies.

The couple was ordered to pay more than $8,600 in fines, legal costs and veterinarian bills.

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Animal-loving couple in Launceston put wedding on hold for pet rat rescue project

Ella Wright and Caleb Godden of Launceston are due to be married in April, but their big day may be pushed back due to rats.

The couple share their living room with 38 rodents thanks to a rat rescue project they began.

“We saw that there were some [pet rats] needing homes and rescue and it just blew up,” Ms Wright said.

Hazel Godden with two of the rats rescued by her parents.(

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Starting a rat rescue

The decision to get two pet rats last year was one Ms Wright and Mr Godden took seriously.

“I did months of research before even looking at buying them, so I knew what to expect,” Ms Wright said.

But not long after acquiring Loki and Klaus, Ms Wright realised through her continued online research that relatively few other rat owners were as thorough as she had been.

“People get rats thinking they are small animals with small needs,” she said.

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Pet rats are more difficult and costly to care for than many people think, Ms Wright says.(

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But rats, Ms Wright explains, have “complex needs” which, along with the cost of keeping them, result in many rat owners not caring for their animals adequately, and not wanting to keep them for long.

This situation, which Ms Wright said was exacerbated by pet owners returning to work and school after COVID restrictions ended, was one she felt she must address.

Rehoming rehabilitated rats

Most of the rats in the rescue project arrived after having been deemed “too old, ugly, unruly or disabled” to be kept by their previous owners, and rehabilitation was the primary purpose of the project.

Beyond addressing the rats’ physical needs, Ms Wright and Mr Godden also tend to their mental and emotional health.

Rats that go on to meet health and behavioural requirements set by Ms Wright then become candidates for rehoming.

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Baby rats for sale online are often bred at rodent mills, Ms Wright says.(

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Potential owners must complete a “lengthy questionnaire” and an interview with Ms Wright to establish their ability to provide a “healthy, happy” rat home.

“[Among other things], we try to ensure that people are not going to live-feed our rats [to reptiles],” she said.

“If that happened, I would be devastated.”

Ms Wright creates a detailed “surrender profile” for each adopted rat, which she gives to its new owners, along with the promise of around-the-clock availability for consultation.

“[Running the rescue project] is 24-7 … but I do plan on taking a little bit of time off … for my wedding,” Ms Wright said.

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Rats are top priority

Even the wedding, Ms Wright admits, may take a backseat to the rats, just as many other things in her life with Mr Godden have.

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Money that would otherwise be saved for the wedding was currently set aside for rat surgeries, including an operation to remove a tumour from a grey male rat named Pumbaa.

“We are saving up for that … so that he can live a longer life,” Ms Wright said.

Extra funds will also be required to double the size of the rat rescue project, which Ms Wright and Mr Godden plan to do down the track.

“Obviously, that will come when we can afford a bigger house to put them all in,” Ms Wright said.

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Full list of venues, hotspots and locations couple with COVID-19 visited across Sydney including Bondi Junction, Figo Restaurant, Fratelli Fresh and Casula

Another restaurant has been identified as a COVID-19 risk in Sydney after a couple tested positive to the virus.

NSW Health has asked anyone who visited XOPP in Haymarket on Wednesday, April 28, between 1.30pm and 2.30pm to get tested and self isolate until a negative result is received.

This comes after Premier Gladys Berejiklian imposed new restrictions in New South Wales after the wife of a man from Sydney’s eastern suburbs tested positive yesterday.

Thousands of people across Sydney remain on high alert with the list of Sydney venues visited by the infectious COVID-19 cases growing further each day.

Earlier yesterday anyone who attended Fratelli Fresh at Westfield Sydney, Pitt Street on Tuesday, April 27, between 1.15-2.15pm and Bondi Trattoria, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach on Thursday, April 29, between 12.45-1.30pm were asked to immediately get tested and isolate until notified of a negative result.

NSW Health confirmed on Wednesday that fragments of the coronavirus had been detected in the Marrickville sewage network, servicing about 42,000 people.

XOPP in Haymarket, which was visited by a COVID-19 case. (XOPP)

Dr Kerry Chant said authorities are still unable to explain why COVID-19 has been detected in the sewage.

“We can’t find obvious sources for that,” Dr Chant said.

“Given this concern about the local transmission, it’s made us even more heightened in our concern about sewage detections.”

The Marrickville catchment services around 42,000 people and takes in the suburbs of Dulwich Hill, Marrickville, Summerhill, Lewisham, Ashfield, Haberfield, Petersham, Lilyfield and Leichhardt.

“While my message is to anyone with the most minimal of symptoms to come forward and get tested, we’re particularly calling out those suburbs because of that detection,” Dr Chant said.

Bondi Trattoria at Bondi Beach was confirmed as an exposure site connected to Sydney’s recent COVID case yesterday. (Bondi Trattoria/Facebook)

He visited a cafe in Paddington, an optometrist in the city, a cinema and four barbeque stores over the weekend.

On Monday, he went to a gym and a cafe in Moore Park’s Entertainment Quarter before spending the evening at The Royal Sydney Golf Club.

Then on Tuesday, he spent time in Brookvale, Collaroy, Balgowlah and Double Bay, visiting a chemist, supermarket, rug cleaning business and two homewares shops.

Barbetta in Paddington, Sydney is another exposure site (Janie Barrett)

NSW Health has updated its advice for locations that have been confirmed as COVID-19 locations. They are now listed as either close contacts, where you should get tested immediately and self-isolate for 14 days; casual contacts, where you should get tested immediately and self-isolate until you get a negative result; or monitor for symptoms.

  • Fratelli Fresh, Westfield Sydney, 1.15pm-2.15pm
  • XOPP, Haymarket, 1.30pm-2.30pm
  • Bondi Trattoria, Bondi Beach, 12.45pm-1.30pm
  • District Brasserie, Chifley Square, 11am – 11:45am
  • HineSight Optometrist, Sofitel Sydney, Wentworth, 12pm – 1pm
  • Barbetta, Paddington, 1:30pm – 2:30pm
  • Screening of The Courier at Event Cinemas, Westfield Bondi Junction, 6pm – 8pm
  • Figo Restaurant, Rushcutters Bay, 8.45pm – 11pm
  • Joe’s Barbeques & Heating, Silverwater, 1pm – 1.45pm
  • Tucker Barbecues, Silverwater, 1pm – 1.45pm
  • Barbeques Galore, Annandale, 2pm – 3pm
  • Barbeques Galore, Casula, 4pm – 5pm
  • BP Mascot, Botany Road, 4.30pm – 5pm
  • The Meat Store, Bondi Junction, 3pm – 4pm
A man with coronavirus went to see a movie at Event Cinemas in Bondi Junction.
A man with coronavirus went to see a movie at Event Cinemas in Bondi Junction. (Google Maps)
  • The Stadium Club, Moore Park, 11.30am-12.30pm
  • Azure Café, Moore Park, 12.30pm-1pm
  • The Royal Sydney Golf Club, Rose Bay, 5.30pm-9pm
  • Rug Cleaning Repairs Hand Rug Wash Sydney, Brookvale, 12.30pm-1pm
  • Alfresco Emporium, Collaroy, 1pm-1.30pm
  • SMITH MADE, Balgowlah, 2.30pm-2.45pm
  • Chemist Warehouse, Double Bay, 3.45pm-4pm
  • Woolworths, Double Bay, 4.05pm-4.15pm

The man, who authorities said hadn’t returned from overseas, worked in border roles or interacted with the hospital system, used QR codes to check in and out of venues, making contact tracing easier.

“This person did everything right, but it goes to show we can’t take anything for granted,” NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian said.

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The man was initially tested on Tuesday but thought to have been infectious since Friday, April 30.

Health Minister Brad Hazzard said it was “a very clear reminder” of the risk of coronavirus remains.

He urged residents to get tested regardless of whether they had been vaccinated or not.

“People in the eastern suburbs particularly should be listening to these messages and getting tested,” Mr Hazzard said.

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AFL power couple quietly go separate ways

Footy power couple Tom Mitchell and Hannah Davis have reportedly split.

The pair have turned heads during recent Brownlow Medal gala events, helping to grow Davis’ profile as an Instagram and lifestyle influencer.

Her daring dresses have been a feature of the annual Brownlow medal count and famously made her mark when Mitchell won the award in 2018, when cameras spotted the couple sharing a smooch after his award was announced.

However, The Herald Sun reports the couple have separated after three years together.

The report outlines that Davis has moved to Byron Bay while pursuing her booming pilates career.

Mitchell has remained in Melbourne, where he continues to play with Hawthorn.

The couple no longer follow each other on Instagram and had not been seen together on social media since November.

It brings to an end a relationship that had appeared so perfect when Mitchell was crowned the best player in football in 2018.

While accepting the medal. Mitchell said on stage: “She’s the real reason I’m standing up here. Hannah’s made sacrifices. She’s there through the highs and lows”.

She said during the after-party: “Tom makes me proud every single day”.

Mitchell was unable to follow her to the iconic NSW town as he continues to rediscover the form that made him the best player in the league before he suffered

Mitchell missed all of 2019 after breaking his leg at the first training session of the year

He also had shoulder surgery at the end of the 2020 season, but has played every game for Hawthorn this year.

He was also instrumental as the best player on the field in Hawthorn’s famous comeback win over Essendon in March.

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Couple renovate a rundown 1963 caravan into their dream hair salon – as they share their tips for upgrading a small space fast

An Australian couple with a knack for DIY projects have transformed a 1963 Viscount valiant caravan into a stunning hair salon.

Mum-of-two Alicia Birch, 34, from South Australia, has been a hairdresser for close to 20 years and was seeking a suitable part-time work from home role. 

After thoughtful consideration, her husband Ben, 36, suggested renovating a secondhand caravan to start her own business – which they then purchased in March 2020 for $2,500.

‘The caravan was very rundown and needed to be stripped and decked out with new material,’ Alicia told FEMAIL.

Today the caravan sits on their property and Alicia works four days a week with an ongoing rotation of customers.  

The pair completed the entire renovation themselves on weekends as Ben is a full-time cabinet maker and Alicia has a keen eye for interior design.

The caravan was originally rundown from years of neglect by previous owners and needed to undergo a complete transformation.

The DIY project took ten months to complete and came to a rough total of $20,000.

‘The project would’ve cost a lot more if we paid for labour and tradesmen, so I feel very lucky,’ she said.

As the caravan is more than 50 years old and has a circular outer shell, everything had to be custom made.

‘It was definitely a challenge ensuring everything fit, but we’re really happy with the end result,’ she said.

The caravan now has a refined exterior with baby blue horizontal stripe feature on a white canvas background with a wooden front door.

The interior has a couch, two hairdresser chairs, a basin, benchtop, cupboard space and potted plants.

As guests wait for their appointment they can enjoy a coffee or tea, and Alicia also has enough storage room for her tools and products. 

The caravan also has a sunlight to welcome natural light into the small space – which was part of the original design. 

On April 9 Alicia also shared images of the transformation to the Caravan Renovations Facebook group where she received praise from thousands.

‘Love this, looks gorgeous! I’m doing a similar reno to my 72 Viscount Royal,’ one woman said.

‘I have just started renovating mine to make into a mobile massage clinic,’ another said.

Others dubbed the idea as ‘amazing’, ‘awesome’ and ‘so clever’. 

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