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What you offer

Hours per week

Help out and collaborate with your host only a few hours per week.

Night Shift

Help with night tasks to make the place relaxing for all guests


Help clean the kitchen, bedrooms, bathrooms and common areas.


Exchange and wash bed linens. Make the beds.


Help with check-ins, check-outs and attend to guests.

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What you get

Days off per week

Have some time off for yourself, go explore the city or rest for a while.

Shared Dorm

Be ready to meet people while staying in a shared dorm.


Get your free breakfast, the most important meal of the day.

Free Laundry

There's a special place where all the clothes get cleaned for free.

Free Tours

Don’t miss a thing! Get free tours and explore.


Worldpackers team will guide and advise you before, during and after your trip.

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The Experience

We pride our reputation on offering genuine quality service to our guests from all over the world. We believe the travelers or backpackers enjoy mixing socially and working side by side with fellow travelers to share stories and plan future travels together

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  • Over 18 years old

What's not included

Flights, Travel Insurance, Internal Transportation and Visa

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Stay at least
3 weeks

Talk to those who have lived the experience

3 Reviews

Host & Staff

Hours & Tasks


Learning & Fun


I had the most pleasant surprise with my experience here in Dickson Central!
First of all, Canberra turned out to be a very amazing city with incredible surroundings and turism: Alan (one of the owners and an awesome guy) took me and other volunteers for hiking, barbecues etc... priceless moments.
The volunteering is very easy and the resident managers help you through everyday.
Breakfast is very good also! Such nice people volunteering there with me: I made a lot of friends!
I would definetely reccomend people to visit Canberra and Dickson Central when coming to Australia.
Cheers, mates!

10 months ago


Great place to work! The hostel is in a nice, easy to access area in Canberra. The daily tasks are quick to finish and nice to do with the volunteers team. The owners, Joseph and Allan, are very friendly and always willing to help with your doubts. They also offer some day trips for the volunteers, for example, we went with Allan to a reserve to see koalas 🐨!
I highly recommend this place to get to know Canberra better, it has a lot to offer and to learn about!

11 months ago


Great place to start your Worldpackers experience! The owners are friendly and helpful! They makes you fell like at home. The job is pretty easy and you got plenty of time to do your stuff. We also had a awesome barbecue day and hiking with Allan, one of the owners. Just amazing! I strongly recommend this place and Canberra!

over 1 year ago

About Dickson Central

  • Hosted by Joseph

  • New
    Recently Online
  • Response Rate: 50%
  • Response Time: Less than a day

About the host

We are the only independent boutique hostel in the national capital. Our unique property attracts visitors from all over the world seeking the experience the culture of the city and experience the great Australian native bush land on the door step of the city. We also own a small resort on the Sapphire Coast at Merimbula, 3 hours from Canberra, We offer our volunteers the opportunity to spend time at both our properties and will arrange tra...

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