Backpackers owners had the time of their lives
FOR eight years Lynda and Peter Odgers lived in a place described as "living in an international airport departure lounge".
The couple were the previous owners of the Gladstone Backpackers.
They had the building on the market for two years, and last week it officially sold.
Mrs Odgers admitted that it was a sad handover.
"We just loved it; it was a fantastic time in our lives.
"Once we had eight Irish people stay with us. They planned to stay for one night, but they ended up staying for over a week.
"They would go out and drink every night and never woke up in time the next morning," she laughed.
Mrs Odgers said another Irishman who stayed at the backpackers had a horrible fright from a crocodile warning sign one day too.
"He was going to look for a job near Yarwun and he borrowed a bike to ride there.
"He was riding across the old causeway and saw the old crocodile sign there.
"He said he got back on his bike and rode so fast, because he thought there could have been a crocodile coming after him.
"He came back so red-faced," she said.
Now Lynda is living in Noosa and is working in relief management.
Peter still lives in Gladstone and drives to Noosa on his days off.
The couple plans to visit Ireland soon and stay with a group of people who bunked in the backpackers not long ago.
"We've made some really fantastic friends."