Meet the staff

Sam, Penny and  Tom Twelftree own and manage Backpack Oz & The Guest House.

We are thrilled that so many long lasting friendships have been formed between people who have met whilst staying and working here. We can proudly claim at least seven marriages have resulted from people who met at Backpack Oz!

It is always great to hear from people who spent time working and staying with us as they move through their lives. Please keep in touch!

Sam Twelftree, 45, master of ceremonies!


Hi everyone! I’ve been full time manager and part owner of Backpack OZ since 1999. In 2003 I took a wee break to spend almost 3 years in the U.K where I lived and worked and backpacked all over Western and Eastern Europe and the U.K. I have also traveled to the USA, New Zealand, SE Asia and China.

But most importantly I have traveled all over Australia!

My pride and joy is most definitely my daughters Jasmine and Lucy and my wife Aneta….and my Spotify

Penny Twelftree, 48, partial to a nice glass of wine

G’day guys and girls! I hope you have a fantastic time here at Backpack Oz and the Guest House. I’m happily married and have two crazy happy children – Oliver and Ivy!

I only work a couple of shifts at the hostel.

Ciao for now xox.

Tom, 46  !!!


I’d like to think that I am the brains behind Backpack Oz but Penny and Sam would strongly debate that.

With my lovely wife Emma we are the proud parents of Henry, Grace and Sadie who look forward to hanging out at Backpack Oz one day in the future.




Hi everyone! We are the amazing staff and back bone of Backpack OZ and the Guest House.

We are super hard working, friendly and approachable.

Come see us for a chat in the office or buy us a drink at the bar lol !





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