Childers, Queensland, June 2000

Childers Backpackers' Hostel fire, 2000

Quick Statistics

15 Fatalities
1 Businesses Destroyed

On 23 June 2000, a backpackers' hostel in Childers, Queensland, was destroyed by a deliberately-lit fire. Eighty-eight people occupied the hostel at the time of the fire; fifteen died. The deceased were travellers from England, Holland, Ireland, Korea, Japan and Australia.

In response to the fire, new legislation was introduced in 2002 requiring all budget accommodation buildings to prepare and implement Fire Safety Management Plans.

An inquest into the fires was held by the State Coroner of Brisbane. The findings were released on 7 July 2006.



Queensland Government, Department of Infrastructure and Planning, Fire Safety Management Plan Guidelines, website viewed 10 February 2015.
Queensland State Coroner, ‘Inquest into the Palace Backpackers hostel fire’, website viewed 10 February 2015.
State Emergency Service Queensland, SES news July 2000, website viewed 19 April 2011.