Perth, the capital of Western Australia, is a major destination for backpackers trying to break away from the East coast swell in search of a different side of Australia. With amazing art, museums, a great social scene, stunning coastlines and white sandy beaches dotting waterside suburbs, Perth is not only cultured but beautiful. Here are the top backpacker spots to stay in when you visit.
Set in the heart of Perth’s nightlife district, this is the perfect base for backpackers looking to meet great people in a great city. The bohemian-style hostel is only a 10-minute walk to the city, too, allowing for the best of both worlds. There are male- and female-only dorms as well as one private room available, which sleeps three. The hostel is very secure with a swipe-card entry system and private lockers. It also has a TV and games room, laundry services, and free WiFi in all areas.
Fremantle YHA definitely gets the gold medal for most unique hostel in Perth. Set in a former prison, guests get to slumber in actual cells that housed criminals up until 1991. Built in the 1850s, the site retains much of its Victorian-style and prison structures. Should guests feel a little on edge in the cell dorms, try out one of the prison guards’ cottages for a more roomy option.
The Emperor's Crown Hostel
Just over 10 minutes walk from the Perth’s Central Business District, The Emperor’s Crown Hostel is a brilliant backpacker option when exploring Perth. Super casual, fun and unfussy, backpackers can bank on a good bang for their buck. This hostel features private and shared dorms (mixed and female-only), free WiFi, limited free parking, communal areas, BBQ facilities, and a games room. The Emperor’s Crown Hostel is sure to be your home away from home in Perth.
City Perth Backpacker
This simple and no-fuss hostel is the perfect base for those prioritising good location. Only a 12-minute walk form Perth Railway and close to tonnes of sights, things to do, and scenic city strolls, City Perth Backpacker offers modest private and dorm-style digs. There is also free daily breakfast and a kitchen, common area, and coin-operated laundry. Parking is available for a small fee.
Billabong Backpackers Resort Hostel
This backpackers’ hostel in Perth is perfect both for travellers passing through and for those after long-term stays in the city. Offering very affordable weekly rates and super cheap nightly dinners, Billabong Backpackers is a great option for cost-conscious travellers looking to stretch their budget without compromising quality. Voted ‘Best Backpackers Hostel’ in Perth in both 2015 and 2016 (Golden Backpack Awards), the hostel offers mixed dorms with air-conditioning, free breakfast and parking, and tasteful private rooms. Bonus points for the gorgeous outdoor pool and deck area.
This city-side hostel is the perfect home base so you can explore Perth. Homely and casual, Coolibah Lodge features mixed and single-sex dorms as well as private rooms (which have air-conditioning, mini-fridges, and tea- and coffee-making facilities). This hostel is laden with additional bonuses catered for backpackers such as an internet cafe, bar, and a picnic area with BBQs.
The Witch's Hat
Just a short walk from the Central Business District, The Witch’s Hat is a characterful budget-backpackers’ hostel worth checking out. Set in a restored federation-style lodging, the hostel offers private and shared rooms (mixed and female-only), large personal lockers and complimentary breakfast and parking. There is also a courtyard, garden and BBQ facilities for guests’ use.
Ocean Beach Backpackers
This beachside hostel in Perth is perfect for backpackers looking to take in the lush, scenic surroundings of Western Australia’s beach lifestyle. Set just moments from the water, guests can wake up to a sea breeze and morning dip each day. The modest rooms can include WiFi (paid) and some even boast ocean views. The property is fully fitted with a casual restaurant and bar and a liquor store on its doorstep.
Threading the line between a standard budget hotel and party hostel, Kangaroo Inn‘s mission is to be your home away from home – welcoming, comfortable, safe, fun and social. Located in the centre of Perth’s Central Business District, it is in the heart of all the action. Offering both private and shared rooms, Kangaroo Inn also includes air-conditioning, private lockers, a home theatre, BBQ facilities, and an outdoor common area.
Old Fire Station
Set in a former firehouse, this Fremantle backpacker hostel comes with tonnes of character and bonus amenities perfect for any type of traveller exploring Perth. With private and shared (mixed and female-only) rooms, free breakfast, and storage lockers, the Old Fire Station Hostel trumps most hostels with its lineup of activities available. There is a pool table and table tennis, free daily yoga and meditation classes, as well as a courtyard with regular movie screenings.