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Busselton Backpackers

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The Busselton Backpackers is in a small yellow house just half a block from the tourist information centre in Busselton (this is the drop off for bus services; just continue down the side road that the info centre is on and you will see the sign for the backpackers in less than a minute).

The backpackers sleeps less than thirty people, so it has the cozy, friendly atmosphere that comes with smaller hostels. Manager/owner Sam is helpful and friendly and does weekly rates for those staying in the area to work (lots of casual labour is available in Busselton in the summer), and will do transport in a bus during grape-picking season (starts mid-February). Although it's not an advertised feature, travellers with a tent can pitch in the big backyard for a discount.

There are only two bathrooms in the hostel, so there is often a lineup. And the kitchen is very cramped. But the place is well maintained and clean, with mainly single beds (instead of bunks). A comfortable lounge area for watching TV or movies is provided, along with a ping-pong table and covered outdoor lounge area for parties. Cheapike rental is available.

Busselton itself is a popular spot with those who are interested in water sports--with fantastic sheltered white sand beaches for swimming and snorkelling. And the backpacker's manager has a contact at the local dive shop for discounts on diving in the area. Thirty minutes from surf beaches and beautiful national parks, the hostel often runs day trips out to Cape Leeuwin and surrounding area on the weekends for a small cost.

Busselton Backpackers is a good place for meeting people as the small facilities and limited number of visitors and large number of long-term stay backpackers contribute to a welcoming atmosphere.

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April 2005

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Hostelz.com Guest Reviews
4   Lovely place -- helpful manager One of the most helpful owner/manager in Australia I have ever met. It was a great time. The hosel is really nice and has a lovely backyard. Ok it could be a little bit cleaner but in compare with other hostels in Australia it is still one of the best.  , Germany ()
1   Dirty Showered at the place and they charged us (which is fine) however it was the dirtiest place we've ever seen. The owner was an absolute prick and the place looked like it hadnt been cleaned ever. The owner came in with his BMW, yet the place looked like it obviously hadn't been cared for at all. The only plus was the guy working for the place -- otherwise we hated it.  , Canada ()
3   Brilliant stayed at this hostel without reservation near christmas time dec. '06. sam the owner was cordial. very understanding. made room. and i guarantee if you are lucky enough to find his establishment you will never on any level be able to come home to wherever you're from without smiles and good memories. i miss it daily.  , United States ()
5   Thats the place i have seen a few backpackers in my life but sam's place is unbeatable. the atmosphere is just perfect -- open and chill. people from all over the world and always something happening.  , austria ()
5  Busselton Backpackers is in a league of its own!! Sam the "DIRECTOR" is one of the most down to earth and funniest guys you will ever meet, he makes everyone's stay an enjoyable one with his friendliness and chilled out out look on life. Ok so its not the ritz but the energy that flows throughout his four walls is awesome. Its all about having fun and im counting down the hours til i return! Anyone who wants to experience the real australia must pay a visit, and i can guarantee you'll never want to leave.....  ()
5  Busselton Backpackers is in a league of its own!! Sam the "director" is one of the most down to earth and funniest guys you will ever meet, he makes everyone's stay an enjoyable one with his friendliness and chilled out out look on life. Ok so its not the ritz but the energy that flows throughout his four walls is awesome. Its all about having fun and im counting down the hours til i return! Anyone who wants to experience the real australia must pay a visit, and i can guarantee you'll never want to leave.  ()
4  This hostel has got the friendliest and coolest owner in all of Western Australia. It isn't the cleanest or most comfortable place I've been to, but still it's the best!!! Thank you Sam.  ()

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