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.
by Catherine George
Hostelz.com Staff Reviewer
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