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Perth is the capital of Western Australia and is home to the majority of Western Australia's population. A Perth hostel is not hard to find -- in fact, many can be seen from the major busport/ train station. Perth has a few big street malls which are fun to visit. Internet access, grocery stores, and ATMs are all easily accessible here as well. Conveniently, there is a free city bus route that can get you at least close to wherever you might want to be in the city.
Perth hostels are a good place to stay to check out the healthy music scene based in the city. One sight in Perth that you should not miss is King's Park. It is the largest park in a metropolitan area in Australia and is filled with unique bridges and lots of regional flora and fauna. Concerts are sometimes held in King's Park.
When you come to the end of your Perth hostel stay we recommend checking out the areas south of the city, such as Esperance, and Margaret River, or north of the city like Geraldton, Monkey Mia, or Exmouth. If you are coming into Western Australia by plane, you will have to stop through Perth to get to these areas. Perth has excellent train and bus transport that can take you just about anywhere in WA.
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"This was the first place I went in Oz (Australia). I just asked the bus driver from the airport to drop us somewhere nice. And was it ever! It's clean, friendly, air-conditioned, and has a pool and a great atmosphere. Thanks!" … "Top class. Excellent kitchen and communal areas. Great bar with lots happening, plus great pool (water) and pool (Balls). Fantastic cinema/TV room with nightly films on request. Also, well within walking...
Ocean Beach Backpackers
"The best place in Australia--top people, clean and big rooms, loads of stuff going on, and a great beach. I stayed three months!!" … "Brilliant, great people, great staff, right on the beach! the best time ever! You have to stay here!!" … "Absolutely briliant - you've got to see this beach!" … "Superb location on the fantastic beach, and nice and handy for the world famous "Sunday Session." Good atmosphere, huge en suite...
"This is the best hostel I've stayed at in Australia. At first you have to get used to it a bit, but after a couple of days it feels like home. It's a nice walk to the city (but watch out for the crazy guy on Lake Street with all the satanic ritual things in his front yard). I've been to Oz for six months and mostly stayed in the big hostels (Global Palace in Cairns, Wake-Up in Sydney and Chilli's in Darwin) but this is the sh*t! Like I said:...
Billabong Backpackers Resort
"This is how all hostels should be run! You can see that they have been travellers in their time as they really have thought of all the things that both annoy and please backpackers and used their experiences to make sure their resort is one of the best around. The double rooms are simple but spacious with an en-suit and small balcony. There's plenty of communal space with a TV lounge, large open eating/TV area and a pool with tables and...
North Lodge Backpackers/Apartments
"I think this place was a lovely place dont know what people are on about..I stayed here for 3 months and visited a load of other hostels which were absolutely horrible Frances is the nicest woman you can meet and would bend over backwards for you I reckon the people who wrote the last comments were probably filthy dirty and carried all kinds of diseases the sheets are changed everyday you have a tv in your room and probably a fridge..The...
Planet Inn Backpackers
"Planet Inn Backpackers (formerly Club Red) is known as the cheapest hostel in Perth. The mattresses are thin and the facilities filthy and it's also a bit outside the city. But if you just want the cheapest accommodation you'll be happy to get a bed in the eighteen-bed dorms. The Location The hostel is about a twenty-minute walk outside the city center and a ten-minute walk to the next supermarket (Coles). But you can access the Free...
The Witch's Hat Backpacker Hostel
"It took us around twenty minutes to walk to Witch's Hat from the train station, but taxis are readily available should you not wish to walk. The hostel lies in the heart of the Northridge district of Perth, which is good for cafes, bars, restaurants, and clubs. The center of Perth is easily walkable and takes around twenty minutes. From the outside, Witch's Hat is probably the best-looking hostel we have stayed at. The inside isn't too bad...
The Shiralee Backpackers Hostel
"I had a great time staying here. I enjoyed the friendly service and helpful staff. The outside SPA is definitely a very special feature! The location is excellent, and it's clean and has a very homely atmosphere." … "Disappointing - My son and I have stayed at this place for one week in July this year. It was definitely a very disappointing experience. first of all, there was no spa to be seen, albeit advertised on the website. All the...
Globe Backpackers & City Oasis Resort
"I thought this was the best hostel I stayed in during my entire trip around the world! The facilities were great -- bathrooms were totally private -- room with shower toilet and sink -- a welcome change! And I actually felt comfortable using the kitchen as it was cleaned everyday and I was happy to cook in it which I was certainly now happy to do in many other hostels. The rooms were comfy too -- stayed in six dorms (one all female the other...
1201 East Backpackers
"1201 East Backpackers is perfect for relaxing and long-term stays. Thirty minutes' walk away from Northbridge means no loud crowds and no music all through the night. 1201 East Backpackers is a no-nonsense hostel with regulations to make your stay chilled and enjoyable. The Location The hostel is located in East Perth. The neighbourhood is safe and very quiet but easily accessible by public transport. Since most of the other hostels in...
"Beatty Lodge is located not too far from the CBD of Perth; it is about twenty minutes' walk from the train station and fifteen minutes' walk to the bus stop. There is a free bus, No. 15, that goes to and from the Beatty Lodge -- again, it is fifteen minutes' walk to the bus stop. The Location The closest shops and restaurants are located at the train station. There is a small drive-in liquor store on the way to the train station from...
Hay Street Backpackers
"I stayed here in 2003 and it was the best. I met loads of good mates and it was so handy to town!! But the night manager is a grumpy guy. Also I shared a room with a psycho. Don't worry though, she is long gone and all hostels have their nutters." … "It was never quiet when I was there. I had a ball. There were parties nearly every night, although the manager was never too keen on this!" … "Clean, quiet, convenient, friendly - I...
Western Beach Lodge
"I stayed at Nifty's (the Western Beach Lodge to you) in January-February 2001. Nifty is a true gent who takes good care of all who stay with him. It's a small hostel with a family atmosphere, and ideal if you're working." … "Very Good - We stayed in this hostel in Jan 2007 and loved it, had two of my best weeks in Australia here, loved it! would recommend it to everyone." … "A home from home! Decent honest staff. Really enjoyed...
Easy Perth Backpackers
"Meet an Aussie in a Perth Backpackers - This is one of the only backpackers in Perth that lets Aussies and Kiwis stay here. I reckon it's a great exchange between locals and travelers to class the same place home for a while!!" … "… will unfortunately attract a small fee to cover a Staff Member to greet you. EPB utilises a shuttle bus service from both International and Domestic Airports. For fees and service times, please...
The Old Swan Barracks
"The Old Swan Barracks could be one of the best hostels that ever existed, but it isn't. It falls short on too many counts, but it certainly has a lot going for it too. The Location The location is great. The hostel is within easy walking distance to the city centre and has lots of local amenities nearby like the train station, library, nightlife, and supermarkets. The hostel itself is also very easy to find -- it is unmissable, in fact....
The Emperor's Crown Backpackers
"Great location, it's a close walk to pubs and bars. Great facilities, including toilet and plasma TV. Very clean beds, toilet and kitchen. Friendly environment. Private parking with security camera and automatic security lighting. Overall, it's the Best IN Town!!!" … "This was my son's first stop on his year long trip to Australia. He could not rave about this place enough. The lady who runs it treated them like they were guests in her...
Britannia on William
"Britannia on Willam is one of the most central hostels in Northbridge. It's just next to the State Library and Art Gallery (Culture) Center and fifty meters away from the central shopping street. It's in an old building, so the rooms make you feel at home. On Tuesday evenings they offer free beer and wine in the garden to guests. We really like the quantity of work places (table and power points), which are perfect if you need to do some work...
Backpackers International Ladies Hostel
"Easily improved - Dirty, advertised air conditioning but reception staff stated they can't turn it on. No toilet paper available for first night. Breakfast advertised but only supplied 1 day out of 3. Location great." … "What you would expect minus the rude front desk reception. - The first stay I was "welcomed" by one of the girls at the front reception necessarily rudely and after a long flight it wasn't the kind of "Welcome to...
Victoria Park Lodge
"A workers lodging - It has all the facilities you require for living. Nothing is extra flash or dull in that matter. The people are really welcoming and help each other with jobs and transport. In other words it is a very chilled spot. People are nice and helpful. I have loved it here. I would give a 5 Star but I feel as if that is meant for a really flash looking place." … "Noisy - I had booked into Victoria Park Lodge by internet,...
The Hive Hostel
"A place for creative souls. - Loved this Hostel, there is artwork by local and international artists all over the place, my room was decorated with a global city skyline drawn in a very unique way, which was a nice wall to wake up to. Room airconditioned, maybe a bit too cold sometimes but the manager was quick to assist with any problems I had. To wrap the Hive up, it had a great vibe from the people staying there, mostly created by the...
"Banjos Backpackers is just five minutes from the East Perth Terminal where you arrive if you come by the Indian Pacific train to Perth. It offers (sometimes) fast, free/unlimited internet. The Location The accommodation is a bit out -- about twenty minutes on foot -- of the inner city center, but there is free public transport in Perth with its next bus stop just five minutes away. The next supermarket (Coles) is a ten-minute walk away...
Guildfords Rosedale Lodge
"… building. From our lodge only take 10 mins to Perth Airport. 18kms to Perth Center. East Guildford Train Station within walking distance then take sort train ride to Perth CBD. Walk to shops, Pubs, eating places. Short drive to West Swan drive, Whitman Park, Caverham Wildlife Park, Winery, Brewery, Swan Valley Visitor Center. Room Type 4 bed mixed shared Dom. Private room - single/ double/ twin/ triple/ Quad available...
"… students. The great atmosphere, friendly staff and large range of facilities and great location have made the Billabong one of the best hostels around. Come and see for yourself why our guests call us their "home away from home". All rooms are ensuite & air-conditioned! Choose from large dorms to private double or twin rooms. Loads of extra facilities including swimming pool, gym, table...
"The Nomads Sundancer Backpackers Resort is housed within a stunningly renovated heritage building and offers everything you could possibly wish for! You'll enjoy our big rooms, young friendly staff and great atmosphere in WA's best café area! Visit the excellent markets or museums, stroll down the beautiful harbour or "cappuccino strip" or simply chill out on Bathers Beach or in our comfy Nomads hostel!Only 500m from the...
"Exclusive Backpackers is in an ideal location if you wish to be away from the heart of the city but still within walking distance. The Location It isn't hard to find as it is situated off Hay Street, which is one of Perth's main streets. If you are a sports lover, the WACA stadium is a ten-minute walk away, which is home to major cricket events all year round. A short walk away, there are lovely parks in which to picnic or enjoy a...
Backpack City & Surf
"Welcome to Sh*tty and Surf. We have indoor waterfalls when it's raining (bring your raincoats if you want to sit around indoors), a thick, clear scum that coats the bathrooms, and a complete lack of any staff. Handy hint -- if you want to stay for free, just come in after 6 and crash on the couch. No one will care. Smoke inside if you want. Help yourself to the free tea or coffee (but please mind the bugs) and please don't feed the rats that...
Grand Central Hotel Backpackers
"Central location - me and my husband stayed at this hostel in a double room. the room was neat tidy and clean the staff were nice -- always said good morning to us when we left to go get breakfast. its a nice old building in a great location, across the road from the train station. we will be staying there again. if you want to stay somewhere that is nice and quiet, stay in this hostel." … "Great Auzzie Hostel! - I stayed here for a...
Ozi Inn Backpackers
"The BEST hostel in Australia. But only stay here if you're cool and up for getting along with everyone. There's an amazing family atmosphere, and loads of fun and frolics to be had by all!" … "Loved it - I stayed here a while back and loved it, great atmosphere, very friendly and Rod the owner was a great help and all-round nice guy. Will be back." … "I stayed in this hostel and had the time of my life. The boys from Burnly,...
"I popped in at Spinners for a week back in 2000 and ended up extending my visa and staying three months -- Spinners rocks!" … "This is the best hostel I have ever stayed at. It has a very nice atmosphere and a lot of nice boys. Every Wednesday the whole hostel goes out to party, directly in Northbridge (where there's good nightlife)." … "Just number one in Australia. Spinner, Nan and Mill are sensational and Spinner's new pub,...
Hotel Bambu Backpackers
"Nice hostel - were made really at home by the staff, great people staying here, clean and best of all was very central location. no free carparking was a negative, and weekends you can hear some noise from the bar next door but in reality no one was in bed on a fri or sat before midnite anyway! great front lounge." … "Awesome place to hang out! - when you enter Bambu you already feel that this is a different place to stay. It's very...
HI - Perth City YHA Hostel
"If in Perth, this is the place to stay - I and my two teenage children arrived here after a two-day journey on the Indian Pacific from Adelaide. This hostel was such a welcome relief as we had been in the coach class, truly a moving dorm experience if there ever was one! We found this hostel to be high quality, very clean and cared for, with a good reception. It did seem to be a bit overpopulated, and some hostelers (not us) complained about...
Wickham Retreat Backpackers
"Top place - Very good place to stay." … "… the front, accessible directly from your bedroom. It's perfect for that morning cup of tea or afternoon beer to relax with.Our bathrooms are clean and newly-renovated, while the original wooden floors of our house have been restored and are teamed with the original high ceilings. Our rates include linen and towel, tea and coffee and free pick-up for stays of seven nights or more.We are...
"… bathroom facilities; there are dedicated mens' and ladies’ bathrooms on each floor, fitted out with luxury fixtures from Grohe, Gustavsberg and Mitsubishi. Kangaroo Inn has multiple common facilities including a massive basement common room, commercial kitchen, outdoor deck, a reading room and lobby/computer areas. Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises. There are no parking facilities onsite but the City of Perth operates...
"This place is the best!!! The pictures on this site don't do it justice. It is efficiently run and very clean. Phillip, the owner, is extremely friendly and nice. He makes it a point to know everyone's name and make sure that you're ok. This place is quiet and when we were there it had guests who were considerate of others. Great place! I would highly recommend it to those visiting Perth." … "We loved this place. It's not full of idiot...
"The Aberdeen Lodge is the best hostel in all of Australia!!! You feel like at you're at home. People are friendly; Pinky will be your friend as long as you give him jam on toast for breakfast. KL and Matt (and the kitty cat) are a great team, thanks very much for everything. VIVA LA LODGE!!!" … "Aberdeen Lodge is a perfect place to chill and relax! I didnt expect much by a price of 14$ pn, but i was surprised! I loved it! Sitting...
Backpackers International Perth
"Backpackers International Perth is one of the numerous hostels in Northbridge. It's located on the second floor of a building over a bottle shop and a night club. It's smack in the middle of the nightlife and it's usually full of people with a very easy going lifestyle. The price is quite cheap compared to other hostels and there is also a special weekly rate. There's often the possibility to work as cleaners and get free accommodation. The...
Murray Street Backpackers Hostel
"oh my God! this is the most traumatizing experience of my life! Never go there! this place is overinfected with bedbugs! during the night i've been attacked by an army of bedbugs, going down all along the walls and sucking up my blood. they infected and contaminated all my stuff and the bed was a real huge nest full of small white ones. a real nightmare! this is not the first time the hostel is having this problem. this place have never been...
One World Backpackers
"The name One World Backpackers sums up this hostel, as everyone comes together to make this place really feel like home. Also, the strong emphasis on recycling and saving the environment is a refreshing change for a hostel. There is even a worm farm in the yard area out the back, which everyone helps out with. Placed right smack in the centre of Northbridge, the hostel is ten minutes' walk to the city and even shorter into all the bars in...
Cheviot International Lodge
"I stayed here a couple of times in 2003. It's a nice friendly hostel, with a good kitchen and nice rooms. It's a ten-minute walk from Northbridge, so you don't get kept up all night from the noise of the bars and clubs. It's a good place if you want to stay and work in area." … "I stayed here for just over a week in July 2005. Its a big old house that has a lot of character. The room I had was shared between 2 other friends. It had...
Mad Cat Backpackers
"best hostel in oz for having a laugh. enjoyed my stay so much and met so many friendly people. the staff are just as friendly as the patrons staying there. i stayed in a lot of hostels in oz but this one tops the list, clean, friendly, and an all round laugh." … "Very very nice hostel with the best owners in Australia! Very friendly and familiar! Free BBQ, nice TV room! Dont believe if anyone sais this hostel is bad! Its the best...
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Perth Travel Tips & Suggestions
I and my two children (daughter, fifteen, son, seventeen) took a fantastic seven-week odyssey to Down Under during late in Spring and Summer 2006. Perth is the most fantastic city. The four days total in this great place was diminished only by a tour we had taken to the pinnacles. We absolutely must return, and spend more time going South and to the Northwest section of Australia!
— Juanito Hayburg
I live here, and agree about the beaches -- simply the best.
— Perthboy Paul
Perth is awesome. They have the best hyro buds to smoke! Get high, lie in the sun on the beach -- beats working.
Eleven years ago I was in Perth during a year's backpacking through Oz. I spent three months there and got a job with Perth City Council, with the parks and gardens department. Perth's the best city in Oz in my opinion. Great weather, beaches, nightlife, and it's not too big. I would love to go back to Perth one day.
Make time for a daytrip to Rottnest Island -- take a ferry from Fremantle (cheapest and quickest, about thirty minutes) and find yourself in a beautiful bike-only island with wonderful swimming, snorkeling, and landscapes for a great day-trip. Make sure too that you hit up the Swan Valley for some brilliant vineyards and incredible German and Oz micro-breweries. Nightlife? Your choice of Northbridge, Perth, Mt. Lawley, Fremantle, Leederville, or Subiaco.
I so agree about the beaches! Also many good cafes and restaurants in Subiaco, Leederville, Northbridge and Fremantle. Public transport tips - All travel by bus in the inner central area is covered by the Free Transit Zone (FTZ), bounded roughly by Thomas Street, the Graham Farmer Freeway and the river. Enforcement of fares outside the FTZ is strict and fines are steep, but most attractions can be reached on a $3 for 2 hour ticket ($1.30 on concession). All-day tickets ($7 for after 9am) are often worth considering if you're out and about all day. One small place worthy of checking out at sunrise on a Sunday is Star Swamp, the North Beach village and adjoining beach.
Perth is the best city in Oz. It's so laid back, with loads of decent beaches, pubs, clubs, and decent weather.
My favourite city. More laid back than Sydney, with better weather and better beaches.
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