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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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Ocean Beach Backpackers
"Brilliant, great people, great staff, right on the beach! the best time ever! You have to stay here!!" … "This hostel is fantastic! It's the perfect hostel for Perth; it's in my top three hostels in the world (out of over 50!). The atmosphere is so chilled, you meet so many people, and they always have fun things on, like barbecue nights and the Sunday Session! There's a café, too, selling lovely food, and you're literally on the...
"I stayed at the Coolibah Lodge for a couple of nights and really enjoyed my time. I can really recommend it!!!" … "I stayed at this hostel for over a month. It was my best experience in Australia... I would recommend to anyone!" … "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...
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...
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...
"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...
North Lodge Backpackers/Apartments
"Tucked away between office blocks along Beaufort Street, Perth, Western Australia, sits a strange little gem -- North Lodge Backpackers/Apartments describes itself as a quiet, sensible hostel despite its location opposite a major nightclub close to the heart of the Perth CBD. The Location Blink and you miss it; the tiny building is almost buried by the offices beside it and the towering construction site behind it, but if you are on...
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 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 stayed here on and off over the period of April to June 2005. The desk staff are friendly and helpful, which is always a plus if you've just landed in a strange new city and haven't booked anywhere to sleep ! The rooms are decent, with bunk beds and lockers. I was in a 6 man dorm (first dorm under the stairs) and it stank ! Not because of anything the hostel had done, just because it was all blokes !!! The place has 2 tv rooms and both...
Aberdeen Lodge Hostel
"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!!!" … "Nice atmosphere. It's right across from a good bar. I wonder if that bald bird Pinky is still alive." … "Aberdeen Lodge is a perfect...
"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!" … "Had a good time here. Got off to a...
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...
Ozi Inn Backpackers
"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." … "This place is dangerous--you might end up staying here too long!! It's that good. It's crazy, and I love it." … "I stayed in this hostel and had the time of my life. The boys from Burnly, Ferg and Co., Nicola, Claire, Vicky, Zoe and everyone there was like a best mate. I...
"It's just sensational, the number one hostel in Oz by a mile spinner. Mil and Nan go out of their way to look after you. It's just like a home away from home. Thanks for the best four months of my travels." … "Priceless. The best hostel I have ever stayed in. The atmosphere is brilliant, and Spinner will crack you up. I was supposed to stay for two weeks and ended up there for three months, with a huge gang of people who all didn't...
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." … "Just brilliant - its a good hostel, has free tea, coffee and bread, the owners are very helpful and the hostel is clean, if you want to party theres always someone having a drink out the back, but its never to...
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
"Excellent place — it has a nice plasma TV." … "This is a very nice place - more like a hotel than a hostel. Recommended." … "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 own home." … "Nice and very kind - room was clean and all receptionists were very kind!" … "Clean, friendly, and a great...
Hotel Bambu Backpackers
"Awesome place to hang out! - when you enter Bambu you already feel that this is a different place to stay. It's very stylish, all the antiques look fantastic and give the place a special feeling. Especially the kitchen is great, clean, lots of space, same for the front area, where you get to meet everybody. It's very social, you get like a family feeling, makes you feel at home and welcome. Great experience! The staff is very friendly and...
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...
Wickham Retreat Backpackers
"Top place - Very good place to stay." … "… have been restored and are teamed with the original high ceilings. Our rates also include linen and towels.. We have a great small team of staff who are there to help in anyway they can so you can be sure to feel safe and receive friendly and helpful service. We're your home away from home! We cater for genuine backpackers only with valid passports and do not accept workers or...
Backpackers International Ladies Hostel
"Awesome!!!!! - its like a share house. Very clean!!!" … "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...
The Hive Hostel
"The Hive Hostel in Perth is located in the former Bad Cat Backpackers, which is two minutes away from the CBD and the State Library and University complex. The Location With the central location, you just need to walk seven minutes to the Woolworth and , comes with a little park in front of it. A bigger and nicer park is about seven minutes' walk eastward. If you prefer the public transport, you can use the Transperth buses for free...
"… 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. WiFi is available throughout the premises ( Fair Use Policy applies for free internet ). There are no parking facilities onsite but the City of Perth operates a...
"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...
"… heart of Northbridge and Perth city doorstep, free transport around Perth, you will find this hostel is convenient to everywhere the city has to offer. Rooms are minimalist, with fully secure key card systems. We have private rooms as well as male, female and mixed dorms available with full secure key card access, an outdoor courtyard, laundry area, common TV room, showers and kitchen facilities. We also provide tours and...
"Poor hostel - Really sh*t hostel. I can't think of anything good about the place. Also not safe. No fire exits/ladders." … "Dirty, messy - Staff are kind. but when they showed me to the room, there was no empty bed. But they said "should be empty bed in this room. Oh, he checked out this morning. " and made one bed (still supposed being used by someone) empty by taking dirty sheets off. At midnight, a guy woke me up and said "this is...
Perth 178 Backpackers
"Guests will find a communal kitchen on site, where they can prepare tasty meals. The services provided include a shared lounge area and a laundry. There is also a convenience store on site, Non-smoking rooms, Heating, Air conditioning, Designated smoking area and shared bathrooms facilities. The types of rooms available are 8 share, 6 share, 4 share, and a double room. Free WiFi is available in all areas of hostel and is free of...
City Perth Backpackers Hostel
"… and a great atmosphere, City Perth Backpackers is the ideal hostel for your stay in the City of Perth. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions you may have. We’re here to make sure you have a great stay while you enjoy Perth! For more information on the hostel, please visit our website to learn about what you can expect during your stay, including our nightly rates, at the newest Perth hostel. View our Directions page to...
Guildford Rosedale Lodge
"… desk, wardrobe, bedside table). Shared Facility rooms - Single/double/triple/Quad rooms (shared bathroom, dinning room, laundry) All rooms are air-conditioning/heating, LCD TV, Desk, Wardrobe, desk, lamp. Services and activities Common area - Dinning room, Kitchen(microwave cooking only) Free WI-Fi, Laundry, sitting area. Surroundings We are located Swan Valley. A lot of nice winery, Grapes farm, historical places, fine...
Murray Street Backpackers Hostel
"I'm sorry people, but please don't stay here. It's desperate. Yes, it's dead center, but it's one of the most sleazy places I've stayed. You can't even use the electric sockets!!! That's crap. I'm not going to hamper on, but the no mixed dorms is a bit draconian. Times change, maybe the ideas of the managers should go with the times. Sorry, but this is a bad review." … "HELL ON EARTH - This hostel should be closed down by the...
Grand Central Hotel Backpackers
"Great - i stayed at the grandcentral backpackers in a female dorm. it was neat and clean the bathroom was also clean it was cleaned everday. a nice smelling chemical was used. i met some ok guests. i was very impressed with the old building, the dinning room kitchen was very big. a great walk in fridge coolroom. i enjoyed the 2 weeks i stayed there from 19th april to 3rd of may 2009. all the staff were good and very helpful. i would stay...
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...
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...
"… walk away. And there's a free bus service to Perth city centre. Accommodation Packages start from AUD $630 per week (Minimum 1 week stay only) All apartments are newly decorated right through and fitted with new furniture, carpets, furnishings and equipment - you'll walk into an apartment that's immaculately fresh and clean. Comfort tip! - The beds in every apartment are of the highest quality - equivalent to beds in five star...
Palms Bed & Breakfast
"… variety of cafes, restaurants, shops, cinema and a host of other amenities. Each air-conditioned guest room has an en-suite bathroom, mini bar, ceiling fan, TV, clock radio, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. A microwave is available on request. Rooms are serviced daily. Breakfast is included in the room rate. For the enjoyment of all guests there is a solar heated pool, sun loungers and a BBQ area. There is a...
"… less than an hours drive east of Perth. From here you can explore our heritage township with all the history that York has to offer and enjoy its scenic beauty, friendly people and superb gardens. The York Motel is now also able to offer travellers a luxury, self-contained, disability friendly, family apartment as well as the well appointed, uniquely themed single and double rooms. Deluxe, fully appointed, clean rooms serviced...
Scarborough Observation Resort
"The newly refurbished budget rooms are ideal cheap accommodation located near the beach and shopping area of Scarborough. A choice of Queen or twin rooms (please ensure you request in advance) with shared bathroom facilities. The bedrooms are private, however bathroom and toilet facilities are shared. All rooms have a flat screen TV and bar fridge, and are air conditioned for your comfort and convenience during your stay. All guests at...
"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...
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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