This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Dongara. To help you make friends with Dongara before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Dongara is located in Western Australia, about four hours from the state capital, Perth. Dongara is a quiet town, situated on the western coast, where there are many empty, white sandy beaches and clear blue water. Surfing, snorkeling, fishing, bushwalking, and sea kayaking are all popular activities in Dongara. There are many rental companies and tour companies, which can assist in helping visitors arrange the activity of their choice. There are many non-challenging walks around the area, where visitors are likely to spot many different species of wildlife and birds, such as black swans and cormorants.
Camping is probably the most popular accommodation option for visitors; there are also a few Dongara hostels, motels, and hotels. Hostels in Dongara are usually located within a few minutes' walk from the waterfront, shops, and restaurants. Hostels in Dongara are usually spacious, with outdoor communal areas, sometimes with access to barbecue facilities or a swimming pool. Dorm and private rooms tend to also be spacious, with plenty of room for your bags. A complimentary breakfast is usually included in the price of the room, however this should be confirmed at the time of booking. Complimentary car parking is usually always available, however this should also be confirmed at time of booking.
Driving in Australia -- particularly in Western Australia -- is reasonably safe; expect wide, long, and empty roads, with the odd road train to overtake. Speed limits are strictly reinforced, even in the middle of the outback. The biggest danger when driving in the outback is kangaroos; kangaroos tend to be most active at dawn and dusk, so during these times, drivers must keep an eye out for the odd kangaroo suddenly crossing the road. It is not uncommon to hit a kangaroo while driving during this time.
Written by local enthusiast for Dongara hostelsKelly Sheldrick