3 Best Hostels in Perth – Backpacker Heaven & Prison Cell Dorms

3 Best Hostels in Perth, Australia
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Alright folks, it’s time to head over to the capital of Western Australia and check out the best hostels in Perth.

This city is lined with sandy beaches, huge riverside parks and sweeping views from Mount Eliza.

Of course, our collection of Perth hostels is the main reason you’re here. You won’t be disappointed!

How about luxurious bunks and sleeping in an old prison?

Your shortcut:

  1. Hostel G Perth – for families and solo travelers
  2. Spinners Hostel – great for female solo travelers
  3. Fremantle Prison YHA – top pick for groups

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We’ve also included a fun party hostel Perth offers, backpacker hostels, plus exciting things to do in Perth.

Solo travellers, families, couples, backpackers – every traveller type will enjoy these hostels in Perth city, no doubt about it.

This guide is perfect for YOU, when …

  • tired of bad and crappy hostels
  • want to avoid the “young party kids”
  • happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience

Whilst you’re here: check out our ultimate guide to the best hostels in Australia.

What we cover in this article?

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Quick Introduction to Perth

Average price for a bed: Hostels in Perth cost 15€ – 25€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 22€ up to 84€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.

Prices always depend on season and holidays. Please always check exact rates on Hostelworld.com or Booking.com.

Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.

Rottnest Island: This is the famous island for seeing Quokka, a very cut native mammal of Rottnest. We want to remind you that touching them is not allowed and a $300 fine is in place. Photos are fine, just remember you’re dealing with wild animals – keep your distance and help these adorable little guys survive.

Here’s an affordable Rottnest Island Bike and Ferry Combo tour.

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The 3 Best Hostels in Perth

Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Perth.

  1. Hostel G Perth
  2. Spinners Hostel
  3. Fremantle Prison YHA

We put all three hostel accommodation Perth on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.

Overview: Best Hostels by Traveler Type

🦸 Solo Traveler: Hostel G Perth
🙎‍♀️ best for Female Solo Traveler: Spinners Hostel
👫 Hostel for Socializing:Fremantle Prison YHA
👩‍❤️‍👨Couple Hostel: Spinners Hostel
👨‍👩‍👦 Family Hostel: Hostel G Perth
👩‍💻 For Digital Nomads: Hostel G Perth
🎒 For Backpackers: Fremantle Prison YHA

1. Hostel G Perth

Welcome to Hostel G Perth, mate! It’s not your typical hostel in Perth, that’s for sure.

This is a trendy hostel that’s affordable and accessible. It blends art, cuisine, design and community – get ready to kick back Aussie style!

Important: Hostel G is a big place, with 290 beds spread over 5 rooms.

It’s one of those hostels where you needn’t really leave once you’ve checked in.

I mean, why bother when you have all this on-site:

  • Deli on the ground floor
  • Co-working space
  • Movie screening room
  • Game area
  • Small kitchenette w/ food storage

Having said that, perhaps you’re keen to explore as much as possible.

The friendly staff – at hand 24/7 – can offer their expertise on city tours and local experiences. Just ask and you shall receive.

Now, moving on to the important topic of rooms.

Backpacker on a budget? Young travelling professional? Family holiday? Everyone is welcome!

Check out these awesome room options:

  • Twin (2 single beds)
  • Family room for 4 (twin + 1 bunk)
  • ‘Greatest suite’ for 6 (twin + 4 bunks)
  • 4, 6 and 8-bed mixed dorms
  • XL mixed dorm (double bunks)
  • 4-bed female dorm

As part of the price you get a towel, linen, light, shelf and locker.

Super cool: the family rooms include children’s books, toys and an en-suite bathroom.

Location: In the Northbridge district, steps from public transport, entertainment and the art scene. It’s basically right in the city centre.

This is one of the best hostels in Perth for

  • Active families
  • Solo travellers
  • Location independent workers
Book Hostel G Perth here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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2. Spinners Hostel

Everything about the concept at Spinners Hostel is generous – it has been re-launched with a fresh overall design and a chilled vibe.

From the commercial-sized kitchen to king single beds, to vertical gardens and BBQ area.

Stay here and you’ll soon agree that this is

“Perth’s most chilled hostel.”

So it’s important to note that you won’t get the late night noise and riff-raff of the city here. Yet, great nightlife is a short few minute walk away.

As for the free WiFi? It’s really, really, really fast here, so no worries there.

Come on then, let’s show you to your room:

  • 6-8 bed mixed dorms
  • 4-6 bed female only dorms
  • Private room (upto 3 people)

Wherever you decide to lay your head, you can make use of a personal locker, bedside power points and air conditioning.

Laze around on the daybeds, or in front of Netflix. There is an 18 seater couch calling your name!

Other perks include a coffee machine and laundry facilities.

Location: Situated on the fringe of Northbridge in a quiet area not far from the hustle and bustle of city life. Hidden gems and famous hotspots are within walking distance.

This is one of the best hostels in Perth for

  • Female solo travellers
  • Older travellers
Book Spinners Hostel here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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3. Fremantle Prison YHA

Yes you read that right; this hostel is a former prison!

Fremantle Prison YHA offers you a historical and unique stay that has a UNESCO World Heritage status.

For those feeling brave, sleep in an actual prison cell. How often does that chance pop up?

But wait a second, we want to reassure you that this now hostel is actually a nice place to stay.

You may be pleasantly surprised to hear that you’ll come across:

  • Modern facilities in a charming historic building
  • Large kitchen/dining area
  • Pool table
  • Huge outdoor spaces w/hammocks

As expected, the social spaces are pretty big thanks to the nature of the prison grounds.

It’s an ideal Perth backpackers hostel for those looking to meet new people.

Dorm rooms come with 4, 6, 8 and 10-beds, with a female and male-only option in the 4-bed room.

There are also twin, family and double private rooms on offer.

If you want to really splash out, consider staying in a Fremantle Colonial Cottage which is located on top of the hill.

This city YHA is ideal for bigger groups (unto 6 people) that wish to have their own kitchen, lounge room and outdoor patio and garden.

Location. YHA is in Fremantle, around 22km outside of Perth city. It’s closely to some great markets and a 5-minute walk in to town. Just off Fairbairn Street.

This is one of the best hostels in Perth for

  • Groups
  • Backpackers
Book Fremantle Prison YHA here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about cheapest hostels in Perth?

Of course, there are always cheap hostels.

We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.


The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen. Victoria Park Lodge is a good example of a cheap hostel.

However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Perth.

  1. Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Perth
  2. Order the listing by price

Simple as that.

Read: 15 hacks for booking hostels

Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.

Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.

Best Hostels in Perth for Solo Travellers?

What is seriously the best hostel in Perth for solo-travellers?

Let’s just quickly recap:

Party Hostels in Perth

If you’re looking for a great party hostel Perth, you might be a little disappointed.

We couldn’t find any accommodation that deserves the title party hostel, uh oh!

But never fear, we do have a suggestion for you.

Book your stay at Hostel G Perth and you’ll be within a short walking distance of the city nightlife in Northbridge.

It has big potential for fun times to kick start, thanks to the great restaurant and games area.

Then you can invite new buddies in to town and relax knowing that you have a quiet hostel to head back to.

Book Hostel G Perth here

Compare prices and read reviews at: Booking.com | Hostelworld

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What about Hostels for Backpackers in Perth Australia?

When it comes to Perth backpackers accommodation, there are SO many options.

Backpackers in Perth City won’t be stuck for choice, that’s for sure.

So shall we introduce you to our favourite backpackers in Perth? Honestly, it was hard to choose just one.

  1. Western Beach Lodge – cosy environment near the beach front
  2. The Emperors Crown Hostel – basic hostel with small dorms
  3. City Perth Backpackers – free breakfast, central location
  4. Billabong Backpackers Resort – swimming pool, $5 meals, outdoor terrace
  5. Coolibah Lodge – close to bars, free breakfast (best backpackers Northbridge)
  6. Kangaroo Inn – premium multi-award winning backpackers
  7. Beatty Lodge – budget place 2kms from Perth centre

Well okay, if we had to choose one we’d go with Billabong Backpackers Perth. There is a swimming pool. Enough said.

Which is your fave backpacker hostel Perth? Let us know in the comments!

Billabong Backpackers Resort is one of the best backpacker hostels in Perth, Australia

How to book?

We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.

Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.

Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld

On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.

We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.

Here is the overview:

  1. Hostel G Perth: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  2. Spinners Hostel: Booking.com | Hostelworld
  3. Fremantle Prison YHA: Booking.com | Hostelworld

We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!

All of Perth best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.

Any Discounts?

Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Perth. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.

Looking for North Lodge and/or Perth city apartments? We recommend checking our guide to Airbnb (with discount).

You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.

Our Favorite Hostels in Perth put on a map + sights

Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Perth hostels on a map.

Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.

We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:

  • Kings Park and Botanic Garden
  • Swan Valley
  • Fremantle Prison
  • The Bell Tower
  • Fremantle Markets
  • Cottesloe Beach

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Alright, you should have found your accommodation already. Below we list all the frequently asked questions. Have a look.

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Over to you

There you have it; the best hostels in Perth WA, not hostels in Perth Scotland!

Was this useful? Do you have any questions, doubts?

Then please please leave us a comment. This list of awesome Perth hostels Australia should be as informative and useful as possible.

Your question will help me to understand what I have missed to mention.

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Last note: Our commitment

This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.

We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!

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