6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Fremantle, Western Australia

The 6 Best Backpacker Hostels in Fremantle, Western Australia


Oh Fremantle!

I could wax lyrical about this amazing spot in Australia, but for the sake of this introduction, I’ll just keep it short!

Basically Fremantle, or Freo as it’s called, is where you want to be!

Honestly, forget Perth people, this is the place to base yourself if you’re travelling, working or even just hanging out in Western Australia.

There’s so many great things to do here from markets to yoga, cafes to galleries (check out my local Freo favourites for ideas) that I’d recommend staying at least a week if you want to truly enjoy all this great little city has to offer.

And if you are going to be staying somewhere for a week, you’re going to need a good place to put your feet up … enter my list of the 6 best backpacker hostels in Fremantle, Western Australia – all you’ve got to do now is pick one!

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#1 Fremantle Old Fire Station Hostel

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It doesn’t get much cooler than sleeping in an old fire station, that’s for sure – infact, it doesn’t get much cooler than sleeping in an old fire station in the heart of hip and trendy Fremantle.

But that’s exactly what you can do at the Fremantle old Fire Station Hostel!

Definitely one of the best backpacker hostels in Fremantle, this spot is so close to the train station, you can almost see it.

This means if you’re riding down to Fremantle from Perth you can hop off the train and into your room in minutes – a dream if you’ve got a heavy bag to lug!

The Fremantle old Fire Station Hostel also has a super outdoor courtyard area, free wifi and a separate set of facilities just for ladies – bathroom, kitchen etc, if you just want some girly time!


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#2 Pirates Backpackers

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Perhaps the pick of the bunch, Pirates Backpackers is a small hostel with a big heart.

Making you feel immediately at home, the friendly staff here are tops and their enthusiasm for the outdoor activities they focus on is awesome!

Well located down a quiet side street, there’s a ton of choices when it comes to enjoying, eating and drinking in Freo just minutes from the doorway – infact my favourite spot, Whispers, is on the same road!

They provide free locks and lockers and the courtyard is to die for!


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#3 Fremantle Prison YHA

I’m generally not a huge fan of YHA backpacker hotels because I often find them a bit samey and sterile, but the Fremantle Prison YHA undoes all of that!

And a large part of it is due to the hostel building, which, as you may have guessed is actually housed in a prison!

Pretty cool hey … and very Freo.

But don’t worry, this accommodation still has all the mod-cons and is very clean and convenient with free wifi and a choice of ensuite and dorm rooms.

Do be aware this backpacker hostel is a little further out of Fremantle’s centre than the other places on this list (good if you’re not up for the party), but the fact you get to sleep inside a UNESCO World Heritage Site (the only one in WA in fact) more than makes up for it!


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#4 Fremantle Hostel

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Located on Pakenham Street in the heart of Fremantle’s historic West End, the Fremantle Hostel is right in the centre of the action.

Walking to the nearby cafes, shops and bars is no problem and if you want to hop over to Rottnest Island, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to the ferry terminal.

Definitely having something of a party atmosphere, there’s plenty going on at Fremantle Hostel and some great staff who complete the good-time atmosphere.

With a large kitchen and big chill-out area, this is the Fremantle backpacker hostel to head to if you want to socialise!

Oh, and there’s free breakfast too!


#5 Sundancers Backpackers Resort

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Fremantle is the home of heritage in Western Australia and it’s great that so many of the best backpacker hostels on this list reflect that.

Not to be outdone, the Sundancers Backpackers Resort is housed in a building over 100 years old, with many of the character features still clearly visible.

This already sets a great atmosphere for a hostel that people stay at when they want to have a good time!

The bar occupying the best of ground floor sets the tone for this place well, but the real bonus is the swimming pool – definitely a stand-out feature in these here parts.

Located on High Street, there’s many other good pubs in the close vicinity and one my top picks, The National Hotel, is less than a 2-minute walk away.

Supermarkets such as Coles and 7-11 are also close by.


#6 Beach Backpackers

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Newly renovated, Fremantle Beach Backpackers offers spacious dorms and clean modern bathrooms.

Yet its heritage building adds a good level of character to this place which is very near the Fremantle Wharf, offering excellent fish and chips restaurants and Little Creatures Brewery.

That said this hostel is situated over a pub, so if you’re looking for a quiet or sober stay, this may not be the spot for you!




I honestly love Freo (I’m like the city’s number one fan) and highly recommend anyone visiting WA to get it on their list!

If you’re already well sold on the city’s greatness, then do let me know where you stayed … and where you’ll be staying when you come back … you are coming back right?!


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