The best hostels in Perth, Australia

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Often overlooked for the bucket-list highlights of the eastern coast, Western Australia is home to some of the country’s most extraordinary natural wonders. Intrepid travellers to the state will be rewarded with vast untouched wilderness, remote beaches and awe-inspiring rock formations. Add easygoing locals, great food and lively cities to the mix and WA quickly becomes a must-see.

How to find the best hostels in Perth for your trip

European travellers can now fly directly from London to Perth, which makes it a perfect base to start your Australian trip and a chance to discover the spectacular beauty of WA.

In northern WA, Ningaloo Reef is an unspoilt, tourist-free reef that gives the Great Barrier a run for its money. To the south, vineyards meet the ocean at Margaret River, an international surfing spot that’s also an enclave of modern boutique wineries.

Fremantle, a port city only half an hour from Perth, is WA’s answer to Byron Bay, jammed with independent cafes sourcing local ingredients, laneways with boutiques full of eco-friendly wares and home to one of Australia’s best breweries, Little Creatures.

Rottnest Island, home of the quokka (the adorable marsupial star of endless Insta selfies) is easily reachable by ferry, with 63 beaches, hiking trails and vantage points to see whales.

Perth itself has sweeping stretches of beach that appear deserted in comparison to those of Sydney or the Gold Coast. Cottlesloe, Mosman and Swanbourne are some of the best.

If you’d rather chase freshwater, then head to one of dozens of rockpools and waterfalls in the surrounding area like Injidup Natural Spa. This big tranquil pool has crashing surf that turns it into – you guessed it – a natural spa. You don’t need to leave the city to feel nature though. King’s Park is a huge inner-city haven with native bushland and botanical gardens that give you a chance to get close to Australian flora like banksia and eucalyptus.

And the food is no slouch either. If you have a fussy friend, take them to Theo & Co where there’s over 50 pizza varieties on the menu. The Rosemount Hotel is a great live music venue with a beer garden and Old Lane Street Eats has cheap Asian favourites like bao, satay and curry.

Perth has a good range of hostels with quality amenities and convenient locations. Most are located in Northbridge or along the beachfront. Perth hostels are often basic but clean with friendly staff. Many hostels in Perth accept long-term guests and you may find dorms to have a mix of locals and travellers.

So, what are you waiting for? Read on to discover the best hostels in Perth for every type of traveller!

Jump straight to:

  1. Best hostels in Perth for solo travellers
  2. Best hostels in Perth for couples
  3. Best party hostels in Perth
  4. Best of the rest hostels in Perth

Best hostels in Perth for solo travellers

Hostel G

This brand spankin’ new hostel is ultra-modern, with the top-notch amenities we’re used to seeing in bigger chain hostels across Europe. With 290 beds and room types based on every type of traveller – from solo to family – you’ll feel safe and comfortable. Don’t miss a visit to Nostalgia Box, a museum with over 100 consoles where you can battle it out over Sonic the Hedgehog or Crash Bandicoot.

best hostels in Perth - Hostel G

Hostel highlights:

  • Brand new modern facilities
  • Central location

🏠 Address: 80 Stirling Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at Hostel G now

Mumma’s Hostel

With sausage sizzle Tuesdays, free pizza and pool Saturdays and free Sunday morning pancakes, there are lots of opportunities to meet other travellers at Mumma’s Hostel (and grab some freebies while you’re at it). Modern decor and fantastic amenities such as a games room, Nespresso coffee and a big kitchen ensure your stay will be comfortable. Make sure you head down William Street in Northbridge to explore up and coming WA designers.

best hostels in Perth - Mumma's Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Games room
  • Towels included

🏠 Address: 75-77 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at Mumma's Hostel now

Wickham Retreat Backpackers

Solo travellers will love this small hostel that feels more like a big shared house. The staff are helpful, easygoing and are keen to give you personal recommendations of things to do. With a free bus to the CBD just around the corner, you’ll be taking them up on their tips. Free breakfast, pasta and laundry services are added bonuses that make this one of the best youth hostels in Perth. Check out Perth City Farm market on a Saturday to pick up produce and wares from local retailers and enjoy regular music and art performances.

Best hostels in Perth - Wickham Retreat Backpackers


Hostel highlights:

  • Pool table
  • Free laundry service
  • Veranda

🏠 Address: 25-27 Wickham Street, East Perth

🏘 Neighbourhood: East Perth

🚍 Nearest bus: Royal Street, yellow cat to the city

Book your stay at Wickham Retreat Backpackers now

The Hive Hostel

There’s a fun and relaxed vibe at Hive Hostel. This is a basic and down-to-earth joint with a big kitchen and games room for mingling. It’s close to the city with nightlife on your doorstep. Fair warning – it can be loud at night. Check out the free Art Gallery of WA for an incredible collection of Australian artists’ work.

Best hostels in Perth - The Hive Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Central location
  • Large outdoor area

🏠 Address: 55 Stirling Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Perth

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at The Hive Hostel now


Best hostels in Perth for couples

The Shiralee Hostel

Only a 10 minute walk to the city, Shiralee is one of the highest rated hostels in Perth for good reason. Newly renovated, the hostel is one of the few in Perth that has private rooms. The Federation-style house has two wings, one with dorms and the other with private rooms, so you can really relax and enjoy your privacy. Cosy terrace areas and free food nights give you a chance to mingle with other guests too – the best of both worlds!

Best hostels in Perth - The Shiralee Hostel

Hostel highlights:

  • Free bicycle rental
  • Private rooms
  • Free towels

🏠 Address: 107 Brisbane Street, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest bus: Beaufort street

Book your stay at The Shiralee Hostel now

Spinner’s Backpackers

This family owned business has a social, friendly vibe without being a party hostel. Spinner’s attracts a lot of long-term travellers because of its relaxed atmosphere and excellent location, just a five minute walk from the city. The owners spend time making sure the facilities are clean, safe and comfortable. From here, visit Perth’s China Town on Roe Street for great, cheap eats.

best hostels in Perth - Spinner's Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Pool table
  • Coffee machine
  • Air-conditioning

🏠 Address: 342 Newcastle Street, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at Spinner's Backpackers now

Ozi Inn Backpackers

This small, friendly hostel is located in the heart of Northbridge, close to restaurants and nightlife. Amenities are basic but it has all of the essentials, plus 24-hour check-in, free airport pick-up and regular dinner nights. If you’re visiting in summer, check out one of the outdoor cinemas that pop up all over the city. Nearby Northbridge Piazza has a free program, or visit King’s Park Moonlight Cinema where you can BYO food, rugs and wine or pay for it all there.

best hostels in Perth - Ozi Inn Backpackers

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Hostel highlights:

  • Airport pick-up
  • Central location

🏠 Address: 282 Newcastle St, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at Ozi Inn Backpackers now

North Lodge Backpackers

If you’re looking for quiet and privacy, this quaint hostel set in a beautiful old school building is for you. It has a bit of a B&B vibe, with personal care from the owner ensuring everything is clean and well cared for. Travellers keep to themselves a bit more so this isn’t a social hostel, but if you’re after alone time with your partner it’s perfect.

best hostels in Perth - North Lodge Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Towels and linen included
  • Waking distance to city centre

🏠 Address: 225 Beaufort Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Perth

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at North Lodge Backpackers now


Best party hostels in Perth

Billabong Backpackers Resort

Billabong is one of the best backpacker hostels in Perth with lots of communal activities to help you mingle and meet other travellers. The pool, volley ball court, free breakfast and $5 dinners make it pretty hard to stay in your room when all the activity is happening outside. Beaufort Street is crammed with boutiques, cafes and bars. For cheap eats grab a slice of pizza at Mack Daddy’s New York Slice.

best hostels in Perth - Billabong Backpackers Resort

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • En-suite rooms
  • Volleyball court

🏠 Address: 381 Beaufort Street, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: East Perth

Book your stay at Billabong Backpackers Resort now

Ocean Beach Backpackers

Located right on Cottesloe Beach, you can literally fall out of your dorm onto the sand. Ocean Beach Backpackers has a great vibe for meeting other travellers. Super friendly staff and a very social atmosphere mean it’s a natural party hostel. If you’re a light or early sleeper, this isn’t the hostel for you. Make sure you get fish and chips from Amberjacks while relaxing on the beach.

best hostels in Perth - Ocean Beach Backpackers

Hostel highlights:

  • Beachfront location
  • Free surfboards and bike hire
  • En-suite rooms

🏠 Address: 2 Eric Street, Cottesloe Beach

🏘 Neighbourhood: Cottesloe Beach

🚍 Nearest bus: Marine Parade

Book your stay at Ocean Beach Backpackers now

Western Beach Lodge

A super welcoming crew, beachside location and international crowd make this a pretty epic hostel for meeting other people. You’ll probably be spending most of your time at the beach but on the chance that you’re not, there’s a games room, big common area and BBQ. Scarborough Beach has impressive breaks so give surfing a go if you’ve never tried it, or wander the foreshore, packed with cafes, bars and restaurants.

best hostels in Perth - Western Beach Lodge

Hostel highlights:

  • Beachside location
  • Free bike hire

🏠 Address: 6 Westborough Street, Scarborough

🏘 Neighbourhood: Scarborough

🚍 Nearest bus: Scarborough Beach Road

Book your stay at Western Beach Lodge now


Best of the rest hostels in Perth

Shannon House

If you’re looking to stay for at least a week in Perth, then Shannon House is a fantastic option. Located in Subiaco, a buzzing area with gastropubs, shopping and the Subiaco Arts Centre, you have access to everything you need for a longer stay. High quality amenities like a big, professional kitchen, Foxtel and laundry give you home-like comforts.

best hostels in Perth - Shannon House

Hostel highlights:

  • BBQ and pizza oven
  • Table tennis
  • Courtyard

🏠 Address: 23 Coolgardie Street, Subiaco

🏘 Neighbourhood: Subiaco

🚍 Nearest station: Corrimal Station

Book your stay at Shannon House now

Beatty Lodge

A quality, quiet hostel 10 minutes from the city, Beatty Lodge is relaxed and comfortable. It’s a bit away from the action, but with a swimming pool, mini gym and tour desk there’s plenty to do. A former garage with a backyard, Gordon Street Bar in West Perth is where you need to be for your coffee fix or evening drinks.

best hostels in Perth - Beatty Lodge

Hostel highlights:

  • Full tour desk
  • Free SIM with check-in
  • Swimming pool

🏠 Address: 235, Vincent Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: West Perth

🚍 Nearest station: Leederville

Book your stay at Beatty Lodge now

Coolibah Lodge

Located close to Northbridge and the city nightlife, Coolibah Lodge has the option of twin and three, four, six and eight bed dorms. It has a cosy, family vibe with a mix of backpackers and locals. This part of Perth has incredible street art – visit Lemon Lane in Claremont or Mary Street in Highgate to sample some of the vibrant work on display.

best hostels in Perth - Coolibah Lodge

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Central location

🏠 Address: 194 Brisbane Street, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at Coolibah Lodge now

Perth City YHA

A classic for a reason, the YHA chain has excellent facilities with a swimming pool, gym, spacious kitchen and on-site cafe. It offers twin, double, ensuite and family rooms to cater for whatever group you’re in, is clean and has a great location. From here, wander the Coogee Beach Trail, based around a shipwreck. You can both dive and snorkel around the wreck which has been there since 1905.

best hostels in Perth - Perth City YHA

Hostel highlights:

  • Swimming pool
  • Gym
  • Large kitchen

🏠 Address: 300 Wellington Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Perth

🚍 Nearest station: Perth

Book your stay at Perth City YHA now

Haus Accommodation

In busy Northbridge, this hostel is quiet and convenient with spacious private rooms as well as dorms. They offer private tours to show you the city. Want seafood without going broke? Nearby Brooklyn Lounge does $2 oysters on Fridays. They also have super cheap eats on Tight Ass Tuesdays.

best hostels in Perth - Haus Accommodation

Hostel highlights:

  • Private rooms
  • Private tours

🏠 Address: 42 Francis Street

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: Wellington Street

Book your stay at Haus Accommodation now

The Witch’s Hat

This characterful hostel gets its name from the eye-catching Edwardian turret on its front. The staff are super friendly and are keen to give local tips and advice, as well as regularly organising barbecues and events for their guests. This is a low-key hostel but friendly nonetheless; it has a cosy, homey vibe that’s fun without being wild. And if you’re still not convinced, they’ll let their awards cabinet do the talking 😉.

best hostels in Perth - The Witch's Hat

Hostel highlights:

  • Free breakfast
  • Laundry

🏠 Address: 148 Palmerston Street, Northbridge

🏘 Neighbourhood: Northbridge

🚍 Nearest station: East Perth

Book your stay at The Witch's Hat now


Ready to explore WA, or already have a favourite Perth hostel in mind? Let us know in the comments!


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