Hey I'm returnin to Oz n nxt couple o days n need 2 find a quality backpackers. After returnin home(ireland) after 6 months I'm interested n goin 2 a well known backpackers round perth
I've been 2 nunnery n nomads n melbs, base n st kilda, gecko n cairns,tin n brissy,wake up n sydney etc.
Plz help us out// I've come up with the Billabong resort n madcat..
I was going to recommend the Billabong, as it happens.
I was there for four nights in October last year. It's not the best hostel I've ever stayed in on my travels but neither is it the worst. I'd be happy enough to go back there.
The weather in October was not great - cold and rainy most of the time, so I probably did not see it, or Perth, at their best. There's a canteen / cafe place, plenty of seating, a TV room, internet cafe and loads of rooms. The kitchens are reasonably large and breakfast is included in the price of acommodation, though you do have to make it yourself. I am sure most people are capable of doing toast and cerial without help though!
The rooms are fine - generally quite large and roomy and the beds are bunks. I don't know if they are all en suite but certainly we asked for, and got.
The one downside of the Billabong is that it can be quite noisy. It's quite a young hostel and the cafe / bar area is usually busy and noisy. It extends onto the pool terrace behind the building, which just so happened to be right beneath our room. That said, I don't recall being kept awake at night by it - perhaps because the miserable weather meant no-one was going outside. Who knows, maybe you'll be one to be propping up the bar until all hours anyway, not old and grumpy like me so that might not matter to you, and in case, as I said, I do not recall it being a significant problem.
I do have a website of pics, diaries and write ups of all the places I've been in Oz but I've not got round to adding the Billabong yet or I'd post the link.
Definately Planet Inn Hostel formerly Club Red. It's very conveniently located, extremely friendly staff. Here is their web page to have a closer look....www.planetinn.com.au
The weather in October was not great - cold and rainy most of the time, so I probably did not see it, or Perth, at their best.
The weather's been excellent lately.
The weather's been excellent lately.
We had pretty decent weather for our trip to Rottnest Island. Not warm, but sunny and dry. Our trip out to the Pinnacles was not too bad either, it just seemed to be the time we spent in Perth where it rained endlessly, which is a shame. You really don't get the same feel for the place when it's dull, grey, heavily overcast and pouring with rain, relative to bright sunshine.
I had a Canadian friend stay with me on her one trip to the UK a few years ago. The area we lived in had the highest annual sunshine in the UK and was the town heavily treelined and in the midst of a farming region. It was beautiful in the summer with festivals, fairs, BBQ's all the time etc. She came in January - it was bitterly cold and damp, though not especially rainy, not many hours of daylight, the trees (which are all deciduous) were bare and rather dead looking, there were no events and all the tourist attractions were shut. She has since made it quite clear that she has no interest in ever coming back!
I guess you're heading towards your summer now so hopefully the weather will be getting even better than it is already.
Aw talk about bringin the mood down.. Can'[t be as bad over ere, (N.Ireland) constantly raining so i've got used to it lol. I'm moving towards the idea of stayin at planet inn. Another few Q as never been to Perth, is the location better than Billabong to the center and is it worth stayin in Freemantle first. Thanks again 4 ur replys..
Lookin 2 spend 2 weeks partying then settle down n get a job..
Freemantle is nice. Easy to get to Rottnest Island from there too and I'd definitely recommend that.
Can't comment on the location of Planet Inn but I can say that we did walk to the city centre and the river from The Billabong so it can't be that far out. Neither, though, is it on the doorstep. The walk took us about 20-25 mins, though admittedly that was more of an amble than a walk so I guess it could be done quicker.