Perth is the largest city in Western Australia and the most isolated city in the world. There’s plenty to keep you busy, however, and you’ll need a place to rest your head at the end of a long day. If you’re looking for budget accommodation in the heart of the city with plenty of free stuff and some amazing people to meet, then boy do I have the place for you.
Bambu Backpackers is a 50-bed hostel in the centre of Northbridge, a suburb just north of Perth Central Business District. There’s always something going on and after a few short days, you feel like you’ve become part of the family. It’s definitely more of a party hostel than a quiet place to relax, but it’s also easy enough to get away from it all and have some time to yourself.
There’s a huge lounge with plenty of couches to relax on. You can play ping pong and darts for free, the pool table only costs $2 and there’s a PS4 and a Wii if you’re gagging for a gaming session. There’s another widescreen TV with hundreds of movies to choose from, as well as a premium Spotify account for music, all playing through the huge speakers mounted on the walls. Not to mention the two vending machines for when you have the munchies!
The mixed dorms are spacious with only 3 bunk beds to a room, with one bottom bunk being a double. The female dorm has 8 beds but there is still plenty of room for everyone. Each room has a mirror and air conditioning, each bed has it’s own locker (bring your own lock!) and big drawer under the bunks. Plenty of storage for everyone! The rooms are cleaned daily, along with the kitchen and bathroom, and laundry is available.
The kitchen is huge, with two massive wooden tables so everyone can sit together and get to know each other over dinner or a drinking game. There are two of everything: kettles, microwaves, toasters, gas ovens and sinks. There are even a toastie machine and a freezer! You get given two boxes on arrival, one for the big walk-in fridge and one for shelves along an entire wall, to store your food and cutlery. The bathrooms are always a bit damp but there are four toilets and four showers, I never had to wait to use either one.
It’s easily one of the most sociable hostels I’ve ever stayed in. There are nightly events, from hundreds of dollars worth of free beer at the local bars on 4 nights a week, every week, to free sausage sizzles and free goon pong. There’s so much happening in and around Northbridge, you’ll never be stuck for something to do! As it’s a small place you get to know everyone very quickly and before you know it you’ll be a part of the Bambu family.
The staff are wonderful, very friendly and knowledgeable about things to do in and around Perth. The reception is open from 9am until 10pm and they can help you plan adventures, book tours or just give you a code for the unlimited free WiFi. It’s also a pretty safe place to be. I had no problems walking around late at night, there is a state of the art electronic locking system on all the doors and alarms to make sure no one is there when they shouldn’t be.
Overall its one of the best hostels I’ve ever stayed in and I definitely recommend it if you want to be in a great location with good people and a fun environment. It’ll cost you $26 a night, $24 if you pay for a week in advanced. It’s even cheaper mid-week if you book online through Hostelworld or Booking.com! Or you can book one of the double beds which only cost $44 per night for two people, $40 if you pay for a week in advanced. Perfect for couples on a budget!
Here’s a quick recap of the highlights:
- cheap accommodation in the centre of the city
- spacious dorms, double beds, and great facilities
- friendly and helpful staff who like to party
- free unlimited WiFi (hard to come by in Australia!)
- a pool table, free darts, ping pong, and PS4/Wii
- free beer, free sausage sizzle, free goon pong
- a fun and cosy atmosphere makes it feel like a home away from home