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Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle

18 Phillimore St, Fremantle, Western Australia 6160 Australia
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#1 of 8 hostels in Fremantle
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The Old Fire Station it's the best and most iconic hostel in Fremantle. Come home to our funky, converted Firestation and become one of the many who just can't leave! With staff committed to providing helpful travel advice, job assistance and the latest info on events and attractions in and around Fremantle, it's no wonder this place sticks on people. Facilities include laundry, outdoor cinema (complete with Foxtel), Netflix, job board, job finding service, your own dish set and locker, and a 24-hour common area with a fully equipped kitchen, free internet access, free WiFi free play station 4, free pool table, free coffee & tea and free movies! But don't get caught inside and miss our awesome outdoor courtyard complete with over 20,000 songs on our self serve jukebox, a free BBQ, fussball table, ping pong and our famous monthly theme parties. Our female guests can even enjoy an exclusive common area, kitchen and shower facilities just for the ladies! If our endless amenities don't take up all your time, Fremantle city will! Whether you are after museums, beaches, markets, shopping or just a great coffee on a sunny afternoon, The Old Firestation is right around the corner. We are also only a three minute walk from the transit centre, making getting here or day tripping to Perth easy...
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Paid private parking on-site
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Bar / lounge
Game room
Billiards
Adults only
BBQ facilities
24-hour check-in
Parking
Wifi
Vending machine
Darts
Evening entertainment
Fishing
Karaoke
Table tennis
Nightclub / DJ
Baggage storage
Gift shop
Newspaper
Outdoor fireplace
Outdoor furniture
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Shared lounge / TV area
ATM on site
24-hour front desk
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Fireplace
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English, French, German, Italian
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Averi C wrote a review Feb 2021
San Pedro, San Jose, Costa Rica25 contributions3 helpful votes
We stayed in a double room for one night here, just looking for a low-cost place to sleep. The staff was super accommodating, making sure we were taken care of at all times and helping us out when we needed to check out in the early hours of the morning. There was a wonderful community vibe with all the other guests, and we would've loved to spend more time there if we were staying longer in Fremantle. There are plenty enough toilets and showers and lots of open areas.

Our room had a large enough bed for two people with the type of thin, lightweight mattress you'd expect from a backpackers. There was a large, powerful ceiling fan and a floor fan to keep us cool all night and a single power cord to charge appliances. The hostel is impressively secure, with guests needing a code both for the front entrance and a separate code for their room. We felt very safe staying there.

It did get (and stay) a bit loud at night, even on a Tuesday. The fans helped muffle some of the noise, but there was a lot of yelling and loud music playing well past midnight. For this reason alone, we probably wouldn't stay again, but I'd still very much recommend this place to anyone looking for a fun and friendly place to stay in Fremantle.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Daniel Z wrote a review Apr 2021
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As soon as I arrived here in Fremantle I came straight away here, this hostel has been suggested by some many friends that stayed here before me.
The vibes and the people who work here are awesome, full of artists and people that like sharing beers and nice chats with you.
Kitchen, bedroom and toilets always very clean, drier and washing machine very cheap.
Well menaged and manteined.
Also good for parties so come here no way to go anywhere else!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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veggiegal8663 wrote a review Oct 2021
Toronto, Canada2 contributions
Had an amazing stay great amenities and staff. Close to tons of cafes and restaurants and 5 mins from train station. Shout out to Dan on reception who was extremely friendly and made my stay ! Would highly recommend staying here if you are in Fremantle.
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Date of stay: October 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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Julian L wrote a review Nov 2021
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The staff was welcoming especially Dan, I had a great stay in the hostel.
Would recommend it for long or short stay. Rooms are good, hostel is nice, people friendly. The amenities are nice especially the outside area.
Julian.
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Date of stay: November 2021Trip type: Travelled solo
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John C wrote a review Dec 2014
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia3 contributions9 helpful votes
When I arrived, they said there would be a 'video game party' the following night. I take this to mean that people will be playing video games in some way. A reasonable assumption, right?

No.

A video game party means an ALL NIGHT outdoor dance/club party out back where people dress in video game costumes. Fine, no issues there, I'm staying on the second floor. Except that the huge speakers used for this event are up on scaffolding and are about 3 feet from my head on the other side of the wall. Literally ALL NIGHT there is booming club music going nonstop, combined with drunk people yelling at the top of their lungs. Incredibly loud. It was like trying to sleep in the middle of a rave. Combined with this, every two hours some wasted European bros would come in, turn the lights on, make lots of noise, and then go back to the party leaving all the lights on and the door open. The third time I rolled over (not asleep) about 4AM and they were snorting coke off the bookshelf. I don't really care about drug use, but this was getting ridiculous.

The 'music' never went off until daylight. I got zero sleep. The next morning I got up, and very politely told the guy at the front desk that, basically, I don't care if you have a party, or that I got no sleep, but I shouldn't have to pay for it. All I wanted was one nights money back- like $32 dollars or something- because even in the crappiest of hostels, you shouldn't have to have a giant speaker going off all night by your head. The guy at the desk was pretty nice and admitted it got out of control, but he couldn't give me my money back without talking to the owner.

<note - at this point, about 8:30 AM on a Sunday, some guys were still partying out back and came in to buy more beer. Front desk guy wouldn't sell it to them>

I walked around Freemantle for a bit while he tried to call the owner. Came back- no luck. Owner wouldn't answer his cell phone. The guy at the desk finally gave me $20 and I figured that was all I was getting, so I got on the train to the airport after the WORST NIGHT EVER.

Ask yourself these questions before you stay at this hostel:

--Do you wear axe body spray?

--Are a backpacking dude from Germany who wants to get with as many chicks as possible during your gap year in Australia?

--Do you hate sleeping?

--Do you like staying up all night drinking and getting high?

You should probably answer "Yes" to all four of these before considering booking here. There are plenty of other hostels in Frio where they consider that people come to a place with beds IN ORDER TO GET SLEEP.

To Firehouse: Sorry for the negative review, but after I was refused a refund, you had it coming.
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Date of stay: September 2014
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AnnaElena wrote a review Nov 2014
Barcelona, Spain7 contributions7 helpful votes
If you're looking for a place where heavy drugs, bullying, freeze out and oppression of women is allowed and encouraged, you should check in to the old fire station in fremantle.. My first impression was that it seemed like a cool place but as soon as I got to know the people and the staff a little better it was aweful.. The rooms and the common areas are nice and clean but the human environment are disgusting
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Date of stay: October 2014
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notreallyme wrote a review Feb 2005
Dublin, Ireland8 contributions6 helpful votes
The location of the hostel first caught my attention- the former firestation of Fremantle, a 100 year old building in good repair and retaining its old charm, which I prefer to other sterile new hostels. There is an Indian restaurant, the Bengal, in the downstairs section- the big red doors were opened up at night to allow the "Freo Doctor" (sea breeze) to cool down the balmy nights. Delicious curries, friendly people and popular with British tourists and ex-pats. Curries from $3.50 out the back for residents.
The hostel itself had excellent facilites, and was cheap at just $15.50 per night on the weekly rate. Unlimited internet, washing machines, tea, coffee, movies, Sony PS2 games were all included in the price. Nice entertainment area outside, huge kitchen and common area upstairs, and a ladies section which was quaint. Most people I chatted to stayed longer than they anticipated. The entertainment is very good, bbq night, quizes, and a Pink Party while I was there. I would reccommend for backpackers 18-35 who want to party.
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Date of stay: February 2005
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Jess1079 wrote a review Oct 2013
United Kingdom17 contributions23 helpful votes
I have stayed in many hostels in the 2 years travelling in Oz, I enjoyed this hostel the least.

There is a few good points, The hostel itself is very large with very spacious common areas with TV.. Free WIFI is available and it is fast.

But it is filthy!! it has taken 'quirky and hippy' to the extreme and its just scabby and dirty and disgusting!!!

Most people staying there are long term residents, so i found there was no space in the dorm to even leave my suitcase anywhere near my bed! and guest not very welcoming to new guests.

Dorms very dark and smelly, very unclean, i think they get "cleaned" once a week. it didn't look like they had been cleaned for a very long time.

Loud music and people walking in and out of the rooms talking very loud throughout the night. So got hardly any sleep.
Very strong smell of weed everywhere.....including the bedrooms!!!

Bathrooms really needing updating or just cleaning would be good! couldn't bring myself to even shower in them!!!!

Perfect place to stay if you are a 'too cool for school, rude hippy, who enjoys living in squalor, doesn't want any sleep or doesn't like to shower.'

I wouldn't stay here again and wouldn't recommend it to anyone. I was very happy to checkout.
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Date of stay: September 2013
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Trip type: Travelled with friends
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Dream38039 wrote a review Mar 2005
Sydney3 contributions4 helpful votes
I found most people here to be very friendly and welcoming. As the other reviewer said, it was good value, perfect for a younger crew, lots of people stay to work and live for 3 months, so it becomes like a big family. Probably not good if you're looking for somewhere quiet to relax. I was there over Christmas and hung out in the spa a lot- some very nice boys there! Staff were good fun, and organised parties and trips and bbq's, and a trip to Rottnest Island on Xmas Day which was beautiful!. I would stay here again for sure!
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Kelsey F wrote a review Apr 2018
5 contributions6 helpful votes
It doesn't matter if you're traveling solo or with a group OFS is the hostel in WA to visit! You'll check in for a week and end up staying 6months... Not only will you make life long friends they will fee more like family by the time you leave! Close to beaches, shops, pubs and transport, what more could you want! With a fully stocked beer/cider fridge in the office and a back yard of friendly faces, pumping music and comfy sofas. With Social nights and ping pong tournaments a regular thing you'll never be bored here! Best staff in all of Freo
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Date of stay: April 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Greentraveller14 asked a question Apr 2015
Melbourne, Australia4 contributions5 helpful votes
Hello, is there anywhere to park a car?
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Fremantle, Australia1 contribution
Yes it's 4 dollars per day and 20 dollars per week
Kalgoorlie Kate wrote a tip Oct 2018
Kalgoorlie21 contributions18 helpful votes
"I recommend the female dorm if you are a solo woman traveler."
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SNB86 wrote a tip Nov 2017
Cardiff, United Kingdom16 contributions2 helpful votes
"We had a shared room, 14 bunks. Slept like a baby. It was clean. Excellent value for money"
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jennymarigliano wrote a tip June 2016
Fremantle, Australia1 contribution
"the girls dorm"
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Sebastian K wrote a tip Jan 2016
world9 contributions
"Beds uncomfortable but rooms clean."
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Ramon D wrote a tip June 2015
Amsterdam, The Netherlands2 contributions1 helpful vote
"THE private double room where THE bed isupstairs"
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Frequently Asked Questions about Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle
Which popular attractions are close to Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Nearby attractions include WA Shipwrecks Museum (0.4 km), WA Maritime Museum (0.4 km), and The Fremantle Round House (0.3 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a lounge, and laundry service.
What food & drink options are available at Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Guests can enjoy a lounge and barbeque facilities during their stay.
Is parking available at Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Yes, paid private parking on-site is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Conveniently located restaurants include Ohana Acai Bar, Capri Restaurant, and Moore & Moore Cafe.
Is Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Fremantle.
Are any cleaning services offered at Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to Old Fire Station Backpackers Fremantle?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Fremantle Prison (0.9 km), The Fremantle Round House (0.3 km), and Fremantle History Walking Tour (0.3 km).