Hostorically Unique Hostels: Old Firestation Backpackers

I spent almost 2 months at this awesome hostel with a chilled out vibe. The rooms are decent size, the staff are super cool, and there is a main area loaded with tons of stuff to do.

A beautifully restored heritage building situated in the heart of Fremantle. Origionally built in 1908 and opened in 1909 the Fremantle Fire Station was designed to house four, horse drawn, vehicles including the district ambulance which was also operated by the firemen. It boasted twenty-two alarms linked directly to the major buildings in town. There were also fifteen direct telephone lines and ten house emergency call bells connected to the firemen’s homes. Internally little of the fabric has been changed. The ground floor ceiling is high, to accommodate the fire trucks and this necessitated a steep staircase to the upper floor. The ground floor walls are tiled to the dado. A fireman’s pole links the first floor with the ground floor.

During World War Two, the building was cleared of firemen and the US Marines took over the building for living quarters. The communications centre remained at the station manned by five local women, but the tenders were housed in the woolsheds alongside the wharves as a security measure. The most significant fire the brigade attended was in 1944, when there was a substantial fire on the wharf and the water, which was covered by oil slicks.


  1. Valentina says:

    Beyond the cost, its more social. You meet plpeoe you wouldn’t meet otherwise. So it depends on what kind of experience you want. Also, say a hostel in a city costs €20 and the cheapest hotel costs €25. The hostel might very well be nicer, because that’s on the higher end of what a hostel costs (depending of course on where you are) versus a very cheap price for a hotel. The hostel might be cleaner, have a freindlier staff and be more pleasant than a hotel that costs so little. Also, private rooms in hostels are like having the privacy of a hotel but without the cost, if you don’t want anything incredibly special but just want a place to lay your head at night and spend a little downtime. In hotels, you often pay for lots of services (gym, concierge, pretty lobby, swimming pool) that you may or may not need or want.

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