Just a few minutes from the beach, this affordable hotel is an ideal choice for the backpacking visitor, or budget conscious traveller. The Sundancer Backpackers is one of Freemantle's protected heritage buildings, in the heart of the city, offering clean, comfortable lodging, with all the modern facilities needed to ensure a relaxing stay, while in Freemantle. In the past this vibrant port-city was the western gateway to Australia, though with the age of jet travel, it soon became just another colonial city built on a lovely harbour. That all changed when in 1987, Freemantle hosted the America's Cup, and the whole world descended on this sleepy town. Today, Freeo, as It's affectionately known, is a cosmopolitan, beach-side town with chic cafes, lively bars, and superb restaurants, making for a great base to explore the south-west corner of Australia.