Nearly 100 backpackers potentially infected with Covid spend Christmas in a luxury five-star hotel

Hostel full of 93 backpackers spend Christmas in a luxurious five-star hotel as they are quarantined after being exposed to Covid by an unvaccinated Frenchman who sparked the Perth virus outbreak

  • Disgruntled backpacker left his room to complain about room service
  • Backpackers posted videos of themselves partying without wearing masks
  • The hostel said it had been without help from the Western Australian government










Going from a 12-person dorm to a five-star hotel is every backpacker’s dream – and it has come true for 93 of them in Western Australia.

The only problem is that they have been moved to the world of accommodation at the Westin Hotel in Perth as they may all be infected with Covid-19.

They are not allowed to leave their rooms and when one of them walked down the hall complaining about room service, he was arrested.

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Backpackers, like the woman in the photo, have been moved from a hostel to a five-star hotel to be quarantined after a Covid-19 outbreak

Some of the backpackers (pictured) seemed to prefer staying at the Old Fire Station hostel rather than moving to the five-star Westin for their quarantine

Some of the backpackers (pictured) seemed to prefer staying at the Old Fire Station hostel rather than moving to the five-star Westin for their quarantine

Another couple wrote “thank you government” on social media to celebrate their upgraded home, even though they couldn’t leave it.

After their previous digs at the Old Fire Station hostel in Fremantle became a Covid hotspot in the Perth coronavirus outbreak, the group of 93 were taken to the Westin in Perth’s CBD to self-quarantine Christmas Eve.

Around 100 people staying at the old fire station were at the Perth mess on December 19, where an unvaccinated French backpacker dined for 11 days while active in Perth while infected.

At least six people have since tested positive for Covid following the event, including a backpacker.

Close contact of an unvaccinated infectious 25-year-old French backpacker – who sparked Perth’s latest outbreak – stayed at the Fremantle Inn.

Some of the backpackers threw a “lockdown Christmas party” before being whisked away by bus to the Westin.

Backpackers (pictured), some of whom were shirtless and without masks, partied on a bus taking them to a quarantined luxury hotel in Perth

Backpackers (pictured), some of whom were shirtless and without masks, partied on a bus taking them to a quarantined luxury hotel in Perth

Chalked messages on the grounds of the former fire station asked authorities to “stay” and were shared on social media accounts.

Other social media posts included videos of backpackers drinking and dancing as police and WA Health prepared outside to transport them.

Some of them were maskless and shirtless, although the Omicron is the fastest-spreading strain of Covid-19 ever seen.

They continued the party on the buses to the hotel. A backpacker wrote “Covid, you won’t stop us from dancing” in a video from inside the bus.

Going from a 12-person dorm to a five-star hotel (pictured) is every backpacker's dream - and it has come true for 93 of them in Western Australia

Going from a 12-person dorm to a five-star hotel (pictured) is every backpacker’s dream – and it has come true for 93 of them in Western Australia

Western Australia recorded two new Covid infections on Christmas Day. Both are linked to the Perth Mess Hall event and are in quarantine at the hotel.

The owners of the Old Fire Station hostel said their cleaning crew were in isolation and had received no assistance from WA Health after their guests were taken away on Friday night.

“It’s like we’ve been hit by a bomb,” they told The West Australian. ‘[The government] completely moved away from everything.

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