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Cairns Central YHA Reviews

20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870, Cairns, Australia

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106 Total Reviews
  • 77%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 79%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 74%Atmosphere
  • 84%Cleanliness
  • 84%Facilities

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Really nice hostel which is good located. The staff was friendly and helpful. The public areas are really clean and very good. Seems to be new.


Lovely hostel with pool. Excellent private room


Nice and clean hostel with friendly staff. Absolutely worth the money.


Nice quirky hostel, rooms were nice and clean, staff were really friendly.


Nice location. Rude staff that couldn't care less. It's more of a family based hostel rather than for young adults, not much of a community.

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I stayed in a room with a double bed. All was very clean. Bathrooms always clean. Pancakes each morning were nice. The staff was amazing. They helped me book the best trips that made everything so worthwhile.


Improve the Internet connection as it was a bit poor in my opinion

  • 7th Jun 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Average hostel, pancakes in the morning are a really good idea, not much atmosphere however and didn't meet people very easily. Wouldn't stay here again but it is fine for a bed for the night!


I enyoed to stay in YHA and will recommend to others as well.

  • 19th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Croatia
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


Had a great stay here, people were lovely and the place was clean and has a pool to cool off in, which you need in Cairns! Aircon was great too!


Stayed here for 4 nights - in general the place was clean but the ladies toilets did have a slight smell for the entire time and the kitchen was an absolute tip at all times despite the best efforts of the reception staff. Disappointed with this YHA as in the past they have been very clean, comfortable and relaxing.


The hostel is well situated about a $25 can ride from the airport and right across from Cairns central. The ferry terminal is less 20 minutes walking away as well. The hostel has all the appropriate amenities required for a good stay and the staff are laid back and accommodating. There are free pancakes every morning which is also quite nice. Unfortunately the hostel advertised social events nightly that weren't actually happening (as it wasn't busy enough), which was a shame.


Good quality beds. Good sized lockers. Rooms are good sized but a lifeless feel to them. Outdoors space is great to hang out. More a cheap resort than a backpackers atmosphere, complete with screeching children and snoring old men, but evening social stuff helps a bit. Kitchen was overcrowded. Bathrooms and kitchens clean when just done but not checked regularly so get gross. Showers warm but need updated. Wifi is overpriced given there's free city wifi nearby. Charge for luggage storage.


Not the worst, but did not feel like a hostel, more like a military logement with lots of people squeezed in. Not very clean bathrooms and kitchen, but kitchen was well-equipped and large.

  • 23rd Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Felt unfriendly/cold. Also they charge for internet. I was a female put in a mixed dorm which was basically me and just 10 guys which was less than ideal. However, it is clean if not a little basic.


Great hostel! Just some couple of suggestions: - shower head on common bathrooms is too low. Next renovation make them higher; - lack of power plugs - two or three in a room of ten; Loved the common area!


It is a good place to stay. It is clean, close to the center and the price (22 dollars per night) is ok. It is quite big and sometimes a bit loud. So nothing for people who like to stay at a quiet place!


There was only one plug connection in a room, which is not enough for four people who wants to charge phones and camera's.


It was not as cleen as YHA in Port Douglas no free wifi:( really annoying...The kitchen and the showers were dirty ! some of the staff members were snobbish!! not nice at all! not so helpful!

  • 21st Apr 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Sweden
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Our stay was very short, but enjoyable. The site is very convenient; the hostel seemed safe and well-equipped. and suited us very well.

  • 17th Apr 2013
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 41+
  • (1 review)

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