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Cairns City Backpackers Reviews

274 Draper Street , Cairns, Qld, 4870, Cairns, Australia

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389 Total Reviews
  • 74%Value For Money
  • 68%Security
  • 64%Location
  • 70%Staff
  • 66%Atmosphere
  • 50%Cleanliness
  • 54%Facilities

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The price makes you choose it, but the location is really far from the city. However it is close to the shopping centre, so you can go buy some food there. My bedroom particularly did not have air conditioning, but average the hostel was okay.

  • 22nd Nov 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Brazil
  • Couple, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Nice location and atmosphere, top value for money, only the kitchen doesnt invite to cook


This place is ok basically for location but even then, there seems to be quite a few options in cairns with better locations. The low price helps make up for it. The biggest issue was the bathroom and shower. There's only one shower for the entire floor and two bathroom stalls.

  • 10th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Couple, 31-40
  • (1 review)


Ok hostel to crash in for a couple nights. 4 bed dorm was bit of a small room, so not too much space for everyone, but it was acceptable. Facilities were average at best and quite dirty sometimes. Tv room and billiard area were cool places to hang out. Plus was the cheap price for a 4 bed dorm. Staff were always friendly and helpful.


You get what you pay for, which is not much. In desperate need of renovations. Toilet door didn't lock properly. Shower in room black an drips. Awesome to have free wifi though. Short walk to shopping centre. Unfortunately, I wouldn't stay again.

  • 30th Jun 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • New Zealand
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


Cairns City Backpackers is outside the main strip about 10-15 minutes walk to the centre. I met nice people in the hostel. We booked a tour which was good and the airport shuttle drops you off in front of the hostel. The kitchen is so dirty, and so are the bathrooms. We always washed everything befor we used it. The rooms were okey but it was freezing at night 'cause they dont provide plankets.


Nice place to stay, but the kitchens were not that well equipped and there was not much room in them. Free wifi is very good. The staff were friendly and helpful. If you book trips though them you get a 10 discount. The free evening meal advertised is not free, you have to pay either $6.50 or $5 depending on which place you choose and both places to get the meal deal are a 15 mins walk away. Not keen on the pet cats wandering round either.

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