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Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront Reviews

149 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia

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1725 Total Reviews
  • 88%Value For Money
  • 81%Security
  • 86%Location
  • 91%Staff
  • 81%Atmosphere
  • 83%Cleanliness
  • 80%Facilities

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A place to rest your head, and cook some food, but nothing more.


The girls that work here are amazing!! The were kind helpful and made me feel welcome, if I'm luckily enough to visit cairns again I'll stay here again. Thanks!!!


I first booked 3 days and finally extended 2 weeks. I really loved tbis hostel, felt like at home. The hostel is really clean, 2 kitchens, staff is very friendly and helpful, you can chill out during day time and have some beers with your mates at night. Really easy place to make friends. The location is perfect, on the esplanade, just 10 minutes by foot from the town center, walking along the ocean. maybe internet connection could be a bit better... I definitely recommand Caravella


The safe in reception seemed to be left open a lot- not very secure

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Hi, The safe is always locked when the office is unattended and the office is also secured with security cameras and alarm. Nothing has ever gone missing from the safe in the history of caravella backpackers !!! You could have felt completely at ease.


It was great, lovely people and lovely friendly staff. Kitchen and rooms were kept very clean, was very quiet as well. We also got a free upgrade which was awesome so my friend and I had our own room to share together. Definitely would stay here again if I come back.

  • 8th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Overall, a good hostel to stay in. The major negative was that the wifi was extremely poor and only worked well next to one table, while also being outside. Some positives were the location, cleanliness, and a free towel upon checking in.


It was the same price as other hostels with the best amenities!! We had an early flight so we needed to check out and return keys before their office opened, but they accommodated us very professionally and handled everything like they've done it a thousand times. Loved this place.

  • 7th Apr 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • USA
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


This has to be one of the best hostels I've stayed at during my travels in Asia and Australia. The atmosphere is great, tons of picnic tables in the common area between the 2 large kitchens. There's a pool, which I never used but looked well kept. I mostly stayed here as a base in between my trips to the Great Barrier Reef and daintree, staff remembered me each time. All 3 rooms I stayed in were clean. About a 10 minute walk to the lagoon and main area. Highly recommend.


My stay was great! Met some really interesting people. The Aussie lady on the front desk was amazing, I've been in hostels all over the world and she was one of the best staff I've come across! The hostel isn't much of a party hostel but that's okay because I wasn't really interested in that type of hostel.


Would defiantly not stay again. Asked a simple question about how to turn the airconditioning on and had 2 of the staff bitching about me before I had even left the room. Facilities are dirty. Nothing happens in the evenings there. It's awful. One of the worst we've stayed in on the whole east coast.


Friendly Staff, good location, I am really enjoy the stay at Caravella

  • 22nd Mar 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • China
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Only stayed one night, but it seemed like a nice place and it was great value for money. Clean, quiet, good facilities. Short walk to lots of different restaurants/bars as well as the supermarket. Right by the water and a short walk to the lagoon. The staff were so friendly and lovely! Will definitely come back (hopefully for a longer stay) next time I'm in Cairns. Thanks guys :)


Terrible weather but the hostel compensated with the free wifi and the great rooms (complete with fans and aircon). We had booked a 4bed dorm but ended up getting an upgrade in a twin, so it was even more enjoyable. Very good washing machine and dryer. If you're interested in a transfer to the airport (pick up at the hostel), tell them you'd like to book a seat bc we didn't know we had to book so there was no room for us and we had to take a cab...it was the same price though.

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