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Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront Reviews

149 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia

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1669 Total Reviews
  • 90%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 85%Location
  • 92%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 86%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

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Fairly enjoyabke visit. The front counter staff were very helpful with any information i needed. Vibe about the place wasn't very social, even though it is supposed to be a quiter hostel, guests tended to keep to themselves. Good for a stop over.


Good points - clean, nice staff, location very good (away from all the tourists and busy promanade), swimming pool Bad points - not a great place to meet people - everyone in same area to use wifi and not very sociable. Kitchen has no fridges (these are located in rooms) so bringing stuff up and down stairs is long. No lockers (you have to leave stuff with reception which is a hassle as they close at 8pm) so not very flexible. Wifi poor (but you can use the free city one around the lagoon)


Nice hostel with comfortable beds and a common area for using free WiFi. Recommend.

  • 31st Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 18-24
  • (1 review)


Amazing hostel! We had a tour to catch early one morning, and had to leave before the 7am so we couldn't leave our luggage in storage. Fortunately, there was a staff at the Hostel a bit early, and told us not to worry. We got back from the tour, 12 hours later, checked in, and was told that not only did they UPGRADE our room, but they also carried 2 large, heavy suitcases, up 2 flights of stairs to our room! I would recommend them to anyone travelling to Cairns!

  • 29th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Canada
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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Thanks Melissa for your nice review. Great to hear you enjoyed your stay with us and enjoy the rest of your travel.


Good accomodation, I stay only 1 night, but was good, clean, quiete and close to the centre (5-10min walk). There is a swimming pool and the room is equiped with a fridge.


This place is a bit of a walk from night life, so if you want to be right where everything is, don't stay here. Everything was clean, and they offer free wifi but only in the common area. Pool was nice enough. Staff was fine. No complaints about this place, but there was also nothing spectacular about it.


I was really pleased with the hostel all round, especially the staff on reception who were really helpful and polite. I throughly recommend this hostel to others.


The best hostel we have been to in the eastern coast, stands out as most other hostels along the coast were at about the same price or more and had really poor facilities in comparison to the great facilities of this hostel.

  • 11th Oct 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 25-30
  • (1 review)


I first stayed in a private with share bathroom... It was good ! Later i upgraded to an ensuite... Perfect! Free wifi around the pooltable and payed wifi in the rooms... Love the place... Will stay there again !


This hostel has a perfect location right along the water. The hostel was very clean...every day I saw the cleaners working hard. The kitchens were very nice and neat and had everything you need to cook. Security was impeccable. There was an awesome pool. It was full of fun, friendly people and had a great atmosphere. No one was ever loud or rude or anything. I could literally live in this hostel.


A most enjoyable stay - well run, friendly, quiet and accessible to town without being in the centre of it.

  • 28th Sep 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Australia
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)

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