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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia
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  • 82%Value For Money
  • 84%Security
  • 91%Location
  • 81%Staff
  • 84%Atmosphere
  • 82%Cleanliness
  • 85%Facilities

Hostelworld says:

Most travellers either begin or end their Aussie route in Cairns and the vibe here is pretty contagious. At Gilligan's Resort, you can expect to dive right in to the party scene with regular social events and 'cool people'. They also offer home cooked meals for just 3 dollars and daily tours (that always end in drinks…). The resort is perfect if you need a hostel close to sandy beaches, buzzing nightlife and the famous Cairns Esplanade Lagoon.

Property Information:

Gilligan's is Australia's leading youth hostel resort, located in the heart of Cairns. Offering a blend of traditional backpacker dorm accommodation and hotel rooms. All room types are fully airconditioned with ensuite.

Each of the four levels has it’s own state of the art kitchen and breakout area where you can chill out and relax, read a book, watch TV or just hang and make some friends on those sunny days.
There are awesome facilities and services including free linen, free airport pick up between 8am and 8pm, internet café, WiFi throughout, and a stunning lagoon swimming pool. Our entertainment venue houses an open deck bar, massive outdoor pub screen and heaps of plasma TV’s to watch all your favourite sporting events.
Gilligan's is situated right next door to the famous Rusty's Market and is surrounded by boutique shops, café's and clubs. The onsite job club, Workers Wanted can assist you with finding work if you are short on dollars.

Staying at Gilligans you will save lots of money as we offer a free evening meal each night with the purchase of a drink, and VIP privileges throughout the venue for inhouse guests.

Gilligan's entertainment also has crazy themed nights, fun & games, heaps of trips to be won with an awesome atmosphere every night.
Hosting two of Cairns best nightclubs with weekly events plus local & international DJ's, Gilligan's is home to Cairns ultimate experience in entertainment and and youth adventure hostel accommodation!

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  • Hostelworld Guests Say

    Stayed In Gilligans first week in January, had the time of my life! Best Hostel I have ever stayed in… big beds, really clean, kitchen on every level, huge balconies, ensuite, swimming pool, nightclub, cheap food, friendly staff, it's never ending!! I have just booked to come back in May for my birthday with a girl I've met travelling who has a mutual love to Cairns :) It is a party hostel though FYI.
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      Anonymous, England, Female, 18-24
  • Latest Review

    It was obnoxiously loud and felt like I just graduated high school. I got into my room and my bed didn't even have a pillow and when I asked for one, there were none. The bathroom had no hand soap and there was little storage. I also felt like I was in the middle of the club all hours of the night. After I fell asleep for an hour around 4am, I was quickly woken up by drunk people running through the halls. The kitchen had no knives, and the people at the front desk were not helpful.
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      Anonymous, USA, Female, 18-24
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  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Air Conditioning
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bar
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Cafe
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Currency Exchange
  • Elevator
  • Fax Service
  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Foosball
  • Hairdryers
  • Hairdryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Linen Included
  • Lockers
  • Luggage Storage
  • Meals available
  • Nightclub
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Pool Table
  • Restaurant
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tea/Coffee Making Facilities
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
  • Vending Machines
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Hostel Awards

  • 2007 Hoscar Winner
  • 2nd
  • Continent Winners Oceania
Hoscar Nominations
  • Nominee 2015
  • Worldwide Extra Large Hostel
  • 2007 2nd Continent Winners Oceania

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  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • No Curfew

Cancellation Policy

This property has a 1 day cancellation policy.
Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay, unless otherwise stated below (see 'Things to Note' information).

Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Located at 57 - 89 Grafton Street, , Cairns.
Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns
Cairns Queensland QLD 4870 57 - 89 Grafton Street
84% 1180
-16.9242593 145.7755494
Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns
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