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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns Reviews

57 - 89 Grafton Street, Cairns, Australia

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1066 Total Reviews
  • 84%Value For Money
  • 86%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 80%Staff
  • 86%Atmosphere
  • 85%Cleanliness
  • 89%Facilities

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Had an amazing 6 days....party central, chilled during the day, plenty of sight seeing and trips....lovely people....will be back soon ✌🏻️

  • 20th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • England
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


This is the party hostel of Cairns. All backpackers should stay here at least one night but don't expect much sleep, its a young persons hostel for sure! good facilities but think its a complete rip off that if you are staying in the hostel you still have to pay to get in the Gilligans bar. good atmosphere and good place to meet people. situated where everything happens and near everything you need! didn't use the the desk to book excursions but heard they are very helpful.


Just a terrible Hostel, the stuff is incredibly unfriendly and the security guys are checking your backpacks for alkohol, everytime you enter the hostel !!! There is no common room to meet any other travellers !! An other Disadvantage is the kitchen, as it is compleatly dirty and half the equipment does not work e.g the cooking plates !!! Worst Hostel i have ever stayed in and i am travelling for 11 months !! Gilligens is famous for beeing a party hostel but it is none at all, no BYO !!!!

  • 20th May 2015
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Germany
  • Male, 18-24
  • (1 review)


One of the best hostels I've stayed in. Almost like a hotel. Each floor has a kitchen and common area. Rooms are on the small side but we didn't mind. The ensuite were nice and the whole place was pretty clean. Close to the bars,shops and the lagoon. The hostel pool was lush. The club was also a great night out and a lot of fun was had. We had a room at the front and could barely hear the club at all. Would definitely stay again :))


Free Wi-Fi is a must!!! Can t believe You have to pay for it!!!


It was very nice in everyway But there is a pub very next hostel so little bit noisy Except that, it was perfect !


Nothing wrong with the hostel.. it feels more like first year uni again haha! Can't say much else other than if you like to party and stay up late then this is your scene.


Gilligans complex is cool, the hostel itself is just okay. Gorgeous pool area. Had some trouble with the others in our room but not the hostels fault, although you're more likely to get dirty people in a place with a party reputation than not. Staff were helpful and when moved rooms it was much better. Would stay again if had to but cheaper options seem as good. Great place for a weekend away or stag party.


You can pay to store luggage at the front desk, but no one checks to see if you actually have a bag there when you enter. The club is awesome. Lockers in rooms were too small for a laptop. Fun environment for meeting people!


Very nice hostel (overall high quality) but too much directed to young partying generation. I would not recommend, if you have more than 30 or you are not in the mood clubbing/partying.


everything is alright except people didnt behave well in the kitchen and the room, and it is a party place (every night!!). staff are welcoming and the location is accessible, they do the cleaning everyday, free sunblock and I got one night free for 5-day booking.


Gilligans is a hostel for the ones looking for fun and party in Cairns, they have something going on in their bar/club every night. I've stayed there because my group of friends booked there. Its nice to have the private bathrooms etc. all connected to the dorms. Downstairs its pretty noisy, but you can ask for a bed on the top floor where it is quiet for sleeping.


After coming from Asia it seemed really expensive. But you pay for the social life of it. The rooms are good, kitchen facilities and lounge on every floor are great. But you have to make your own beds and take them off, pay for wifi, pay for computers, the dinner deal is quite good. And you get discount on drinks. But they charge you to get in friday Saturday. And the rooms are extra on Fri sat sun than weekdays. Everyone knows this is the place to go so that's why they can charge so much.


Great party hostel! Facilities feel as good as a hotel! Nice pool and great location in cairns! Loved it


great location, rooms with ensuite bathrooms that are cleaned daily, big kitchen but not enough possibilities to sit and eat. more like a hotel than a hostel. includes a massive pool, a bar/ Club/ Restaurant (you get a cute little bowl of food with every drink purchase), travel agent, ... twice a day annoying and loud announcements in the rooms but besides that a great place to stay :)


Absolutely loved this hostel, have nothing bad to say about it! The staff were welcoming from the minute I arrived, rooms were big and clean - loved the beds, most comfortable I've stayed in so far! It is a party hostel but I did manage to stay in a couple of times for trips the next day so it's possible! The club is really good & I had a really good time! Deffo will be coming back at some point


Nobody control people who are constantly drunk and it was always messy in the room. Except that, too many people in the kitchen so hard to cook something.


Great location, good place to meet people - as very easy to go for a drink with roommates at gilligans. Very clean felt almost like a hotel.


Great fun hostel to stay at, decent sized dorm and bunks. Staff at reception a pretty slow with checking in and checking out but they are freindly enough.


everything perfect except staff... but who cares?!

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