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9 Shields Street, Cairns, Australia

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251 Total Reviews
  • 78%Value For Money
  • 76%Security
  • 94%Location
  • 75%Staff
  • 70%Atmosphere
  • 68%Cleanliness
  • 66%Facilities

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It was extremely noisy and extremely dirty never again.

  • 5th Aug 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Ireland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The location was so good and convenient. There is nothing elevator, so it's hard to go up stairs with baggage. A blanket was not available. The staffs was friendly.


Location excellent.Room absolutely basic,just a bed,not even a chair.

  • 9th Jul 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Spain
  • Male, 41+
  • (1 review)


- really clean hostel and very well located. equipment from the kitchen was good+ the toilets and showers were nice and clean as well. It was just really annoying that every morning the staff came into your room at 10 to change the bedsheets, then another man came in to change the bin + another one to mop the floor.u also had to go down to the reception every time before u wanted to eat something to get cutlery. community area and kitchen closes at 9-10. clean+organized hostel but no atmosphere


Staff was friendly and good at solving problems. Kitchen was nice and clean most of the time. A little bit noisy, walls are not very isolated and this is a party hostel. Location was great, in walking distance to shopping, bars and the esplanade. And they are very helpful if you want to book any tours around Cairns, diving, skydiving etc.


Room was big with a nice wooden floor, a window and an airconditioning. Only thing i didnt like were the dirty toilets.


Noise every night


I stayed at Global Backpackers for 3 days during a ScubaDiving course with ProDiveCairns, and one night after before heading to the airport. The first 3 nights I was in a all-girls 8 bed dorm room on the second floor where the room was clean and the bathroom kept in an acceptable state. The one night I stayed here before leaving, I was put in a mixed 8 bed on the first level where people had clearly been living for awhile. It was disgusting and the bathroom (shared by the entire floor) was also.


We booked a double room and it was VERY basic. The room was very small and it contained only the bed, nothing else. There was a window, but that was towards the corridor so the only source of light was the ceiling lamp. The kitchen was pretty crowded, the fridge extremely full - as it usually is in hostels. The reception was located outside the actual hostel, so the fact that you had to loan your plates and cutlery there and only could keep them for 2 hours was annoying. Wouldn't recommend it.


Mattress uncomfortable Air con was terrible No lockers to lock away valuables I left early for the airport, no staff to organise my check out. I had to leave the room key with the shuttle bus driver who kindly handed it in for me. I had to wait about 2 weeks for a refund for the key deposit. I phoned twice to get my money back. Poor show. I wouldn't stay here again.

  • 24th Apr 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Scotland
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)


The room and the kitchen are big. The toilets are clean always.

  • 31st Mar 2014
  • Novice Nomad
  • Anonymous
  • Hong Kong
  • Female, 25-30
  • (1 review)

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