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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card ???? Should numbers or room selection change, the per person deposit times the number of people who actually travelled will be deducted from the total accommodation charge levvied by the hostel.

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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

Book more than 7 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Awesome Cleanliness
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Property Description

Be a guest of Gilligan’s Hotel and Resort and you will receive a delicious free breakfast each day plus our BIG BONUS DEALS throughout our Gilligan’s Entertainment Venue! With meals starting from $5.50 and by far the CHEAPEST drink prices in town, you need to go ahead and book now!

Located in the city centre, Gilligan’s has a huge lagoon swimming pool, air-conditioned, en-suite rooms, bars and nightclubs. Guests receive free airport pick up, free linen and free access to the powder room and fitness centre plus, there is free WiFi for SM and web browsing.

Gilligan's offers en-suite dorm style accommodation and lux hotel rooms. There’s an onsite job club and a tour agency providing professional advice on work and travel. You can mingle with new mates each night at ‘Social Hour’ and join in on the nightly entertainment; there’s cash prizes and heaps of giveaways!

Gilligan's is an awesome experience for travellers, with many reviewing it as their 'Favourite Place To Stay!”

*Gilligan's is an 18+ property

Check in 2pm
Check out 10am

Please note that payments on credit card incur a surcharge (Visa & Mastercard 1%, American Express 1.8%)
Bookings for 8 pax or more are considered a group booking and may be subject to additional charges. These bookings may be subject to cancellation at the managers discretion. View House Rules

Overview

Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns is Australia’s leading youth hostel resort in the heart of the city. We have loads of chill-out areas for you to meet other travellers, and state-of-the-art kitchens for you to cook in together. We've even got a lagoon swimming pool – the ideal place to cool down on lazy sun-filled days. And with an on-site open deck bar, huge pub screen and plasma-screen TVs, you can watch the big game right here.

Location

We’re right in the heart of Cairns, just a 5-minute walk from both the Greyhound and Premier bus stations. We also run a free shuttle bus from Cairns Domestic Airport to Gilligan’s – just be sure to book using discount code gilarr57. Next door is the famous Rusty’s market, full of exotic fruit and veg, delicious cold brew coffee and quirky clothes and jewellery. There are loads of cafés and clubs within walking distance, and we’re always happy to recommend our favourites.

Rooms and Dorms

Our rooms cover four levels, with a variety of sociable dorms and boutique hotel-style rooms, all with linens included. We've got you covered whether you’re travelling alone, with friends or with a partner, with private doubles and twins as well as mixed and female-only dorms. All our rooms are clean, modern and spacious with en-suite bathrooms, and air-con to keep you cool in the famous Aussie sunshine. Each floor has its own full kitchen, free Wi-Fi and a chill-out area for meeting new friends, Skyping home or just relaxing in front of the TV.

Extras and activities

Join one of our crazy themed nights and dance until dawn in our on-site nightclub, or work out in our unisex fitness centre – free for guests. Get ready for a big night in our new women's Powder Room, complete with hairdryers and straighteners. And if you’re on a working holiday and find yourself short on dollars, pop into our on-site job club Workers Wanted for help with finding a job nearby.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 8.8

  • Security 8.8

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.4

  • Atmosphere 8.8

  • Cleanliness 7.9

  • Facilities 8.5


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    11 Jan 2020
    Brilliant from start to finish. The staff are great, the rooms are very clean and the atmosphere is electric. Location is brilliant very close to the esplanade and local cafes.
    Ireland, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    08 Jan 2020
    Honestly can not fault gilligans! Was an amazing stay. I stayed in a 6 bed female dorm and it was amazing, really clean and you couldn’t really hear the music at night which was a big bonus. The free drinks throughout the night are always a good touch and food is well priced. Perfect place if you love a party. Would 100% return !
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    06 Jan 2020
    This hostel is amazing! It reminds me of a resort in Mexico and for a great price! The pool was great, the service was great, the rooms were nice, the beds were comfortable, the bathrooms were clean and there was air conditioning. Would recommend!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 Dec 2019
    Great venue, fantastic staff, cheap food/drinks, best vibes! Stayed for 2 weeks, day drinking at the pool and entertainment at night, there is never a dull day at gilligans! 💯 recommend
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0

    Superb

    21 Dec 2019
    One of the best hostels I've stayed in. I was in a 4-bed female dorm with ensuite. It was clean and had a lot of space to keep our stuff. The toilets and bathroom were also clean. The air con was too strong for me, but I got extra blanket from reception so it was all good. The pool was lovely and the bar was a huge hit! Met loads of people from everywhere at the bar, had some pretty amazing music and fun events, got cheap drinks on showing my key card. Can call taxi from reception. 5 stars!
    India, Female, 25-30
  • 9.4

    Superb

    31 Dec 2019
    We had great time there! Every night there is a party, so if you work that is not the place to be.
    France, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1

    Superb

    23 Dec 2019
    Overall really great hostel. We stayed over Christmas however there was nothing on Christmas Day which came as quite a surprise for us!
    Scotland, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    05 Jan 2020
    Not much to do in cairns, it’s just a base spot to explore from so gilligans was the perfect base. Entertainment in the evening, cheap booze and food were ideal. Had it all under one roof. Only negatives the WiFi is c**p and only one toilet/shower between 10 is a not enough.
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 8.6

    Fabulous

    19 Dec 2019
    Review of 10 bed dorm: Pros: Purpose built hostel Pool Free socialising drink every night! Cheap meals FREE breakfast! Free Ice water 24/7 staffed reception Cons: Roaches in the kitchens Music from midnight to 3am Thurs-Sun makes the beds vibrate. It’s a party hostel but this is quite annoying! Small toilet for 10 people, once it’s been vomited in it’s pretty rank! Luggage storage costs $5 Despite drinks deals each night it’s still cheaper elsewhere.
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 6.0

    Good

    10 Jan 2020
    Saw two cockroaches while at this hostel. In laundry room and reception. Speaking of laundry every wash is 5$ and so is every load to dry. the staircase and elevators smell bad and the staff is not happy to be there.
    Canada, All Female Group, 25-30
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Facilities

Free
  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free Breakfast
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
General
  • Air Conditioning
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Centre
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Parking
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Wheelchair Friendly
Services
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Currency Exchange
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Meals Available
  • Restaurant
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
Entertainment
  • Nightclub
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


Awards

  • 2019

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Cairns

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Cairns

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Cairns

  • 2007

    2nd, Continent Winners Oceania

Nominations

  • 2016

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2015

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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