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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

Located in the Cairns city centre, Gilligan’s boasts a huge 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 Wi-Fi for social media and web browsing!

Right next door to Rustys Market, surrounded by boutique shops and café's Gilligan’s offers traditional dorm style accommodation and modern hotel rooms.

There is an onsite Job Club and Tour Agency.
Providing professional advice on work and travel.

Mingle with new mates at ‘Social Hour at 6pm every night and then grab dinner from just $5.50 in the restaurant.

Gilligan’s has two of the best clubs in Cairns. As an in-house guest you will receive VIP privileges including free entry until 11pm every night of the week, excluding special events.

Gilligan's is an awesome experience for the solo traveller, groups, friends, or couples. Many guests review Gilligan’s as an ‘Amazing 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 8.5

  • Security 8.6

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 8.4

  • Atmosphere 8.6

  • Cleanliness 7.7

  • Facilities 8.5


Latest Reviews

  • 9.7

    Superb

    19 Jun 2019
    This hostel has a good atmosphere and rooms/kitchen are always clean! The pool is nice although part of it is currently under construction. The bar wasn’t as busy as I thought it would be but maybe because I stayed Sunday - Tuesday but there’s loads of cool bars in town anyway.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    31 May 2019
    Would definitely recommend staying here if you want to party as everyone is young and the club is just opposite & good fun. The facilities are all good too and the staff very helpful. ATMs, banks, supermarkets, shops and restaurants all within a short walking distance. We really enjoyed our stay here!
    England, Mixed Group, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    04 Jun 2019
    Gilligans was a great hostel considering It is a party hostel it has loads of security and 24/7 reception and it was very clean it even has a pamper room and gym.
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    01 Jun 2019
    Only real downside to this place is the plug situation. Other than that you know what you’re getting into staying here, but it’s a lot of fun and really clean for a party hostel.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3

    Fabulous

    10 Jun 2019
    Great hostel if youre between the ages of 18-21
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    27 May 2019
    Expected a better experience from this hostel
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 6.3

    Good

    21 Jun 2019
    Overall, this is a party hostel. If you want to sleep in a club, this is the spot for you. If you're looking for anything along the lines of relaxing, move right along. The building is located nicely enough, just off the Esplanade and walking distance to restaurants & entertainment. But, good luck getting a night's sleep to enjoy any of it... people up all night, yelling in the halls, screaming and coming in all hours of the night to stumble around drunkenly and vomit near-ish to the bathroom
    USA, Male, 25-30
  • 5.1

    Rating

    18 Jun 2019
    The hostel is ok - no lockers for bags, only tiny lockers that you must bring a lock for, and staff charges you to store luggage. Beds comfortable, noise is a bit outrageous. the night club was a bit much and was loud til past 3 am on weekdays, so I can’t imagine what it’s like on weekends. Club is a bit seedy and prides itself on wet T-shirt and pole dancing competitions. Our roommate had some disgustingly loud shower s** and we found another couple naked in the hallway hooking up.
    USA, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 5.1

    Rating

    02 Jun 2019
    The staff here are so rude and patronising, especially bar. Nobody smiles they all seem to hate their job and the people who come here and spend money, actually so disappointed I had high expectations and the staff ruined it for me. at least smile to the people who are keeping you in your job
    Wales, Female, 18-24
  • 4.0

    Rating

    22 Jun 2019
    security was a joke. kept claiming we did stuff that we didnt do. banned from the club the first night "because we were too drunk". we were sober. claimed we were throwning bottles off the balcony and running around on the roof. we werent. they couldnt offer us any proof other than someone said we were. honeslty. terrible experience and i would not recommend to anyone
    USA, Mixed 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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