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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 8.4

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.4

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 7.6

  • Facilities 8.4


Latest Reviews

  • 10.0

    Superb

    07 Aug 2019
    Such a great hostel! Awesome facilities, really tidy and fantastic night club - will absolutely be back
    New Zealand, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0

    Superb

    28 Jul 2019
    Had a blast at Gilligan's. I was travelling alone but made friends easily. The food and drinks were super cheap but decent quality.
    Australia, Female, 18-24
  • 9.7

    Superb

    26 Jul 2019
    Much of a party hostel so can be hard to get an early night sleep. The rooms are big, most of them with balcony. Cleanliness is good. Definitely one of the best hostels on the East Coast.
    Argentina, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    09 Aug 2019
    Such a great place to stay, awesome atmosphere, great bar, great pool, great location and all at a really good price!
    Australia, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    01 Aug 2019
    Gilligan's was a massive hostel with a great environment! Although I will say it is not an ideal place to stay if you aren't there to party or you have to get up early in the morning. It is definitely the place people go to drink. The restaurant/bar/pool area is awesome and they have some great meal deals.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 9.4

    Superb

    26 Jul 2019
    Staff were amazing, love the fact there was a kitchen on each floor so wasn’t overcrowded locations perfect 5 minute walk anywhere you would need to go rooms had own bathroom so realy good
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.1

    Superb

    06 Aug 2019
    Hostel had a lot to offer, club nights every night. Party party party, no real scope for a quieter space but after a few days we got used to the party atmosphere and adjusted. The food was soooooooo cheap and really really nice at the bar. Drinks were well priced too. WiFi is non existent unless your room is the reception desk at the front door. This was a big downfall and not a lot of plugs in the room to charge phones etc. But great location, central & thee main hostel in the city!
    Northern Ireland, Male, 25-30
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    30 Jul 2019
    Had a great couple of nights in Gilligan's. The bar and pool area is great during the day and the nights in the club are even better! Pirate bingo was the best way to get everyone in the mood! That said, my roommates weren't the friendliest and the shower wasn't the cleanest. It's also not the place to be if you want a chill night or consistent sleep - a party hostel through and through. If you're looking for cheap food and drinks, and a great night out though, Gilligan's is your place!
    Scotland, Male, 18-24
  • 8.9

    Fabulous

    26 Jul 2019
    Fab atmosphere! This is definitely the hostel for you if you want to party! Great nights on, would recommend pirate bingo! Good location, only downside is that there were a few problems with our door handle not working properly and then having no hot water which were not resolved, but all in all I would stay here again!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    26 Jul 2019
    Great club nights, and good kitchen space. But bugs in the kitchen draws and no day time chilled communal area.
    England, Female, 18-24
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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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