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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.

The following group types are not accepted by this hostel: Holiday with Friends, Junior / Primary School, High / Secondary School, College / University, Business Trip, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports Group, Cultural Group If you have misrepresented the type of group you are booking for, your booking may be cancelled by the hostel."

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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

Book more than 2 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Perfect Location
  • Marvellous Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Gilligan’s accommodation is located in the city centre and offers spacious, air-conditioned, en-suite rooms in dorm-style accommodation or private hotel rooms. We have cut down the number of persons per room drastically to halve the usual number of guests in our larger dorms to be inline with Social Distancing requirements. To make things more affordable we have slashed all of our rates until further notice.

Facilities include free linen, free Wi-Fi, free luggage storage, pool tables, powder room, fitness room and four brand new 'state of the art' communal kitchens, fully equipped for you to prepare all your meals. We also have onsite travel agency and Workers wanted agency. We have a huge swimming pool so you can chill-out with friends at a safe distance or keep fit and active while spending time here in Cairns.

The health and safety of all staff, guests and patrons remains paramount at Gilligan’s. Management encourages everyone to take Social Distancing and personal hygiene seriously and to immediately action the Australian governments and Health Officials warnings and directions surrounding COVID19.

Gilligan's prides itself on providing a clean and safe environment and continues to be a wonderful experience for travellers. We welcome all guests with virtual open arms.

Please note bookings of 4 or more guests are subject to different terms and conditions and we cannot guarantee to place all group bookings in the same room.

*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


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.


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 9.1

  • Security 8.9

  • Location 9.5

  • Staff 8.3

  • Atmosphere 8.9

  • Cleanliness 8.2

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    18 Mar 2020
    This was an amazing hostel, very clean and a great atmosphere
    Scotland, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 10.0


    15 Mar 2020
    Definitely a party atmosphere but didn’t personally find it a problem that it was loud, the doors are reasonably sound proofing enough to sleep. Different club night each night, prices for food and drinks good, very safe and secure and has everything you need. Never been to a hostel like this before but felt more like a resort hotel than a hostel.
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 10.0


    03 Mar 2020
    Wow , what a great place to stay and soo inexpensive too would recommend to anyone looking for a place to stay in Cairns !
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    28 Feb 2020
    THE place to stay if you’re in Cairns. Genuinely wouldn’t stay anywhere else. The air con here is incredible which is a must when in Cairns during the summer. Pool and bar both awesome. Brilliant atmosphere, none stop fun and one of the cheapest places to stay Up the east coast!
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    22 Mar 2020
    I loved staying here even during this difficult time. The staff were friendly and the facilities were great, especially the kitchens. The atmosphere here would usually be amazing it’s just a shame that due to Coronavirus many people are not travelling and the area is quiet. I don’t think some of the guests were taking the restrictions seriously though as I heard many people having parties and drinking in their rooms which was a shame. I will definitely be back one day :-)
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    17 Mar 2020
    I stayed here for 3 nights right as the coronavirus pandemic was picking up. As a result, the hostel was definitely less lively than normal. However, they included many protocols, such as mandatory handwashing and extra cleaning to keep everyone safe. Despite fewer people, the atmosphere was still very spring-break like. Everyone was super friendly, it was easy to meet others as a solo traveler, and there was plenty to do at the hostel. I can't wait to return when things are back in full swing!
    USA, Male, 18-24
  • 8.6


    01 Mar 2020
    Gilligan's was a great stay. The four bedroom was roomy and had small lockers for your valuables. Beds were clean and comfortable and the balconies were spacious. The toilet and the shower were in separate rooms which makes things nice. Would have liked a hook near the sink for hanging small bag or towel. Nice kitchen on every floor. There were things to do every night, and the night time meals were so cheap and delicious. The pool and bar were happening and clean. Would stay again.
    USA, Male, 31-40
  • 8.6


    01 Mar 2020
    Great party hostel, good fun and nice people. Our room was a bit of a mess but that’s the fault of the other guests, not the staff. I got lucky with a room quite far from all the noise from the bar which was great but can imagine most of the rooms would struggle with a fair bit of noise bleed
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    23 Mar 2020
    Went during corona epidemic so bar was shut and no visitors allowed however there was still a decent atmosphere by people making the most of it, rooms are decent and clean with good air con. Would definitely stay again, only downsides are how disgusting the kitchens were but this is more likely down to lazy guests which was a shame
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 7.7

    Very Good

    28 Feb 2020
    Staff where nice, security are arseholes but party party
    England, Female, 18-24
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  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Elevator
  • Fitness Centre
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • 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
  • 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
  • Nightclub
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi


  • 2019

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Cairns

  • 2018

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Cairns

  • 2017

    1st, Most Popular Hostels Cairns

  • 2007

    2nd, Continent Winners Oceania


  • 2016

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

  • 2015

    Worldwide Extra Large Hostel

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