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Hostel Specific Terms & Conditions

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."

Any cancellations resulting from agreement to these terms and conditions under false pretences will result in loss of deposit.


Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront

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

Mad Monkey Waterfront, fully refurbished in Sept 2017, offers affordable upmarket hostel accommodation in the heart of Cairns City. Set right on the Esplanade, guests get to enjoy this prime location, which is within arms reach of all the popular attractions, best bars & restaurants; and of course the famous Lagoon is just across the road.

As part of the Mad Monkey Backpacker Group, all guests can enjoy FREE ultra fast Wifi, FREE hot breakfast, FREE large security lockers (BYO padlock), FREE bicycle hire & brand new top quality mattresses/pillows/linen all new in 2017.

Not only that, the Mad Monkey Family creates the perfect atmosphere with our outdoor BBQ area, FIFA gaming, famous family meals, & a top entertainments team; organising events every day & night, so you are bound to make new & lasting friendships.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Mad Monkey Family!

***International Backpackers aged 18 to 35 ONLY– must show international passport upon check in*** View House Rules


Welcome to the Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront! There's no better place to call home during your trip to Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks to our ultra-fast free Wi-Fi, you won't have to miss out on any Instagram updates, and you'll have no problem staying active, either. Staying with us gets you access to the local fitness centre, the pool, and bike hire – all for free. We also have a fully equipped kitchen and outdoor BBQ area, and we'll happily cook you up a free all-you-can-eat breakfast every morning!


We're within handy walking distance of loads of Cairns' popular attractions – like the Aquarium and the Centre of Contemporary Arts – and many great bars and restaurants. Our hostel is right on the Esplanade, so the Lagoon is just across the road, while Cairns Railway Station and Cairns City Bus Station are only a stone's throw away. If you're coming from Cairns Airport, simply catch a taxi or shuttle bus. A taxi is a short 15-minute trip and will cost roughly $15, or you can grab the shuttle bus, which costs $15 for one person or $20 for two.

Rooms and Dorms

All of our private rooms and dorms have en-suite bathrooms and are kitted out with air con, free top-quality linen and recently updated super-comfy mattresses and pillows. The dorm rooms have well-made, designer bunks, and you'll find two power points and two USB ports waiting by each bed. If you forgot to pack your towel, you can easily hire one from reception.

Extras and activities

After a day of living your best life in sunny Oz, make yourself a cuppa with our tea and coffee-making facilities, or unwind in our common room and get to know other guests over board games, a PlayStation tournament, or our selection of DVDs. Our team organises a range of events every day and night, so whatever your schedule, there'll be something awesome for you to do!

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.1

  • Security 9.2

  • Location 9.7

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 8.2

  • Cleanliness 8.8

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    20 Jun 2019
    Amazing location for everything and the staff was lovely.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    14 May 2019
    Lovely staff! They were all very welcoming and helpful. The dorm rooms were modern and clean, and the free breakfast was great! I would definitely stay here again.
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    12 May 2019
    Fantastic location, free breakfast, and a cheap bar. My room was spacious and clean. I highly recommend!
    USA, Female, 18-24
  • 10.0


    12 May 2019
    This hostel is small, perfect for backpackers that like a clean place, with a cosy common area and bar. There is also a PS4 with Fifa. It was good waling from there to the marina to the diving course and next to the Lagoon! Would recommend it to my friends :).
    Denmark, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    29 May 2019
    Wicked place to stay if you don’t want the Gillighans party scene anymore. The receptionist Katie was really friendly too.
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.4


    31 May 2019
    Staff are very friendly and the breakfast is great. Very comfy beds and a very good location, right next to the night market.
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 9.4


    28 May 2019
    Great location and super clean. Not a lot of room to keep food in the kitchen and I couldn’t find any recycling bins but other than that would definitely stay here again.
    Australia, Female, 31-40
  • 9.4


    22 May 2019
    Pancakes for breakfast :D
    New Zealand, Couple, 18-24
  • 9.1


    18 Jun 2019
    I loved my stay here. Staff is great and very friendly. Kitchen is nice and so was the free breakfast. Easy to meet people with the activities going on. I would stay here again.
    USA, All Female Group, 25-30
  • 8.9


    11 Jun 2019
    Lovely time at the mad monkey, the staff are friendly and there is lots going on :)
    New Zealand, Male, 25-30
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  • Free Breakfast
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Common Room
  • Cooker
  • Dryer
  • Fitness Centre
  • Fridge/Freezer
  • Hair Dryers
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Terrace
  • Security Lockers
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • Bicycle Hire
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Late check-out
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Reception (limited hours)
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • PlayStation