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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 Waterfront

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

At Mad Monkey Waterfront we offer an affordable and clean accommodation in the heart of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. Being located on the Cairns Esplanade with the Cairns Lagoon just across the street, you can pop down for a dip or spend the afternoon sunbathing anytime you fancy! At Mad Monkey Waterfront you will have no problem staying active as we offer a Free Access to a local gym as well as a Free Bike Hire - the best way to explore Cairns City. Thanks to our ultra-fast Free Wi-Fi throughout the property, you won’t miss out on anything. Treat yourself to a Daily Free Hot Breakfast every morning and enjoy our fully equipped kitchen to cook your own meals. Unwind in our common room after a great day out, exploring all-natural wonders that Cairns and its surroundings have to offer. Get to know other guests over board games, a PlayStation tournament or by watching a film together on Netflix provided!

We offer all types of accommodation, from mixed dorms to female dorms and private double rooms. We have high-quality mattresses, pillows and linen which is included for a comfortable night’s sleep. All our dorms have a private en-suite bathroom and all our private double rooms come with personal towels, otherwise our reception team is more than happy to assist you with a towel hire in case you forgot one. All our rooms are Air-Conditioned & All our bunk beds are equipped with personal USB ports & power sockets to make sure you can comfortably scroll through your new travel pictures from bed. Oh, and don’t forget to bring a padlock for our security lockers in the dorms.

Become a part of our Mad Monkey Family & enjoy your stay!

Reception open 9am - 5PM (extended hours on the weekend and late check* in possible)
Check out before 10am and check in after 2pm
NOTE: 18 to 35 year old travellers only so a valid passport is needed upon check in.

*Late check in available - on arrival, please call phone number displayed on the front door of the property, & a night manager will show you to your room.
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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 8.8

  • Security 9.0

  • Location 9.6

  • Staff 9.3

  • Atmosphere 8.7

  • Cleanliness 8.6

  • Facilities 8.7

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    06 Jan 2021
    City centre, quiet and clean room with close proximity to bathrooms. Will stay again.
    Australia, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    18 Mar 2020
    Cannot recommend Mad Monkey Water Front enough. 12/10 experience. Katie, along with the rest of her staff are simply amazing! All around incredible, humbling and genuine people, that go above and beyond to make your stay with them, the best stay you will have. This team set the bar high for my expeditions of any accommodations I will ever stay at. Clean hostel and walking distance to all amenities. Free hot/cold breakfast daily and nightly activities. Nothing but good and chill vibes all around.
    Canada, Male, 25-30
  • 10.0


    18 Feb 2020
    The place was great! Clean and the staff was so friendly! They helped me book activities at the sister facility downstairs. Let me leave my luggage and protected it for the day and even let me shower at the facility after I had checked out before my flight! So amazing!
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 10.0


    08 Feb 2020
    Nice place to stay longer, friendly respectful and helpful staff. Free breakfast, bikes make this hostel one of the best I’ve stayed in. Besides this place is in the middle of everything restaurants supermarkets, everything you need is around Very good experience.
    Chile, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    20 Aug 2020
    Really nice hostel. Such good value! Bit noisy if you're in room 9 next to the kitchen at night as there were some partygoers. Free pancakes, $5 pizza night, lovely staff, good bathrooms, great location! Would recommend.
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    13 Jun 2020
    Staff is really nice and helpful. Rooms and bathrooms are clean. Kitchen is good but just need new pans. And I liked the pancakes for breakfast 😁❤️
    France, Female, 31-40
  • 9.1


    19 Feb 2020
    The location couldn’t be any better - everything (bars, the lagoon, restaurants, shops) are right on the doorstep it’s perfect. Amazing value for money, the free breakfast is the selling point for me - pancakes, beans, fruit.. saves you so much money. The rooms and shared areas all feel very clean. They do host events but as a solo traveller they weren’t the most inviting but maybe that’s not the case for everyone. Still really recommend though as the kitchen/movie area is very sociable.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 8.3


    17 Jul 2020
    Friendly staff, rooms are arranged well for space and was clean, with a window to let light in. The one I went to after this in Brisbane has shown me just how bad hostels can be, and Mad Monkey is exceptional in comparison. I would recommend it, right next to some really nice places to eat and drink and close to the sea, great park & the lagoon.
    England, Male, 31-40
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    14 Aug 2020
    No complaints, I had a private room and I just spent the whole time watching porn and walking it was amazing!
    Australia, Male, 25-30
  • 7.4

    Very Good

    13 Aug 2020
    Nice staff great location but room smell in the room was alot, couldn't open the window to vent the room and I think the aircon filter need to be changed. But really good price, so you get what you pay for.
    Australia, Female, 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
  • Flexible NRR
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • 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