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The remainder of the amount due will be charged to your credit card 1 week prior to arrival. 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: Junior / Primary School, Stag/Hen/Bachelor Party, Sports 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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Waterfront Backpackers Cairns

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  • Perfect Location
  • Brilliant Staff
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Property Description

Free WiFi

Free Basic Continental Breakfast.

Only meters from the beautiful City Swimming Lagoon and Sun-baking Park, and walking distance to 24hr eateries, supermarkets, Reef Terminal, banks, post office and many funky Night Clubs.

We cater to the active traveller looking for a convenient location and we offer our guests very competitive tour discounts on many tours and activities.

Cairns Waterfront Backpackers is a small and friendly hostel who will get to know you by your name and our happy staff will welcome you with a smile every time.

Reception & Tour Desk Hours - 9am to 8pm Daily.
24 Hour Check in and Check out is available.

We look forward to meeting you at
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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 7.2

  • Security 7.2

  • Location 9.3

  • Staff 7.9

  • Atmosphere 6.4

  • Cleanliness 5.9

  • Facilities 6.2

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    29 Jan 2020
    I honestly didn’t know what to expect given the price, but I was thoroughly surprised & impressed! The is amazing! And the atmosphere perfect. I went alone to the waterfront and left with friends. Stay safe eat cake ♥️
    Australia, Male, 31-40
  • 10.0


    12 Nov 2019
    Great location and fabulous staff-really friendly and helpful!!
    England, Female, 25-30
  • 9.1


    20 Oct 2019
    Overall, super satisfied! Stayed at a “higher rated” more expensive hostel the previous week for one night and I liked this Waterfront 10 times more. Stayed at it for the following week. Would highly recommend. Great price, great vibes. Free food! All you could want. Thanks Leanne and Jason ✌🏽
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 8.0


    29 Sep 2019
    The hostel is pretty quiet. The free breakfast is not that special (toast and cereal), but will do if you need it. The kitchen is cleaned every day so it is easy to cook your own breakfast/lunch/dinner. The biggest advantage of this hostel is the location, which is directly across the lagoon and very close to everything!
    Netherlands, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 6.6


    03 Mar 2020
    It was alright, we liked the location but it was a bit annoying with all the weed
    Norway, All Female Group, 18-24
  • 6.3


    10 Jan 2020
    Uncomfortable beds and no Aircon in the rooms. Kitchen wasn't great. But cheap and staff are friendly.
    England, Couple, 18-24
  • 5.1


    25 Feb 2020
    There are lots of other hostels in Cairns we would have rather stayed in. The bathrooms and the kitchen were so dirty that we would go to the lagoon’s bathrooms instead and avoid cooking. For short stays only. The location is the only thing that is valuable about this hostel. We would not stay there again.
    Canada, Female, 18-24
  • 3.1


    21 Mar 2020
    I have been traveling for a long time , stayed in more hostels that I can count. and this one was easily the worst. firstly it claims to have air -con, but its knocked off for 9 hrs every day, gross ! the lady who works at reception, thin British lady should not be employed, rudest person I have ever met. very aggressive. we actually checked out 2 days early and Didn't even care about being refunded, We just had to leave as soon as we could. disgraceful hostel. should be closed down.
    Ireland, Female, 31-40
  • 2.0


    20 Mar 2020
    Quite possibly the worst hostel ever. I should have known given the price but I thought how bad could it be? The place was grimy, disgusting and felt contaminated from the moment I walked in. Given the fact we’re in a pandemic with Covid 19, this place was vile. No cleaning products, dirty walls and floors. Looked and felt like a scene from prison break. Oh and a girl in my room threatened to kill me in my sleep. Checked in at 1 and checked out at 3.15. Avoid, avoid, avoid.
    Ireland, Female, 18-24
  • 2.0


    05 Aug 2019
    Grossest Hostel in Australia, couldn’t even have a shower there because there were black flies and so much hair in the drain. There was no hand soap in any of the bathrooms. The room was dark and dingy, everything was covered in dust, the room had bright fluorescent light shining into it from the corridor the whole night. The beds were so uncomfy & the sheets were so scratchy. They also started vacuuming outside our room at 8:30am. The pool was also filthy. Place looks nothing like the photos.
    Scotland, Mixed Group, 18-24
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  • Free City Maps
  • Free Internet Access
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Cable TV
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Hair Dryers For Hire
  • Hot Showers
  • Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Key Card Access
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Reading Light
  • Safe Deposit Box
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • 24 Hour Security
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • DVD's
  • Nightclub