Group Booking Terms and Conditions

Because you are making a Group Booking, there are additional Terms and Conditions that apply. Please read them and click 'I Accept' below to continue with your booking

General Group Booking Terms

By making a group reservation through you agree to the following terms and conditions as set by and as set by the hostel in question.

  • In order to make a group reservation on it is necessary to pay a deposit. The balance is due directly to the hostel according to their payment conditions.
  • The booking deposit is non-refundable.
  • Please note that any cancellations must be notified directly to the hostel at least 24 hours in advance of your scheduled arrival date, unless otherwise stated in the hostel's conditions.
  • are not responsible for changes or amendments to your reservation once it has been processed. All correspondence with regard to changes to your booking need to be dealt with directly with the hostel.
  • Cancellations for reservations must be made directly with the hostel and must conform with the individual hostels cancellation policy (see below)
  • It is your responsibility to pay the balance of your accommodation cost to the hostel in accordance with their payment conditions (see below). Failure to do so may result in your reservation being cancelled by the hostel.
  • Individual hostels may have special booking conditions relating to group stays, please read the hostel booking conditions carefully before making your reservation.

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.

Book more than 14 days in advance for Free Cancellation.
  • Wonderful Location
  • Superb Staff
  • Excellent Cleanliness
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Property Description

Why Not Backpackers offers affordable accommodation featuring FREE breakfast, FREE ultrafast WiFi, FREE billiards, and FREE gym access. We also offer a FREE airport pick-up* and FREE shuttle service to town and back.

At the end of the day you can hang out by the pool in our outdoor tropical oasis, our beautifully designed entertainment room for a great Netflix and chill session, or lounge in one of our rooms ranging from dorms to private doubles, and twins.
When hungry you can order delicious food from our amazing on-site 'Lush Burger' kitchen. All burgers are homemade and come with a large serve of chips and a choice of homemade sauce, with a new Monthly Special Burger each month!
Zanzibar is open daily for guests to have a couple of drinks and enjoy some local craft beers from the Coral Sea Brewery!

All rooms are fully air conditioned and serviced daily by our housekeeping team.
Reception is open from 07:00 - 23:00. Check out is before 10:00 and check in anytime after 14:00.
NOTE: 18-35 year old travellers only. Valid passport required upon check-in

No BYO alcohol. We are a licensed venue only.

We look forward to welcoming you to Why Not Backpackers.

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Reviews & Ratings

  • Value For Money 9.3

  • Security 8.7

  • Location 8.3

  • Staff 9.4

  • Atmosphere 9.2

  • Cleanliness 8.5

  • Facilities 9.1

Latest Reviews

  • 10.0


    02 Mar 2020
    Really clean and nice hostel. Staff always willing to help you. Amazing breakfast and shuttle every hour to the city. Also an amazing atmosphere Vicente
    Chile, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    12 Mar 2020
    Great hostel, great value for money, great staff (especially Will and Sarah they were really helpful), free shuttle service to and from the airport and a shuttle service to town throughout the day. Brilliant
    Wales, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    09 Mar 2020
    Amazing value for money and great hostel to stay in! Staff are very friendly and welcoming, especially Stacey who goes above and beyond for you. Lots of different activities during the week in the evenings to get involved with. Free breakfast also available and shuttle bus to and from town, although its only 15 minutes to walk anyway. Comfy beds too. All rooms need key access so good for security and also have bedside plugs! Would definitely stay again, no doubt.
    England, Male, 25-30
  • 9.7


    30 Jan 2020
    This is my second stay at Calypso, and I would come back again if I were in Cairns again. The property offers a lot - fast WiFi, use of a full gym, outlets for every bed, free breakfast, and a shuttle to town. Staff is friendly and helpful.
    USA, Female, 25-30
  • 9.7


    19 Jan 2020
    Such good facilities here. The best free breakfast I’ve ever had at a hostel. Cold filtered water was a bonus, very good air con and a regular shuttle bus to town. Couldn’t fault my stay.
    England, Female, 18-24
  • 9.1


    25 Mar 2020
    Stayed there twice in a week, before and after a campervan trip. Shared dorms are a bit small and dark but what can you expect for $20. Private double room was lovely! Great atmosphere and really nice staff. Would definitely recommend to others :)
    England, Couple, 25-30
  • 9.1


    09 Feb 2020
    Nice modern dorm rooms. AC is running all day. Breakfast with pancakes is awesome. Downside: There are no security locker. And it‘s bit too large area to get in contact with fellow traveller but it was off-season (not too bad)
    Switzerland, Male, 18-24
  • 8.3


    07 Feb 2020
    An open-plan hostel which is great for socialising. All the facilities you need with an airport shuttle too. Staff are friendly and really helpful, just ask for Laura!
    England, Male, 18-24
  • 8.0


    18 Mar 2020
    It was off season, the few people there where friendly and staff was amazing. In no other hostel, was I showed around and she even offered to help me with my luggage. Very sweet. I would totally recommend.
    Germany, Female, 18-24
  • 8.0


    06 Feb 2020
    I stayed here three nights, 4bed dorm, was fine, good air con but no lockers in the room which I don’t like. Good big kitchen and breakfast was good but very little atmosphere during the evening and I found it hard to meet people here as a solo backpacker. The tree gym is brilliant though and There is a free bus to town but only town 20 min walk so that is ok!
    Ireland, Female, 25-30
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  • Free Airport Transfer
  • Free City Maps
  • Free Parking
  • Free WiFi
  • Linen Included
  • Towels Included
  • Adaptors
  • Air Conditioning
  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Parking
  • Book Exchange
  • Card Phones
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Common Room
  • Dryer
  • Fitness Centre
  • Follows Covid-19 sanitation guidance
  • Hot Showers
  • Iron / Ironing Board
  • Jobs Board
  • Microwave
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool
  • Self-Catering Facilities
  • Swimming Pool
  • Towels Not Included
  • Utensils
  • Washing Machine
  • 24 Hour Reception
  • Airport Transfers
  • ATM
  • Fax Service
  • Housekeeping
  • Internet Access
  • Laundry Facilities
  • Luggage Storage
  • Shuttle Bus
  • Tours/Travel Desk
  • Towels for hire
Food & Drink
  • Bar
  • Meals Available
  • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Vending Machines
  • Board Games
  • Pool Table
  • Wi-Fi