Hostels In Cairns

21 Hostels in Cairns, Australia
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Summer House Cairns
Hostel- 2.78km from city centre
Our stunning resort-style backpackers haven, Summer House Cairns, is your perfect place to relax, and your gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.
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Travellers Oasis
Hostel- 0.52km from city centre
Our traveller's haven is centrally located with a tropical garden, large swimming pool & nice big sundeck for the all-important sun tan.
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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns
7.6Very Good
Hostel- 0.17km from city centre
Gilligan's resort is located in the Cairns city centre. Gilligan's is Cairns' newest and most up-market budget accommodation, offering both tradtional backpacker facilities
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Bounce Cairns
7.7Very Good
Hostel- 0.34km from city centre
Bounce Cairns is a resort style award winning hostel featuring free breakfast, free events, free ultra fast WiFi. Centrally located in the heart of Cairns and is only a short walk to all the major attractions. you are guaranteed to get the most out of your...
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The Village Cairns
Hostel- 0.43km from city centre
Our luxe hostel has been freshly refurbished (June 2019) and offers traditional dorm style accommodation
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Mad Monkey Village
Hostel- 1.08km from city centre
At Mad Monkey Village we offer an affordable, Flashpacker style accommodation in a newly renovated hostel in Cairns. Treat yourselves to a daily Free Breakfast in the mornings! Our fully equipped designer's kitchen allows you to cook whatever you fancy. Relax...
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Mad Monkey Central
8.0Very Good
Hostel- 0.42km from city centre
At Mad Monkey Central we offer comfortable and clean facilities for backpackers in a great central location in Cairns! Treat yourselves to a daily Free Hot Breakfast in the mornings & budget priced drinks at our brand new outdoor bar in the evenings! Relax...
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Mumma's Hostel Cairns
Hostel- 0.62km from city centre
Mumma's Hostel Cairns renovated in November 2018 and centrally located in the center of Cairns.
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YHA Cairns Central
Hostel- 0.19km from city centre
Cairns is a backpackers' mecca and YHA Cairns Central has everything a backpacker needs for a comfortable stay. Located right in the centre of Cairns, our hostel has a large internal courtyard with landscaped gardens, swimming pool, two spas and an outdoor...
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The Jack Backpackers
7.5Very Good
Hostel- 0.07km from city centre
Guests enjoy FREE unlimiited WiFi, NEW aircons, FREE lockers, FREE Netflix available in common lounge area and Private Ensuite rooms, On-site bar and restaurant. In house guest get the option of the $10 menu meals from the bistro as well as discounts on any...
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Mad Monkey Waterfront
Hostel- 0.7km from city centre
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...
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The Espy Hostel
Hostel- 0.66km from city centre
Cairns Waterfront Haven, 'Come Home to yourself' Peaceful oasis in the middle of entertainment strip. We
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Global Backpackers Cairns
Hostel- 0.63km from city centre
Step into a world class waterfront Youth Hostel for 18 to 35 year olds. Opened in 2019 Global Backpackers is in an awesome location on the Esplanade opposite Cairns swimming Lagoon, close to restaurants, nightlife and shopping. We have a range of rooms, from...
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Wanna Stay?
Hostel- 0.21km from city centre
Come and join us at Wanna Stay, the newest backpacker hostel in Cairns! Offering for short and long term bookings, whether you are enjoying Cairns for a few days or getting those 88 days done, we are the perfect place for you!
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Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Hostel- 0.57km from city centre
Dreamtime Traveller's Rest was rated #1 in Australia and #2 in Oceania at the 2011 Hoscars and it's not d
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Cairns City Backpackers
7.0Very Good
Hostel- 0.84km from city centre
Check-in is from 1400. Let us know in advance if you are going to arrive outside reception hours so we can organise your key (if you are arriving by flight after midnight make sure you book your first night for the correct arrival date (usually this will...
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Travellers Paradise
7.7Very Good
Hostel- 0.54km from city centre
Geckos Backpackers has a brilliant location in central Cairns
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Castaways Backpackers
Hostel- 1.63km from city centre
Our relaxed home away from home vibe will make you comfortable from the second you set foot here. We offer longer term stays at weekly rates- Castaways is your no fuss lodge!
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Queens Court Hotel
Hotel- 1.29km from city centre
Queens Court Hotel is a privately owned and operated hotel, offering personalised service and catering for leisure or business travellers.
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Hides Hotel
Hotel- 0.32km from city centre
Hides Hotel Cairns offers affordable accommodation right in the heart of Cairns. It is surrounded by rest
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Aspect Central
Hotel- 1.66km from city centre
!!!!!! Position, Position, Position !!!!!! Welcome to one of the City?s most exciting contemporary designed boutique motels. Aspect Central is ideally located on the corner of Sheridan and Grove Streets Cairn
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About Cairns

If you’re looking for a tropical getaway, pack your bags and get ready to explore far north Queenstown. Cairns, known as the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of Australia’s gems and an area that should most definitely be on your backpacker’s bucket list. In terms of the weather, you can expect hot, humid summers and mild, dry winters. The average temperature is 29°C (84.2°F for our American friends), with 62% humidity making it a great summer escape year-round!

Looking for a destination with cheap hostels, Cairns is your new BFF. Hostels in Cairns are relatively cheap and most have their own pools. The party hostels here are stuff of legends on the backpacker trail, so book wisely if you’re after a more chill base. There’s a Cairns hostel for everyone, even those after a free hot dinner each night! Free Wi-Fi is available as is free breakfast and the social areas tend to attract sociable travelling crowds. There’s a hostel volleyball court and many on-site restaurants and bars. Cairns is the stepping stone to many traveller’s adventures, so pick a hostel that can give advice and book trips to the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef. You can't go wrong with the best hostels in Cairns!

Most hostels in Cairns you will find centrally located, which is great if you plan on exploring the town, its beaches and beautiful coastal walks. If you’re keen to be as close as you can to the night action in Cairns, book a hostel on the Esplanade, where you’ll find many lively hangouts. Or shuffle back a little from the ocean edge and stay on one of the parallel streets a little closer to Parramatta Park and grab a hostel shuttle into town. You can also stay a little further up the coast, near Cairns Botanic Gardens and be close to the night markets.

No matter what types of adventures you are after, you’ll be rather surprised with what this town offers. For those chasing adventure try bungee jumping or skydiving. After some good old exploring? The oldest rainforest on the planet, the Daintree National Park is your playground. Why not take a day trip and explore some of the picturesque beaches, waterfalls and cascades such as Stoney Creek Falls and Crystal Cascades. Cairns Esplanade is where you’ll find bars, restaurant and a swimming lagoon! Last but not least, hop on a catamaran that cruises out to a pontoon where you can explore the Great Barrier Reef.

Owing to its size and flat landscape, Cairns city is fairly easy to get around by foot. However, if you’re chasing waterfalls (sorry TLC) or want to explore areas further out, you will need something stronger than foot power, like a four-wheel drive which you can hire in town. You can find Sunbuses that travel around the suburbs, beaches and city. There’s an airport, so if you’re not on a campervan road-trip, or a Greyhound Bus, you can land direct here. As mentioned before, if you’re keen for a Great Barrier Reef adventure than a boat from the Cairns Marlin Marina will serve you wonders.


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