CAIRNS BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
G'day! Steve Savage here, one of the faces behind Cairns Unlimited. In another life, I spent five years hitchhiking through over thirty countries, living off bread, cheese and fruit from my backpack, sleeping in backpackers hostels or camping in the woods. Of course, not all backpackers travel on such a shoestring budget, but I'm yet to meet a backpacker who enjoys paying more than they have to!
THIS PAGE IS DEDICATED TO THE NEEDS AND INTERESTS OF BACKPACKERS, AND CONTAINS EVERYTHING YOU'LL NEED TO GET MORE BANG FOR YOUR BACKPACKING BUCK, YEN, EURO OR POUND IN CAIRNS AND AROUND TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND!
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CAIRNS BACKPACKERS ACCOMMODATION- choosing the right hostel for you, and finding the best price!If you are a backpacker looking for backpackers accommodation in Cairns, you have come to the right place. In our Cairns Backpackers Accommodation page you will find all the backpackers hostels in Cairns listed, each of them with a brief description and their contact details. On the right hand side of the page you will also find a table where we have compared all the Cairns backpackers hostels side by side for your convenience.
Unless you're planning to party non-stop while you're in Cairns, you're going to need somewhere to sleep. And either way, you'll need somewhere to leave your backpack while you're out diving the reef, bungy jumping and judging (or competing in!) the wet t-shirt competition at the local nightspot. Well, you're in luck. There are no less than thirty Cairns backpackers hostels for you to choose from when you book a hostel in Cairns.
Generally, a bunk bed in a shared dormitory will cost around twenty Australia dollars per night, although you may find seasonal variations from as low as $16 up to $26.
Many of the Cairns backpackers hostels offer private accommodation as well, and for a couple travelling together, this can work out very economical. A private room with shared bathroom will cost around $45 to $50 for a single, and between $25 and $30 per person for a double or twin. These days, with swimming pools a fairly standard feature, and many backpackers hostels offering airconditioning in all rooms, it's all the comfort of a hotel, at half the price!
PHOTOS: CALYPSO BACKPACKERS HOSTEL, 5 DIGGER STREET, CAIRNS
Each Cairns backpackers hostel has its own unique atmosphere. Some have their own restaurants, others have communal kitchens. Some have both. Some have licenced bars on-site. Some have earnt the well deserved reputation of being party places, while others have strict curfews and pride themselves on their tranquil atmosphere. Whether you're in Cairns to party like there's no tomorrow, or whether you want a quiet, relaxing holiday, Cairns Unlimited can match you with the backpackers hostel that best suits you. And we will make sure that you get the cheapest price!
CAIRNS BACKPACKERS HOSTELS
CALYPSO BACKPACKERS HOSTEL
5 - 9 Digger Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 0910
Freecall 1800 815 628 (within Australia)
GET WITH THE TROPICAL VIBE!
Welcome to our tropical paradise… with atmosphere served chilled and relaxed. Come in and listen to smooth tunes by the pool surrounded by palm trees. Built on years of experience and a great reputation, Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort is backpacking at its roots.
Meet new friends at Zanzibar Bar & Grill - the heart and soul of Calypso - with free nightly entertainment (including a live snake & crocodile show!). Cook in our communal kitchens or make the most of our cheap breakfast and Aussie BBQ`s!
Our crew (including tour desk staff) have over 65 years in combined experience, and are dedicated to ensure you have a great stay. We offer great services and facilities including FREE regular return transfers to the airport, bus station, city and now we have FREE WIFI!
(Formerly Inn the Tropics)
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 1088
Tollfree 1800 807 055
LIVE, LAUGH, RELAX - NJOY!
From the moment you arrive in Cairns our smiling staff are here to make sure your hostel experience is the best it can be.
With FREE airport pick-up and drop-off and courtesy bus, our Njoy! crew are here for you!
And when you want to just chill, Njoy! is your home-away-from-home. Lounge around our lush lagoon-style pool, refresh with a drink in our palm-fringed sunny outdoor area or take on fellow travellers at a game of pool. Catch up on your emails with our WIFI, now available in every room with FREE WIFI in the reception area, or kick back with a free movie every night.
Just a short walk from the centre all easy access to all that Cairns has to offer, Njoy is where you want to be.
JJ'S BACKPACKERS HOSTEL
11-13 Charles Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 7642 / Fax (07) 4051 7223
Freecall 1800 666 336
FREE breakfast everyday!
* Hostelbookers Oceania 'BEST STAFF AWARD 2012 & 2013'
* TripAdvisor Award for Excellence 2013 & 2014
* Cairns Region Tourism Association Hospitality Awards Finalist
JJ's is great little hostel that makes you feel at home the minute you walk through the door! Offering clean and spacious 3 or 4 share dorms, doubles, twins and single rooms with fresh linen, free breakfast and WIFI included.
JJ's has a great reputation for being a friendly, relaxed hostel with lots of fun. Small enough to get that personal touch yet large enough to make new friends. Guests will enjoy the relaxed sociable atmosphere of this owner operated hostel, close to Cairns City, the Esplanade, shops, pubs, 24 hour supermarket, takeaways and tour departure points. Of course, there is a swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen, Travel Desk, laundry facilities and secure off street parking for those with their own wheels. FREE City, Rail and Bus Terminal pick ups.
Don't forget to ask about the great off season, weekly rates !
207 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 1238 / Tollfree 1800 351 115
No bunks. Famous wine and cheese nights!
Castaway's Backpackers is a small, family-run hostel that's clean and friendly, located just minutes from the city centre. Its location means that there are great local shops, pub, supermarket, bakery and a gym only a few minutes away. Castaways has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and is truly your home away from home. Available to all the guests is a free evening meal each night, and also free email.
The hostel offers everyone clean, spacious rooms, with quality furnishings. At Castaways Backpackers, all rooms have professionally laundered crisp linen, inner spring mattresses, adjustable ceiling fans, fridge, air-conditioned rooms available on request. At Castaway's, there are NO BUNKS and NO FOAM MATTRESSES. Ensuites available
GILLIGANS BACKPACKERS HOTEL & RESORT
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 6566 / Fax (07) 4041 6577
The Ritz of all hostels!
Gilligan's is the ultimate experience in accommodation and entertainment set in the heart of Cairns. Offering guests 4.5 star backpacker accommodation, nightly entertainment and a relaxed atmosphere whilst soaking up the sun, why choose to stay anywhere else?
All room types are fully equipped with a full en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and four floors of communal areas. Or perhaps try the deluxe dormitories; designed to offer that little bit extra. Available in 4 and 6 bed configurations, these rooms offer TVs, refrigerators and all have a private balcony to kick back and relax after a long day at the reef, rainforest or even a lazy day by the pool.
As a Gilligan's guest you receive: Free backpacker meal each night / Free airport pickup / Free linen / Free car parking / Free BBQ Sundays / Free crockery use in kitchens / VIP prices for in house guests
341 Lake Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4040 7777 / Fax (07) 4031 8401
Tollfree 1800 737 736
Free Evening Meal, Drink and Tour Specials.
Nomads Serpent Resort in Cairns, North Queensland offers great value backpacker and budget accommodation in Far North Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef. Nomads Serpent Resort is ready to blow your mind with a great Cairns location, only a few minutes walk from the Esplanade. Offering quality accommodation options for backpackers and budget hotel travellers in resort style facilities, Nomads Serpent Resort is outstanding value for money!
Beat the tropical Cairns heat in their fully air conditioned rooms, lounge around with fellow backpackers and travellers in the chilled-out social areas, or take a dip in the biggest swimming pool you've ever seen in a backpacker hostel.
231 Mcleod Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 7290 / Fax (07) 4041 7292
Tollfree 1800 155 353
Light breakfast included daily!
The Bohemia Resort located in Cairns, North Queensland, is first class hostel accommodation. Setting the standard for Cairns and North Queensland in budget and hostel accommodation, this hostel is ideal for every type of traveller. Set in lush, tropical, landscaped gardens in the heart of Cairns, the Bohemia Hostel Resort offers stunning, modern accommodation for an affordable, budget price.
Choose your affordable Cairns accommodation from a double en-suite room, a share facility, or a hostel style room with four or six beds, all air-conditioned and some with private balconies. Free pick up on arrival between 6am - 11pm
100 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4052 1818 / Fax (07) 4041 7292
Tollfree 1800 558 589
An oasis in the centre of Cairns City!
BHA Central is an oasis in the centre of Cairns City; Cairns newest/oldest accommodation has been fully renovated to retain all the glory and ambiance of a bygone era to create a HIP facility. Relax around the resort pool; watch the sun set on the wide verandahs before you venture down to the new alfresco Café or Drop Zone Bar.
Accommodation is provided in 54 modern fully air-conditioned rooms, you can choose from a single rooms, double rooms, queen rooms, 4 or 6 bed dorms. All have been fully renovated so as to ensure a high level of quality. Open 24 hours a day, our accommodation offers the guest's safety & security at all times.
Once you get to Cairns, there are a great range of options for getting around. When you book your hostel accommodation or rental car through Cairns Unlimited, we can arrange to have you picked up from the airport, train station or bus station on your arrival. Most of the hostels are quite centrally located, and any that are more than a short walk from the city centre offer free shuttle bus services all day and into the night. Be assured that all of the attractions around Cairns are serviced quite thoroughly by tour operators...
Of course, there's nothing like having your own Cairns rental car. Having the freedom and flexibility to go wherever you want and stop whenever you want. So unless you are preparing to buy a car, you'll be needing a rental.
Car hire is big business in Cairns, with all of the major national and international car hire companies represented, as well as a number of reputable, established, locally owned enterprises. It's a competitive industry, and here at Cairns Unlimited, we can get you the best deal possible on that rental car that suits your needs.
Several Cairns rental car companies have as part of their fleet a number of reliable older vehicles which they rent at lower rates than their new vehicles. Often, they don't advertise these "cheapies" too enthusiastically because there's not so many $$$ in it for them. But don't worry, we know where they are! If you want to spend the absolute minimum on rental car, and you don't mind if the vehicle is a well maintained older model, just make a clear note of this in the 'extra information' field when you fill in the enquiry form on our CAIRNS CAR HIRE page.
It's worth noting that not all of these older vehicles have airconditioning (in fact the non-airconditioned vehicles are even cheaper) but this is the tropics and it does get might hot and humid, so we recommend that you also request an airconditioned car.
But what about renting a campervan? If you are a backpacker looking to travel around Tropical North Queensland on a budget, this is the one for you. No problem, just fill out our ONLINE ENQUIRY FORM as normal, but in the 'extra information' field, give us the details of what sort of vehicle you need.
TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND ACTIVITIES section or our TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND TOURS section and discover all there's awaiting you out there.
We are still in the process of obtaining details from the various hostels and bars. In the meantime, please check our main CAIRNS NIGHTLIFE section.