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 / Fax (07) 40 517 518
Freecall 1800 815 628 (within Australia)
Built on years of experience, and a great reputation, Calypso is very different to your average hostel, it's simply bloody excellent! With atmosphere served chilled and relaxed, great staff and excellent clean facilities, Calypso takes you back to the roots of backpacking, a true travellers rest. Mellow music by the pool, the crew will make sure your stay is a great one, bathe you in ultimate hospitality and smiling service.
Zanzibar is a most unique bar and restaurant, great food, cold beers and funky music in a beautiful tropical setting that could honestly be anywhere in the world. Come and visit us when you come to Cairns!
(Formerly Inn the Tropics)
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 1088 / Fax (07) 4051 7110
Tollfree 1800 807 055
Under new management!
Njoy! Travellers Resort appeals to international and domestic travellers alike. Families, Individual travellers, couples and small groups all enjoy the relaxed, casual environment that this unique Cairns Backpacker Hostel provides. The hostel is clean, airy and relaxed. A large informal reception area and lounge adjoins a communal kitchen and patio area offering all who stay at Njoy! Travellers Resort, a chance to meet and mingle with travelers from all corners of the globe. A beautiful, lagoon style pool awaits all who stay at Njoy! Travellers Resort.
Laze by this oasis in the tropics and plan your Cairns vacation. This is the perfect place for planning your Cairns activities, relaxing or just soaking up the Tropical Cairns sun! Take the free nightly shuttle to a funky local restaurant & bar, where you'll be treated to the best 'all you can eat' meal in Cairns - FOR ONLY $9!
THE NORTHERN GREENHOUSE
117 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4047 7200 / Fax (07) 4041 6822
Tollfree 1800 000 541
Free breakfast, internet, and pick up.
Situated in the heart of Cairns, The Northern Greenhouse is a purpose built world-class facility designed for the 5 star backpacker; The Northern Greenhouse features resort style accommodation plus all the standard features that independent travellers have come to expect. Modern double, twin, dorm or self-contained studio apartments are available at nightly or weekly rates. All rooms are air conditioned and have their own bathrooms. The central pool and BBQ entertainment deck has a great communal feel just steps away from the in-house bar. The Northern Greenhouse also offers secure parking, on-site laundry facilities, free internet for guests, tour bookings, daily breakfast and loads more.
This backpacker resort prides itself on mirroring the success of their award winning Melbourne premises (The Greenhouse Backpacker), by ensuring The Northern Greenhouse offers a memorable, friendly and secure environment. International students, groups and working holiday makers welcome.
JJ'S BACKPACKERS HOSTEL
11-13 Charles Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 7642 / Fax (07) 4051 7223
Freecall 1800 666 336
FREE breakfast & dinner everyday!
Hostelbookers Oceania 'BEST STAFF AWARD 2012'
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, breakfast and dinner 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, supermarkets, takeaways and tour departure points. FREE Airport, Rail and Bus Terminal pickups. And don't miss JJ's trademark 'all you can eat' barbecue nights! Of course, there is a swimming pool, fully equipped kitchen, and laundry facilities and secure off street parking for those with their own wheels.
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.
187 Bunda Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 1344 / Fax (07) 4051 5150
Tollfree 1800 011 344
Free meal & breakfast & discounted tours!
If you want a friendly hostel that is secure,quiet and clean,with only 40 beds and no bunks this is the place for you.We provide top quality accommodation in the centre of town within walking distance to shops,restaurants,bars,reef trips and a host of other attractions.However we are located in a quite area of town and guarantee a good nights sleep.
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.
GRAND HOTEL CAIRNS
Corner Shiels and McLeod Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 1007 / Fax (07) 4031 2436
Meal and pot of beer $10 everyday!
This true blue Aussie pub, renowned for its 'Croc Bar', offers central accommodation right in the heart of Cairns. Located right beside Cairns Central Shopping Centre and the Cairns Train Station, the pub style accommodation offers single, double and twin single accommodation rooms, at very affordable prices. The rooms are clean, safe, and central to transport services connecting to the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree. The hotel offers a communal kitchen for guests, a TV room with Austar and Setanta sport channels and a laid back atmosphere with large open balconies, perfect for a relaxing stay in Cairns.
With live music four nights a week from Thursday through to Sunday, it's a great place to get started. Ready for any excuse to have a good time, the pub has all the latest English, Scottish and UAFEA cup premier league action on 7 big screens. All backpackers enjoy fantastic drink and meal discounts at the venue 24/7.
GLOBAL BACKPACKERS ON THE WATERFRONT
67-69 The Esplanade, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4031 1545 / Fax (07) 4031 3804
Partypacking Cairns - Waterfront
At Global Waterfront, the Esplanade lagoon is directly opposite you, so you can cook a BBQ, swim, enjoy free fitness classes or simply chill-out and enjoy all the tropics has to offer. This is the best location in town for inner city living located on the waterfront with amazing views, restaurants, nightlife, shopping, money exchange, markets and much more, all at your doorstep.
You can choose to stay in roomy, air-conditioned 3, 4, 6, 8 & 10 bed dorms or upgrade to a private double, twin or single. For those who want a little extra, there are also Waterfront dorms with your own private balcony looking out over the lagoon and waterfront. At Global Waterfront, all rooms are air-conditioned, with linen supplied.
Guests enjoy a FREE pick-up service between 8:00am and 9:00pm plus a FREE Evening meal.
9b Shields Street, Cairns (MAP)
Phone (07) 4031 7921 / Fax (07) 4031 3231
Freecall 1800 819 024
At Global Central enjoy the ultimate experience in inner city living at its best. This funky architecturally designed hostel is surrounded by restaurants, cinemas, nightlife, supermarket, shopping mall, beauty salon and the list goes on and if you're wanting to hang out at the lagoon it is a two minute stroll down the road.
Central is the only hostel in Cairns with a private roof top swimming pool and BBQ area for those hot days, with views that stretch all over Cairns, great place for a party or to watch the stars
Choose to stay in roomy, air-conditioned 3, 4, 6, 8 & 10 bed dorms or upgrade to a private double or twin. Majority of our dorms have no bunks which means a good nights sleep in a proper bed. At Global Backpackers, all rooms are air-conditioned, with your linen supplied.
Guests enjoy a FREE Evening meal at P.J O'Brien's plus a courtesy bus pick-up on arrival (8:00am -9:00pm).
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
93 The Esplanade, Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 0378 / Fax (07) 4041 0835
Free Evening Meal, Drink and Tour Specials.
Esplanade Backpackers is located right on The Esplanade, only 150 metres from the Lagoon. The rooms are large, with real beds, and are not over crowded. They have cable tv in their tv room, and are surrounded by night life including bars and restaurants, cinemas and shops, making Esplanade Backpackers the perfect place to stay. They have a fully operational tour desk which is staffed by a fun and friendly team who are trained and knowledgeable. Whether you're looking to relax or get crazy, Esplanade Backpackers can organise it all for you.
Only 5 minutes walk from the bus stops!! 15 Mins from the airport... please call for your pick up.
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.
So it's likely that you'll be left forking out some of your hard earned and hard saved travel funds to get around. This is when we want to make sure you get the best value possible for your buck, your quid or your yen.
Of the commercially operated backpacker bus operators, Oz Experience is undoubtedly the biggest.
More details about Oz Experience coming soon...
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. You may also want to think about getting car insurance quotes in Australia if you decide to get insurance during your stay.
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.