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Top Rated Hostels in Cairns, Australia

Tropic Days Backpackers 93%

1. Tropic Days Backpackers

Hostel
28 Bunting street, Westcourt

Atmosphere 96%

Cleanliness 94%

Facilities 94%

Location 73%

Safety 98%

Staff 98%

Value 95%

89 out of 91 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Tropic Days Backpackers

25 Oct 2015 100%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Shopping

Smartphone

would recommend this property

13 Oct 2015 89%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

The pool and nice garden

would recommend this property

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Travellers Oasis 92%

2. Travellers Oasis

Hostel
8 Scott street, Parramatta Park

Atmosphere 94%

Cleanliness 94%

Facilities 92%

Location 82%

Safety 94%

Staff 98%

Value 93%

221 out of 225 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Travellers Oasis

19 Mar 2016 69%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: City break
Age Range: 41+

Friendly staff

06 Jan 2016 100%
Travel Type: Alone

Very much enjoyed my stay at Travellers Oasis, relaxed place, friendly & helpful staff, just a very nice vibe all around.

would recommend this property

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The Northern Greenhouse 92%

3. The Northern Greenhouse

Hostel
117 Grafton Street

Atmosphere 88%

Cleanliness 93%

Facilities 90%

Location 94%

Safety 95%

Staff 91%

Value 93%

65 out of 67 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend The Northern Greenhouse

13 May 2016 97%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 25-30

Clean and well presented

would recommend this property

20 Mar 2016 89%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 25-30

Big decking area with lots of sofas, good breakfast, mini kitchen in room, friendly staff and tour desk staff.

would recommend this property

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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns 90%

4. Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

Hostel
57 - 89 Grafton Street

Atmosphere 88%

Cleanliness 94%

Facilities 94%

Location 97%

Safety 90%

Staff 84%

Value 86%

119 out of 140 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

12 Jun 2016 91%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 25-30

Nicest hostel in Cairns. Great tv room and kitchen on every level and bathroom is in the dorm.

would recommend this property

03 Jun 2016 100%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Beach / sunbathing City break
Age Range: 25-30

Awesome pool bar

would recommend this property

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Dreamtime Travellers Rest 90%

5. Dreamtime Travellers Rest

Hostel
189 Bunda street

Atmosphere 96%

Cleanliness 90%

Facilities 88%

Location 82%

Safety 90%

Staff 97%

Value 90%

109 out of 112 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Dreamtime Travellers Rest

17 Sep 2015 94%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Business / conference Family Holiday Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

This hostel is fantastic, the rooms are cosy, the whole place is an oasis and the staff are super helpful and nice. Both Chris and Shay know everything around trips, transport etc. and help everyone book their trips if needed. The hostel was very clean and quiet, but there's always some messy and loud individuals and you meet people really easily as there are movie and pizza nights. Cairns is a great little city and I had a fab time!

would recommend this property

12 Jun 2015 77%
Travel Type: With my spouse / partner
Trip Type: Beach / sunbathing Partying / nightlife Relaxation / spa Romantic getaway Shopping Sightseeing & culture Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

The atmosphere and events they held

would recommend this property

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Cairns Girls Hostel 90%

6. Cairns Girls Hostel

Hostel
147 Lake Street

Atmosphere 86%

Cleanliness 91%

Facilities 84%

Location 91%

Safety 90%

Staff 93%

Value 96%

16 out of 16 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Cairns Girls Hostel

08 Nov 2015 89%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Family Holiday

Very quiet and friendly and chill.

would recommend this property

04 Aug 2015 86%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year City break Sightseeing & culture

Good hostel if you want to sleep well in Cairns. People staying there and staff are friendly. It definitely has a relaxed atmosphere and home-stay feel. Only 5 mins to Esplanade. Would definitely recommend!

would recommend this property

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JJ's Backpackers 90%

7. JJ's Backpackers

Hostel
11-13 Charles Street

Atmosphere 90%

Cleanliness 92%

Facilities 90%

Location 76%

Safety 90%

Staff 99%

Value 89%

101 out of 110 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend JJ's Backpackers

12 May 2016 83%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Sightseeing & culture
Age Range: 18-24

Location was good - 2 blocks from the lagoon, friendly staff - willing to help book transport and tours.

would recommend this property

09 Aug 2015 80%
Travel Type: With my spouse / partner
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year

Everyone was friendly, a big room and security was good.

would recommend this property

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Cairns City Motel 88%

8. Cairns City Motel

Hotel
169 Lake St

Atmosphere 84%

Cleanliness 84%

Facilities 80%

Location 92%

Safety 92%

Staff 92%

Value 90%

9 out of 10 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Cairns City Motel

05 Jul 2015 97%
Travel Type: With my spouse / partner
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Sightseeing & culture

Great staff, room was nice.

would recommend this property

23 Jun 2015 100%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Partying / nightlife Sports, adventure or outdoor activities

Location, value, helpful staff

would recommend this property

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Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront 87%

9. Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront

Hostel
149 The Esplanade

Atmosphere 84%

Cleanliness 87%

Facilities 82%

Location 89%

Safety 86%

Staff 95%

Value 87%

101 out of 111 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront

08 Apr 2016 100%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Beach / sunbathing City break Family Holiday
Age Range: 31-40

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would recommend this property

16 Sep 2015 83%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year

Stayed in a 4 bed female dorm with ensuite. Clean rooms. Lovely pool. WiFi around pool and kitchen area. Kitchens clean but equipment was a bit old. Located just off the esplanade, about 15 minutes from the reef terminal. Staff were friendly and helpful.

would recommend this property

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Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort 86%

10. Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort

Hostel
5 Digger St.

Atmosphere 93%

Cleanliness 80%

Facilities 89%

Location 70%

Safety 90%

Staff 91%

Value 93%

50 out of 60 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort

10 Jan 2016 91%
Travel Type: Alone

The character and atmosphere is perfect for a stay in Cairns. The people were wonderfully helpful and the facilities are well presented. You can have privacy and full access to the city, a party and a quiet night if you need.

would recommend this property

28 Jul 2015 80%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year

Free bus shuttle to town and airport

would recommend this property

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