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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%

90 out of 92 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 93%

Cleanliness 94%

Facilities 92%

Location 81%

Safety 94%

Staff 98%

Value 93%

224 out of 228 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Travellers Oasis

31 May 2017 100%
Travel Type: With my spouse / partner
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 25-30

Such a nice atmosphere.. quiet.. kitchen is very good. Really felt like i was at home. What a good feeling being 16k km far away.

would recommend this property

12 Jul 2016 89%
Travel Type: With my spouse / partner
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year Relaxation / spa Romantic getaway
Age Range: 31-40

Chilled out, and a distinct lack of boorish drunkards crashing around at 2am. Oh, and the staff are lovely :)

would recommend this property

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Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns 91%

3. Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

Hostel
57 - 89 Grafton Street

Atmosphere 90%

Cleanliness 94%

Facilities 94%

Location 98%

Safety 90%

Staff 83%

Value 90%

124 out of 145 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns

23 Jul 2017 97%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Age Range: 25-30

Club

would recommend this property

17 Mar 2017 100%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 18-24

Best hostel I never done in Australia! Amazing place with swimminpool bar and club, safe and free car park, room very clean, perfect location and lovely staff!

would recommend this property

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Mad Monkey Backpackers Cairns 90%

4. Mad Monkey Backpackers Cairns

Hostel
100 Sheridan Street, Cairns City

Atmosphere 100%

Cleanliness 100%

Facilities 90%

Location 90%

Safety 100%

Staff 90%

Value 90%

2 out of 2 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Mad Monkey Backpackers Cairns

22 Jul 2017 97%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: City break Visiting friends or family
Age Range: 25-30

It was a nice, clean backpackers

would recommend this property

07 Apr 2017 91%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 18-24

Common areas

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 81%

Safety 90%

Staff 97%

Value 90%

110 out of 113 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Dreamtime Travellers Rest

01 Jul 2016 97%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Sports, adventure or outdoor activities
Age Range: 31-40

The staff were fantastic during my stay always friendly and kind and willing to help. Made a really nice hostel feel like home. Good kitchen facilities too!

would recommend this property

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

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Cairns Central YHA 87%

6. Cairns Central YHA

Hostel
20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns QLD 4870

Atmosphere 85%

Cleanliness 88%

Facilities 85%

Location 89%

Safety 87%

Staff 92%

Value 83%

18 out of 21 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Cairns Central YHA

17 Dec 2017 100%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 18-24

Location, premium Wi-Fi worth paying for, sociable with lots of activities, pool, spacious kitchen with lots of cooking areas, friendly people in dorms. Best hostel out of 6 I stayed in during 2 month trip round Aus.

would recommend this property

17 Oct 2015 100%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Visiting friends or family

This is one of the best hostels I've stayed in, it's clean and comfortable with a well fitted kitchen.

would recommend this property

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Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront 86%

7. Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront

Hostel
149 The Esplanade

Atmosphere 82%

Cleanliness 86%

Facilities 81%

Location 89%

Safety 86%

Staff 95%

Value 87%

102 out of 112 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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The Jack Backpackers 86%

8. The Jack Backpackers

Hostel
Corner Sherdian and Spence Streets

Atmosphere 80%

Cleanliness 84%

Facilities 78%

Location 93%

Safety 90%

Staff 90%

Value 86%

83 out of 102 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend The Jack Backpackers

02 Mar 2018 83%
Travel Type: Alone
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year
Age Range: 41+

clean and friendly staffs

would recommend this property

18 Jul 2017 80%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year Sightseeing & culture
Age Range: 25-30

Convenient location, lots of deals (you can drink/eat for really cheap!!), lockers in the bedrooms.

would recommend this property

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Globetrotters International 84%

9. Globetrotters International

Hostel
154 Lake st

Atmosphere 86%

Cleanliness 80%

Facilities 81%

Location 78%

Safety 88%

Staff 86%

Value 90%

227 out of 254 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Globetrotters International

18 Nov 2018 91%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Backpacking / gap year Beach / sunbathing Work / volunteering
Age Range: 18-24

Very friendly and helpful staff and the rooms and bathroom facilities were clean. All in all a nice atmosphere

would recommend this property

17 Nov 2016 89%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: City break
Age Range: 31-40

It has the system suits to the backpackers.

would recommend this property

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Castaways Backpackers Cairns 84%

10. Castaways Backpackers Cairns

Hostel
207 Sheridan Street, QLD

Atmosphere 82%

Cleanliness 84%

Facilities 86%

Location 67%

Safety 87%

Staff 90%

Value 89%

42 out of 47 HostelBookers customers said that they would recommend Castaways Backpackers Cairns

22 Jun 2016 100%
Travel Type: With my spouse / partner
Trip Type: Sightseeing & culture
Age Range: 41+

Everything

would recommend this property

17 Sep 2015 71%
Travel Type: With friends / other travellers
Trip Type: Sightseeing & culture

Very cleanFriendly staff

would recommend this property

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