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Newest reviews for Cairns Waterfront Backpackers

  • Anonymous
    August 31, 2014


    Unorganised, unfriendly, rude, dirty, no toilet roll in any bathroom. We didn't even stay the night it was that bad


  • Robin
    August 29, 2014




  • Cheryl
    August 10, 2014

    I thought the location was good.

    The fact the rooms were so dirty, the mattress covered in dirt and the bedroom floors dirty, bathrooms also filthy. I actually thought I walked into a crack den and this was the workers room I stayed in.Checked out a night early too.


  • Valentin
    May 31, 2014

    The location.

    The place is really dirty and smells bad. The room has never been cleaned during the week we stayed. Dirty sheets with strange brown stains. Only one functional tap in the shower (two needed to adjust temperature obliviously!) I have never seen a shower that dirty. They picked us up for free at the airport to go to the backpack BUT to go back to the airport when we left, they asked us to pay $70 for two. And of course at the front desk they told us that it's the best deal and that there is no public bus. We just went to the next door and a nice lady told us that there is a public bus that is only $12. Just a bunch of swindler ! AVOID THIS PLACE. We met other persons staying in better/cleaner backpacker for the same price or cheaper!


  • Gemma
      United Kingdom
    May 8, 2014

    Location Free dinner voucher for Gilligan's

    Dirty shower Gross pool


  • Pratap
      United Kingdom
    May 6, 2014

    - Excellent location, right by the waterfront and restaurants - Good rates, value for money accommodation - Staff (Saskia) was prompt and helpful in organising return trip to airport

    - Pick-up from airport could have been better organised (airport shuttle scammed me for $5 per person when it was meant to be free)


  • Gudrun
    April 16, 2014

    Staff wa friendly, good location.

    Very, veru dirty. Manager turned off airconditioning from 9am-5pm. There was no window in the room which made it unlivable while the airconditioning was off. Everything was dusty, and so incredibly dirty. Been in many hostels and this was the grossest I´ve ever seen.


  • Long
    April 14, 2014

    Location is excellent! Many restaurants, shops and travel agency nearby!

    Not very clean but it's cheap so...


  • Lucy
    February 28, 2014

    environment inside is uncomfortable


  • Anonymous
    January 4, 2014

    Good location (even if the entrance is hard to find) The small pool at the first floor Air conditioning

    The rooms weren't clean since a long time, rules non respected (smoking inside, people watching TV at 2am very loud, including a member of the staff !)


  • Johanna
    December 2, 2013

    The bathroom facilities are oke and the location is perfect.

    Staff was helpfull but didn't make us feel welcome, I think he goodn't haved any cared less. The room was small and depressing with a window into the dark hallway which was covered with a sheet. Glad we didn't stay here more than one night.


  • Giorgio
    December 2, 2013

    Free wi everywhere, very good position in front of the lagoon, friendly staff

    Very dark room, poor facilities


  • Pippa
      United Kingdom
    November 28, 2013


    male staff were creepy


  • Anonymous
    November 11, 2013

    free wi-fi, kind reception, acceptable for prize

    dirty kitchen, no door for shower, everwhere was rubbish, fridge was stinking


  • Anonymous
    October 30, 2013

    Centre of town

    Very loud of night time


  • Anonymous
      United Kingdom
    August 20, 2013

    Leaving!!!!! however we were able to check in early

    Everything, the prison cell of a room, the kitchen with no equipment, shower floor always sodden with brown water. No kettle after office hours?? barbed wire was a nice touch.


  • Anonymous
    July 22, 2013

    The location


  • Anthony
    July 20, 2013


    Everything , dirty , no windows in the room


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