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Accommodation options at Travellers Oasis include spacious dormitory rooms along with private double, twin, and single rooms. Each room is furnished with fans, bed linen, towels, and a personal safety deposit box. Private rooms also feature a fridge stocked with complimentary600 ml water per guest, as well as a TV. Shared bathroom facilities are accessible to all guests, while air conditioning is available for an additional fee.

Super cozy village vibes with friendly staff friendly people Rainshower outside <3 Alot of relaxing salons to relax and wake up with coffee

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Wonderful
1,295 reviews
Price from
$28
per night

Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Travellers Paradise offers accommodation in a historical, heritage listed building in Cairns, 1.2 km from Cairns Convention Centre. Free street parking is available. It is located opposite Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Coles Supermarket and the train station. Free unlimited WiFi is available.

It's comfortable to stay here and the owner Peter is so nice and helpful. I’ll stay it again when I travel cairns again.

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8.7
Excellent
1,342 reviews
Price from
$52
per night

Global Backpackers Waterfront is situated on the Cairns Esplanade waterfront and the Lagoon, boardwalk, marina, restaurants, shops and nightlife are a short walk away. There are evening activities held in the property's bar venues, all within a 5-minute walk from Global Backpackers Waterfront, where you can receive discounts in bars and clubs.

The hostel offers a range of rooms from private rooms with balconies and en suites to shared dormitory rooms. All have air conditioning and free WiFi.

Perfect for a quieter traveller! nice chill areas, gorgeous view of the lagoon and sea from the balcony for mealtimes, and quiet at night! the kitchen was very well equipped, and well laid out so it never felt too busy at mealtimes! our private room was small, but very comfortable and perfect for our short stay. exceptionally clean. the staff are so lovely, and go out of their way to help book tours, taxis, whatever you need really they were always happy to help! one of the best hostels we’ve ever stayed in! not to forget the excellent location! we were able to pop back and forth from the lagoon throughout the day.

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8.4
Very Good
1,775 reviews
Price from
$27
per night

Accommodation options include private rooms with an en suite bathroom or dormitory rooms with a shared bathroom. All rooms are air-conditioned.

Facilities include a communal kitchen and dining area and a guest laundry. Relax in the TV room or a reading room, or play a game of billiards. The tour desk can arrange Great Barrier Reef cruises, snorkeling and diving trips.

I loved the atmosphere of the hostel, everyone was so nice (people working there and people staying there too) and there is some good activities for the nights in !

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8.1
Very Good
1,670 reviews
Price from
$25
per night

We offer all types of accommodation, from Mixed Dorms Ensuite to Female Dorms Ensuite and Private Double Rooms. We have high-quality mattresses, pillows and linen which is included for a comfortable night’s sleep. All our dorms have a private en-suite bathroom and all our private rooms come with personal towels, otherwise our reception team is more than happy to assist you with a towel hire in case you forgot one. All our rooms are Air-Conditioned & All our bunk beds are equipped with personal USB ports & power sockets to make sure you can comfortably scroll through your new travel pictures from bed.

Not a party hostel, which was such a breath of fresh air while backpacking. I really appreciated the welcoming community atmosphere of the hostel and its central location!

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8
Very Good
415 reviews
Price from
$20
per night

Dreamtime is an award winning hostel with a difference. We offer travellers a safe, peaceful & cosy place to stay. We are not a party hostel.

As we are a small, independent hostel, our reception is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm.

You are minutes away from Cairns central and the train to Kerunda. Paul is exceptionally friendly and helpful. The place has lots of peaceful and beautiful areas to relax in. There are three well equipped kitchens.. The recycling awareness is very good. It's also very clean

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8.6
Excellent
937 reviews
Price from
$31
per night

Set in Cairns and with Cairns Convention Centre reachable within less than 1 km, The Village Cairns offers express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi throughout the property and a terrace. The property is located 4.6 km from Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, 14 km from Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and 14 km from Skyway Rainforest Cableway. The accommodation provides a shared kitchen, a 24-hour front desk and organising tours for guests.

Rooms are complete with a shared bathroom equipped with a shower, while certain units at the hostel also provide guests with a seating area.

Very clean rooms, bathrooms, and common areas. Great location. Freezing cold AC. Exceeded our expectations. Breakfast was included in price, and there were a few events which includes free lunch, free pancakes etc

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7.9
Good
1,249 reviews
Price from
$26
per night

Summer House Backpackers Cairns features free bikes, outdoor swimming pool, a garden and shared lounge in Cairns. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The accommodation provides evening entertainment and an ATM.

Friendly people, everyday activities planned by hostel or people staying at the hostel. Lunch and Dinner deals with amazing value for the money you pay! Very good bar with a good variety of drinks for good prices. Tour guide available (CheapAZ) with the best prices for any activity. Just ask and Stu (name of the guy) will give a better price. Free shuttle to city centre!

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7.6
Good
1,456 reviews
Price from
$21
per night

If you are planning a late check-in after 19:00 pm. Please call our friendly reception team at your earliest convenience to arrange a late check in. Night Security Number 0484737381. Please also note that The Jack Backpackers is a international hostel and only accepts booking with a valid International passport and credit card will be required upon check-in. Please note that there is a surcharge of minimum 1.40% when paying with Eftpos. The Jack Backpackers is unsuitable for persons under the age of 18. Bookings made by any guests under the age of 18 will not be accepted and will be asked to cancel the booking.

The Jack Backpackers is a International Youth Hostel and only accepts bookings with a valid International passport.

I am completely satisfied. The price-performance ratio is perfect, the location is ideal and the staff is incredibly helpful and friendly. I would come back immediately!

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7.3
Good
1,361 reviews
Price from
$20
per night

Refurbished in May, 2018, Mad Monkey Village featuresa TV, a kitchen, bathrooms with air-conditioners in every room. There is also an outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi provided.

All the private double rooms are air-Conditioned and come with towels.

Such a nice hostel, everyone’s super friendly and sociable! Rooms are a good size and the kitchen/f bathrooms are all clean. It’s a bit more chilled out so super nice if you’re staying a bit longer :)

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7.8
Good
1,092 reviews
Price from
$21
per night

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Budget travelers know there's no better way to make the most of their trip than by staying at a hostel: Save money for exploring during the day, and swap stories with fellow backpackers in the shared kitchen or bar in the evening. Dorm-style bedrooms with shared bathrooms are standard hostel fare, but private rooms are also available for those willing to pay a little more.
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  • Travellers Oasis
    Budget options available
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 1,294 reviews

    Conveniently located in the heart of Cairns, opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Center and Cairns train station, Travelers Oasis presents an inviting accommodations option featuring an outdoor...

    Amazing host, lovely atmosphere and great services !

  • YHA Cairns Central
    Budget options available
    8.1
    Scored 8.1
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,669 reviews

    YHA Cairns Central is located just 5 minutes' walk from The Esplanade and Trinity Wharf. It features an outdoor swimming pool, 2 spas, and a free WiFi hotspot.

    The swimming pool was great. Kitchen was fully equipped.

  • Mad Monkey Waterfront
    Budget options available
    8.0
    Scored 8.0
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 415 reviews

    At Mad Monkey Waterfront we offer an affordable and clean accommodations in the heart of Cairns, the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef.

    The kitchen is very clean and it's easy to cook. The staff is also very nice.

  • Dreamtime Travellers Rest
    Budget options available
    8.6
    Scored 8.6
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 937 reviews

    Dreamtime is an award winning hostel with a difference. We offer travelers a safe, peaceful & cozy place to stay. We are not a party hostel.

    They have the best location and very comfortable room

  • The Village Cairns
    Budget options available
    7.9
    Scored 7.9
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,249 reviews

    Located in Cairns and with Cairns Convention Center reachable within a 9-minute walk, The Village Cairns provides express check-in and check-out, non-smoking rooms, a shared lounge, free WiFi...

    rooms are big, great location, nice balcony, clean…

  • Summer House Backpackers Cairns
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,456 reviews

    Summer House Backpackers Cairns features free bikes, outdoor swimming pool, a garden and shared lounge in Cairns.

    Everything: great great people, great great facilities.

  • The Jack Backpackers
    Budget options available
    7.3
    Scored 7.3
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,360 reviews

    Guests enjoy FREE WiFi daily, NEW Air cons, FREE lockers, FREE Netflix available in common lounge area and Private Rooms with attached bathroom, on-site bar and restaurant.

    Friendly staff, discounted dinners, good location.

  • Mad Monkey Village
    Budget options available
    7.8
    Scored 7.8
    Good
    Rated good
     · 1,092 reviews

    Refurbished in May, 2018, Mad Monkey Village featuresa TV, a kitchen, bathrooms with air-conditioners in every room. There is also an outdoor swimming pool. Free WiFi provided.

    Excellant location, clean and the pancakes for breakfast were Devine

Great access to the city center! Check these hostels in Cairns

  • Travellers Paradise
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,342 reviews

    Surrounded by lush tropical gardens, Paradise Travelers Rest offers accommodations in a historical, heritage listed building in Cairns, 0.7 mi from Cairns Convention Center.

    super nice and clean. They will offer the best to you if they can.

  • Global Backpackers Cairns
    8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,775 reviews

    Global Backpackers Waterfront is located on the Cairns Esplanade waterfront and the Lagoon, boardwalk, marina, restaurants, shops and nightlife are a short walk away.

    Great kitchen Perfect location Air con worked well

  • Wanna Stay?
    Central location
    7.7
    Scored 7.7
    Good
    Rated good
     · 29 reviews

    Wanna Stay? is located in Cairns, within a 9-minute walk of The Cairns Civic Theater and 2.9 miles of Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens.

    Homey atmosphere. Highly recommended. Quiet and perfect for long stay

  • MiHaven Shared Living - Martyn St
    7.6
    Scored 7.6
    Good
    Rated good
     · 54 reviews

    Featuring barbecue facilities, MiHaven Shared Living - Martyn St is located in Cairns in the Queensland region, a 18-minute walk from Cairns Station and 1.5 miles from Cairns Convention Center.

    Clean, organised, sensible rules. value for money.

  • Gilligan's Hotel & Resort Cairns
    7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 2,072 reviews

    2024 Renovation Revelation: A Bold Makeover Journey Begins – Brace Yourself for an Entirely Revamped Bathroom Experience! Welcome to Gilligan's, your gateway to Cairns' tropical paradise.

    I've already made my comment. I've stayed few days.

  • Caravella Backpackers
    7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 148 reviews

    Ideally located in the scenic and quieter area of the Esplanade- away from the noise of the clubs, bars and traffic- but only an easy 10 minute walk to the main attractions, the Pier and Cairns City...

    Location is close to the boardwalk and restaurants.

  • MiHaven Shared Living - Pembroke St
    7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 39 reviews

    MiHaven Shared Living - Pembroke St offers rooms in shared apartments with access to a shared kitchen and living area with a TV. Free WiFi is available.

    the ease of getting there and the tranquility of the place

  • Mad Monkey Central
    Central location
    7.2
    Scored 7.2
    Good
    Rated good
     · 569 reviews

    Offering an outdoor pool, barbecue and sun terrace, Mad Monkey Central is located in Cairns in the Queensland Region, 1312 feet from Cairns Convention Center.

    Vibe is so nice!! I really recommend this hostel!!

  • Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
    7.2
    Scored 7.2
    Good
    Rated good
     · 336 reviews

    Set among tropical gardens with an outdoor swimming pool, Cairns City Backpackers is a 25-minute walk from The Esplanade.

    Nice acclimation, that is clean and well organized

  • Mumma's Hostel Cairns
    7.1
    Scored 7.1
    Good
    Rated good
     · 551 reviews

    Mumma's Hostel Cairns has an outdoor swimming pool, garden, a shared lounge and terrace in Cairns. Featuring a tour desk, this property also provides guests with a grill.

    Very good hostel, clean, good vibe, friendly staff

  • Happytourcairns sharehouse
    7.0
    Scored 7.0
    Good
    Rated good
     · 127 reviews

    Located within a 13-minute walk of Cairns Regional Gallery and 3 miles of Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens, Happytourcairns sharehouse has rooms in Cairns.

    The fast wifi, the kitchen, the shower and the room.

  • Bohemia Resort Cairns
    6.6
    Scored 6.6
    Pleasant
    Rated pleasant
     · 921 reviews

    Bohemia Resort Cairns provides accommodations close to the Cairns city center. There is a large outdoor undercover area overlooking the lagoon-style pools and landscaped gardens.

    We got a family room and it was nice. Good value for money!

  • MiHaven Shared Living - Gatton St
    5.2
    Scored 5.2
    Average
    Rated fair
     · 4 reviews

    Located in Cairns and with Cairns Station reachable within a 18-minute walk, MiHaven Shared Living - Gatton St provides a garden, non-smoking rooms, free WiFi throughout the property and a shared...

  • Castaways Backpackers Cairns
    4.8
    Scored 4.8
    Disappointing
    Rated disappointing
     · 30 reviews

    Enjoy free Wi-Fi and access to a swimming pool and a communal kitchen at Castaways Backpackers Cairns. It is located 5 minutes’ walk from the popular Esplanade.

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Hostels that guests love in Cairns

  • Avg. price/night: $83.02
    5.8
    Scored 5.8
    Above average
    Rated okay
     · 1,518 reviews
    Hotel is mouldy roof and safety hazaard. Also dusty and breeding with insects like spider coming onto my bed in morning. Its still cheaper than a hostel but this is really out of a horror movie. Feel like hotel staff management can only do so much to
    Gavin
    Solo traveler
  • 7.2
    Scored 7.2
    Good
    Rated good
     · 569 reviews
    The breakfast was great, the hostel is extremely clean, i loved the common area, it’s so social I met lots of new people. The beds were extremely comfortable and everyone from staff is so nice and helpful. One of the best hostels I‘ve stayed in, also perfectly located, only 5-10 minute walk anywhere you wanna go. Really great hostel!!
    S
    Sarah
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $89.46
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 1,294 reviews
    Best hostel I stayed in Australia! Staff is great, super helpful and thoughtful! The hostel is super clean and bedrooms comfortable. Stayed in a 3-bed dormitory and I felt like home. You can also feel that this place is so special that it creates a very calm ambiance amongst guests. There are different common areas/kitchens for each group of bedrooms. The hostel is located just beside the bus station and a commercial center where there is a supermarket and some stores open until 10 Pm.
    Nathalie
    Solo traveler
  • 7.9
    Scored 7.9
    Good
    Rated good
     · 424 reviews
    The cleanliness, it's cleaned at a 5star standard which I loved by karen, nothing was to much effort. I stayed for few weeks, made use of pool and great facilities. Very cheap stay for excellent quality. Highly recommended. It's next to major rd, but u don't hear noise. Close to shops & bus stop. Staff are amazing only to willing to help. Very much appreciated. If your on a budget this is definitely the place to stay. You won't be disappointed.
    Pruedence
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $122.28
    7.5
    Scored 7.5
    Good
    Rated good
     · 2,072 reviews
    very Social place if you like to party, cheap drinks for hostel guests. was pretty clean and even had a little workout room; pool area is very big and chill great location next to Rusty’s Market
    Victoria
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $89.46
    9.0
    Scored 9.0
    Wonderful
    Rated wonderful
     · 1,294 reviews
    Great location, quite a few bathrooms, a pool etc. One of the best hostels I've stayed in.
    Evgeniy
    Solo traveler
  • 8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,775 reviews
    Kitchen has a terrace which looks across the esplanade, so nice to sit & cook up there. Each floor of rooms had a sofa area outside to chill which I’ve never seen in a hostel before & was great to have a space other than your bunk bed. Great location & cheap
    Nahum
    Young couple
  • 8.4
    Scored 8.4
    Very Good
    Rated very good
     · 1,775 reviews
    Excellent location and the facilities are second to none. The hostel is huge and very well run. It’s still a hostel though so beds uncomfortable especially climbing up to the top bunk and back down but that’s the fun of staying in a hostel. Very clean and good value for money. I would recommend this hostel to anyone looking for a cheap stay in Cairns especially when days are spent outside on tours etc
    Lorraine
    Solo traveler
  • Avg. price/night: $100.21
    8.7
    Scored 8.7
    Excellent
    Rated excellent
     · 1,342 reviews
    This hostel is set in a great location within walking distance to the centre. The hostel is very secure, private and quiet. There are lots of places to hang out either with other travellers or on your own. The pool is a nice addition and very shady for some mid-day swimming without the sunburn. Peter is very responsive to all queries and easy to get in contact with. Overall a great budget place to stay while visiting Cairns.
    Helen
    Solo traveler
  • 7.2
    Scored 7.2
    Good
    Rated good
     · 569 reviews
    As a backpacker, one of the best hostels I've been to, the hostel itself is very welcoming and the people very close. I've been here for a month and a half and I've felt at home. It is great that breakfast is included and the kitchen is very large and clean, there is no space problem as it usually happens in other hostels. There is a bar in the hostel and the drinks are cheap, they also hold events in the hostel and it allows you to meet a lot of people. Would repeat again without a doubt!!
    Laia
    Solo traveler

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