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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. We want all of our guests to get a great night's rest ahead of a day out exploring the Great Barrier Reef & Rainforest. The Owners & Staff at Dreamtime have traveled the world. Our commitment to offering fellow travelers an awesome place to stay is at the heart of everything we do. Enjoy all the comforts & amenities of the present with the character & charm of this Queenslander from the past. Our strong focus on providing a clean, eco-friendly and welcoming environment, makes Dreamtime the ideal base for travelers who want to explore all the beautiful things Cairns has to offer. Our amazing reviews reflect what we are building here at Dreamtime & our commitment to travel & sustainability is unwavering. We compost our food waste, we are eradicating single use plastic, we recycle like the planet depends on it. We also LOVE Cairns and are happy to chat about the best things to do during your stay. Receive discounts on all tours that are booked with our knowledgable and entertaining team. Dreamtime has successfully been welcoming guests since 1993, and when you walk through the gate you really feel like you've picked the right place to stay. One of our guests enjoyed their stay so much he got a Dreamtime tattoo! We really do make an impression on people! We are designed for short-stay international travelers, and from experience, we have found that mature travelers over 60 & young families with children under 12 are not so well suited to our style of accommodations. We want to serve our guests to the best of our ability and do not want to disappoint anyone. Please bear this in mind. Standard Policies: As we are a small, independent hostel, our reception is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm. A valid passport is required for all guests. Late check-in's are ok. If you plan to arrive after 6pm, please email or call us 2-3 days before you arrive with a screenshot of your passport, and we will provide instructions on how to self-check-in. Email: Phone: (07) 4000 0467 (between 8am - 6pm) We have a storage cupboard for luggage. If you need to hang around while you wait for your flight, you are welcome to use our facilities. Also - there is an awesome cafe right next door to us. The coffee is amazing. We operate with a maximum 14-day stay policy in any 30 day period. Any bookings made to accumulate more than 14 days will be canceled. No shows will be charged the first night's accommodations. We have a pretty laid-back atmosphere at Dreamtime. However, to maintain our chilled atmosphere we do not allow: Children under 12 years of age. If you are aged 60 or above, you may be more comfortable in a hotel/motel with private facilities.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.0 for a two-person trip.

Property Highlights

Top Location: Highly rated by recent guests (9.0)

FREE parking!

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Travel Sustainable Level 2
This property is making considerable investments and efforts towards becoming more sustainable. We’ve worked with experts such as Travalyst and Sustainalize to create the Travel Sustainable program – making it easier for you to experience the world more sustainably.
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Value for money
Free WiFi
High score for Cairns
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See what guests loved the most:

  • Elise
    Super nice and helpful staff, nice common areas, social but mature vibe, comfy bed.
  • Francis
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    This was a fantastic hostel. Communication was great before we arrived and they even allowed an early baggage drop and check in. The room was clean, spacious, and comfortable. We really appreciated having a fridge in our room. Shared bath and...
  • Sarah
    United States of AmericaUnited States of America
    I cannot rate this place highly enough! I left my air pods in my room (they fell out of the case and rolled under the bed without my knowing) and the staff called me while I was at the airport, past TSA. The hostel mailed them to me back in USA!...

Area info

Amenities of Dreamtime Travellers Rest
Great facilities! Review score, 8.4

Most popular amenities
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Free parking
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Laundry
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Outdoor furniture
  • BBQ facilities
    Additional charge
  • Garden
  • Shared kitchen
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
Free public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not needed).
  • Street parking
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/out
  • Baggage storage
  • Fax/Photocopying
    Additional charge
  • Tour desk
  • Express check-in/out
  • Laundry
    Additional charge
Front Desk Services
  • Invoice provided
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key access
  • 24-hour security
  • Safe
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
    Additional charge
  • Smoke-free property
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
Outdoor swimming pool
  • Open all year
  • Pool/Beach towels
  • Yoga classes
  • Beach umbrellas
  • Beach chairs/Loungers
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

Dreamtime Travellers Rest takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 12:00 PM to 6:00 PM


From 5:00 AM to 10:00 AM



Cancellation and prepayment policies vary according to accommodations type. Please enter the dates of your stay and check what conditions apply to your preferred room.

Children & Beds

Child policies

Children over 10 are welcome.

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Crib and extra bed policies

Cribs and extra beds aren't available at this property.

Age restriction

Check-in is only possible for guests between 18 and 50 years old


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa Eftpos Cash Dreamtime Travellers Rest accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

A valid passport is required on check-in.

Please inform Dreamtime Travellers Rest of your expected arrival time in advance. You can use the Special Requests box when booking, or contact the property directly using the contact details in your confirmation.

Guests under the age of 18 can only check in with a parent or official guardian.

FAQs about Dreamtime Travellers Rest

  • Check-in at Dreamtime Travellers Rest is from 12:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Yes, this hotel has a pool. See details about the pool and other facilities on this page.

  • Dreamtime Travellers Rest is 1,950 feet from the center of Cairns. All distances are measured in straight lines. Actual travel distances may vary.

  • Dreamtime Travellers Rest offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Swimming pool
    • Yoga classes

  • The prices at Dreamtime Travellers Rest may vary depending on your stay (e.g. dates, hotel's policy etc.). To see prices, enter your dates.