Located in the heart of Cairns, Gilligan’s Backpackers has a lagoon-style swimming pool, outdoor bar and large LED-screen TVs showing sporting events. Guests enjoy free bed linen

Gilligan’s Backpackers offers a blend of traditional backpacker dormitory accommodations and hotel rooms. All rooms are air-conditioned and offer an private bathroom. Free WiFi is also offered.

Each of the 4 floors at Gilligan's Cairns has its own modern kitchen and lounge area where you can chill out and relax, read a book, watch TV or make some new friends on those lazy days.

Gilligan's is located right next door to the famous Rusty's Market and is surrounded by boutique shops, cafés and clubs. Reef Terminal, the Esplanade and Kuranda Railway Station are in walking distance.

This is our guests' favorite part of Cairns, according to independent reviews.

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.3 for a two-person trip.

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  • Do you offer luggage storage?

    Yes we can provide free luggage storage for guests.


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    Answered on February 5, 2020
  • Hi, is there ironing option in your accomandation? Thanks!

    Yes there is an iron available in the guest laundry.


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    Answered on July 24, 2021
  • Hi, I would like to book for the 3rd until the 6th of April this Easter weekend. Is there a private room with a double bed available ? Hayley

    thank you for choosing us


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    Answered on April 15, 2021
  • hey there I'm looking for a double room for 2/4/21 till 9/4/21, please get back to me if you have something like this available....

    thank you for choosing us


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    Answered on April 15, 2021
  • can you smoke on the balcony? or is there a smoking area? thankyou

    Yes you can smoke on the balcony and there is a DOSA in the bar area as well.


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    Answered on July 24, 2021
  • Quote: Female single room with ensuite 23 May 2020 to 27 May 2020. Grafton Street Thank You

    2020? Covid Year. Everything is shut


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    Answered on July 11, 2021
  • Hello, if I book four beds in a four bed dormitory, will these 4 beds be in the same room for sure? Kind regards

    Hi there, if you have made a booking for multiple people we always do our best to keep you all in the same room. However, this is subject to availability.


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    Answered on March 1, 2020
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?

    we have beds for everyone that have check in here


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    Answered on July 11, 2021
  • What time is the latest I can check in, flight doesn't land until 10pm

    24hrs reception. Check In when you landed


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    Asked about: Standard King Room with Private Bathroom • Answered on May 16, 2021
  • Do the kitchen(s) have normal cookware that guests can use? ie frypans and the like. We would like to cook our own basic meals if possible,

    Yes, we have cookware provided in the kitchens that you can use to cook your own meals.


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    Answered on November 21, 2020
  • What is the best options for 4 adults staying 4 nights? A room with a double bed and two single bed?

    stay in a 6 bed which allow only 4 people due to covid restrictions Our Double room size only fit One queen or 2 single beds


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    Answered on April 15, 2021
  • Is there an option to check out early around 5am?

    of course, it is 24hrs reception


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    Answered on July 11, 2021
  • Hi do you offer a FREE airport pick up service? and how much it costs to book a shuttle from your backpacker to the airport? Thanks Cindy

    Unfortunately due to COVID -19 we no longer offer a shuttle bus service


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    Answered on January 12, 2021
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?

    Yes. You will need to bring your own padlock for the lockers we provide in every room. If you don't have one, you can buy one from reception for $5.


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • could we rent a 6 bed en suite room

    Yes! We have 6 bed dorms available for you to book. We also have 10 bed, 8 bed, 4 bed and private rooms available.


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    Answered on February 7, 2020
  • Can you pickup from airport arrival 11pm?

    Gilligan's does no longer have a shuttle bus service. Main means of transport from the airport is Taxi or an Uber. We do have 24 hour reception so we are able to check in any time.


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    Asked about: Single Bed in 10-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room with Private Bathroom • Answered on December 2, 2020
  • Hi just curious if you’s have private room or not?

    Yes we do Check in our websites for more details


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    Answered on May 16, 2021
  • Do you have planned events or activities?

    Yes! We have different events and entertainment planned every night of the week. Just ask our friendly staff and they can tell you what is planned for that evening.


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    Answered on November 11, 2019
  • Hi I have a booking from the 24th to the 27th, is there any chance the booking can be changed to start from the 23rd? Thank you Denis Reid

    see you then done


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  • Does a Queensland Drivers License qualify as photo Identification?

    Yes! Any government issued ID can be used as identification.


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Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
Excellent location – show map
What's nearby
  • Rusty's Markets
    0.1 miles
  • Cairns Family Court
    0.1 miles
  • The Cairns Museum
    0.1 miles
  • Martin College
    0.2 miles
  • Cairns Magistrates Court
    0.2 miles
  • Cairns Regional Gallery
    0.2 miles
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre
    0.2 miles
  • Cairns City Library
    0.2 miles
  • Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
    0.3 miles
  • Cairns Night Markets
    0.3 miles
Restaurants & cafes
  • Restaurant Fat Seagulls
    0 miles
  • Cafe/Bar Cruze Coffee
    0 miles
Top attractions
  • Cairns Rainforest Dome
    0.3 miles
  • Cairns Station
    0.3 miles
  • The Cairns Civic Theater
    0.4 miles
  • The Center of Contemporary Arts
    0.4 miles
  • Cairns Base Hospital
    0.9 miles
  • Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens
    2.4 miles
  • Skyway Rainforest Cableway
    7.5 miles
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
    7.7 miles
Natural Beauty
  • River Barron
    0.6 miles
  • Ocean/Sea Cairns Esplanade
    0.1 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Holloways Beach
    6 miles
Closest Airports
  • Cairns Airport
    3.5 miles
How to get to Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns from Cairns Airport
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Amenities of Gilligan's Backpacker Hotel & Resort Cairns
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Garden
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Activities
  • Live sports events (broadcast)
  • Entertainment staff
  • Cycling
  • Pool table Additional charge
Internet
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Parking
Public parking is available at a location nearby (reservation is not possible) and costs AUD 8 per day.
  • Accessible parking
  • Secure parking
Front Desk Services
  • ATM on site
  • Baggage storage
  • 24-hour front desk
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV outside property
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Key access
  • Safe
General
  • Adults only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning
  • Car rental
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
Accessibility
  • Toilet with grab rails
  • Wheelchair accessible
Outdoor swimming pool
Free! All pools are free of charge
  • Open all year
  • Opening times