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Global Backpackers Waterfront is located 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.

Guests can also enjoy the views from the rooftop lounge and kitchen area where you can relax and enjoy the sunset or sunrise, or go swimming in the Esplanade Lagoon, located at the doorstep.

The travel staff at Global Backpackers Waterfront can offer guests advice on activities and tours including skydiving, white water rafting, snorkeling, sailing cultural experiences and more.

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

Couples in particular like the location – they rated it 9.8 for a two-person trip.

Global Backpackers Cairns has been welcoming guests since Jun 19, 2012

Property Highlights

Located in the top-rated area in Cairns, this property has an excellent location score of 9.7!


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Room Type
1 queen bed
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Travel Sustainable property
Travel Sustainable property
This property is part of the Travel Sustainable program, which means it’s taken significant steps to make your stay more sustainable.
Property questions and answers
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  • My flight will arrive there at 10pm, Is there any staff to help me check-in at late night?
    Our night manager will help you check in after 10pm. His number is displayed on the fire safety door outside the hostel. Thanks
    Answered on 14 December 2020
  • Hi, what time is checkout? Can you request late checkout ?
    Checkout is 10:00am. Unfortunately, it is not possible to do late checkouts, however you are more than welcome to store your luggage in our lock-up ar..
    Answered on 26 July 2021
  • Is there an age limit to stay at the hostel?
    Yes you have to be over 18 and under 35 for our shared accommodation. Over 35 we offer our private Rooms.
    Answered on 8 March 2023
  • Do you have planned events or activities?
    There are different activities available for free on the esplanade and some local venues also have nightly activities.
    Answered on 9 September 2019
  • Do I need a lock for the lockers?
    The lockers do require you to bring your own locks - you can store valuables with reception during office hours as well.
    Answered on 9 September 2019
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Amenities of Global Backpackers Cairns
Great facilities! Review score, 8.7
Most popular amenities
Free WiFi
Non-smoking rooms
Facilities for disabled guests
  • Toilet
  • Shower
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
  • Shared kitchen
  • Water park
  • Snorkeling
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Horseback riding
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Diving
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Cycling
  • Hiking
  • Canoeing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Fishing
    Additional chargeOff-site
  • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    Additional charge
WiFi is available in the rooms and is free of charge.
No parking available.
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Lockers
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
  • 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 card access
  • Adults only
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Fitness classes
Languages Spoken
  • English

House rules

Global Backpackers Cairns takes special requests – add in the next step!


From 1:00 PM to 12:00 AM

Guests are required to show a photo ID and credit card at check-in


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 not allowed.

Crib and extra bed policies

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

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18


Pets are not allowed.

Mastercard Visa Eftpos Cash Global Backpackers Cairns accepts these cards and reserves the right to temporarily hold an amount prior to arrival.

The fine print

Please inform Global Backpackers Waterfront in advance if you want to use the service, using the contact details found on the booking confirmation.

Please note that Global Backpackers Waterfront cannot accommodate guests under the age of 18.

Please note that guests are required to provide passport identification upon check-in.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), make sure you're booking this property in accordance with the destination's local government guidelines, including (but not limited to) the purpose of travel and maximum group size.

In accordance with government guidelines to minimize transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property may request additional documentation from guests to validate identity, travel itinerary, and other relevant info on dates where such guidelines exist.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), additional safety and sanitation measures are in effect at this property.

Food and beverage services at this property may be limited or unavailable due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property is taking steps to protect the safety of guests and staff. Certain services and amenities may be reduced or unavailable as a result.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has reduced reception and service hours.

Please inform Global Backpackers Cairns 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 are required to show a photo ID and credit card upon check-in. Please note that all Special Requests are subject to availability and additional charges may apply.

FAQs about Global Backpackers Cairns

  • Global Backpackers Cairns offers the following activities/services (charges may apply):

    • Cycling
    • Hiking
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Canoeing
    • Golf course (within 2 miles)
    • Water park
    • Horseback riding
    • Fitness classes

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

  • Check-in at Global Backpackers Cairns is from 1:00 PM, and check-out is until 10:00 AM.

  • Global Backpackers Cairns is 1,800 feet from the center of Cairns.

  • The nearest beach is 350 feet from Global Backpackers Cairns.