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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 9.7 for a two-person trip.

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  • The staff speaks English

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About Global Backpackers Cairns

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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


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    Answered on December 14, 2020
  • 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.


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    Answered on September 9, 2019
  • Hi, just wondering if your private queen rooms have a balcony?

    Good morning, Yes we have private rooms with and without a balcony. Private rooms with a balcony are $140 a night and without are $120 a night. Kind Regards, The Global Team


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    Answered on August 29, 2021
  • Are hairdryers included?

    Yes we have select few hair dryers available to hire from reception.


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    Answered on December 5, 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.


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    Answered on September 9, 2019
  • Hi, do you need to be under 35 to stay in the dorm rooms?

    Hello, We do not have any age restrictions. Warm regards, The Global Team


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    Answered on May 6, 2021
  • Hi, Is there a locked entry door to this room?

    All our rooms automatically lock and can only be opened with your assigned key card.


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    Asked about: Queen Room with Sea View • Answered on July 28, 2021
  • Can you smoke on the balcony with doors closed to room ?

    Global is a non-smoking building, including cigarettes, vapes and other substances.


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    Asked about: Queen Room with Sea View • Answered on September 11, 2021
  • Do you have car parking available?

    Good afternoon, We do not have a car park however, there are public car spaces throughout town. The Pier plaza offers paid parking for $10 a day or Abbot street has free parking near the Riley hotel. Warm regards, The Global Team


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    Answered on January 23, 2021
  • Do you offer luggage storage?

    Yes, we have free luggage storage on the ground floor for guests.


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    Answered on September 9, 2019
  • 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 area and use our facilities.


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    Asked about: Queen Room with Sea View • Answered on July 26, 2021
  • How much does it cost to rent a lock?

    We require guests to bring their own locks.


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    Answered on September 9, 2019
  • Hi - Just wondering is there any all day parking around the complex? And is there a fee?

    Unfortunately we do not have parking at our complex. There is free parking around town.


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    Asked about: Queen Room with Sea View • Answered on December 2, 2020
  • Can we opt for a twin bed instead?

    Unfortunately our Queen Rooms are set up specifically for Queen Beds and this cannot be changed.


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    Asked about: Queen Room • Answered on December 6, 2019
  • Is there a bond ask for or just the price of the room advertised?

    We do not take a deposit but our guests are expected to provide card details as security on check in.


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    Asked about: Queen Room with Sea View • Answered on August 11, 2020
  • Hi, I need to go to the airport early in the morning, My flifgt is at 9.10am Do you have shuttle? Thanks

    Hi, You have three options to get from the airport to our hostel, you can grab an Uber which is generally around $18-22 and takes 10 minutes to get to the hostel. There is also a taxi service which takes around 10 minutes and costs $23-25 or alternatively we can book you an airport shuttle. The airport shuttle costs around $15 for one person and takes 20-30 minutes to arrive near to the hostel. If you would like us to book this for you we will need your flight number, arrival time and the number of people wishing to travel. Please let us know if we can help in any other way. Kind Regards, The Global Team


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    Answered on November 30, 2019
  • Are sheets and towels included?

    All our guests are provided with linens. The bath towels are provided free of charge in our Queen Private Rooms. Bath towels can be hired by guests in shared dorms for $5 and we also have pool towels available to any of our guests to hire for the same cost.


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    Answered on September 9, 2019
  • Hi I need to get to the airport at 4am when I check out, how can I get there?

    You have three options to get from the airport to our hostel, you can grab an Uber which is generally around $18-22 and takes 10 minutes. There is also a taxi service which takes around 10 minutes and costs $23-25 or alternatively we can book you an airport shuttle. The airport shuttle costs around $15 for one person and can take 20 -30 minutes to arrive at the airport depending on traffic and other pick ups.


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    Answered on January 6, 2020
  • Is it quiet at night?

    Our hostel has a policy of quiet hours between 10pm and 7am to stop guests being disturbed through the night We also have a Night Manager on site who can help deal with anyone causing issues.


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    Answered on August 17, 2019
  • Can I use my own sleeping bag?

    Unfortunately no, we do not allow guests to bring their own linens or sleeping bags.


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    Answered on September 9, 2019
Area Info *
Guests loved walking around the neighborhood!
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What's nearby
  • Cairns Night Markets
    0 miles
  • Cairns Esplanade Lagoon
    0.1 miles
  • Cairns City Library
    0.1 miles
  • Cairns Regional Gallery
    0.1 miles
  • Cairns Esplanade
    0.2 miles
  • Reef and Rainforest Research Centre
    0.2 miles
  • The Center of Contemporary Arts
    0.2 miles
  • The Cairns Museum
    0.2 miles
  • Cairns Family Court
    0.2 miles
  • Cairns Marlin Marina
    0.3 miles
Top attractions
  • Rusty's Markets
    0.3 miles
  • Martin College
    0.4 miles
  • The Cairns Civic Theater
    0.4 miles
  • Cairns Rainforest Dome
    0.4 miles
  • Cairns Station
    0.6 miles
  • Cairns Base Hospital
    0.7 miles
  • Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens
    2.3 miles
  • Skyway Rainforest Cableway
    7.4 miles
  • Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park
    7.5 miles
Beaches in the Neighborhood
  • Holloways Beach
    6 miles
Closest Airports
  • Cairns Airport
    3.3 miles
How to get to Global Backpackers Cairns from Cairns Airport
    Private shuttle
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Amenities of Global Backpackers Cairns Great facilities! Review score, 9.2
Outdoors
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun deck
  • Terrace
Kitchen
  • Shared kitchen
Activities
  • Movie nights
  • Water park Off-site Additional charge
  • Snorkeling Off-site Additional charge
  • Horseback riding Off-site Additional charge
  • Diving Off-site Additional charge
  • Cycling Off-site
  • Hiking Off-site
  • Game room
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge
Internet
WiFi is available in the hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Parking
No parking available.
Front Desk Services
  • Lockers
  • Baggage storage
  • Tour desk
Entertainment & Family Services
  • Board games/Puzzles
Cleaning Services
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry Additional charge
Business Facilities
  • Fax/Photocopying Additional charge
Safety & security
  • Fire extinguishers
  • CCTV in common areas
  • Smoke alarms
  • Security alarm
  • Key card access
  • Safe
General
  • Adults only
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Vending machine (snacks)
  • Vending machine (drinks)
  • Air conditioning
  • Smoke-free property
  • Elevator
  • Facilities for disabled guests
  • Non-smoking rooms
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
Languages Spoken
  • English
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Sustainability initiatives

This property has taken steps to provide more sustainable and eco-friendly travel

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

Check-in

From 1:00 PM

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

Check-out

Until 10:00 AM

Cancellation/
prepayment

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

There's no capacity for cribs at this property.

This property doesn't offer extra beds.

Age restriction

The minimum age for check-in is 18

Pets

Pets are not allowed.

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

The fine print

There is a chargeable airport transfer shuttle to and from the airport.

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).

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19), this property has temporarily suspended its shuttle services.

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
    • Game room
    • Snorkeling
    • Diving
    • Fishing
    • Water park
    • Horseback riding
    • Movie nights

  • 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.

  • From the nearest airport, you can get to Global Backpackers Cairns by:

    • Airport shuttle (arranged by property) 30min

  • 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.