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Cairns International Airport
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Cairns is a city in the northeastern part of Australia (Far North Queensland), with a population of approximately 140,000 people. Cairns is known to be a very touristy city geared toward Japanese tourists (some shop signs are in both English and Japanese).
Cairns hostels are known to backpackers as there are many interesting things to do in the area. The budget traveler should expect to pay 20 dollars and upwards for a dorm room and the hostels are of good value. There are often deals for multiple days too. If you plan to stick around for longer, they can save you some money and are worth checking out. Many Cairns hostels also employ travelers temporarily, if you want to save money or gather some more cash if you still have more traveling to do, this may help you get you on your way.
The activities near Cairns hostels are abundant. There is an artificial lagoon that is a good place to spend a day just enjoying the sun (the days can be scorching hot in the summertime), and there is plenty of good shopping to do in the city.
Many travel agencies, which are often situated really close to the hostels, also offer extreme sport activities packages which you might find interesting. Skydiving is one of the things many people do in Cairns and the surrounding areas, especially on Mission Beach, where you can actually dive and land on the beach. The altitudes range from 9000ft upwards and the prices start at about 229AUD; check the travel agencies for more specific details.
All in all, Cairns hostels are a great way to visit this city which also serves as a good connecting point both for flights, and for some east coast buses, which are a good and reasonably priced way to travel around and make new friends.
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Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort
"Calypso is the among the most highly regarded hostels it Cairns. It offers a scenic swimming pool, surrounded by a canopy-covered common area that connects to Zanzibar, the hostel's on-site bar. Zanzibar also offers an all-you-can-eat buffet every night of the week for $7. A unique blend of chill-out music can be heard throughout the day by the pool side and in the common area. Due to the sheer volume of backpackers that travel...
Njoy! Travellers Resort
"Our stay at Njoy! Travellers Resort is possibly one of the best hostel experiences we have had in Australia. The room rate is inexpensive and includes a room with four beds plus en suite, twenty-four-hour access to the kitchen, twenty-four-hour reception, and free shuttle to the city and airport. We met some great people and would definitely come back again. They will even let you work to stay if you want to stay longer. The Location...
Cairns Girls Hostel
"Cairns Girls Hostel is clean, quiet, and boring. Parties, men, and alcohol are prohibited, which makes this the perfect place to catch a good night's sleep. Cairns Girls Hostel is owned and run by a local couple who take great pride in keeping this place very clean with everything working. The Location Even the location of this hostel is quiet. It's easy to miss, being tucked away between shops on Lake Street. Only the doorway is...
"Nomads Cairns Serpent Hostel is another hostel of the Nomads chain, which you can find all along the east coast of Australia. The Serpent Hostel is one of the two Nomads Hostels in Cairns and probably the better choice. Painted in bright colors and with lots of light, open spaces and common areas, it's a nice place with a fun and friendly atmosphere -- a great place to meet people! The Location The hostel is the furthest hostel out of...
JJ's Backpackers Hostel
"JJ's Backpackers is one of the best values for money in a town full of backpackers hostels. If you come by coach or plane, a courtesy bus will pick you up at your arrival. You will find a clean and friendly environment, huge BBQ (this happens once a week and they charge a few dollars), and games around the pool. JJ's is not far from the city centre, allow a twenty-minute walk along the Esplanade. They offer a shuttle service during the day...
Cairns Central YHA Hostel
"Cairns Central McLeod Street YHA is a very nice hostel, just opposite to Cairns central shopping center and transportation center, and withing walking distance to the city center and the esplanade. If you have your own car, there is a free parking just beside the hostel for up to three hours (after 5 p.m., it's all free). You can also park your car inside the hostel for a fee. If you are spending the whole day at the reef, you can park you...
"Castaway's Backpackers is located just outside of the main town. It's a nice, clean hostel, with rooms located both within the main two-story building as well as in a motel-type style. It is a quiet, relaxed atmosphere, so those looking for a party place may want to look elsewhere. There is a big kitchen and spacious lounge room with comfy couches where you can watch free movies, though quiet time is at 10:30 p.m. Some bedrooms are located...
Caravella Cairns City Backpackers
"Caravella Cairns City Backpackers is one of the more popular and highly rated backpackers in Cairns. It is considered a backpackers resort. It is very large hostel, but not crowded. It is comprised of several buildings and has large open spaces as well, including outdoor BBQ and a nice pool area. The Location Caravella is located a very short walk away from the city center of Cairns, right on the Esplanade. They have a free shuttle...
The International Hostel
"Awesome staff, BEST EVER location - Traveling around Australia I have stayed at so many hostels but this one has been the best so far! Everything i wanted to do in Cairns was so easy to get to, the lagoon is across the road and so is the reef terminal so i only had to walk for 4 minutes to get on the boat for the dive trip I did. The staff always talked to me and made me feel welcome which is a nice change from most hostels Ive stayed in...
Koala Beach Resort Cairns
"Best Hostel By FAR!!!! - After staying in several hostels I had very low expectations, but Koala Beach Resort Cairns exceeded my expectations beyond belief!! Extremely friendly staff, clean large rooms, hot showers, all rooms en-suite, great communal facilities!! BBQs and punch nights, drinking games and a lil' carnage of course!!! They really go all out and get everyone in the hostel involved which is great if you are traveling alone also a...
Bohemia Cairns Resort
"Bohemia Cairns Resort is more like a budget hotel/motel than a hostel, though it does offer dorms/room shares and has a kitchen/rec area/laundry facility, like any proper hostel. It's clean; quiet; and has a beautiful, tropical setting. The Location Bohemia Resort is approximately one-and-a-half kilometers from downtown Cairns, which can be quite a trek (especially with luggage). It is however, only one off a major road, Sheridan street...
The Northern Greenhouse
"The Northern Greenhouse is a cosy, friendly hostel in the heart of Cairns city. We have stayed in this hostel for two weeks and like the environment but didn't use many of the facilities. The Location The location is great! It's only a block away from the city place and two blocks away from the mall. It's in the middle of everything but you wouldn't get too much noise from the bars nearby. It's very close to the bus stop, the lagoon,...
Dreamtime Travellers Rest
"Pretty, relaxed place, nice staff - Dreamtime was exactly what we were looking for -- a small, very pretty, cozy and homelike hostel, close to the city center but quiet and relaxing enough. Also, quite comfortable, and the staff were really kind and helpful. Highly recommended!" … "I stayed for the best part of 3 weeks on and off here and it's a great hostel. Nice rooms, free towels, clean bathrooms, great location and a very friendly...
The Jack Backpackers
"The Jack Backpackers in Cairns is a wonderful hostel set right in the heart of Cairns and also includes the Union Jack Bar and Restaurant. This hostel provides a free evening meal between 7 and 8 p.m. every night of the week from bar and restaurant below the main hostel building. The Location The hostel is located right in the heart of Cairns Central Business District (CBD) at the junction of Spence and Sheridan streets. The hostel is...
Lazy Duck Hostel
"Woodduck Backpackers in Cairns is a very nice place to stay. We've come across quite some people who were going to stay here for just a few days and ended up staying for two months. Because this hostel is small, it gives you a warm feeling; everybody knows each other and the atmosphere is great. The staff are very friendly and helpful with everything you need. The Location The hostel is located just a couple of minutes walk from the...
Jimmy's On The Esplanade
"Just great! Clean, nice, with a swimming pool, kitchens, nice guys who organize trips. Highly recommended!!!" … "Jimmys is a great place to explore the Great Barrier Reef with the perfect location just across the Cairns Lagoon. Meet other Backpackers from all over the world at Jimmys!Jimmy's Hostel is renowned for its knowledgeable and friendly staff. It has a fun and relaxed atmosphere, and everything you expect from a...
"Excellent! - This place was the best place i have ever stayed at! The Mad monday party was so damn MAD! I had heaps of fun! The staff are just great!! They love having fun and always help you!! Cant believe i was going to stay somewhere else!" … "The best Hostel in Cairns! - Amazing hostel, you are guaranteed have a serious amount of fun here. The only problem is that you wont want to leave! Whether traveling in a group or alone Asylum...
Bellview Motel & Guest House
"The Bellview is in a great location, right on the Esplanade. It's just a short walk to the Reef Terminal for the boat trips out to the Barrier Reef and Fitzroy and Green Islands. The hostel is also very near the lagoon for a swim or to listen to the free bands. There are a number of bars and restaurants right on the doorstep. The hostel is very quiet even though it is on the main street. The rooms are set back around a pool and...
"A very enjoyable stay -- most relaxing - Very clean and quiet hostel. Met some interesting fellow travelers and had a great last night with them around the pool and BBQ. I will be moving back through Cairns in six months and have already booked to stay here again. Its good for drinking the goon and it is possibly the greatest backpackers in the world!" … "A great place to stay in Cairns - A quiet and very clean hostel. Great tropical...
Global Backpackers Central
"Great place - Very central location, clean, small rooms, cheap, very friendly staff. I only wish more hostels were like this." … "Awesome Hostel! - This hostel was so good! Its right in the middle of everything to do in Cairns and the people were really nice. There is a pool on the roof which was so nice to chill out by. Its quite big so there are a lot of people which made it fun and social!" … "this place was definitely the...
"Travellers Oasis is a relatively small hostel located just five minutes' walk from central Cairns. The hostel itself has a very friendly, family feel and the staff are extremely nice and helpful. The reception of the hostel also doubles up as a travel shop, and the staff are very knowledgeable, offering good deals for trips throughout the East Coast. The Location The location of the hostel is very good -- Cairns Central shopping centre...
Tropic Days Backpackers
"This place was awesome. The doubles are great and the towels are wonderful. I loved the whole feeling we got. Everyone must go here if they head to Cairns." … "The best hostel i have ever had the pleasure of staying at in the whole world. The atmosphere is brilliant as to are all the staff that run Tropic Days. The cleanest and best hostel going. I only wish I could spend the rest of my days there chilling in the hammock!" …...
Cairns City Backpackers
"Cairns City Backpackers may just be the best hostel you'll ever stay at. The owners of the property were travelers themselves, and it is completely obvious that they really care. In addition to just running the operation, they are a licensed tour booker too, and will go out of their way to find you something great to do, with a price guarantee. The owner even assisted us in renting a camper van for a thirty-five-day trip down the East coast...
Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort
"When you tell fellow travelers that you are staying at Gilligan's they ooh and ahh and say, "Wow, you're staying at the fancy hostel." And you have to agree that Gilligan's is one of the best hostels you'll ever stay in. Even though you are paying a slightly higher price per night, this is the place to splurge a little because it's well worth the extra couple of dollars. The reception area is immaculate and modern with an open area...
"Corona backpackers is a value for money backpackers located in the heart of Cairns city central. It is spread over two floors, each with their own kitchen and bathroom facilities. The major positives are its excellent location and friendly, helpful staff The Location The hostel is in a perfect location and is literally a minute's walk from the main high street and pubs and a five-minute walk from the lagoon. It is also directly opposite...
On The Wallaby
"… the rainforest of the Atherton Tablelands. Clean, comfy and relaxed with a nightly BBQ, self catering kitchen, table tennis, pool table, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, pot belly fireplace, games, puzzles, guitar and didgeridoos. Double ($55), share ($24) and campsites ($10) available. The hostel is centrally located in the lush rainforest of Tropical North Queensland close to the Crater Lakes and many beautiful waterfalls and...
Global Backpakers on the Waterfront
"Global Backpackers On The Waterfront, more commonly known as Cairns International Hostel, is one of the most best located hostels in Cairns, being just opposite the lagoon, whilst also remaining one of the cheapest hostels in the city. However the price and location does come at the expense of being in a hostel that looks like a prison block and can be incredibly dirty at times, with a rather dull atmosphere. The Location The hostel is...
Global Backpackers Cairns Central
"Located in the heart of Cairns CBD, this funky hostel is the place to be! You'll only have a short stroll to the best restaurants, clubs, and shops that Cairns has to offer or for an awesome day hanging out at the Cairns lagoon. With its funky architecture and open spaces, you won't find a more comfortable hostel. We are the only hostel in Cairns to boast a private rooftop pool and BBQ area for those hot days. With views that stretch...
"… bike and walking paths. Accommodation We offer free unlimited WiFi 24/7, 5 Star professionally cleaned linen, free luggage storage, free tour advice, a guaranteed great sleep in a quiet, clean and safe environment. Late check ins are available. We also have newly renovated communal kitchens and dorm rooms. If you want A relaxed 'non-party' place that you can still meet fellow travelers without the hard core drinking, this is the...
Cairns Waterfront Backpackers
"… located. We cater to the active traveler looking for a convenient location and we offer our guests very competitive tour discounts on a number of activities as well as clean, comfortable accommodation and a friendly customer service. Facilities provided: * Free WiFi * Free evening meal every night(with drink purchase) * Free luggage storage * Free airport pick up (between 8am-8pm) * Free linen / blanket * 24hr check out (24Hr...
"Great times in the backyard - I will miss Tass the dog and drinking goon in the garden. The reef is one of the best hostels i stayed in while traveling up the east coast. I will miss everyone." … "Fine! - Free wifi, pretty clean and occasional free breakfast! Staff very friendly and a relaxed atmosphere. Great location for shopping, the supermarket and the waterfront. Cant complain really just an average place, first impressions leave...
Flying Monkey Backpackers
"… Reef tours, we're the perfect place to stay while exploring the Far North. Our in-house tour booking service charges no booking fees and has great deals for our guests. Also we have some great activities every day like Free Pizza Tuesday, BBQ Sundays at the lagoon, BINGO Fridays to win awesome prizes including trips and tours!!!! You will also be staying at the safest hostel in Cairns. Our hostel has only one entry, and is...
Cairns Beach House
"Cairns Beach House is a little-bit-below-average hostel with old facilities that could use some refreshment. Besides that, they offer free Wi-Fi (which most times, doesn’t work), a free daily meal and breakfast (basic ones), free tea/coffee and a free pickup and dropoff bus. The staff are not that friendly and helpful. The Location This hostel is far from the city center, but they provide a free shuttle bus every hour to the city...
Nomads Esplanade Backpackers
"Great Location - good staff, better location, best breakfast!" … "I really liked this place. It's relatively cheap with good staff and good rooms." … "First for backpacking virgins! - this was the first hostel i stayed in when i went traveling to oz and everyone was very friendly. the tour desk got us some wicked deals to the gbr and out greyhound tickets! right next to the great lagoon and near the town centre it was a great...
Golden Sands Beachfront Resort
"… tour operators will pick up and drop you off at your doorstep. At Yorkeys Knob there is an International Marina and boat club, Half Moon Bay 18 hole Golf course,a small shopping centre with takeaway food, supermarket, restaurant, hairdressers,so there is no need to go any further. Yorkeys Knob Beach is great to swim, soak up the sun, take a long walk, fish or just simply relax.Rental cars can be booked at reception for those...
Cairns Colonial Club Resort
"… spread over 4 different categories there is something for everyone. The resort is also renowned for great food & excellent service. Overlooking one of the three pristine lagoon pools is the Homestead Restaurant, offering a relaxed approach to dining. For light snacks & cocktails, the Poolside Café is ideal. We also have airport transfers available at a nominal fee - just let us know of your flight details and our friendly staff...
Floriana Guest House
"Congenial. Good welcome and help for tours, excellent breakfeast. It has new very clean facilities. It would be excellent but for the rooms which need a bit of uplifting, paint. (I visited in 1999). I did meet interesting travellers there." … "Situated on the esplanade in sunny Cairns with the front rooms looking out to the coral sea, Floriana is a traditional budget guesthouse. It is 15 mins walk to town and is perfect for singles...
Cairns Bed n Boat
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Cairns - Sharehouse
"… Landscaped gardens• Outdoor dining areas• Security gates & security check each night • Barbecue facilities• Coin-operated laundry• Resort pool or garden spa• Professionally cleaned apartments each week• Discount card entitled students to free meals 7 days per week and other discounts across Cairns.Additional services/facilities• Information office open 6 days per week• Tour Desk with up to 10% discount on tours for residents•...
Cairns Rainbow Resort
"… If relaxing in our tropical pool and spa setting having a drink is more your style, then let our friendly staff deliver your drinks to you. WAITING LOUNGE: Feel free to relax in our waiting lounge, take your time reading through tour brochures, newspapers, or help yourself to our free computer terminal with printing facilities. Waiting lounge is located close by the bar to help access many beverages, and light snacks. All of...
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Cairns Travel Tips & Suggestions
I had the best time ever in Cairns 1996. I miss those days and miss all my old friends.
— Chris & Richy From Liverpool
We did Cairns in ten days -- it was supposed to be five but we loved it. It's paradise in parts so here are the five bits we found that we both agree on. Be careful which reef you choose -- we did Low Isles, which was brilliant and almost felt like our own personal island. Walk by yourself in the rainforests. Hot air ballooning in Cairns was amazing -- they had ten balloons flying. We did it and loved it, and slept like a log that night. We ate mangoes, lychees, and stuff we don't know what we were eating, but you can find cheap tropical fruit galore. The waterfalls were brilliant and swimming in them was great. The nightlife in cairns is pretty good too, so we slept in the afternoons, got up with the sun, and stayed out till late. Cairns is a great place to siesta.
Back in August my girlfriend and I arrived in Cairns, Australia. We were looking to book a number of trips around the area including an East Coast Package. We ended up looking around at a few places including Wicked Travel, Peter Pan's Adventure Travel Pty Ltd and Adventure Travel Bugs. The prices seemed fairly cheap; Peter Pan's Adventure Travel Pty Ltd was advertising the entire trip for $299 all taxes included. We thought it was great! The other companies were comparable but it was the best deal we had seen. We were all excited and left Cairns for our trip down the coast. We arrived in Whitsundays only to find out that there were additional Reef taxes and a compulsory Stinger Suit Hire that we were not informed about by Peter Pan's! We then went further south and arrived at Fraser Island and found out that there was an additional Fraser Island Tax as well! What we were told by the travel agent was that the entire trip including all local taxes would be $299. We ended up spending approximately an additional $150 per person by the end of our trip! Shame on these companies for misleading unknowing travelers and taking advantage of us simply to make a buck. We've since done some research and found out that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has taken action against all three of the above companies for deceiving customers with misleading advertisements. The companies have been forced to post a correction notice on their websites apologising for their actions. Since our trip we've returned to Cairns and have found a great reputable travel agent! Tribal Travel has been more than helpful and most of all honest. We've booked multiple trips with them and would recommend them to all.
Just take a bus ride and go see the eleven beaches we have here. Cairns is one hundred kilometers long. Explore it!
I was there for four weeks -- fab place.
— kelly henderson
I have the best memories of my three months in Cairns. There's lots to do and it beats the cities.
Cairns itself offers no nice beaches... but if you head up north or down south you will find beautiful places. Cairns also has fun nightclubs and all that. The city offers a lot too, so enjoy it.
For the three days I was in Cairns I realized it's truly beautiful. I suggest that that everyone go snorkeling and/or scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
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