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 of the hostel is very good -- Cairns Central shopping centre (which has a supermarket for self-caterers, a food court, and plenty of other shops) is just five minutes' walk away. Cairns' main strip of bars and restaurants is then located just five minutes further down the road, where the party atmosphere associated with the city can be experienced. This short distance, however, is also far enough away for a quiet night.
Cairns' famous lagoon swimming area is located around fifteen minutes' walk from the hostel, where you can spend a day relaxing by the manmade beach. This is also right next to the Greyhound bus drop-off -- the hostel offers a free pick-up service if you ring ahead.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Travellers Oasis offers small-share dorm rooms (we stayed in a three-bed) and doubles. The dorm rooms are very clean but on the small side; however, due to the hostel having no bunk beds they are not overly packed even at full occupancy. This also provides a much more comfortable night's sleep than arriving at a hostel where only top bunks are available! You must pay for air conditioning -- this is a necessity in Cairns' tropical climate.
The hostel offers unisex bathrooms located in various locations around the grounds. These are kept very clean, however, can be quite inconvenient as showers, sinks, and toilets are all located in one room -- if one is in use, you cannot use any of these facilities.
The two kitchens in the hostel are very clean and fairly well equipped compared to other hostels on the coast. There are also plenty of eating areas for all guests, but these are all outside, which can attract bugs (there are plenty of these around in Cairns!).
The hostel also has a very nice swimming pool area complete with sun loungers for those wishing to relax during the day. Next to one of the kitchens is a TV room, which is fairly small and has only two sofas, but it's rarely busy and has a very homey feel. The only issue in terms of communal areas is that the computers (which you pay to use), located in reception, close 8 p.m., so internet access is only available to those with laptops after this time.
Overall, Travellers Oasis is a very pleasant place to stay and we would stay there again if we were in Cairns. The hostel is not a party hostel like others in the city, but those wanting that kind of atmosphere can find it in the town just ten minutes' walk away. This hostel is ideal for those looking for a quiet, homey hostel at a reasonable price in a good location for exploring Cairns and the surrounding area.