Global Backpackers Cairns, Cairns

Cairns North
618 Reviews
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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 where they forget about you after you check in! I will stay here again when I'm back in Cairns for sure.


Best Location in Cairns!

I loved it here, it was across the road to the lagoon and the reef terminal. Everything you need is so close. The rooms are basic but clean, clean bathrooms, good aircon, good kitchen facilities, nice staff, cant complain about anything!

New Zealand

Excellent location

I stayed here for 3 weeks and thought it was reasonable (the price was the main draw for me). Perfect location for access to town and the lagoon. Staff on the whole are very friendly, with the odd exception. Rooms are very basic and have loud air conditioning, but are clean. Not much of a social area for such a big hostel and the kitchen, although spacious, does not have many facilities. However, would struggle to find anywhere cheaper for the location and its well worth a visit.



reception staff at the cairns international hostel on wed 8th september at 5:30 p.m. were so rude! please find her another job, anything except front desk. not a nice way to be greeted.


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 probably one of the best located of any in Cairns, being opposite the citys lagoon, which tends to be a backpackers main hangout during the day, and just outside the noise and bustle of the shops and nightclubs of the city that are little more than a five-minute walk away. The greyhound station is just beside the lagoon and one can easily find the hostel by walking along the waterfront buildings. The Premier station in a little further out (still less than a ten-minute walk though), passengers need only to walk onto the central plaza beside the station and turn right, walk all the way to the lagoon, then take a left and the hostel will be a hundred meters down.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The hostel is painted in dull colours and is desperately in need of a new coat of paint, with almost all bathrooms and some bedrooms containing graffiti. Bathrooms have two toilets and two showers per sex, and are shared amongst the thirty or so guests on each floor. Some bedrooms contain a sink and others do not. During our brief stay, two bedrooms had to be closed due to bedbugs, and fellow travelers assured us this was a regular occurrence. Individual shower cubicles do not have doors or locks, and some were even lacking hooks for clothes. Bedrooms do not contain lockers, which does not mix well with the hostel's prison feel.

Common Spaces

The hostels interior looks like a prison block, which seems to reflect the general feel of the place. There is a scarcely used sundeck atop the hostel and an adequate common room containing a pool table and TV. The kitchen appears to be a little small for the number of guests in the hostel, however few guests do cook due to the free meal vouchers given out at reception for the local bar PJ OBriens (better free meals can be obtained from other bars, such as Gilligans and Rhino Bar, and they all accept competitors' vouchers). Next to reception there are global gossip computers available, and a very limited book exchange. Luggage storage is provided free.


Overall, we can only recommended staying in this hostel if you are concerned about the extra few dollars you would need to spend to stay in another hostel in Cairns. The atmosphere is not reflective on the friendliness you will find in other hostels in the city, and if you intend on doing the city only once then we would suggest doing it properly elsewhere.

Kit Brennan

Worst hostel I've ever stayed in

Really bad hostel, do not stay here! Guy who worked there kept coming into our room and shouting at us in the morning for no reason, saying we were too loud when we weren't and that we had the air conditioning on too much. Absolute twat! I was traveling alone and a couple of the people in my room may have been a bit loud on occasions, but thats no reason to kick everyone in that room out when everyone is traveling separately! Too expensive for what it is too, the hostels along the sea front are all too expensive, stay in one further back.

As for people who say there is a "free meal" next door, the free meal i used to get was smaller than a kids portion, absolutely tiny! so yeah, its free, but dont base staying here on that because you will need to buy some more food to fill you up! therefore all in all, the international hostel is wank!


Awful! Don't bother staying here

Room was dirty, poor bathroom facilities, very noisy central open corridor running throughout height of building. Rude staff (including the manager who stayed in our room with two random girls -- nice!)-- we complained and had no apology, hence this posting!


Great location, excellent food, nice relaxing TV lounge overlooking a great view, and all at a reasonable price. I liked this one a lot. However, I would recommend you NOT use their booking service as they seem highly motivated by commissions and misled me as to what I was included on the dive boat, so I ended up paying for things like certified dives that they had told me were included.


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Location and Contact




Address: 67 The Esplanade, Cairns North, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Global Backpackers Cairns is listed on the following booking sites:

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Website Global Backpackers Cairns Cairns
Phone Number: +61 (7) 4031-1545
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Facilities and Amenities

Female Solo Traveller

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage

Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

Airport Pickup

City Tours

Lockers in Lobby



24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill


Board Games

Cable TV

Clothes Dryer

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange




Hair Dryers

Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool

Wheelchair Accessible

Curfew: No Curfew

Reception Hours: 24 Hours


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