Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront, Cairns

Cairns North
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Stayed at Caravella waterfront backpackers for 5 nights in a 5 bed dorm.

The Location

The location was about a 10 minute walk north of the busy city centre, so was conveniently placed if you are not wanting to be kept up all night by the party but quite annoying to continuously walk back and forth from the main streets for shops etc. It can be easily found and has a front, side and backdoor which can be used for entering.

Rooms and Bathrooms

The rooms were very clean and well presented there is a fridge in each room which is good to keep your personal food and beverage and also all rooms have door locks. Overall there were 4 main bathrooms for the non ensuited rooms these were spacious enough and had areas to change and hang your clothes in whilst in the shower. The bathrooms were also clean, no issues with this but you may have to walk outside to get to the bathroom depending on where your room is placed.

Common Spaces

There was one main sitting area, this was located near the pool. The sitting area consisted of 6 benches with chairs and seats around them. The free wi-fi was only available in this area so was usually quite busy which is good when looking to meet new people. There was a lot of ants and lizards in this area which can be hard to prevent but was generally clean and spacious. There is a tv room located just behind this sitting area which also has a pool table again this area is open to meet people. There are 2 kitchens which are located either side of the sitting area and these have all cooking utensils which you may possibly need. The hostel also has a free luggage storage which comes in extremely useful. The hostel welcomes its guests to bring there own drink, so this is a great way to meet new friends in the social areas.


In conclusion, the hostel was brilliant. The only downfall (not to everyone) is the location which is not as close the the busy city centre as other hostels but it is still well within waking distance.


Great place to stay on a budget

Caravella is clean place to stay, great location right across the road from the main beach and a block away from where all the main restaurants begin on the Esplanade and withing walking distance to other bars & restaurants and the main shopping area. great customer service and friendly staff. very good experience.

Age 28 | NZ

Excellent value for money!

As a not so young traveler I only booked into the Caravella to pull a fast one on my traveling companion and had a few doubts. I needn't have worried! The Caravella is clean and tidy, has a great atmosphere (some might say too noisy) and the staff could not do enough for us. Added to this you get the airport shuttle service and the discount meal vouchers at P.J O'Briens which is a cracking pub especially at the weekend. Overall excellent value for money and a very pleasant experience.

Age 50 | British

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 bus several times per day, but it takes literally less than ten minutes to walk to all of the action in the city. Caravella also offers a free airport pick-up, and they can book the airport shuttle back for those who need it (you have to pay for this). There is a take-away food shop adjacent to the hostel that offers quick and cheap food for those who don't want to cook.

Rooms and Bathrooms

Dorm rooms sleep up to six people in bunk beds. Beds are comfortable and rooms are mopped daily. Rooms have air-conditioning, which is a must in Cairns' hot and humid climate. Doors have locks, and the outside gate has a security code for those returning to the hostel after 10 p.m. All rooms have small refrigerators. Private rooms are also available with air conditioning, ensuite, and balconies. Rooms don't have much in the way of storage space, but do generally have a few hooks or a clothes rack.

Bathrooms are cleaned daily and have adequate showers and toilets. Caravella is on a large property with plenty of facilities, so if showers closest to an assigned dorm are occupied, additional bathrooms are only a short walk away. Bed linen is provided, but travelers should bring their own towels.

Common Spaces

Caravella does have several common spaces. The atmosphere is friendly, but it is not a party hostel, with quiet time after 11 p.m. Many people leave early in the morning for Great Barrier Reef or Cape Tribulation trips, and the reception opens at 7 for those who need to check out early.

There are two large, clean kitchens with basic cutlery, dishes, and saucepans. Each kitchen has a large refrigerator for storing food. There are picnic benches in the kitchens, and just outside the kitchens as well. Along with picnic benches, there is a pool table and table tennis. There is also a nice swimming pool with plenty of lounge chairs

Other facilities include several Global Gossip internet terminals, one Global Gossip telephone, coin-operated laundry facilities. Caravella has a tour-booking desk and can give advice and discounts on some tours and bus tickets. They have a storage room for those heading off on overnight trips but returning to the hostel.


Because much of the hostel is outside and open, there are a few large bugs floating around, which is part of being in Tropical North Queensland. Bug spray is available in reception in case any get in the rooms. The hostel requires a key deposit, and check-out is at 9:30 a.m. The hostel also provides free meal vouchers each night for The Woolshed, a popular backpacker bar and restaurant in the center of town. In summary, Caravella is a clean, popular, high-quality hostel in a good location, with great facilities.

mandy morrissey

The best hostel for your money!

I have stayed in many hostels in aus, so fare more than forty. This by far has been the best! Its not just good on price, its very clean, brings people together as friends, makes you feel at home and has excellent staff members who will go out of the way to help you. If you are going to cairns this is the first stop, if you dont you might just regret it. We did, then we found Caravella the heart of aus!

Del boy

Overall a good hostel

Everything you can ask from a hostel I suppose -- walking distance to everything, although away from the noise, ac in the dorms, and a pretty neat swimming pool. Great reception staff who will help with anything and book all your Reef/Rainforest trips with good advice. downsides are that it used to be a motel so dorm rooms can be on the small side and there's no lockers in the rooms for your bag and the bunk beds aren't the sturdiest.

Ben H

Well-run and clean

Stayed here for a week, and had no complaints. Air-con was very nice during the hot weather. Staff was very friendly, and other guests were respectful. Free dinner was a good money saver too.



This hostel was dirty. The people working there didn't know what they were doing. It was very noisy. I would never stay there again.


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Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront Reviews from the Web

Great spot room fine, don't know if I would stay there in summer


It is incredibly difficult to get in contact with the staff of the hostel to organise anything from after hours arrival to after hours check out.

The reception is barely manned during my entire stay there and the dorm was just so so.

The pool was good and the kitchen was reasonable. The washing machines and dryers were very old but at least functional.


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Liked: Stayed in a 4 bed female dorm with ensuite. Clean rooms. Lovely pool. WiFi around pool and kitchen area. Kitchens clean but equipment was a bit old. Located just off the esplanade, about 15 minutes from the reef terminal. Staff were friendly and helpful. Didn't like: Nothing


Liked: Very helpful and friendly staff Didn't like: Common area is shared with smokers. Smokers should have their own area. Internet is not very good.


Liked: Kitchen facilities are good, nice pool and seafront location. Didn't like: At times not enough seating outside, our room also flooded when we were there.


Liked: Great place to stay! Great location and very clean beds. The staff are also very friendly and I have a great time stay in Caravella. Didn't like: no hand wash in bathroom.


Liked: Location is great, easy to get into town, inexpensive and easy to book. Didn't like: Bedding was poor quality, only a top sheet. I needed a blanket. Too much noise late at night time.


Liked: Friendly staff and good utilities Didn't like: N/a


Liked: The staff is very friendly and the rooms are quite big and bright. Moreover airconditioning and a fridge are available in each room. Didn't like: They dont have lockers. The only possibility to store your personal items (eg tablet, camera) is to give them to the reception. That means you have to pick it up before the reception closes. Otherwise you have to wait for the next day.


Liked: Loved the atmosphere. Staff were helpful and the location is great. Right on the esplanade (close to town centre but just far enough out to not be noisy) Didn't like: Wifi is awful. It's slow and cuts out all the time. All guests had the same problem. Also kitchen facilities need to be improved with a few extra sharp cutting knives, bread knives etc.


Liked: The staff were always helpful and assisted us with all our needs Didn't like: curfew was not enforced despite the signs and it did get loud at times, but not terrible.



Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront is located right on the Esplanade, near boats going out to the Great Barrier Reef and just 10 minutes' walk from the lagoon and Reef Teach. This hostel has a swimming pool and large kitchen as well as air-conditioned, clean rooms and a 'chilled out, not-overly-party vibe', according to our visitors. Several guests have praised the very friendly staff for their great knowledge of local tours. We like that they also have luggage storage for after check-out.

We’ve got free air conditioning, even on discounted rooms; plus there’s free storage for your luggage.

There’s a free evening meal every night at the Woolshed Bar and Grill.

Experience a friendly, laid-back atmosphere in and around our large pool and outdoor tabled area where you can meet many new friends. Our swimming pool area has many sun loungers and is a great place for getting that wonderful bronzed tan.

Our rooms are very clean, spacious, and comfortable.

The 11pm curfew in our social areas allows you to get your restful sleep before your excursions the next day.

The hostel is located a short walk from the heart of the city, overlooking the Cairns waterfront.

Our staff are well trained in giving you the best advice to suit all your needs whilst in Cairns and travelling around Australia.

Location and Contact


caravellas is located on the esplanade, we have free pick up from bus ,train and airport



Address: 149 The Esplanade, Cairns North, Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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Website Caravella Backpackers Cairns City Waterfront Cairns
Phone Number: +61 (7) 4051-2431
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Facilities and Amenities

Solo Traveller


Luggage Storage


Airport Pickup

City Tours


Wi-Fi in Lobby/Commons

24 Hour Security

Air Conditioning

BBQ Grill

Concierge/Info Desk

Credit Card Payments

Currency Exchange

Entirely Non-Smoking



Hot Showers



Lounge Area

Movie Library/Rental

Pool Table

Swimming Pool

Wheelchair Accessible

Service Animals

Max. Age: All Ages

Checkout: 09:00 (9 AM)

Curfew: No Curfew

Lockout: No

Maximum Stay: Unlimited

Minimum Stay: 1 night

Open Dates: All Year

Reception Hours: 7.30 am 10 pm

Size: Very Large (100+ beds)


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