32 Hostels in Cairns, Australia

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Get to know Cairns (no more "I wish I knew this before")

This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Cairns. To help you make friends with Cairns before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!

 Get to know Cairns (no more

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.

Written by local enthusiast for Cairns hostels

Written by local enthusiast for Cairns hostels Miika

FAQ about Cairns Hostels

There are plenty of frequently asked questions about hostels in Cairns. We've collected the most common questions and doubts when it comes to picking your preferred accommodation in Cairns. The more you know, the better you can plan with confidence and ease, right?

A hostel in Cairns costs on average $17 for a dorm. A hostel in Cairns with private rooms costs on average $61.
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Mad Monkey Central is the best rated hostel for partying in Cairns.

It offers: Bar.

Your Packing List for Cairns

Your Packing List for Cairns

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Cairns Hostel Cheatsheet

Above we list every single hostel there is in the city. Let us take a broader look at what you can expect - and what not. We created this cheatsheet for you to get a more complete picture of the hostel quality in Cairns, average prices and types of hostels to choose from.
32 Total number of hostels
$17 Average dorm price
$61 Average private room price
$10 Cheapest hostel in Cairns
Mumma's Hostel Cairns is the cheapest
7 Party hostels in Cairns
Mad Monkey Central is the best rated
Most Cairns hostels are located in
Cairns CBD, Cairns North, Parramatta Park
8.1 Average rating of all hostels

Other Nearby Cities

Palm Cove (22 Km / 14 mi.)
Yungaburra (43 Km / 27 mi.)
Atherton (49 Km / 31 mi.)
Port Douglas (58 Km / 36 mi.)
Innisfail (72 Km / 45 mi.)
Cape Tribulation (99 Km / 61 mi.)
Mission Beach (111 Km / 69 mi.)

Travel Tips for Cairns - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Cairns. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Cairns. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

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.


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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