Backpacker Hostels in Cairns, Australia

23 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $11 for a dorm bed.

Hostels in Cairns

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Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Before check-in, all guests will be provided with a Hostel Residential Document that outlines the terms and conditions of residency, including the house rules. It is mandatory for guests to … More

Travellers Oasis

Parramatta Park
Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…Great, great, great. Aweome!! - Travellers Oasis is one of the best hostels I've ever been at! The staff was extremely friendly and made you feel right at home. Also, the facilities were clean and … More
Couples Female Solo Traveller Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest
"…I got concern when I saw no fly screens at the windows but it turned out that I was not bitten by mossies, however that's in the winter, I am not sure about the other seasons though. Also note … More

Cairns Central YHA Hostel

Cairns North
Free Breakfast
Family-Friendly Hostel Groups (10+ people) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…I was only disappointed in that we didn't have enough time (and four days, it quite a bit!) to really explore the area more. We did achieve the single event I wanted, which was exploring the Great … More
Female Solo Traveller Solo Traveller
"…The Location The hostel is probably one of the best located of any in Cairns, being opposite the city’s lagoon, which tends to be a backpackers main hangout during the day, and just outside the … More

The Village

Cairns CBD
Couples Female Solo Traveller
"…Please install the app 'GOKI' before arrival, or contact the hostel if you are unable to access the app. This is important to be able to access the hostel. - 24/7 reception. - Age … More

Mad Monkey Village

Cairns CBD
Free Breakfast
Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…If the bad weather wasn't hitting in January then I imagine our stay would have been a lot longer. There isn't a bar at Njoy, which is great -- so you are allowed to bring your own alcohol in, … More

Travellers Paradise

Parramatta Park
Digital Nomads Family-Friendly Hostel Older travelers (+50) Quiet Rest Solo Traveller
"…Clean, quite and now with new beds its even better. Nice place to crash. A very enjoyable stay -- most relaxing - Very clean and quiet hostel. Met some interesting fellow travelers and had a great … More

Summer House Backpackers

Cairns North
Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Boutique Hostel
"…Guests can also benefit from free yoga classes, table tennis, excursions and nightly events. As well as two tv areas with a large book collection. Free breakfast is provided daily as well as free … More

Bounce Cairns

Cairns CBD
Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller Boutique Hostel
"…Spacy room with fridge and bathroom inside. The setting of public area is very comfortable and free relax. Wifi connection is good and it is free!(although only accessible in public area). Nothing … More

Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront

Cairns CBD
Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…Reception hours are from 8AM - 9PM. Please note: Contact reception before 7.30PM to organise a late check in. We would highly recommend to download the GOKI app before check in and to complete the … More
Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…The pool is just dirty green water, and there is no one with enough courage to swim in it. Downstairs you have a tiny TV area, which is just a TV with two old, tiny, and dirty couches in front of … More
Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…- This is the best hostel where I have stayed. The staff was very kindly, they made me feel in home and they helped me a lot. I really recommend castaways backpackers, the hostel is very clean, … More
Adventure Hostels Digital Nomads Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…They include sheets, towel, a free beer with 'orientation' on your first nights stay. Just request a room farther away from the club (noise levels), i was given this tip ahead of time and it … More

Mad Monkey Central

Cairns CBD
Free Breakfast
Party Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…All our rooms are Air-Conditioned & all our bunk beds are equipped with personal USB ports & power sockets to make sure you can comfortably scroll through your new travel pictures from your bed. … More

Mumma's Hostel

Cairns CBD
Free Breakfast
Solo Traveller
"Stay at Mumma’s Hostel Cairns! Mumma’s Hostel is a fun, chilled out, very clean and budget friendly hostel in Cairns City. Located near all the local shops, bars and restaurants; and only 2 … More
Adventure Hostels Beach Lovers Retreat Family-Friendly Hostel Solo Traveller Youth Hostel
"…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 … More
Party Hostel Solo Traveller
"…It's not the nicest of places but at least it has a lively bar and beer garden. Most of the dorms are large, and the beds are pretty ancient and squeaky. The kitchen is small and useless, there's … More

Bohemia Resort

Cairns North
Free Breakfast
Couples Family-Friendly 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 … More

Reef Backpackers


Free Breakfast
"…With several palm trees and a swimming pool, it creates the best environment to relax and enjoy the warm and wet Cairns weather. Summary Reef Backpackers is the right choice if you are … More

Backpacker Hostels in Cairns, Australia

23 Hostels for Backpackers available. Prices start from $23 for a dorm bed.
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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 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.

 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

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.
Total number of hostels 23
Average dorm price $30
Average private room price $94
Cheapest hostel in Cairns Wanna Stay? with $21.5
Party hostels in Cairns Wanna Stay? (7 in total)
Most Cairns hostels are located in Cairns CBD, Cairns North, Parramatta Park
Average rating of all hostels 8.1

FAQ about Cairns Hostels

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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

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