33 Hostels in Cairns, Australia

Welcome to your detailed guide for hostels in Cairns, Australia. You can choose from 33 Cairns hostels. In total, there are 44 cheap places to stay in Cairns such as guesthouses and bnbs. Prices start from $9 for a dorm.

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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.

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Average dorm price


Average private room price


Cheapest hostel in Cairns


(Mumma's Hostel Cairns is the cheapest)

Party hostels in Cairns


(Mad Monkey Central is the best rated)

Most Cairns hostels are located in

Cairns North, Cairns CBD, Parramatta Park

Average rating of all hostels


Hostels in Cairns for all Traveller Types

Below you can discover the best hostels to suit every traveller type. All of our recommendations are based on information shared by genuine travellers, the hostels and data that has been calculated from the system. Don't forget to check the ratings and see how these compare with the rates.

Best Hostels in Cairns for Solo Travellers

Travelling on your own to Cairns? Fabulous!

Pick a great hostel designed with solo travellers in mind, and you're bound to meet plenty of like-minded people who have also dared to venture to Cairns alone. Here are the top hostels for solo travellers in Cairns. We've also highlighted which hostel offers special perks you, as a solo traveller, will love. Each hostel offers great social spaces to meet fellow backpackers and wonderful opportunities for making new friends. You'll soon realise that travelling on your own definitely does not mean travelling alone.

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

We wrote a complete guide about backpacking Cairns here. This guide is only available in English. Please click the link to read our handwritten guide.

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

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?

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FAQ about Cairns Hostels

A hostel in Cairns costs on average $10 for a dorm. A hostel in Cairns with private rooms costs on average $41.

Hostelz.com shows all 33 Hostels in Cairns. Simply filter by neighborhood and price to find your perfect budget place to stay.

Hostelz.com compares prices for 33 hostels in Cairns, Australia. We list for you other cheap places to stay in Cairns such as

  • 8 hotels
  • 1 guesthouses
  • 2 apartments
This makes this very website the best place to find cheap accommodation in Cairns.

Mad Monkey Central is the best rated hostel for partying in Cairns.
It offers: Bar.

Travel Tips for Cairns - from the Community

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Your Packing List for Cairns

Hostel? Check! Now le0t's have at your hostel packing list for Cairns and Australia.

You may wonder what to pack when staying in hostels? There is a few absolute basics you always have to pick. Other items are more optional and depend more on your location. Here is the must-packing items when staying in hostels:

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

These are the basics, yet there is more. We wrote a big, detailed guide on what to pack, tech gear and things you won't need.

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Your Packing List for Cairns