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Featured Hostels in Cairns

Koala Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
137 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$89 per night from 29 Jan. to 30 Jan.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Marlin Marina and Cairns Convention ...

3.2/5 (139 reviews)

"Basic place, but a great location to access the marina and the heart of Cairns. We enjoyed our stay and the space provided."…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Koala Beach Resort
Freedom Cairns
2 out of 5
1/7 Shields St, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$44 per night from 9 Feb. to 10 Feb.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina. Cairns ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)

"Great hostel in the heart of Cairn, close to all amenities and harbour. Room spacious with comfy bed. unfortunately fellow travellers did not respect outdoor balcony area being closed after 10 pm and stayed up chatting and smoking till 2 AM- perhaps hostel could review their procedures to ensure ..."…"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2020

Freedom Cairns
Bounce Cairns
2 out of 5
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$71 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Cultural Place and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Esplanade ...

4.2/5Excellent! (45 reviews)
Great private rooms

"Private room was lovely - modern and spacious with a great TV. However, the communal kitchen was cramped and dirty."…"

Reviewed on 2 Apr. 2020

Bounce Cairns
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Paradise Travellers Rest
2.5 out of 5
187 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
The price is AU$66 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

3.7/5Good! (88 reviews)
Some Reno’s done but more is needed

"Our stay was decent - the bathrooms were clearly renovated and looked nice. The bedrooms were surprisingly nice as well - art on the walls, nice lamps and bedsheets, etc. however the bed was the squeakiest thing on earth. You would sit and it would be a very loud squeak. Let alone roll over at night. ..."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jul. 2019

Paradise Travellers Rest
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
2 out of 5
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$87 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Cultural Place, Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal. ...

3.9/5Good! (313 reviews)

"Staff were super friendly. It didn’t both me but make sure you book a room facing the street if you don’t want loud music until 3am"…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct. 2020

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
341 Lake St, Cairns North, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$55 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina. Cairns ...

4.2/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
Summer House Backpackers Feb 20/0

"Stayed for 1 night, staff were efficient and helpful, the hostel was clean and lively with a great outdoor pool and bar area. The 24hr reception was very useful as I left at 3am and staff were super helpful!"…"

Reviewed on 1 Mar. 2020

Summer House Backpackers Cairns
Caravella Backpackers
2 out of 5
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$49 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Muddy's Playground and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (128 reviews)

"The people living there were all degenerates, bums, losers etc. If you are a winner don’t go there. Don’t do it to yourself."…"

Reviewed on 9 Sep. 2020

Caravella Backpackers
Global Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
67 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$44 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Regional Gallery and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Great hostel in Cairns, Australia

"I had a short one night stay due to busy travel home to Denmark (Corona) and limited flights. Excellent location and nice people. Fine kitchen area and roof terrace. Room could need a little better floor cleaning. I was in a 4 bed with no bathroom but fine terrace with ocean view."…"

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2020

Global Backpackers Cairns
Why Not Backpackers
2 out of 5
5-9 Digger Street, Cairns North, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$52 per night from 10 Feb. to 11 Feb.

Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. ...

4.4/5Excellent! (28 reviews)

"Loved this hostel...swimming pool is great as it's super hot and humid up north! There's a bar and burger place in the hostel as well as a kitchen which is handy if you're arriving late!"…"

Reviewed on 6 Feb. 2020

Why Not Backpackers
Tropic Days Backpackers
2 out of 5
26-28 Bunting Street, Bungalow, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$30 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Bungalow, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Convention Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay here in one of the double rooms. The staff were super helpful and were able to assist us when we wanted to book tours around the area with some great discounts. The room itself was very clean although annoyingly you do have to pay to use the A/C but it is worth it!! The ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Mar. 2020

Tropic Days Backpackers
Cairns Central YHA - Hostel
3 out of 5
20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$48 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (121 reviews)

"The room was fresh and clean. And the location perfect."…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2020

Cairns Central YHA - Hostel
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
2 out of 5
274 Draper Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$40 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cazaly's Stadium and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Convention ...

3.3/5 (25 reviews)

"It was very good value for money and the ground staff were superb"…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb. 2020

Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
2 out of 5
93A Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$47 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is steps away from Cairns Night Markets and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal ...

3.8/5Good! (26 reviews)

"our first room smelled of mold and mildew. The staff moved us to a second room which did not smell but was very humid. Showers were clean but there were not enough of them. Washer/dryer was constantly in use by property cleaning staff. no air conditioned common areas. Wifi was terrible."…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct. 2019

Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
Castaways Backpackers
2 out of 5
207 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$50 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)

"Such a unique hostel. The owners and staff are super friendly and helpful. There are NO BUNK BEDS which was amazing plus you have a fridge in your room. Lots of things to do like the cinema room, swimming pool, pool table and ping pong. Very fast free internet, quickest i seen in Australia. The building ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Castaways Backpackers
Mad Monkey Central
2 out of 5
100 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$45 per night from 18 Feb. to 19 Feb.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns ...

4/5Very Good! (32 reviews)

"Rooms were well air conditioned, bathrooms were not the best.. clean but old and grubby looking."…"

Reviewed on 8 Mar. 2020

Mad Monkey Central
Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
2 out of 5
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$51 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.

Situated in Cairns, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention ...

4.3/5Excellent! (42 reviews)

"Thank you so much for my stay. I had a good sleep and everything was really clean and then to top it all off the breakfast of pancakes and everything else was incredible. AND the ride from the airport. Stay here guys!!!!"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar. 2020

Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
MiHaven Student Living - Student Accommodation
2 out of 5
4 Pemboke Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
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Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

MiHaven Student Living - Student Accommodation
Cairns Girls Hostel
1 out of 5
147 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Central Shopping ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"I liked that it was girls only. Clean, friendly and perfect location."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar. 2019

Cairns Girls Hostel
Dreamtime Travellers Rest Hostel
2 out of 5
189 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$49 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.

Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (67 reviews)
Great hostel!

"This was the best hostel I've stayed in so far!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2020

Dreamtime Travellers Rest Hostel
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
341 Lake Street,, Cairns, QLD
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Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina. Reef Fleet ...

3.4/5Good! (164 reviews)

"Hostel was closed. Had been closed for 2 months. No contact from Nomads or Expedia to tell us this. This is the last time I book accommodation with Expedia."…"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2018

Summer House Backpackers Cairns
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Hilton Cairns

Hilton Cairns

5 out of 5
34 Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$144 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
4.1/5Very Good! (997 reviews)

"Great staff and love the tropical feel of the hotel. Everything was clean and to a high standard."…"

Reviewed on 11 Jan. 2021

Hilton Cairns
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$119 per night from 7 Feb. to 8 Feb.
4.1/5Very Good! (993 reviews)

"Tired old hotel, but the staff were nice, it was reasonably priced and decent location. I would suggest a newer hotel if you can pay the little extra, otherwise this place will do the job!"…"

Reviewed on 9 Jan. 2021

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$215 per night from 27 Jan. to 28 Jan.
4.3/5Excellent! (989 reviews)

"location was great. Modernized room ok . pool area fun"…"

Reviewed on 10 Jan. 2021

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
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Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Cairns?
Hostels are a great way to stay for a good value, so you can save your money for exploring. We’ve heard good things about this destination’s natural setting, including its coral reefs and rainforests.
What is a hostel?
These dorm-style accommodations come in many shapes and sizes, but all of them have a few qualities in common, including budget-friendly prices, a social atmosphere and shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too).
What are the best hostels in Cairns?
Based on reviews from our customers, these Cairns hostels are some of the most popular ones: Gilligan’s Backpackers Hotel & Resort - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and a restaurant. You’ll find towels, showers and linens in all rooms. Freedom Cairns - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen and tour/ticket assistance. Rooms come with towels, showers and free toiletries. Cairns City Backpackers Hostel - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre. You can take advantage of free WiFi and free parking, as well as an outdoor pool. Global Backpackers Cairns - Located within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a rooftop terrace, as well as a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with showers and linens. Koala Beach Resort - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. You can take advantage of free WiFi and a shared/communal kitchen, as well as tour/ticket assistance. You’ll find showers and linens in all rooms.
How many hostels should I expect to find in Cairns?
If you’re looking for somewhere affordable to stay in Cairns, one of Expedia’s 28 hostels might be a great option for you.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Cairns?
Good weather’s always better when you want to venture out and explore, so here’s some information about the seasons: The hottest months are usually January and December, with an average temperature of 27°C, while the coldest months are July and August, with an average of 22°C. Average annual precipitation for Cairns is 92 inches.
What is there to see and do in Cairns?
Generally, Cairns is known for its coral reefs, local tours and restaurants. Major attractions include Cairns Esplanade, Palm Cove Beach and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Get out into nature with places such as Clifton Beach, Esplanade Lagoon and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Cultural attractions include Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park and The Cultural Place.
What's the best way to get to and around Cairns while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in and around Cairns on hand to make the most of your stay: You can search for flights to the nearest airport, which is Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.), 3.5 mi (5.6 km) from the city centre. After you’ve arrived, you may want to use public transport during your trip. To see more of the surrounding area, take a train from Cairns Station, Freshwater Station or Redlynch Station.

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