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Featured Hostels in Cairns

Freedom Cairns
2 out of 5
1/7 Shields St, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$53 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.

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! (35 reviews)

"Very clean! Friendly staff and easy check in. Close to all of the action in Cairns."…"

Reviewed on 11 Mar. 2020

Freedom Cairns
Bounce Cairns
2 out of 5
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$68 per night from 22 Oct. to 23 Oct.

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
Koala Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
137 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$81 per night from 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Aquarium and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Marlin Marina ...

3.1/5 (138 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

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Global Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
67 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$44 per night from 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

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
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$37 per night from 4 Nov. to 5 Nov.

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! (119 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2020

Cairns Central YHA - Hostel
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 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

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
Travellers Oasis - Hostel
2 out of 5
8 - 10 SCOTT 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 ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)

"Great staff, wonderful location, and very nice accommodation."…"

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2020

Travellers Oasis - Hostel
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$50 per night from 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

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
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$86 per night from 10 Nov. to 11 Nov.

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! (312 reviews)

"This was a huge party hostel, with a big bar, club, pool & shops nearby. The rooms were big, air-conditioned & clean. The four-person rooms come with a shower inside, the washroom didn't have hand soap but besides that it was good."…"

Reviewed on 16 Feb. 2020

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Caravella Backpackers
2 out of 5
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$60 per night from 21 Oct. to 22 Oct.

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! (127 reviews)

"room is on ground floor, the windows cannot be locked, other thing is good"…"

Reviewed on 18 Nov. 2019

Caravella Backpackers
Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
2 out of 5
93A Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$50 per night from 30 Oct. to 31 Oct.

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! (25 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
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$41 per night from 29 Oct. to 30 Oct.

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. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (27 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
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Pacific Hotel Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns

4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
4.3/5Excellent! (963 reviews)

"Great location close to restaurants and shops. Close to the Marina. Rooms were spacious and comfortable beds."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Pacific Hotel 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 26 Oct. to 27 Oct.
4.3/5Excellent! (973 reviews)

"Beautiful hotel in a perfect location, next to bars, restaurants, shops and the marina. Rooms were a good size and the pool was amazing."…"

Reviewed on 28 Sep. 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 1 Nov. to 2 Nov.
4.1/5Very Good! (966 reviews)

"Clean and and comfortable with friendly staff. TV's could do with an update"…"

Reviewed on 7 Oct. 2020

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
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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: Freedom Cairns - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina. You can take advantage of free breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with towels, showers and free toiletries. Bounce Cairns - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi and an outdoor pool. You’ll find showers and linens in all rooms. 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. Rooms come with showers and linens. 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. Cairns Central YHA - Hostel - Located steps from Cairns Central Shopping Centre. You can take advantage of free WiFi and an outdoor pool, as well as a shared/communal kitchen.
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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