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Featured Hostels in Cairns

Bounce Cairns
2 out of 5
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is AU$71 per night

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
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
2 out of 5
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$89 per night

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
Freedom Cairns
2 out of 5
1/7 Shields St, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$56 per night

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
Koala Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
137 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$87 per night

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
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$35 per night

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! (118 reviews)

"The hostel is cleaner than YHA Brisbane for example, here they do clean the rooms and more importantly the toilet (at least that I could see) the kitchen could improve with shaper knifes and give maintenance to utensils, old pots need the handles screw and there are blender bases but not the glass ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2020

Cairns Central YHA - Hostel
Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
2 out of 5
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$50 per night

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (41 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
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

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

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 ...

3.6/5Good! (22 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
Global Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
67 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$46 per night

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 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 Aquarium and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Central Shopping Centre and ...

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
The Jack Backpackers
2 out of 5
Cnr Spence & Sheridan Sts, Cairns, QLD
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Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Convention Centre and Reef Fleet ...

3.7/5Good! (78 reviews)

"We have been staying at the Jack ( over many names ) for over 30 years and have mostly been happy. We were turned away a couple of years ago because we didn't have passports even though I had two other photo ID cards on me . I see no mention of that policy at this latest stay. The Passport policy ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jul. 2019

The Jack Backpackers
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
3 out of 5
83 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
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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 ...

2.7/5 (43 reviews)

"Filthy. Bed had sand on it. Floors had weird stains. Air con locked out during peak heat times. Noisy. No lock on bathroom door leading directly from kitchen."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar. 2020

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Other property types in Cairns

Pacific Hotel Cairns
Pacific Hotel Cairns
4.5 out of 5
Corner Esplanade And Spence Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is AU$125 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (980 reviews)

"Good value for money, good location within a short walk to all restaurants and places of interest."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 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$235 per night
4.3/5Excellent! (987 reviews)

"Everything about the room was great. Buffet breakfast was not on due to COVID which is understandable. However, the breakfast menu was a little sparse and over complicated. You could only order 1 of 6 things and didn’t have the option to just have cereal, toast and fruit. I don’t love a heavy breakfast. ..."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jul. 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$130 per night
4/5Very Good! (985 reviews)

"Room was spotless! View over sea gorgeous and sunrise each morning was spectacular. Beautiful large pool. Breakfast exceeded our expectations. Would definitely stay here again!"…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug. 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 breakfast and free WiFi, as well as a rooftop terrace. 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.
What's the seasonal weather in Cairns?
The weather can be a big factor 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 rainfall for Cairns is 92 mm.
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 around Cairns?
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.