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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

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Overview of Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

2 out of 5

3.9/5 Good

Guests rated this property 3.9/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen
  • Business services
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, 04870

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationReef Fleet Terminal9 min walk
  • Popular LocationCairns Esplanade11 min walk
  • Popular LocationCairns Marlin Marina11 min walk
  • AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)11 min drive

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About this area


Located in Cairns's Cairns Central Business District neighbourhood, Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort is in the city centre and near the beach. Sugarworld Waterpark is a popular area attraction and if an activity is on the agenda, Reef Fleet Terminal and Cairns Marlin Marina are worth checking out. ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre and Esplanade Lagoon are also worth visiting. Discover the area's water adventures with scuba diving and snorkelling nearby, or enjoy the great outdoors with hiking/biking trails and skydiving.

What's nearby

  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 6 min walk
  • Cairns Night Markets - 6 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 9 min walk
  • Cairns Esplanade - 11 min walk
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns Station - 8 min walk
  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 12 min drive


  • Marinades - 2 min walk
  • Bellocale Italian Seafood Restaurant - 2 min walk
  • Waffle On - 2 min walk
  • Paleo Cafe - 3 min walk
  • Candy cafe - 3 min walk

About this property

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort

Cairns hostel in Cairns Central Business District, walk to Cairns Central Shopping Centre
Along with a restaurant, this hostel has an outdoor pool and 2 bars/lounges. WiFi in public areas is free. Other amenities include a poolside bar, self parking and laundry facilities. All 120 rooms offer free WiFi, safes and showers.
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort offers 120 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with a safe. This Cairns hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is offered on a daily basis and hairdryers can be requested.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

The recreational activities listed below are available either on-site or nearby; fees may apply.

Property amenities


  • Available in all rooms: Free WiFi
  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking on site (AUD 8 per day)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking available

Food and drink

  • 1 restaurant
  • 2 bars/lounges and 1 poolside bar

Things to do

  • Basketball
  • Bike rentals
  • Billiards/pool table
  • Outdoor pool
  • Volleyball


  • ATM/banking services
  • Lift
  • Front-desk safe

Guest services

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • English

Business services

  • Computer station


  • Garden
  • Terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • Accessible bathroom (select rooms)
  • Grab bar near toilet
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Designated smoking areas
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets


  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Safe

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Check-in from 2 PM - midnight
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

Children 18 and younger are not allowed at this property; all guests older than 18 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information

Optional extras

The following fees and deposits are charged by the property at the time of service, check-in or check-out.

  • Self-parking fee: AUD 8 per day
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge

The above list may not be comprehensive. Fees and deposits may not include tax and are subject to change.

You need to know

Extra-person charges may apply and vary depending on property policy
Government-issued photo identification and a credit card, debit card or cash deposit may be required at check-in for incidental charges
Special requests are subject to availability upon check-in and may incur additional charges; special requests cannot be guaranteed
This property accepts credit cards; cash is not accepted

We should mention

Children 18 years old and younger are not permitted at this property

Property is also known as

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Gilligan's Backpackers Cairns
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Gilligans Backpackers Hotel And Resort
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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 91 out of 314 reviews
5 - Excellent 29%
Rating 4 - Good. 147 out of 314 reviews
4 - Good 47%
Rating 3 - Okay. 43 out of 314 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 18 out of 314 reviews
2 - Poor 6%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 15 out of 314 reviews
1 - Terrible 5%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

5/5 Excellent

Travelled with group
Great place to crash after a busy day of activities. Nothing fancy, you get what you pay for… good value and nice pub next door.
Stayed 3 nights in Jun 2021

5/5 Excellent

Stayed 5 nights in Dec 2020

3/5 Okay

Liked: Staff & service
Disliked: Property conditions & facilities
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
The best set up you will ever find. Not only is there a great pool and bar; the layout is amazing, and every day has a different themed party. The atmosphere is sensational, and you also have the option of staying in a hotel room which is spacious and on par with non-backpacker options. So you can get the best of both worlds in enjoying the social experience while having your privacy and space in your room. A great and fun place to stay, and I can’t wait to go back.
Stayed 2 nights in Dec 2020

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
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
Stayed 4 nights in Oct 2020