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Global Backpackers Cairns

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In-room safe, iron/ironing board, bed sheets, wheelchair access
In-room safe, iron/ironing board, bed sheets, wheelchair access

Overview of Global Backpackers Cairns

Global Backpackers Cairns

2 out of 5

4.7/5 Exceptional

Guests rated this property 4.6/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Free WiFi
  • Air conditioning
  • Kitchen
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Contactless check-in
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Social distancing
67 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, 4870

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationCairns Esplanade4 min walk
  • Popular LocationCairns Marlin Marina6 min walk
  • Popular LocationReef Fleet Terminal6 min walk
  • AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)12 min drive

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About this area


Global Backpackers Cairns is located in Cairns Central Business District, a neighbourhood in Cairns, and is in the city centre and on the waterfront. Anderson Street Conservation Park and Dinden National Park reflect the area's natural beauty and area attractions include Muddy's Playground and ZOO To You HQ Wildlife Discovery Centre. Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome are also worth visiting.

What's nearby

  • Esplanade Lagoon - 3 min walk
  • Cairns Night Markets - 3 min walk
  • Cairns Esplanade - 4 min walk
  • Cairns Marlin Marina - 6 min walk
  • Reef Fleet Terminal - 6 min walk

Getting around

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


  • Perrotta's at the Gallery - 2 min walk
  • Yaya's Hellenic Kitchen & Bar - 2 min walk
  • The Raw Prawn - 3 min walk
  • Splash Seafood Restaurant - 3 min walk
  • The Woolshed Chargrill & Saloon Bar - 4 min walk

About this property

Global Backpackers Cairns

Adults-only Cairns hostel in Cairns Central Business District with rooftop terrace
Along with a rooftop terrace, this smoke-free hostel has a microwave in a common area and a fridge in a common area. WiFi in public areas is free. Additionally, laundry facilities, tour/ticket assistance and multilingual staff are on-site. All 19 rooms offer fans, safes and showers.
Global Backpackers Cairns offers 19 forms of air-conditioned accommodation with a safe and fans. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include a shower. An iron/ironing board and hairdryers can be requested. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter


Contactless social distancing and check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Social distancing measures in place

Safety measures

Hand sanitiser provided
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities


  • Available in some public areas: Free WiFi and wired Internet

Parking and public transport

  • Return airport shuttle (surcharge) from 3:30 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Airport shuttle at scheduled times

Things to do

  • Access to nearby outdoor pool


  • Lift
  • Front-desk safe
  • Vending machine

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Front desk (limited hours)
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • Dutch
  • English


  • Rooftop terrace


  • If you have any requests for specific accessibility needs, please contact the property using the information on the reservation confirmation received after booking.
  • In-room accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible (may have limitations)


  • Communal living room
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning
  • Bed sheets
  • Fan


  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access


  • Iron/ironing board (on request)
  • Local maps
  • Safe

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Check-in from 2 PM - 8 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7 AM - 10 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Renovations and closures

The following facilities or services will be unavailable from July 1 2021 to January 1 2022 (dates subject to change):
  • Dining venue(s)
  • Fitness facilities
  • Shuttle services

Access methods

Staffed front desk


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

Children and extra beds

This property welcomes adults only
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.

  • Airport shuttle fee: AUD 15 per person (one-way)

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 Visa, Mastercard and American Express; cash is not accepted
This property reserves the right to pre-authorise the guest's credit card prior to arrival.
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher, a smoke detector and a first aid kit

We should mention

This property offers transfers from the airport (surcharges may apply); guests must contact the property with arrival details before travel, using the contact information on the booking confirmation

Property is also known as

Global Backpackers Waterfront Hostel Cairns
Global Backpackers Waterfront Hostel
Global Backpackers Waterfront Cairns
Global Backpackers Waterfront
Global Backpackers Cairns Cairns
Global Backpackers Cairns Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Global Backpackers Cairns Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns

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Overall score and ratings



Rating 5 - Excellent. 17 out of 23 reviews
5 - Excellent 74%
Rating 4 - Good. 6 out of 23 reviews
4 - Good 26%
Rating 3 - Okay. 0 out of 23 reviews
3 - Okay 0%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 23 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 23 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Great visit all good
Stayed 1 night in Jul 2021

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Beautifully located, close to everything you need and great value. Kim and the other staff are very helpful and friendly.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2021

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
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.
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Fab hostel
I really enjoyed my stay at this hostel. When I arrived, I was able to upgrade to a 4 bed dorm with en-suite which I had to myself. The hostel staff let me check in early and were really helpful regarding trips in the area. The view from the kitchen is brilliant. The rooms are really clean and so are the communal spaces. There is a decent free breakfast in the mornings too. This is probably the best hostel I’ve stayed at on the east coast!
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Great place
Great place in a great location. Clean modern friendly. Swimming across the road in the lagoon is wonderful. Cheap meals at PJ oBrien with a hostel voucher a bonus. 99% perfect. Only issues slightly warm at night even with air con which is set at 24 degs and a bit of shade in the dining area at breakfast would help. View from breakfast area is superb.
Stayed 4 nights in Feb 2020