Overview of Reef Backpackers

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Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
Seasonal outdoor pool
Free WiFi
Free WiFi
Guests rated this property 2.4/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

  • Pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Breakfast included
  • Air conditioning
  • Restaurant
  • Kitchen

Explore the area

    Popular LocationCairns Night Markets6 min walk
    Popular LocationSt Monica's Cathedral7 min walk
    Popular LocationCairns Esplanade8 min walk
    AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)12 min drive

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About this area


Located in Cairns's Cairns Central Business District neighbourhood, Reef Backpackers is on the Strip and by the ocean. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those in the mood for shopping can visit Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Sugarworld Waterpark and Cairns Aquarium are also worth visiting. Spend some time exploring the area's activities, including whale watching.
Popular Location

What's nearby

  • Cairns Night Markets - 6 min walk
  • St Monica's Cathedral - 7 min walk
  • Cairns Esplanade - 8 min walk
  • Cairns Central Shopping Centre - 9 min walk
  • Esplanade Lagoon - 11 min walk

Getting around

  • Cairns Station - 11 min walk
  • AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 12 min drive


  • Fetta's Greek Taverna - 5 min walk
  • Devine Gelato - 5 min walk
  • Bellocale Italian Seafood Restaurant - 5 min walk
  • Waffle On - 5 min walk
  • Caffiend - 6 min walk

About this property

Reef Backpackers

Cairns hostel in Cairns Central Business District, walk to Cairns Esplanade
Along with a restaurant, this smoke-free hostel has an outdoor pool and a microwave in a common area. Free on-the-go breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, a fridge in a common area, a seasonal outdoor pool and laundry facilities are on-site. Rooms offer complimentary wireless Internet access and showers.
Reef Backpackers offers 20 forms of accommodation with air conditioning. This Cairns hostel provides complimentary wireless Internet access. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen. Bathrooms include a shower. Housekeeping is provided on a daily basis.
Recreational amenities at the hostel include an outdoor pool.

Property amenities


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

Parking and public transport

  • No on-site parking available
  • 24-hour return airport shuttle (surcharge)
  • Airport shuttle at scheduled times

Food and drink

  • Free on-the-go breakfast available daily 7:00 AM–9:00 AM
  • 1 restaurant

Things to do

  • Outdoor pool

Family friendly

  • Laundry facilities
  • Outdoor pool


  • Library
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Tour/ticket assistance

Languages spoken

  • Dutch
  • English


  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Garden
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace


  • Designated smoking areas
  • Renovated entire property – October 2018
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge
  • Smoke-free property
  • TV in lobby

Room amenities


  • Air conditioning


  • Shower

Food and drink

  • Shared kitchen access



Check-in from 2 PM - 6 PM
Late check-in subject to availability
Minimum check-in age - 18


Check-out before 10 AM
Express check-out

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open Monday - Sunday (8 AM - noon) and Monday - Sunday (2 PM - 6 PM)
If you are planning to arrive after 6 PM please contact the property in advance using the information on the booking confirmation
Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk


Pets not allowed (service animals welcome)

Children and extra beds

Children 17 and younger are not allowed at this property; all guests older than 17 are welcome
Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
Cots (infant beds) are not available

Payment types

Important information


You'll be asked to pay the following charges at the property:

  • Deposit: AUD 20.00 per stay

We have included all charges provided to us by the property. However, charges can vary, for example, based on length of stay or the room you book.

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)
  • Airport shuttle fee per child: AUD 15 (one-way), (up to 18 years old)
  • 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 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
No on-site parking is available
This property accepts credit cards

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
Children 17 years old and younger are not permitted at this property
Only registered guests are allowed in the guestrooms
Alcohol is not served at this property

Property is also known as

Reef Backpackers Hostel Cairns
Reef Backpackers Hostel
Reef Backpackers Cairns
Reef Backpackers
Reef Backpackers Cairns
Reef Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Reef Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns

Frequently asked questions

Does Reef Backpackers have a pool?
Yes, this property has an outdoor pool.
Is Reef Backpackers pet-friendly?
No, only service animals are welcome at the property.
How much is parking at Reef Backpackers?
Reef Backpackers doesn't offer parking.
What time is check-in at Reef Backpackers?
Check-in is from 2 PM - 6 PM. Late check-in is available during limited hours.
What time is check-out at Reef Backpackers?
Checkout is at 10 AM.
Does Reef Backpackers provide a shuttle to the airport?
Yes, there's an airport shuttle. A fee of AUD 15 per person, one-way, applies.
Where is Reef Backpackers located?
Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are also within 15 minutes. Cairns Station is 11 minutes by foot.
5 - Excellent
4 - Good
3 - Okay
2 - Poor
1 - Terrible




Staff & service




Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Happy face iconLiked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Good place to stay in Cairns
Stayed 2 nights in Oct 2018

4/5 Good

Happy face iconLiked: Staff & service, room comfort
Basic place, you get what you pay for. Pretty big kitchen, but also kind of a loud bunch coming and going at night. Not all rooms have AC, so check with the property before booking what you'll get. Really friendly and helpful staff available 24/7 by phone if reception is closed.
Stayed 1 night in Aug 2018

2/5 Poor

Sad face IconDisliked: Cleanliness, staff & service, property conditions & facilities
Doable but not pleasant
When we first went to check-in we had to wait over an hour around 1pm for someone to let us in. Find major lack of staff. No one ever at reception. The room my fiance and I stayed in was decent, but it was right beside the hostel next door which blasts music all day and right beside where the tv room is there are people blasting the tv there at all hours! Minus maybe between 5 and 7am. Hard to sleep. Many showers were out of order and mouldy. Major leakage problem with all the taps i found. Such a waste of water. Overall doable for the cheapest hostel we could find. But if you could afford another one in Cairns, especially if it includes something like a day trip to Port Douglas or other activities i'd say take that.

2/5 Poor

Happy face iconLiked: Staff & service
Sad face IconDisliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities, room comfort
Possibly the worst hostel in the western/developed world. None of the toilets had seats and the ones you could find were cracked. The lights in those rooms didn’t work. Waking up in the morning, there were staff asleep on sofas in communal areas. No one EVER answered the phones, even during opening hours. The TV in the bedroom had no remote and was caked in dust. The only positive thing about the stay was that the aircon worked. The fan looked like it was about to fall out. Also, don’t come here expecting a quiet night, it’s like Reading or Leeds festival till the small hours. Nothing wrong with a party of course and the guests mostly seem friendly, although there are a number of locals who live on site as it’s cheaper living for them. The staff (when around or not drunk/asleep) were very friendly, helpful and ameanable but this isn’t somewhere I would recommend unless you’re there just for a night and want a story to tell people about how bad hostels can be or have a benchmark so that even bad ones look good.
Stayed 2 nights in Mar 2018

3/5 Okay

Happy face iconLiked: Room comfort
Sad face IconDisliked: Cleanliness, property conditions & facilities
Room was fairly clean but the common area was messy and the bathrooms smelled of mold and all leaked. The people who checked us in were friendly but the individuals staying there were loud, messy, and constantly drinking or smoking in places that had clear no smoking signs
Stayed 1 night in Mar 2018

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