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Why Not Backpackers

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Overview of Why Not Backpackers

Why Not Backpackers

2 out of 5

4.4/5 Excellent

Guests rated this property 4.5/5 for cleanliness.

Popular amenities

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

Cleaning and safety practices

  • Cleaned with disinfectant
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Social distancing
5 Digger Street, 43348, Cairns, QLD, QLD4870

Explore the area

  • Popular LocationCairns Esplanade18 min walk
  • AirportCairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.)6 min drive
  • Popular LocationClifton Beach21 min drive
  • Popular LocationPalm Cove Beach22 min drive

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About this area

Cairns

Why Not Backpackers is located in Cairns. The Cultural Place and Reef Fleet Terminal are worth checking out if an activity is on the agenda, while those wishing to experience the area's natural beauty can explore Anderson Street Conservation Park and Dinden National Park. Looking to enjoy an event or a game while in town? See what's happening at Cazaly's Stadium or Barlow Park.

What's nearby

  • Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland - 2 min walk
  • Cairns Base Hospital - 9 min walk
  • Cairns Esplanade - 18 min walk
  • Clifton Beach - 21 min drive
  • Palm Cove Beach - 22 min drive

Getting around

  • Cairns Station - 3 min drive
  • Cairns, QLD (CNS-Cairns Intl.) - 6 min drive

Restaurants

  • Little Ricardo's - 5 min walk
  • Bayleaf - 5 min walk
  • Dunwoody's Tavern - 12 min walk
  • Bagus indonesian traditional cuisine - 13 min walk
  • Muddy's Cafe - 13 min walk

About this property

Why Not Backpackers

Adults-only Cairns hostel in Cairns North with free breakfast
A restaurant, an outdoor pool and a bar/lounge are available at this hostel. Free continental breakfast and free WiFi in public areas are also provided. Additionally, WiFi in public areas, coffee/tea in a common area and a microwave in a common area are on-site. All 30 rooms provide washers/dryers, in-room free WiFi and coffee makers. Safes and showers are also available to guests. Bathrooms are shared.
Why Not Backpackers offers 30 forms of accommodation with washers/dryers and a safe. Guests can make use of the shared/communal kitchen.

Guests have access to shared bathrooms. Bathrooms include a shower. Guests can surf the web using complimentary wireless Internet access. 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.

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

Social distancing

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

Safety measures

Gives staff personal protective equipment worn by staff
Temperature checks given to staff
Hand sanitiser provided
Individually wrapped food options available for breakfast
This information is provided by our partners.

Property amenities

Internet

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

Parking and public transport

  • Self parking on site (surcharge)
  • Return airport shuttle (surcharge) from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Limo/town car service

Food and drink

  • Free continental breakfast available daily 8:00 AM–10 AM
  • 1 restaurant
  • 1 bar
  • Coffee/tea in a common area

Things to do

  • Billiards/pool table
  • Canoeing
  • Horse riding/hire
  • Mountain biking
  • Outdoor pool
  • Scuba diving

Conveniences

  • Lift
  • Free newspapers in reception
  • Front-desk safe
  • Water dispenser

Guest services

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

Languages spoken

  • English

Outdoors

  • BBQ grill(s)
  • Picnic area

Accessibility

  • 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

More

  • Designated smoking areas
  • Shared microwave
  • Shared fridge

Room amenities

Bedroom

  • Air conditioning (climate-controlled)
  • Bed sheets

Bathroom

  • Hairdryer (on request)
  • Shared bathroom
  • Shower
  • Towels

Food and drink

  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Shared kitchen access

More

  • Safe
  • Washer and dryer

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Policies

Check-in

Check-in from 2:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Minimum check-in age - 18

Check-out

Check-out before 10 AM

Special check-in instructions

The front desk is open daily from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM
This property doesn't offer after-hours check-in
To make arrangements for check-in please contact the property at least 24 hours before arrival using the information on the booking confirmation
Guests must contact the property in advance for check-in instructions; front desk staff will greet guests on arrival

Access methods

Staffed front desk

Pets

Pets are allowed for an extra charge
Service animals are exempt from fees

Children and extra beds

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

Payment types

Important information

Fees

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.

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)
  • A pet fee will be charged
  • Service animals are exempt from fees
  • Credit card charges are subject to a surcharge of 1 per cent

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, American Express, debit cards and cash
Parties and events are allowed on site
Safety features at this property include a fire extinguisher and a smoke detector

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
Guests under 18 years old are not permitted at this adults-only property

Property is also known as

Calypso Backpackers Cairns North
Calypso Backpackers Hostel
Calypso Backpackers Hostel Cairns North
Calypso Backpackers
Why Not Backpackers Cairns
Why Not Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation
Why Not Backpackers Hostel/Backpacker accommodation Cairns

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Overall score and ratings

4.4

Excellent

Rating 5 - Excellent. 15 out of 28 reviews
5 - Excellent 54%
Rating 4 - Good. 9 out of 28 reviews
4 - Good 32%
Rating 3 - Okay. 4 out of 28 reviews
3 - Okay 14%
Rating 2 - Poor. 0 out of 28 reviews
2 - Poor 0%
Rating 1 - Terrible. 0 out of 28 reviews
1 - Terrible 0%

4.5/5

Cleanliness

4.7/5

Staff & service

4.5/5

Amenities

4.2/5

Property conditions & facilities

4/5 Good

Liked: Staff & service
Stayed 1 night in Sep 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
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!
Stayed 1 night in Feb 2020

4/5 Good

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, room comfort
To easy!
Cheap and cheerful. The location is a bit out of town which means you get less beds in your dorm for the same price as places in the centre. They provide a shuttle bus that gets you to the reef in the morning and two and from the night market every hour till 11pm
Stayed 3 nights in Jan 2020

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Helpful staff very clean rooms and great bar and food on site Very homely atmosphere
Stayed 1 night in Dec 2019

5/5 Excellent

Liked: Cleanliness, staff & service, amenities, property conditions & facilities
Stayed 3 nights in Oct 2019