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Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
8.2 Excellent
83 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 6 reviews
8.2

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Waterfront Backpackers is located in the heart of Cairns. It also offers a swimming pool and an outdoor pool.

Bounce Cairns
Bounce Cairns
8.3 Excellent
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.2 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 691 reviews
8.3

Featuring an on-site bar, this central Cairns hostel is located just a short walk from Cairns Central and The Reef Hotel Casino. It also provides an outdoor pool, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

Globetrotters International
Globetrotters International
154-156 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.9 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Situated a short drive from Cairns Convention Centre, Globetrotters International offers cosy accommodation in Cairns. It also provides an outdoor pool, luggage storage and a tour desk.

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.2 Excellent
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 1,379 reviews
8.2

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.3 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.3 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 548 reviews
8.3

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.0 Excellent
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 677 reviews
8.0

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, an express check-in and check-out feature and an outdoor pool.

Tips for booking a hostel in Cairns

Cheapest month:December
Most expensive month:July
Average price in Cairns:$41/night
Cheapest price found:$7/night
Cheapest day:Thursday
Most expensive day:Saturday
$7 - $62
Average price per night. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
$30 - $60
Average price per night. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

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Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.3 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.3 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.0 Excellent
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, an express check-in and check-out feature and an outdoor pool.

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Bounce Cairns
Bounce Cairns
8.3 Excellent
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.2 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Featuring an on-site bar, this central Cairns hostel is located just a short walk from Cairns Central and The Reef Hotel Casino. It also provides an outdoor pool, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.2 Excellent
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

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Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
8.2 Excellent
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Gilligans Backpackers Hotel & Resort is situated in the heart of Cairns and is within an easy walk of Cairns Central. It offers complimentary Wi-Fi, a fitness centre and an outdoor pool, and is within walking distance of The Reef Hotel Casino.

$13
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Bounce Cairns
Bounce Cairns
8.3 Excellent
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.2 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Featuring an on-site bar, this central Cairns hostel is located just a short walk from Cairns Central and The Reef Hotel Casino. It also provides an outdoor pool, a swimming pool and free Wi-Fi.

$15
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Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8.3 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.3 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, meeting rooms and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$16
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Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.0 Excellent
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, an express check-in and check-out feature and an outdoor pool.

$17
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Globetrotters International
Globetrotters International
154-156 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.9 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Situated a short drive from Cairns Convention Centre, Globetrotters International offers cosy accommodation in Cairns. It also provides an outdoor pool, luggage storage and a tour desk.

$44
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Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
Waterfront Backpackers - Hostel
8.2 Excellent
83 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Only two minutes from Esplanade Lagoon, Cairns Waterfront Backpackers is located in the heart of Cairns. It also offers a swimming pool and an outdoor pool.

$49
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Cairns hostel FAQs

  • What is the cost of a hostel in Cairns?

    $41 per night is how much hostels in Cairns cost, on average. $7 per night was the lowest price recently found by HotelsCombined users - but anything for $34 per night or less is a good deal. Cairns hostel prices fluctuate throughout the year, with April being the most expensive month to book, and in December being the cheapest.

  • What’s the best hostel in Cairns?

    Cairns Central Yha is the best Cairns hostel according to HotelsCombined users. Cairns Central Yha has a rating of 8.3/10 from 548 reviews.

  • What hostel is closest to Cairns Airport?

    The closest Cairns hostel to Cairns Airport is Globetrotters International, which is 3.6 km away.

  • Should I stay in a Cairns hostel?

    Staying at a hostel is beneficial if you’re looking to travel to Cairns on a budget. Spending less on accommodations means you can spend more on activities, food, and souvenirs. You may find that some hostels in Cairns offer amenities similar to those that hotels provide, such as continental breakfasts, 24/7 check-in, an on-site bar, and free Wi-Fi - so there’s often no need to forego any travel comforts.

  • Does Cairns have hostels with “parking” listed as an amenity?

    Yes, there are hostels in Cairns with “parking” as a listed amenity. According to our data, 4 hostels have the “parking” amenity in the Cairns area. Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort is a popular hostel among HotelsCombined users who are looking for this particular feature.