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Cairns, QLD, Australia
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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 
ExcellentBased on 1,400 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.

Jjs Backpackers Hostel
Jjs Backpackers Hostel
9.2 Excellent
11-13 Charles Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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1.5 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 1 review
9.2

This comfortable hostel in Cairns offers free wireless internet, as well as a free shuttle service and an outdoor pool. It is ideally located for those wishing to discover the area's attractions.

Global Backpackers Cairns
Global Backpackers Cairns
9.2 Excellent
67 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 527 reviews
9.2

Centrally situated, Global Backpackers Waterfront offers easy access to Cairns's main tourist attractions. Just a short stroll from Esplanade Lagoon, it provides comfortable rooms equipped with a ceiling fan and free wireless internet access.

Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
6.9 Good
274 Draper Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
GoodBased on 234 reviews
6.9

Located a short walk from Cairns Railway Station, the hostel is a convenient base when in Cairns. It also provides a swimming pool, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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 788 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.

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.

Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.1 Excellent
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.8 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 897 reviews
8.1

Conveniently situated, Caravella Backpackers allows for easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides complimentary Wi-Fi, a coffee bar and an outdoor pool.

Summer House Backpackers Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
8.3 Excellent
341 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.3 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 1,128 reviews
8.3

Boasting an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace and a private beach, Summer House Backpackers Cairns is situated in Cairns and offers comfortable accommodation. It is located a 10-minute car ride from Cairns Airport and an airport transfer is provided for guests.

Freedom Cairns
Freedom Cairns
8.2 Excellent
1/7 Shields Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 455 reviews
8.2

Conveniently located, Freedom Hostels Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's popular hot spots. Those staying at the property can also make use of complimentary wireless internet during their stay.

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 589 reviews
8.3

Centrally situated, Cairns Central YHA offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also provides an outdoor pool, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

Tips for booking a hostel in Cairns

Cheapest month:July
Most expensive month:April
Average price in Cairns:$50/night
Absolute cheapest price found:$8/night
Cheapest day:Saturday
Most expensive day:Sunday
$18 - $79
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$34 - $68
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Top rated Cairns hostels

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Caravella Central
Caravella Central
10.0 Excellent
72 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally situated, Caravella Central offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
8.5 Excellent
93A Esplanade, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.5 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Conveniently situated, Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront allows for easy access to Cairns's popular hot spots. It also provides a tour desk, an airport shuttle and free Wi-Fi.

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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, a 24-hour reception and an express check-in and check-out feature.

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Caravella Backpackers
Caravella Backpackers
8.1 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, a coffee bar and an outdoor pool.

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The Jack Backpackers
The Jack Backpackers
7.6 Good
Cnr Spence & Sheridan Sts, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Conveniently situated, The Jack Backpackers offers easy access to Cairns's best tourist attractions. It is located a short stroll from Cairns Convention Centre, The Reef Hotel Casino and Cairns Central.

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Asylum Cairns Hostel
Asylum Cairns Hostel
8.2 Excellent
149 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally situated, Asylum Cairns Backpackers Hostel offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It also features an outdoor pool, luggage storage and free Wi-Fi.

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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.

Cheapest hostels in Cairns

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Summer House Backpackers Cairns
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
8.3 Excellent
341 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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2.3 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Boasting an outdoor pool, a rooftop terrace and a private beach, Summer House Backpackers Cairns is situated in Cairns and offers comfortable accommodation. It is located a 10-minute car ride from Cairns Airport and an airport transfer is provided for guests.

$11
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The Jack Backpackers
The Jack Backpackers
7.6 Good
Cnr Spence & Sheridan Sts, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Conveniently situated, The Jack Backpackers offers easy access to Cairns's best tourist attractions. It is located a short stroll from Cairns Convention Centre, The Reef Hotel Casino and Cairns Central.

$11
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Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
6.9 Good
274 Draper Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Located a short walk from Cairns Railway Station, the hostel is a convenient base when in Cairns. It also provides a swimming pool, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$13
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Mumma's Hostel Cairns
Mumma's Hostel Cairns
7.8 Good
140 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.2 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally situated, Mumma's Hostel Cairns offers easy access to Cairns's main sightseeing areas. It is located a brief walk from Esplanade Lagoon and Cairns Central.

$13
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Caravella Central
Caravella Central
10.0 Excellent
72 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.4 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally situated, Caravella Central offers easy access to Cairns's best hot spots. It provides free Wi-Fi, luggage storage and an express check-in and check-out feature.

$14
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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.

$15
Avg. per night
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.

$17
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Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
8.5 Excellent
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0.6 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 

Centrally located, Mad Monkey Backpackers Village allows for easy access to Cairns's main tourist attractions. It also offers free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool and a free shuttle service.

$17
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Cairns hostel FAQs

  • What is the cost of a hostel in Cairns?

    On average, it’s $51/night for a hostel in Cairns, though $39/night or less would be considered a good deal. The least expensive hostel our users have found recently was for $9/night in Cairns. Try to avoid booking your hostel in November (the most expensive month). Booking in October (the cheapest month) could save you money.

  • What’s the best hostel in Cairns?

    With an average review score of 10.0 (out of 10) from 1 HotelsCombined user, Caravella Central is considered the best Cairns hostel.

  • What hostel is closest to Cairns Airport?

    Summer House Backpackers Cairns is 2.2 km away from Cairns Airport, making it the closest Cairns hostel to the city’s most popular airport.

  • What area of Cairns is most popular to stay in?

    Cairns CBD is the most popular area of Cairns to stay in. In the past year, 13% of HotelsCombined users looking for Cairns hostels searched within Cairns CBD. Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort is a popular hostel in Cairns CBD if you choose to stay in the area.

  • What is the most popular hostel in Cairns closest to Barlow Park?

    The most popular Cairns hostel near Barlow Park is Cairns Central Yha. Cairns Central Yha has a rating of 8.3/10 from 589 HotelsCombined users and it’s located just 0.9 km from Barlow Park.

  • Should I stay in a Cairns hostel?

    Hostels in Cairns tend to have a more active social scene than hotels, so they’re perfect for outgoing travellers looking to meet other people. Cairns hostels are, on average, cheaper than other stays in the city due to their dorm-style sleeping quarters. However, this means you can spend your money elsewhere such as on local tours and events.