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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 1 426 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
8,4 Excellent
20-26 Mcleod Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0,3 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 624 reviews
8,4

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.

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 1 034 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.

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.

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
8,4 Excellent
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD, Australia
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0,2 km from city centre, Cairns, QLD, Australia 
ExcellentBased on 860 reviews
8,4

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.

Tips for booking a hostel in Cairns

Cheapest month:July
Most expensive month:April
Average price in Cairns:R579/night
Absolute cheapest price found:R96/night
Cheapest day:Saturday
Most expensive day:Sunday
R200 - R896
Average price per night. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.
R386 - R779
Average price per night. Prices are not fixed and may vary with time.

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Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8,4 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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Bounce Cairns
Bounce Cairns
8,4 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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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.

R176
Avg. per night
Bounce Cairns
Bounce Cairns
8,4 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.

R192
Avg. per night
Cairns Central Yha
Cairns Central Yha
8,4 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.

R255
Avg. per night
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.

R255
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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.

R702
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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.

R2 044
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Cairns hostel FAQs

  • What is the cost of a hostel in Cairns?

    Cairns hostels are R580/night, on average. However, you may find that prices fluctuate depending on the time of year. In October is often the cheapest month to book, and in November is the most expensive month to book a hostel in Cairns. Our users recently found hostels for R108/night - which is currently the lowest price. Keep in mind that we would consider anything in Cairns for R442/night or less a good deal.

  • 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 8,4/10 from 624 reviews.

  • What hostel is closest to Cairns Airport?

    Globetrotters International is 3,6 km away from Cairns Airport, making it the closest Cairns hostel to the city’s most popular airport.

  • Should I stay in a Cairns hostel?

    Staying in a Cairns hostel has many benefits, including cost savings, proximity to the centre of the city, a social and laid-back atmosphere, and similar amenities to hotels (such as Wi-Fi, continental breakfast, or 24/7 check-in). Hostels in Cairns tend to attract younger, solo travellers, but they can be great for couples and families as well.