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Featured Hostels in Cairns

Freedom Cairns
2 out of 5
1/7 Shields St, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥1,608 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Regional Gallery, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Marlin Marina. Cairns ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (36 reviews)

"Great hostel in the heart of Cairn, close to all amenities and harbour. Room spacious with comfy bed. unfortunately fellow travellers did not respect outdoor balcony area being closed after 10 pm and stayed up chatting and smoking till 2 AM- perhaps hostel could review their procedures to ensure ..."…"

Reviewed on Aug 3, 2020

Freedom Cairns
Bounce Cairns
2 out of 5
117 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
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The price is ¥4,723 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Cultural Place and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Esplanade ...

4.2/5Excellent! (45 reviews)
Great private rooms

"Private room was lovely - modern and spacious with a great TV. However, the communal kitchen was cramped and dirty."…"

Reviewed on Apr 2, 2020

Bounce Cairns
Koala Beach Resort
2.5 out of 5
137 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is ¥5,090 per night from Dec 26 to Dec 27

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Aquarium and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Marlin Marina ...

3.1/5 (138 reviews)

"Basic place, but a great location to access the marina and the heart of Cairns. We enjoyed our stay and the space provided."…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Koala Beach Resort
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Global Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
67 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
The price is ¥1,538 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Regional Gallery and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (22 reviews)
Great hostel in Cairns, Australia

"I had a short one night stay due to busy travel home to Denmark (Corona) and limited flights. Excellent location and nice people. Fine kitchen area and roof terrace. Room could need a little better floor cleaning. I was in a 4 bed with no bathroom but fine terrace with ocean view."…"

Reviewed on Mar 19, 2020

Global Backpackers Cairns
Cairns Central YHA - Hostel
3 out of 5
20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥2,936 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Convention ...

4.1/5Very Good! (120 reviews)

"The room was fresh and clean. And the location perfect."…"

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2020

Cairns Central YHA - Hostel
Tropic Days Backpackers
2 out of 5
26-28 Bunting Street, Bungalow, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥1,007 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Bungalow, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Convention Centre ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (9 reviews)

"We really enjoyed our stay here in one of the double rooms. The staff were super helpful and were able to assist us when we wanted to book tours around the area with some great discounts. The room itself was very clean although annoyingly you do have to pay to use the A/C but it is worth it!! The ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 30, 2020

Tropic Days Backpackers
Travellers Oasis - Hostel
2 out of 5
8 - 10 SCOTT STREET, Parramatta Park, QLD
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Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (51 reviews)

"Great staff, wonderful location, and very nice accommodation."…"

Reviewed on Feb 7, 2020

Travellers Oasis - Hostel
Summer House Backpackers Cairns
2 out of 5
341 Lake St, Cairns North, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,496 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Marlin Marina. Cairns Central ...

4.2/5Very Good! (16 reviews)
Summer House Backpackers Feb 20/0

"Stayed for 1 night, staff were efficient and helpful, the hostel was clean and lively with a great outdoor pool and bar area. The 24hr reception was very useful as I left at 3am and staff were super helpful!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 1, 2020

Summer House Backpackers Cairns
Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
2 out of 5
57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,223 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of The Cultural Place, Cairns Central Shopping Centre, and Reef Fleet Terminal. ...

3.9/5Good! (313 reviews)

"Staff were super friendly. It didn’t both me but make sure you book a room facing the street if you don’t want loud music until 3am"…"

Reviewed on Oct 19, 2020

Gilligan's Backpackers Hotel & Resort
Caravella Backpackers
2 out of 5
149 The Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥4,195 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Situated near the beach, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Muddy's Playground and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (127 reviews)

"room is on ground floor, the windows cannot be locked, other thing is good"…"

Reviewed on Nov 18, 2019

Caravella Backpackers
Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
2 out of 5
93A Esplanade, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,356 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is steps from Cairns Night Markets and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Marlin Marina and Reef Fleet Terminal ...

3.8/5Good! (25 reviews)

"our first room smelled of mold and mildew. The staff moved us to a second room which did not smell but was very humid. Showers were clean but there were not enough of them. Washer/dryer was constantly in use by property cleaning staff. no air conditioned common areas. Wifi was terrible."…"

Reviewed on Oct 30, 2019

Mad Monkey Backpackers Waterfront
Why Not Backpackers
2 out of 5
5-9 Digger Street, Cairns North, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,216 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (27 reviews)

"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!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2020

Why Not Backpackers
Dreamtime Travellers Rest Hostel
2 out of 5
189 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,573 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

4.1/5Very Good! (67 reviews)
Great hostel!

"This was the best hostel I've stayed in so far!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Dreamtime Travellers Rest Hostel
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
2 out of 5
274 Draper Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥2,303 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cazaly's Stadium and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Convention ...

3.3/5 (25 reviews)

"It was very good value for money and the ground staff were superb"…"

Reviewed on Feb 12, 2020

Cairns City Backpackers Hostel
Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
2 out of 5
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,471 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10

Situated in Cairns, this hostel is within a 15-minute walk of Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention ...

4.3/5Excellent! (42 reviews)

"Thank you so much for my stay. I had a good sleep and everything was really clean and then to top it all off the breakfast of pancakes and everything else was incredible. AND the ride from the airport. Stay here guys!!!!"…"

Reviewed on Mar 12, 2020

Mad Monkey Backpackers Village
Castaways Backpackers
2 out of 5
207 Sheridan Street, Cairns North, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,846 per night from Nov 30 to Dec 1

Located in Cairns North, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cairns Esplanade Charles Street Parkland, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. ...

3.8/5Good! (4 reviews)

"Such a unique hostel. The owners and staff are super friendly and helpful. There are NO BUNK BEDS which was amazing plus you have a fridge in your room. Lots of things to do like the cinema room, swimming pool, pool table and ping pong. Very fast free internet, quickest i seen in Australia. The building ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 17, 2020

Castaways Backpackers
MiHaven Student Living - Student Accommodation
2 out of 5
4 Pemboke Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
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Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

MiHaven Student Living - Student Accommodation
Geckos Backpackers Cairns - Hostel
2.5 out of 5
187 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park, QLD
The price is ¥3,328 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Located in Parramatta Park, this hostel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Cazaly's Stadium, Cairns Esplanade, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns Convention Centre ...

3.7/5Good! (88 reviews)
Some Reno’s done but more is needed

"Our stay was decent - the bathrooms were clearly renovated and looked nice. The bedrooms were surprisingly nice as well - art on the walls, nice lamps and bedsheets, etc. however the bed was the squeakiest thing on earth. You would sit and it would be a very loud squeak. Let alone roll over at night. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 23, 2019

Geckos Backpackers Cairns - Hostel
Cairns Girls Hostel
1 out of 5
147 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD
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Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Aquarium and Cairns Esplanade. Cairns Central Shopping Centre and ...

4/5Very Good! (12 reviews)

"I liked that it was girls only. Clean, friendly and perfect location."…"

Reviewed on Mar 5, 2019

Cairns Girls Hostel
Mad Monkey Central
2 out of 5
100 Sheridan Street, Cairns, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥3,146 per night from Dec 8 to Dec 9

Located in Cairns Central Business District, this hostel is within a 5-minute walk of Cairns Performing Arts Centre and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Cairns ...

4/5Very Good! (32 reviews)

"Rooms were well air conditioned, bathrooms were not the best.. clean but old and grubby looking."…"

Reviewed on Mar 8, 2020

Mad Monkey Central
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Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns

4 out of 5
209-217 Abbott Street, Cairns North, QLD
The price is ¥8,855 per night from Dec 6 to Dec 7
4.1/5Very Good! (972 reviews)

"Fantastic ocean views, ease of check in and helpful staff. Very comfy bed and a good size room"…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2020

Rydges Esplanade Resort Cairns
Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina

5 out of 5
Pierpoint Road, Cairns, QLD
The price is ¥13,914 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)

"Great location, just walk out on to the esplanade and you can walk along the water front. Staff are excellent."…"

Reviewed on Nov 22, 2020

Shangri-La Hotel, The Marina
Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence

Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence

5 out of 5
163 Abbott Street, Cairns, QLD
The price is ¥11,537 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2
4.7/5Exceptional! (71 reviews)

"Very modern and great location. Excellent steak restaurant."…"

Reviewed on Oct 3, 2020

Bailey, a Crystalbrook Collection Hotel and Residence
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Frequently asked questions

Should I stay in a hostel in Cairns?
By staying at a hostel you can cut your spending on lodging and use more of your money for going out during your stay. We’ve heard good things about this destination’s natural setting, including its coral reefs and rainforests.
What is a hostel?
These dorm-style accommodations come in quite a few shapes and sizes, but they all have a few things in common, including budget-friendly prices, a social setting, and shared rooms (though many hostels offer private room options too).
What are the best hostels in Cairns?
Based on reviews from our customers, these hostels in Cairns are some of the most popular ones: Koala Beach Resort - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, a shared/communal kitchen, and tour/ticket assistance. You’ll find showers and linens in all rooms. Freedom Cairns - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Esplanade and Cairns Marlin Marina. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and a shared/communal kitchen. Rooms come with towels, showers, and free toiletries. Bounce Cairns - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Guests can enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and an outdoor pool. Rooms come with showers and linens. Gilligan’s Backpackers Hotel & Resort - Located within a 10-minute walk of Cairns Central Shopping Centre and Reef Fleet Terminal. Guests can enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant. Rooms come with towels, showers, and linens. Summer House Backpackers Cairns - Property features include free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Rooms come with showers, lockers, and linens.
How many hostels will I be able to find in Cairns?
If you’re hoping to find an affordable place to stay in Cairns, one of Expedia’s 28 hostels might be a great choice.
When is the best time of year to stay in a hostel in Cairns?
Good weather’s always better when you’re experiencing new places, so here’s a little information about the seasons: The hottest months are usually January and December with an average temp of 81°F, while the coldest months are July and August with an average of 72°F. Average annual precipitation for Cairns is 4 inches.
What is there to see and do in Cairns?
In general, Cairns is known for its coral reefs, rainforest, and local tours. Major attractions include Cairns Esplanade, Palm Cove Beach, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Get out into nature with places like Clifton Beach, Esplanade Lagoon, and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway. Cultural attractions include Cairns Performing Arts Centre, Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park, and The Cultural Place.
What's the best way to get to and around Cairns while staying at a hostel?
Keep this information about transit options in Cairns on hand to make the most of your stay: You can fly into the closest airport, which is Cairns Intl. Airport (CNS), 3.5 mi (5.6 km) away. Once you’ve arrived, you might want to make use of public transit. To check out more of the area, catch a train at Cairns Station, Freshwater Station, or Redlynch Station.