Cairns City Backpackers
Our hostel is small and quiet, and is just a short walk from the city.
We offer clean and comfortable single, double, twin, 4 and 6 bed dorms. The dorms all include air conditioning except for the cooler months from April to September For private rooms air conditioning is an extra $4 per room.
We have an internet lounge and Wi-Fi access.
Every night we have free stuff, such as free tea and coffee, free tour info and advice, a free book exchange and our free restaurant meal for guests aged 18 and over.
Please note that the minimum age of guests in a dormitory is 18 years old and the minimum age of children in a private room is five years old.
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Hostel Facilities & Policies
- Air Conditioning
- Bicycle parking
- Book Exchange
- Breakfast Not Included
- Common Room
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Free City Maps
- Free Parking
- Free WiFi
- Hot Showers
- Internet Access
- Jobs Board
- Self-Catering Facilities
- Laundry Facilities
- Linen Included
- No Curfew
- Outdoor Swimming Pool
- Outdoor Terrace
- Pool Table
- Swimming Pool
- Tours/Travel Desk
- Towels For Hire
- Vending Machines
Cancellation PolicyThis property has a 2 day cancellation policy. Failure to cancel within this time will result in a cancellation charge equal to the first night of your stay.
Must-Read Hostel InfoThis property has specific Terms & Conditions.
We have a 48hr cancellation policy. By making a reservation with your credit / debit card you authorise Cairns City Backpackers to charge one night's room charge to your card without further reference to you, in the event that you cancel your reservation less than 48 hours from your agreed check-in time or in the event that you fail to arrive. Non-arrival will result in the cancellation of your entire reservation. Any changes to your reservation must be notified to and agreed with the accommodation provider directly, and are at the discretion of the accommodation provider.
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We provide a 24 hour check-in service but you need to let us know in advance if you are going to arrive outside reception hours so we can organize your key (if you are arriving after midnight make sure you book your first night for the same date as your flight DEPARTURE). Our reception is open from 7.30 am till noon, and between 4.30 pm and 8 pm.
We do not have our own bus but there is a shuttle bus from the airport which costs $5 a person from the airport. This is a special discounted price given to guests of our hostel.
The shuttle buses start to meet the earliest flight arrivals, and the last bus leaves the airport at 23:30, so if your flight is arriving late see instructions for late arrival below. The shuttle meeting point is outside Domestic terminal at Bus Bay 6 near arrivals (follow the green line if arriving at the International terminal). The shuttle company phone number is 0432 488 783
Please note the discount tickets are not available with other shuttle bus companies, The FNQ shuttle special $5 ticket is only available for services from the aiport to the hostel. Their full prices apply for trips from hostel to airport.
A taxi will cost you about $24-28 from the airport and $8-$11 from the Greyhound or Premier bus arrivals point.
IF YOU HAVE A FLIGHT ARRIVING AFTER 11PM OR YOU FLIGHT IS DELAYED: remember the FNQ shuttle service stops around midnight. You could book still book for FNQ shuttles if your flight is due to arrive before around 11pm, but if you are not ready at bus stop before 11:30pm you would need to take a Taxi.
The Premier Bus stop is located at Cairns Central Railways Station (see the little blue train symbol marked on Bunda St on the map), around 8 minutes walk from the hostel.
The Greyhound bus stop is located at the Esplanade next to Fogarty Park, (zoom in on the map near the marina and you will see the little blue bus symbol next to Fogarty Park). This is around 25-30 minutes walk or around $10 by taxi.
If you are arriving by your own vehicle we are just a short drive from Cairns Central Shopping Centre at 274 Draper St, see map.
We're just 10 minutes walk from the Cairns Central Train Station, Premier Bus Arrivals/Departures, and Cairns Central Shopping Centre. We are also a 15 minute walk from the heart of the city. The Greyhound bus stop is around 25-30 minutes walk away at the Esplanade near the Reef Fleet Terminal and Lagoon.