Hostels for Backpackers in Cairns

Travel light, travel cheap — if this is your motto, then you’ll certainly delight in the numerous choices of backpackers’ accommodations and hostels in the lovely tropical paradise of Cairns. Most of them actually offer almost the same level of quality and comfort you’d find in standard hotels, but minus the staggering rates. Plus, you’d really be more in touch with the local vibe and enjoy the cool, laidback atmosphere of this coastal city when you rough it out in a backpacker or hostel. And because you’d get to save on your accommodation, you can allocate your travel budget on other essentials like a car rental in Cairns, since transportation is also of equal importance when vacationing in this city. When you have a rental vehicle at your disposal, you can easily explore the city and come back to your chosen hostel at any time you like. Cairns has a lot of tourist attractions, so it’s best to have your own car in order to really maximize your time and enjoy the city. Here are a few ideas on where you can rough it and live like a local.


Geckos Backpackers

Geckos is a recently refurbished historical Queenslander accommodation that’s listed as one of the Council Heritage buildings in Cairns. Its polished timber floors and quaint architecture add to its charm, making it an ideal spot for backpackers with a taste for interesting, historical places. Here, you can take a dip in the resort pool that’s surrounded by towering trees and lush evergreens, giving guests privacy and retreat from the busy outside world. You can also grill your own meals at the BBQ area or pitch your own tent at the designated site. Rooms are equipped with kitchen and laundry facilities, as well as hot showers, hotel-quality mattresses, and free wireless Internet access. Geckos Backpackers is located next to Coles Supermarket and Cairns Central, while city attractions are just within walking distance.

187 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns Central, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: +61 07 4031 1344
Toll-free: 1800 011 344

Geckos Backpackers

Nomads Cairns

Tropical resort style accommodation located just 10 minutes from the centre of Cairns. Facilities include a tropical style swimming pool, volleyball courts, FREE airport pickup, Serpent Bar & Restaurant and much more, Nomads Cairns is your gateway to tropical north Queensland.

341 Lake Street, Cairns, QLD 4870

Nomads Cairns

Cairns City Backpackers

If you want to rough it but prefer a quiet, peaceful environment away from rowdy crowds, then Cairns City Backpackers is the ideal accommodation for you. It’s just a short walking distance from the heart of the city and the Cairns Central Shopping Centre, in a backstreet that’s sheltered from the hustle and bustle of the coastal hub. The good thing about this backpackers’ hostel is that drinking and parties are only allowed until half past ten at night, so you can enjoy a good night’s sleep without disturbance from other guests. During the day, you can bask in the sun by the pool side, take a stroll in the gardens, have your lunch at the outdoor dining area, or mingle with other backpackers in the common TV and sofa area. Aside from these, you can also enjoy with your friends in a game of billiards or bond together over grilled lunch at the BBQ area.

274 Draper Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: +61 07 4051 6160
Mobile: 0431 430 736
Email: [email protected]

Cairns City Backpackers

Travellers Oasis Backpackers Hostel

Budget-conscious travellers will find the Travellers Oasis Backpackers Hostel a lucky find, as its cute, quirky, and charming interiors and comfortable vibe will make you feel right at home. With its colourful linens, artsy wallpaper decors, cute furniture, and rainbow-splashed outdoor design, Travellers Oasis ultimately captures the fun, laidback vibe of tropical Cairns. Even its facilities are fit for a typical backpacker’s taste — outdoor pool with cosy hammocks and a sun deck for those lazy days when you just want to bask in the sun, plus an outdoor dining and BBQ area to enjoy grilled meals with your friends, family, and other backpackers in the hostel. Add to these the warm, tropical breeze and tree-lined surroundings, and you’ll definitely enjoy a real backpacker’s holiday. Inside the rooms you’ll find flat screen TVs, fridges, and a personalized safe. Deluxe Doubles rooms have the added advantage of having their own private balconies with hammocks.

8 Scott Street, Cairns, QLD 4870
Phone: +61 07 4052 1377
Toll-free: 1800 621 353
Email:[email protected]

Travellers Oasis

Dreamtime Travellers Rest Hostel

Dreamtime Travellers Rest Hostel is a no-frills, independent, eco-friendly accommodation that’s situated in central Cairns, close to many of the city’s attractions. It was founded by a couple of world backpackers, so the hostel was built with the typical laidback traveller in mind — cool, clean, and relaxing, with a local vibe, friendly atmosphere, cosy ambience, and cute, quirky interiors. The hostel staff ensures that guests can mingle together and feel right at home, with different events set up during the week, like pizza, BBQ, and movie nights. You can also play with other backpackers at the free pool table or socialize with them by the hostel bar and chill out lounge area. For those lazy days in, feel free to relax by the pool or sleep on one of the hammocks in the garden. Dreamtime really puts the fun in backpacking, so be sure to check it out if you’re looking for a nice, friendly place to stay in Cairns, minus the high hotel rates.

189 Bunda Street, Parramatta Park, Cairns, QLD 4870
International: +61 07 4031 6753
Toll-free (AU): 1800 058 440
+Email: [email protected]

Dreamtime Travellers

Finding an accommodation is one thing; securing a reliable means of transportation is another. Both are important in letting you enjoy a worry-free vacation. Once you’ve settled for a place to stay, you need to find a reliable, and cheap car rental so that you can go around the city with ease, at your own time and pace. In Cairns, you’ll find countless of tourist spots, most famous of which is the Cairns Esplanade, where most dining, entertainment, and shopping hubs are located. You can also drive to the Reef Fleet Terminal, the departure point to the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s number one tourist attraction and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. In this northern coastal paradise, you’ll surely find several reasons to rough it and relax on your vacation.


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