Waterfront Backpackers Hostel - Cairns

83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia, 4870  show map
 3 stars
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Waterfront Backpackers Hostel - Cairns

Wi-Fi
Parking

Off-site parking

Kitchen facilities

Microwave

Refrigerator

Cooking hob

Electric kettle

Cookware/ Kitchen utensils

Shared kitchen

Air conditioning

In-room air conditioning

Laundry

Self-service laundry

Food/ Drinks

Bar/ Lounge area

Outdoor dining area

Coffee shop

Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

TV

Leisure/ TV room

Overview

Waterfront Backpackers Hotel is positioned in a business area of Cairns close to Cairns Esplanade, Cairns Regional Gallery and Cairns Night Markets.

The venue is ideally positioned not far from wonderful beaches. The property is set within 6 km distance from Cairns city center.

The contemporary hotel offers easy access to restaurants and cafés.

10 minutes' drive from Cairns airport and 5 minutes' walk to Cairns Regional Gallery train station.

Rooms

There are non-smoking rooms with a mini bar, LCD TV, climate control, a private safe and a dining area provided for travelers staying in Cairns. Guests can also use a microwave, an electric kettle and a toaster.

Eat & Drink

Serving Italian dishes, La Pizza is about 100 meters away.

Services

Business travelers can avail of computer equipment and a copier offered on site.

Relax

Leisure facilities in Waterfront Backpackers Hotel include a night club, an outdoor swimming pool and barbeque grills. Active guests will enjoy snorkeling, diving and horse riding provided on-site.

Internet

Wireless internet is available in the entire hostel for free.

Guest Parking

No parking available.

Number of rooms:   18.

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Facilities

General

  • No smoking on site
  • Wi-Fi
  • No parking
  • Off-site parking
  • Safe deposit box
  • 24-hour check-in
  • Limited time reception
  • Express check-in/ -out
  • No pets allowed
  • Adults only
  • Luggage storage
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Coffee shop
  • Vending machines

Sports & Fitness

  • Diving
  • Snorkeling
  • Horseback riding
  • Golf course
  • Table tennis
  • Fishing

Services

  • Paid airport shuttle
  • Paid city shuttle
  • Housekeeping
  • Self-service laundry
  • Tours/Ticket assistance
  • Shops/Commercial services
  • Newspaper service

Dining facilities

  • Bar/ Lounge area
  • Outdoor dining area

Meeting facilities

  • Computer rental
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Kids club
  • Game room

Leisure facilities

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Night club
  • Entertainment
  • Garden area
  • BBQ facilities
  • Leisure/ TV room

Room facilities

  • In-room air conditioning
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Terrace
  • Garden furniture
  • Kettle
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Shared bathroom
  • Washing machine

Self-catering

  • Shared kitchen
  • Refrigerator
  • Electric kettle
  • Microwave
  • Cooking hob
  • Cookware/ Kitchen utensils

Media

  • Telephone

Policies

CHECK-IN / CHECK-OUT

Check-in from 1 pm FREE
Check-out until 10 am FREE

Children and extra beds

There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

How to reach hostel

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Hostel Address:

83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia, 4870

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City Center
  • Cairns
    3.6 mi
Airports
Train Stations
  • Cairns Central Station
    2700 ft
  • Bus stop
    700 ft
Restaurants
  • Grill'd (cuisine: Australian)
    100 ft
  • Devine Gelato (cuisine: Italian)
    400 ft
Beaches
  • Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
    300 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  1 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    18

Rooms and availability

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Double Room
  • Max occupancy:

    3 persons

  • Bed type:

    1 Double bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • Bathroom:Shared bathroom
Room Description:

This room offers access to shared bathroom facilities. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

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Twin Room
  • Max occupancy:

    2 persons

  • Bed type:

    2 Single beds

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • Bathroom:Shared bathroom
Room Description:

This room offers access to shared bathroom facilities. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

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Bed 4-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room En suite Bathroom
  • Max occupancy:

    1 person

  • Bed type:

    1 Bunk bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
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  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Toilet
Room Description:

This dormitory room offers an en suite bathroom. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

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Bed 6-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room
  • Max occupancy:

    1 person

  • Bed type:

    1 Bunk bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • Bathroom:Shared bathroom
Room Description:

This room offers access to shared bathroom facilities. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

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Bed 12-Bed Mixed Dormitory Room Ensuite Bathroom
  • Max occupancy:

    1 person

  • Bed type:

    1 Bunk bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
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  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Toilet
Room Description:

This dormitory room offers an en suite bathroom. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

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Single Bed Female Dormitory Room
  • Max occupancy:

    1 person

  • Bed type:

    1 Single bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Air conditioning
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  • General:Entire unit located on ground floor
  • Bathroom:Towels
Room Description:

This is a single bed in a 4-bed female dormitory. Guests have access to shared bathroom facilities. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

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Single Bed 8-Bed Dormitory Room Ensuite Bathroom
  • Max occupancy:

    1 person

  • Bed type:

    1 Single bed

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  • Room Facilities:
    • Shower
    • Air conditioning
    • + More
  • General:Safe deposit box
  • Ironing facilities
  • Fan
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Bathroom:Bathroom
  • Hair dryer
  • Towels
  • Washing machine
  • Washer/dryer
  • Toilet
  • Cleaning products
  • Bedding:Linen
  • Dining:Electric kettle
  • Outdoor dining area
  • Dining area
  • Kitchen unit
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Refrigerator
  • Kitchenware
  • Oven
  • Barbeque grills
Room Description:

This dormitory room features a toaster, tumble dryer and oven. Please note that guests under the age of 18 cannot be accommodated at this property.

Waterfront Backpackers Location

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What's nearby

Tourist attractions

  • Deep Sea Divers Den4300 ft

Popular areas

  • Cairns Rainforest Dome2000 ft

Train stations

Convention centers

  • Cairns Convention Centre2000 ft

Amusement

  • Lagoon400 ft

Museums

  • The Cairns Museum1000 ft

Parks

  • Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens2.3 mi

Theaters

  • The Center of Contemporary Arts700 ft
  • The Cairns Civic Theater2000 ft

Galleries

  • Cairns Regional Gallery400 ft

Public parking

  • Cairns Base Hospital4000 ft

Local attractions

  • Cairns Botanical Gardens2.0 mi
    1 Collins Ave
  • Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens2.9 mi
    132 Woodward Street, Cairns
  • Cairns Historical Society Museum5.0 mi
    School of Arts Building, Cairns
  • Cairns Botanic Gardens2.4 mi
    64 Collins Ave, Cairns
  • Behana Gorge waterfall4.0 mi

Near the hostel

  • Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon300 ft
    Cairns Esplanade, Cairns
  • Cairns Harbour Cruises1400 ft
    Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
  • Cairns Regional Gallery700 ft
    Cnr Abbott & Shields Streets, Cairns

Restaurants nearby

  • Grill'd100 ft

    Address: 77 The Esplanade
    Phone: 4041 4200

    79% likes this, based on 169 reviews
    Cuisine: Australian

  • A La Turka100 ft

    Address: 4/77 The Esplanade
    Phone: (07) 4041 5331

    63% likes this, based on 71 reviews
    Cuisine: Turkish

  • Oasis Kebab100 ft

    Address: 83 Esplanade

    60% likes this, based on 17 reviews
    Cuisine: Turkish

  • Devine Gelato400 ft

    Address: Shop 3/5 Aplin Street

    82% likes this, based on 370 reviews
    Cuisine: Italian
    Price Range: USD 5 - USD 8

  • Pinocchio's Pizza100 ft

    Address: 79 Esplanade
    Phone: (07) 4051 9029

    74% likes this, based on 24 reviews

Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  1 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    18
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Waterfront Backpackers Reviews

Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Waterfront Backpackers

Average guest rating

5.8out of 10
Guest rating
Based on 36 reviews

Guest reviews

  • Couple
    6.2

    Excellent location in Cairns, at the esplanade next to the lagoon. Friendly staff.

    They said there was a free pick-up service available, but it has a lot of conditions: Only free if you stay for 3 nights or longer, you should arrange your own pick up with one special company and than you can get your money back only with a receipt. Terrible. Stayed there 3 nights, but didn't manage to get my money ($18) back. Little bit noisy at nights (but it's a real backpacker-youth-hostel). Room was definitely not clean and no clean sheets at first.

  • Couple
    5.8

    good location, clean with decent facilities.

    Staff not the best. lost our booking and we needed to find alternative accommodation on the night we arrived.

  • Couple
    6.6

    The place is very well situated for those that are looking to make most of their time in Cairns with everything easily within walking distance. It also has a built in booking agent which seemed to have some reasonable deals going with regard to activities & excursion. With regard to cost the hotel is reasonably priced but you most definitely get what you pay for. So be aware!

    When booking there was definitely some ambiguity to the details of the hotel. Eg. 1. States that there is a free hotel transfer which there is technically but only if you stay min 3 nights & your outlay is then refunded. 2. We booked double expecting to get that however were given a twin (Bunk Beds) so might pay to call aheaded to clarify what it is that you are getting. 3. Bathrooms & amenities could do with an update or just a good clean. We originally booked 4 nights but only stayed the one as it wasn't what we expected & were able to find something more in line with our expectations. So if you're look for somewhere cheap to crash then this might be for you but in my opinion there better options available. Shop around, well worth it!

  • Group of friends
    7.4

    Staffs are all nice!!!Bathrooms are clean.

    As we lived in touble bed in one room, the bed will make noise when people sit and leave. Need variety of dinner with beverage.

  • Group of friends
    5.0

    The location. Air conditioner in room.

    No windows in the room! 2 bathrooms upstairs, in one the toilet was out of order, in the other bathroom the shower was out of order.The paintwork on the walls was atrocious.

  • Older travelers
    7.8

    Can be walk to city and export(Marlin Jetty)

  • Group of friends
    5.4

    Cheape

    Nosie and kitchen not enough cooker, and the big window can't lock

  • Couple
    6.2

    I made the booking on here so me and my boyfriend could have our own double room but when I arrived at the hostel, even with my confirmation email they had no record of me staying and had no double rooms so we ended up in a pokie small twin room with bunk beds. Wasn't really what we were planning!

  • Older travelers
    7.4

    Room ok and reasonably clean. For such a price, ($23/px for a Twin room) don't expect too much. Friendly and helpful staff, Location is super near the city center. Free meal at a restaurant 2 blocks away every night (with a minimum purchase of a soft drink for $2.5, or add $6-8 for a steak/ bbq ribs)

    Only 4 shower rooms available (as one shower was damaged and did not repair). Room has no hooks to hang our clothing/towel. The temperature and pressure of hot water is unstable. The cups and pots were missing in the early morning (the people take away the cups and pots overnight in their own room), so we can't cook in the early morning. I don't know why the staff charge me $5 to book the fnq shuttle bus for me via his internet,( I believe you call the bus company directly, can save that $5)

  • Single
    5.4

    Staff was friendly. Location was great!

    No towels provided, only one fitted sheet for the bed, cockroaches and red ants in the room. The A/C unit worked , but was highly inefficient to even cool the room by 1 degree! The A/C and fan were noisy and had to be run all night.

  • Single
    4.6

    Leaving. Getting out doors for fresh air.

    No windows in the room. Room was worse than a jail cell I once spent 10 nights in!!! (Seriously). Hole in the roof of the room covered up by and advertisement poster... Power/aircon kept cutting out in the building and none of the workers knew how to fix it. Girl at reception was suppose to book my airport shuttle. Shuttle never arrived (she forgot to book it?!?!?!) had to wave down a taxi out front and race to the airport only just making my flight. Absolute shambles!

  • Group of friends
    4.2

    The location was amazing, and it was very cheap!

  • Group of friends
    4.2

    Not much really

    Dirty, noisey, outdated, no external windows, old air-conditioning, air-conditioning curfew (9:00pm), no security - our internal glass window was not lockable and just slid open. They lost our booking. Our booking for 2 rooms was made one week before. When we arrived only one of the rooms we booked (on Booked.net) was on their system despite the print out in my hand from Booked.net saying 2 rooms were booked. There was no offer to help fix the problem or arrange a booking else where. This turned out to be the busiest night in Cairns and wandering around with luggage trying to find somewhere to stay was just making us more tired and grumpy - after not being able to get accommodation. we went back to this hostel to demand they find us alternative accommodation as this was their fault. To the staffs credit, they were helpful after this. In the end we all squished into the one available room.

  • Couple
    4.2

    We checked-out after one night. The bed was super uncomfortable, the toilet and kitchen was dirty. There was no mirror in the bathroom.

  • Single
    5.8

    Excellent location on the esplanade, very close to the reef terminal.

    Service can be a bit shabby. Most of the bathrooms were not functional. I had to check out at 7:30 AM and was assured that someone would be there to take the key and return the deposit. But they were late and I had quite a few anxious moments before I got to the airport.

How to reach hostel

hostel Waterfront Backpackers Hostel - Cairns Cairns location
Show big map »

Hostel Address:

83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia, 4870

Get directions
City Center
  • Cairns
    3.6 mi
Airports
Train Stations
  • Cairns Central Station
    2700 ft
  • Bus stop
    700 ft
Restaurants
  • Grill'd (cuisine: Australian)
    100 ft
  • Devine Gelato (cuisine: Italian)
    400 ft
Beaches
  • Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon
    300 ft
Hostel information
  • Check-in:
    from  1 pm
  • Check-out:
    until  10 am
  • Number of rooms:
    18