Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel

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

Free Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi in rooms

Free parking

Free off-site parking

Kitchen facilities

Microwave

Refrigerator

Cooking hob

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

Situated walk from a wonderful beach, Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel offers 18 rooms.

Arthouse, Cairns Botanic Gardens and Sugarworld Waterpark are very close by. Located in a tourist area close to the hostel, Devine Gelato and Oasis Kebab serve a wide range of meals.

A local bus stop lies within 350 meters away.

Rooms

Rooms like Twin Room, Double Room, 6-bed mixed Dorm and 8-bed Dorm include access to a communal kitchen. Some of the rooms at Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel are fitted with an in-room safe, a LCD TV, climate control, a dining area and pay TV. Guests can find en suite bathrooms. Hairdryers, terry bathrobes and bath sheets are also available.

Services

Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel offers a luggage storage, a safe deposit box, a designated area for smoking and a cash machine along with airport transfer, laundry and 24-hour reception.

Relax

An outdoor swimming pool, a patio and barbeque grills will make a stay in Cairns a very pleasant one.

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
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free 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

Sports & Fitness

  • Golf course
  • Table tennis

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
  • Entertainment
  • Garden area
  • BBQ facilities
  • Leisure/ TV room

Room facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi in rooms
  • In-room air conditioning
  • Soundproofed rooms
  • Terrace
  • Kettle
  • Ironing facilities

Bathroom

  • Shared bathroom
  • Washing machine

Self-catering

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

Media

  • Telephone

Policies

Check-in

  • from  1 pm

Check-out

  • until  10 am

Children and extra beds

  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

How to reach hostel

hostel Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel Cairns location
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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 Regional Gallery
    700 ft
  • 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

Cairns Waterfront Backpackers photos Room
Shared Bathroom Double Room
Bed type: Double bed or 2 Single beds
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  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom
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    How to reach hostel

    hostel Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel 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 Regional Gallery
      700 ft
    • 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

    Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Location

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    What's nearby

    Tourist attractions

    • The Center of Contemporary Arts - 700 ft
    • The Cairns Civic Theater - 2000 ft
    • Deep Sea Divers Den - 4300 ft

    Train stations

    Convention centers

    • Cairns Convention Centre - 2000 ft
    • Cairns Rainforest Dome - 2000 ft

    Shopping areas

    • The Cairns Museum - 1000 ft

    Amusement

    • Lagoon - 400 ft

    Museums

    • Cairns Flecker Botanic Gardens - 2.3 mi

    Public parking

    • Cairns Base Hospital - 4000 ft

    Local attractions

    • Cairns Botanical Gardens - 2.0 mi
      1 Collins Ave
    • Centenary Lakes Botanic Gardens - 2.9 mi
      132 Woodward Street, Cairns
    • Cairns Historical Society Museum - 5.0 mi
      School of Arts Building, Cairns
    • Cairns Botanic Gardens - 2.4 mi
      64 Collins Ave, Cairns
    • Behana Gorge waterfall - 4.0 mi

    Near the hostel

    • Cairns Esplanade Swimming Lagoon - 300 ft
      Cairns Esplanade, Cairns
    • Cairns Harbour Cruises - 1400 ft
      Reef Fleet Terminal, 1 Spence Street, Cairns
    • Cairns Regional Gallery - 700 ft
      Cnr Abbott & Shields Streets, Cairns

    Restaurants nearby

    • Grill'd - 100 ft

      Address: 77 The Esplanade
      Phone: 4041 4200

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

    • A La Turka - 100 ft

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

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

    • Oasis Kebab - 100 ft

      Address: 83 Esplanade

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

    • Devine Gelato - 400 ft

      Address: Shop 3/5 Aplin Street

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

    • Pinocchio's Pizza - 100 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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    Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Reviews

    Guest reviews are submitted by our customers after their stay at Cairns 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 Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel 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 Regional Gallery
      700 ft
    • 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