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

 24-hour

24-hour reception

 Check-in/Check-out

Express check-in/-out

 Swimming pool

Outdoor swimming pool

 Sports activities

Golf course

Table tennis

 Food/Drinks

Bar/Lounge area

 No Smoking

Non-smoking rooms

 Child-friendly

Kids club

Game room

Overview

Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel is located in a tourist area of Cairns providing guests with an outdoor swimming pool, a patio and barbeque grills.

A 5-minute walk will take you to Cairns Convention Centre and The Center of Contemporary Arts. A La Turka offers turkish and italian meals and lies within 50 meters of the property.

The hostel is ideally located within easy reach of Cairns airport.

Rooms

The convention hostel provides guests with 18 rooms including Twin Room, 4-bed female Dorm, 6-bed mixed Dorm and Double Room. A laptop-size safe, individual climate control, a dining area, a telephone and a separate toilet are at hand. The property has non-smoking rooms with single beds. Guests can find en suite bathrooms provided with hairdryers and towels.

Eat & Drink

The hostel offers a communal kitchen. It is appointed with a microwave, an electric kettle, a toaster, a washing machine and kitchenware.

Services

Airport transfer, dry cleaning/laundry and 24-hour reception as well as a luggage storage, a designated smoking area, a cash machine and a safe deposit box are at guests' disposal.

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

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free off-site parking
  • 24-hour check-in
  • 24-hour reception
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Adults only
  • Safe deposit box
  • No pets allowed
  • Coffee shop
  • ATM/Cash machine
  • Luggage storage

Sports & Fitness

  • Golf course
  • Table tennis

Services

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

Dining facilities

  • Bar/Lounge area
  • Outdoor dining area

Meeting facilities

  • Computer rental
  • Fax/Photocopying

Children's facilities

  • Game room
  • Kids club

Leisure facilities

  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Entertainment
  • BBQ facilities
  • Garden area
  • Leisure/TV room
  • Television in lobby

Room facilities

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

Bathroom

  • Shared bathroom
  • Washing machine

Kitchen facilities

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

Media

  • Telephone

Policies

Check-in

  • from 13:00-23:00 

Check-out

  • until 07:00-10:00 

Children and extra beds

  • There are no extra beds provided in a room. 

Pets

  • Pets are not allowed.

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
  • Cairns (CNS)
    3.4 mi
  • Kowanyama (KWM)
    285.0 mi
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 13:00-23:00 
  • Check-out:
    until 07:00-10:00 
  • Number of rooms:
    18

Rooms and availability

Cairns Waterfront Backpackers photos Room
Shared Bathroom Double Room
Bed type: Double bed
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  • Air conditioning
  • Private bathroom
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This room offers access to shared bathroom facilities.

Room facilities
    Cairns Waterfront Backpackers photos Room
    Dormitory Room
    Bed type: Bed in shared room
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    • Air conditioning
    • Private bathroom
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    This dormitory room offers an en suite bathroom.

    Room facilities
      Cairns Waterfront Backpackers photos Room
      Shared Bathroom Dormitory Room
      Bed type: Bed in shared room
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      • Air conditioning
      • Private bathroom
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      This is a single bed in a 4-bed female dormitory. Guests have access to shared bathroom facilities.

      Room facilities

        How to reach hostel

        hostel Cairns Waterfront Backpackers Hostel Cairns location
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        Hostel Address:

        83 The Esplanade, Cairns, Australia, 4870

        Get directions
        City Center
        • Cairns
          3.6 mi
        Airports
        • Cairns (CNS)
          3.4 mi
        • Kowanyama (KWM)
          285.0 mi
        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 13:00-23:00 
        • Check-out:
          until 07:00-10:00 
        • 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 13:00-23:00 
        • Check-out:
          until 07:00-10:00 
        • 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
        • Cairns (CNS)
          3.4 mi
        • Kowanyama (KWM)
          285.0 mi
        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 13:00-23:00 
        • Check-out:
          until 07:00-10:00 
        • Number of rooms:
          18