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Cairns City Backpackers Informations

Our hostel is small and peaceful, and is just a short walk from the city. We offer 10% discount on all tours pre-booked through our website to our guests.

Check out our free stuff that is included every night; Free restaurant meal every night with purchase of drink (must be at least 18 yrs old -

From Nights People
  • Air Conditioning

  • BBQ

  • Bicycle Parking

  • Breakfast Not Included

  • Common Room

  • Free City Maps

  • Free Parking

  • Internet Access

  • Jobs Board

  • Kitchen

  • Laundry Facilities

  • Linen Included

  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

  • Outdoor Terrace

  • Pool Table

  • Swimming Pool

  • Tours/Travel Desk

  • Towels for hire

  • Vending Machines
We provide a 24 hour check-in service but you need to let us know in advance if you're going to arrive outside reception hours so we can organise your key. This is pretty important.

If you're arriving on a 2am tiger flight make sure you book your first night for the same date as your flight DEPARTURE). Our reception is open from 7.30am till noon and between 4.30pm and 8pm.

By shuttle from the airport:
We don't have our own bus but there's a shuttle bus from the airport which costs $5 per person from the airport. This is a special discounted price given to guests of our hostel. To get this price you need to pre-book the shuttle bus on the Cairns Airport Shuttle Bus Website. Select 'Cairns City Backpackers' as your hotel destination and you will be given the special price. The shuttle bus runs during the arrival time of all flights. For domestic arrivals, please exit the airport building and go to bus parking zone (Bus Bay 6) for the FNQ Airport Shuttle Bus. For the international terminal, there will be someone waiting for you in the arrivals lounge; please wait until they come.If you have booked the shuttle bus and it is more than 15 minutes late, please call Don from Cairns Airport Shuttle on 0432-488783.

By taxi:
A taxi will cost you about $22 from the airport and $10 from the bus terminals.

On foot:
If you wish to walk from the bus terminals we are a 15-minute walk to the premier bus terminal and a 30-minute walk to the greyhound terminal (walk straight down Spence street and right into Draper Street and follow until you find us).

If you're coming by your own vehicle we're on Draper Street, directly behind Cairns Central Shopping Centre.
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 minutes walk away at the Esplanade near the Reef Fleet Terminal and Lagoon.
If you pay by credit card on arrival we will charge you 3% if your card is a non Australian card, and 1% if it is an Australian card. Cancellation/No Show Policy and Fees: We have a 48hr cancellation policy. By making a reservation with your credit / debit card you authorize Cairns City Backpackers to charge one night's room charge to your card without further reference to you if you cancel your reservation less than 48 hours before your arrival date, or in the event that you fail to arrive (No Show). Non-arrival (No Show) will result in the TOTAL price of the accommodation being charged to your credit card, and your reservation will be cancelled. If you need to make any changes to your arrival date, you MUST notify the hostel directly, and all changes are at the discretion of the accommodation provider (cancellation fees may apply if you request to change your arrival date less that 48 hours prior to your original arrival date). Damage by you to the hostel: By making a reservation with your credit / debit card you authorize Cairns City Backpackers to charge that same card any damage caused by you to the hostel buildings, keys lost or facilities up to the amount required to repair/replace such buildings or facilities back to the same condition it was in prior to such damage without further reference to you. Please note in the case of multiple person dorm bookings, whilst every effort is made to keep all members of your travel party in the same room when available, it is not guaranteed, especially if you are booking close to your arrival date and as we are a small hostel. We recommend you book at least one week in advance to minimize the chance that you might need to be separated. This booking page does not check or guarantee you will all be together.


Informations about Cairns City Backpackers

Our hostel is small and peaceful, and is just a short walk from the city. We offer 10% discount on all tours pre-booked through our website to our guests.

Check out our free stuff that is included every night; Free restaurant meal every night with purchase of drink (must be at least 18 yrs old - meal unavailable from 6th January till 1st April 2014), free unlimited Wifi, free air-conditioning in all dorm rooms during Summer, free tea & coffee, free tour and travel information, and free book exchange! We also offer $5 transfers from the airport.

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 on a 2am tiger flight 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.

Cairns City Backpackers is the place to be if you want to chill out in a tropical oasis. We have a tropical garden which includes hundreds of palm trees, a great swimming pool and lots of hammocks for you to chill out in.

Naturally there is a TV and DVD area, billiard table, and cheap internet with 24 hour access and bring your laptops because we have wireless!

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.

Please note that for children we have a minimum age of 18 years in a dormitory room, and a minimum age of 5 years in a private room.

The friendly and helpful staff have lots of good local advice and information about tours including access to standby specials.