G'day! Steve Savage here, one of the faces behind Cairns Unlimited. In another life, I spent five years hitchhiking through over thirty countries, living off bread, cheese and fruit from my backpack, sleeping in backpackers hostels or camping in the woods. Of course, not all backpackers travel on such a shoestring budget, but I'm yet to meet a backpacker who enjoys paying more than they have to!

You might have the idea by now that our region is packed with fantastic places to visit and exciting things to do during your holidays. And you're dead right! But you'll soon find that it is also packed with terrific backpackers hostels and budget accommodation options. Wherever you're travelling in Far North Queensland, there's sure to be a great hostel just around the corner...

11-13 Charles Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 7642 / Fax (07) 4051 7223
Freecall 1800 666 336

Fantastic little hostel with great reviews!

* FREE Breakfast and Wi-Fi!
* TripAdvisor Award for Excellence 2013 - 2017
* Cairns Region Tourism Association Hospitality Awards Finalist
* Repeat winner of Hostelbookers Oceania 'BEST STAFF AWARD'

JJ's is great little hostel that makes you feel at home the minute you walk through the door! Offering a choice of clean and spacious 3 or 4 share dorms, doubles, twins and single rooms with fresh linen, free breakfast and free NBN WIFI included. Fan cooled or air conditioned, the choice is yours.

JJ's has a great reputation for being a friendly, relaxed hostel with lots of fun. It's small enough to get that personal touch yet large enough to make new friends. Guests will enjoy the relaxed sociable atmosphere of this owner operated hostel, close to Cairns City, the Esplanade, shops, gym, pubs, 24 hour supermarket, takeaways and tour departure points. Of course, there is a swimming pool, social nights, fully equipped kitchen & BBQ, Travel Desk, laundry facilities and secure off street parking for those with their own wheels. FREE City, Rail and Bus Terminal pickups.

Don't forget to ask about the great off season & weekly rates!
154-156 Lake Street, Cairns
Mobile 0419 744 431
website link coming soon

No squeaky bunks at Globetrotters International!

Globetrotters International Cairns backpackers hostel is a small family run non party hostel, where you can take a break from your busy schedule of travel. Relax rewind upload all you holidays snaps with our super fast free unlimted Wi Fi. We have several kitchens and bathrooms located within the hostel so take a walk around and check it out all. All kitchens are fully self contained including cooktops and ovens.

Yes you can even bake a cake while on holidays.

At Globetrotters International everyone gets a great night sleep especially with the super comfy beds... guests just love them. They must be good when they keep on coming back!

Free Wi-Fi access
Free Daily Breakfast
Free Evening Meal Wednesdays
Cool & Clean
Eco Friendly
Swimming Pool
117 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4047 7200
website link coming soon

Free activities and free Saturday BBQ!

Situated in the heart of Cairns, Bounce Cairns (formerly The Northern Greenhouse) is a purpose built world-class facility. Modern double, twin, dorm or self-contained studio apartments are available at nightly or weekly rates.

Bounce Cairns is an award winning property, which was fully renovated in September 2018. With a great warm welcome in this tropical paradise, Bounce is the perfect base to explore this amazing city in style.

What better way to feel like you are on holiday than to relax around the pool, surrounded by palm trees and catching some rays. The pool area at Bounce Cairns has everything you need to relax, with our great sun loungers and bar next door.
140 Grafton Street Cairns, Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 5255
website link coming soon

Where mates become family!

The team at Mumma's Hostel - Cairns, pride themselves on offering the perfect environment for meeting like-minded travellers with a fun and friendly atmosphere.

Guests comfort and happiness are our main priority.

Mumma's Hostel pride themselves in giving you the best time possible. The friendly staff are there to help you, whether it be to have a chat or directions to your next big interview!


149 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 1474 / Fax (07) 4031 8499
A party backpackers hostel with the 'world famous' Mad Monday Party!! Only minutes walk to the city centre. Laid back atmosphere with a family feel.

117 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4047 7200
Situated in the heart of Cairns, Bounce Cairns (formerly The Northern Greenhouse) is a purpose built world-class facility. Modern double, twin, dorm or self-contained studio apartments are available at nightly or weekly rates.

20-26 McLeod Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 0772 / Fax (07) 4031 3158
Cairns Central YHA is conveniently located opposite the Cairns Central Shopping Centre. This Cairns hostel has multi-share, twin, double and family rooms available, all air-conditioning and many with ensuites. Facilities for backpackers include a large outdoor games area, kitchen, laundry, etc.

274 Draper Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 6160 / Fax (07) 4031 0756
Cairns City Backpackers Hostel is a small, friendly and cheap hostel only a five minute walk from Cairns Central Shopping Centre. Guests always comment about the great atmosphere they enjoy during their Cairns holidays.

147 Lake Street, Cairns
Phone / Fax (07) 4051 2016
Cairns Girls Hostel is a locally owned and operated business that provides budget accommodation exclusively for both international and Australian women.

149 The Esplanade, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 2431
Catering to budget travellers, Caravella Backpackers offers comfortable, clean, private or share accommodation and a wide range of facilities - either share or private, air-conditioning, fans, luggage storage, laundry facilities, telephone, video and courtesy coach transfers.

4 Terminus Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 6753 / Fax (07) 4031 6566
Dreamtime Travellers Rest is Cairns' smallest backpackers, providing clean, comfortable accommodation in a relaxed homely atmosphere. Dreamtime is a Queenslander home located in a quiet street just minutes walk from the city of Cairns.

1/7 Shields Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4032 7955 / 1800 180 288
Freedom Cairns is located right in the heart of town. Rooms are freshly refurbished and the hostel has relaxing chill-out areas and state of the art amenities.

187 Bunda Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 1344 / Fax (07) 4051 5150
If you want a small hostel with only 40 beds and no bunks this is the place for you. Geckos backpackers accommodation is close to the centre of town but in a quiet area... they guarantee a good nights sleep.

57-89 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 6566 / Fax (07) 4041 6577
All room types are fully equipped with a full en-suite bathroom, air-conditioning and four floors of communal areas.

67-69 The Esplanade, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 1545 / Fax (07) 4031 3804
At Global Waterfront, the Esplanade lagoon is directly opposite you, so you can cook a BBQ, swim, enjoy free fitness classes or simply chill-out and enjoy all the tropics has to offer. At Global Waterfront, all rooms are air-conditioned, with linen supplied.

154-156 Lake Street, Cairns
Mobile 0419 744 431 / Fax (07) 4033 6665
Globetrotters International is a backpackers hostel located close to the CBD. The hostel has share rooms as well as double and twin rooms. All rooms are air conditioned. Guests can enjoy a swimming pool and free cable TV. Minimun three nights stay.

Corner Spence and Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4051 2490 / Fax (07) 4051 2288
The Jack is one of the best places to meet locals and the atmosphere is unforgettable. With four different bars, a beer garden, great meal deals at the bistro, big screens everywhere you look, pool tables, a gaming lounge and free entertainment 5 nights a week, not to mention their regular big events.

(Formerly Bohemia Central)
100-102 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4231 9871
Mad Monkey Central.

(Formerly NJOY!)
141 Sheridan Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4231 9612
Mad Monkey Village.

93A The Esplanade, Cairns
Phone (07) 4229 0888
Mad Monkey Waterfront.

140 Grafton Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 5255 / Fax (07) 4041 6255
Mumma's (formerly Reef Backpackers) offers backpackers accommodation just one block from the heart of Cairns, and an ideal location from which to explore our tropical north, including the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest.

8 Scott Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4052 1377 / Fax (07) 40416 456
Travellers Oasis is a haven for all travellers looking for budget accommodation. You can choose from different accommodation styles: doubles, twins, singles and dorms. All our rooms are equipped with fresh linen and towels. Pick up from airport and bus station.

28 Bunting Street, Westcourt,Cairns
Phone (07) 4041 1521 / Fax (07) 4031 6576
Tropic Days is a very clean and cosy hostel, with small dorms, comfy doubles with TV's, a relaxing garden with hammocks and more. This is a family run backpackers hostel, offering clean and budget accommodation, a place you can feel at home.

5 - 9 Digger Street, Cairns
Phone (07) 4031 0910
Why Not Backpackers, formerly Calypso Inn Backpackers Resort offer great services and facilities including FREE regular return transfers to the airport, bus station, city and free wifi.