Cairns Central YHA

  • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Entrance
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Entrance
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Swimming Pool
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Dorm Room
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - 4 Share Dorm
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Family Room
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Kitchen
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Hammocks
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Pool Table
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Tour Desk
    • Cairns Central YHA Backpackers - Dining Room
    • Cairns Central YHA Youtube Video
  • Excellent overall

    John G. (July 2014)

    First experience of staying in a hostel, was great and has inspired me to continue to do so. I always thought they were just for the young but the mix of ages and friendliness of all was fabulous.

    Karyn G. (July 2014)

    Great central location, shopping, buses & all the city activities. Staff are friendly and competent and the hostel is very well maintained.

    Marion L. (July 2014)

    Spotlessly clean and great central location.

    peter b. (July 2014)

    Great location, not too close to the CBD but walk-able distance. Monica at reception booked us onto some great tours. She had plenty of personal experience and all of the trips were awesome!

    Sandra W. (July 2014)

    Very helpful, friendly staff. Good and well-organised amenities. Pleasant surroundings. Close to railway station and shops.

    Joan W. (July 2014)

    Everything is awesome. Everything is cool when you're part of a team. Everything is awesome. When we're living our dream

    Emmit the Special M. (July 2014)

    Excellent YHA hostel, clean, friendly and helpful staff and great facilities. I would recommend for all age groups.

    Dawn H. (July 2014)

    I would give five stars for customer service and friendliness of the front-desk staff! Even the manager Courtney was incredibly helpful and supportive (that is, even with all the work she had to do, she gave me lots of information and help). Thanks t...

    E M. (July 2014)

    top (and quiet) location, supermarket on the other side of the street, 10 minutes to the esplanade! I liked it!

    Melanie W. (June 2014)

  • Fun, affordable, award-winning and central - just a few words we use to describe our YHA hostel in Cairns.

    Cairns is a backpackers' mecca and has all a budget conscious traveller needs for a comfortable stay.

    Winner for best hostel in the 2013 Queensland Tourism Awards, Cairns YHA is opposite Cairns Central Shopping Centre and is a short walk from the Cairns Esplanade. Here, you will find lots of pubs, shops and cafés, plus Trinity Wharf, departure point for Great Barrier Reef cruises and tours.

    YHA's Backpacker hostel in Cairns has 59 rooms including dorm, twin/double and family rooms. All are air-conditioned and many have ensuites.

    Family Rooms: To book a family room rate, there must be at least one child under 18 and 1-2 adults; otherwise this special room rate will be adjusted to the usual adult prices with the difference payable on arrival.

    Make sure you stick around for breakfast! There is FREE pancakes from 7:30am - 9am daily.

  • Facilities

    • Airconditioning
    • Disabled Access
    • Games room
    • Internet/E-mail
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool
    • Television
    • Tour Desk
  • Activities

    • 4WD tours
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Diving
    • Horseriding
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Skydiving
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Whitewater Rafting
  • Things to do

    YHA's Cairns Backpacker hostel is the perfect base to explore North Queensland.

    The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest fringes the Great Barrier Reef, with the outback around the corner.

    YHA Travel staff at the hostel can organise many tours and activities, including scuba-diving courses, white-water rafting, bungy jumping and Barrier Reef Cruises.

    The hostel can also arrange daytrips to the Skyrail Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Rail, Atherton Tablelands, Port Douglas and Cooktown.


    Cairns Backpackers' nightlife is legendary, from pub crawls and parties to cane toad races! All are just a short walk away from the hostel. On a budget? See the Cairns YHA's reception for nightclub discount vouchers! The Cairns Night Markets are on every evening from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

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     50 metres from hostel to nearest food store 

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