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
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  • Great hostel in Cairns without the all night partying like some, but still fun! Great location.

    Courtney G. (March 2015)

    This was by far the best overall hostel we have stayed at. Excellent service, cleanliness and accommodations.

    Capri P. (March 2015)

    We are active women seniors who had a pleasant friendly stay. Also enjoyed the pool. And good showers/bathroom facilities. Easy access to restaurants, clubs and the ocean.

    Angela M. (March 2015)

    Great hostel and facilities

    Sophia K. (March 2015)

    Well located, super friendly staff and a great atmosphere . Once again a great experience with YHA

    Marc P. (February 2015)

    Room and facilities were nice and clean, staff were super friendly and very helpful for tour booking etc. I will definitely come back!

    Miyuki O. (February 2015)

    Recommended by our daughter during her journey and stay. She was right; YHA Cairns Central is perfectly located. Staff is very friendly and professional. Facilities are good. Real value for your $'s.

    Maurice v. (February 2015)

    Great hostel, great facilities, great location! The staff are lovely - you can tell they really enjoy their job and the people they meet. Would definitely stay here again. LB

    Leigh B. (February 2015)

    Very friendly staff - thanks!

    Doris A. (February 2015)

    A good quick bed and shower good kitchen Thanks

    CHRISTINE P. (February 2015)

  • 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 2014 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. There is also a Free Hot Spot (Wifi Plus also available). 

    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
    • Free Hot Spot & Wifi Plus
    • 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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