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Cairns Central

Cairns , QLD

Winner of the 2014 Best Backpacker Awards in the Queensland Tourism Awards, Cairns Central YHA Backpackers Hostel has all a backpacker needs for a comfortable stay.

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  • 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
  • Getting here by train

    As far as hostels in Cairns, Australia go, Cairns Central YHA is extremely convenient. Cairns Railway Station is across the road, only 50m away! Queensland Rail Services to/from Brisbane depart from Cairns Railway Station. Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail rainforest journeys also depart from Cairns Railway Station. 

    Getting here by bus

    Cairns Bus Terminal is 1km from Cairns Central YHA Hostel. All major coach companies service Cairns.

    Nearest airport

    Cairns Airport is 7.5km from Cairns Central YHA. Airport shuttle services are available to/from Cairns Central YHA from the airport terminal.  


    Parking - limited secure parking is available onsite. Please enquire prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.

    Taxis offer 24-hour service and are conveniently located across the road.

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Great Barrier Reef
    • World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest
    • Esplanade Boardwalk 
    • Cairns Botanic Gardens
    • Mungalli Falls
    • Trinity Beach

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • Whitewater Rafting
    • Scuba Diving
    • Snorkelling 
    • Swimming
    • Jet Skiing/Waterskiing
    • Canoeing/Kayaking 
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Flyboarding 
    • Skydiving
    • Off Road Motorcycle Tours
    • 4WD Tours
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Cycling
    • Golfing
    • Bushwalking/Hiking
    • Party Buses
    • Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome
    • Restaurants and Pubs
    Find us...
    Address 20-26 McLeod Street
    Cairns , 4870
    Phone (+617) 4051 0772
    Hostel Manager Courtney Preo
    Payment MasterCard, Visa
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  • Cairns Central

    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 7:00am - 9am daily.

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    • Fantastic time I will be back again very safe and friendly place I look forward to coming back .
      Nicholas K March 2015
    • 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 April 2015
    • Well located, super friendly staff and a great atmosphere . Once again a great experience with YHA
      Marc P February 2015
    2365 customers have rated this hostel


    • Sleeps 225 guests
    • Multi-share dorms
    • Double / twin rooms
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Families
    • Group bookings


    • Airconditioning
    • Disabled Access
    • Games room
    • Free Hot Spot & Wifi Plus
    • Parking
    • Swimming Pool
    • Television
    • Tour Desk


    • 4WD tours
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Diving
    • Horseriding
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Skydiving
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Whitewater Rafting
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    Find us... Show location map
    Address 20-26 McLeod Street
    Cairns , 4870
    Phone (+617) 4051 0772
    Hostel Manager Courtney Preo
    Payment MasterCard, Visa

    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year

    6:30am to 11:00pm

    If you are planning on arriving outside of these hours, please phone the hostel to make alternative arrangements.

    Check in from 1:30pm daily
    Check out until 10:00am daily

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