Cairns Central YHA

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Cairns Central YHA

With the Great Barrier Reef on your door step, this centrally located hostel is the perfect base to explore Tropical North Queensland, offering a tranquil outdoor pool area, communal kitchen, large common areas and air conditioned rooms.

Save money on tours and experiences with our exclusive YHA deals. Book online before you arrive!


Shared Rooms

All shared rooms include:

  • Linen & individual lockers
  • Wi-Fi & air conditioning 
  • Access to BBQ, swimming pool & games room

Option up:

  • Ensuite
  • Premium Wi-Fi
  • Parking

Private Rooms

All private rooms include:

  • Linen, table & chair
  • Wi-Fi & air conditioning 
  • Access to BBQ, swimming pool & games room

Option up:

  • Ensuite
  • Premium Wi-Fi
  • Parking


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


per person

Great Barrier Reef 5 day scuba diving course

Learn to scuba dive on the Great Barrier Reef with this 5 Day PADI Open Water diving course in Cairns. Includes 2 FREE NIGHTS at Cairns Central YHA.
per person

Ultimate Cairns Skydiving, Reef and Rainforest Package

This package is the ultimate Cairns adventure! Skydive from 14,000ft, snorkel the Outer Great Barrier Reef and chase waterfalls through World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests.
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Premium Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour

Step aboard one of the best day boats from Cairns to the Outer Great Barrier Reef where you will experience three stunning reef sites full of spectacular coral formations and vibrant marine life. This is a day full of fund and adventure, not to be missed!
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Greyhound Whimit Bus Pass

The most affordable and flexible Australian travel pass. Travel on the Greyhound network anywhere around Australia for as long as your time allows. Book with YHA to save 5%

More about Cairns Central YHA

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

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). An airport shuttle bus is available for guests at a discounted rate of $5 (arrivals only) between 8am - 8pm.  Please contact the hostel directly for booking instructions and discount code.

Make sure you stick around for breakfast! There is FREE pancakes from 7:00am - 9am daily.


90% customer rating, based on 5069 reviews
  • Very comfortable & clean with great staff, ideal communal area and plenty of activities in the centre of town.
    Chris T 9/05/2019
  • Loved my time in Cairns! Awesome atmosphere! Highly recommended! I will come back :)
    Laura M 3/05/2019
  • Awesome Yha in the heart of Cairns. Cairns Central Mall next to the hostel. Friendly staff and good atmosphere.
    Lukas C 17/04/2019
  • Close to markets Great free hot cakes brekky Convenient to shopping centre (across the road) Reception Staff very helpful and friendly
    Cassandra D 16/04/2019
  • good location, chill, clean hostel.
    Manisha S 9/04/2019
  • The staff was very helpful and sympathetic.
    Caroline D 3/04/2019
  • We love YHA ! And this one was the best of all YHA and amazing thanks for Martin ! He was so helpful and friendly with us !
    Driss B 3/04/2019
  • Loved the friendly staff and free pancakes :)
    Aneta P 2/04/2019
  • Nice hostel with friendly staff and great atmosphere. Perfect for backpackers!
    Cedric Jose J M 30/03/2019
  • Simply the best hostel to stay in Australia.
    Paul Joseph B 19/03/2019

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Address: 20-26 McLeod Street
State: QLD, 4870
Phone: (+617) 4051 0772
Hostel Manager: Martin Greenhalgh
Payment: MasterCard,Visa


Hostel Open all year

24 hours with limited services between 11:00pm to 6:30am

Check in 2PM - 11PM
Check out until 10:00am daily
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