Cairns Central YHA

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Cairns Central YHA

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.

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.

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.


  • Sleeps 225 guests
  • Multi-share dorms
  • Double/Twin rooms
  • Ensuite rooms
  • Family rooms
  • Group bookings


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


  • 4WD tours
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Canoeing/Kayaking
  • Diving
  • Horse riding
  • Hot Air Ballooning
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting


93% customer rating, based on 4219 reviews
  • Wonderful, superb hostel. Excellent.
    Frances R 1/12/2017
  • One of the best YHA in the world
    Lawrence C 24/11/2017
  • The YHA on Cairns was so fun! The hostel set up is really cool, with it being around the pool. Everyone was so nice and friendly, it made for a great stay!
    Laura P 16/11/2017
  • Fantastic. One of the best YHA's I have stayed at. Would highly recommend to others!
    Nicholas V 15/11/2017
  • It was a great hostel. Clean and spacious bedrooms and bathrooms. Good quality sheets etc. friendly and helpful staff. Great kitchen
    Joanne H 12/11/2017
  • Authentic hostel in a good place opposite of central shopping center. There are always people to talk with but also enough space for private sphere.
    Antonia N 8/11/2017
  • Best YHA I have stayed in!
    Laura R 5/11/2017
  • Excellent location for getting around and easy sorting trips with the staff. Pancakes in the morning a cracking bonus
    David J 26/10/2017
  • Fabulous YHA in all aspects. It's one of the best I have stayed in, (over past 8 months have stayed in many YHAs within Aus)
    Joanna N 21/09/2017
  • I loved the location and the staff at the desk were very helpful, especially Maddie!
    Olivia W 21/09/2017


Address: 20-26 McLeod Street
Cairns, QLD
Phone: (+617) 4051 0772
Hostel Manager: Dean Thexton
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