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
  • Free, fast Wi-Fi 
  • Air conditioning 
  • Access to BBQ, swimming pool & games room

Option up:

  • Ensuite
  • Parking

Private Rooms

All private rooms include:

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

Option up:

  • Ensuite
  • Parking


  • Air conditioning
  • Disabled Access
  • Games room
  • Free, fast Wi-Fi throughout the property
  • 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 4 FREE NIGHTS at Cairns Central YHA.
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Ultimate Cairns Skydiving, Reef and Rainforest Package

Skydive from 14,000ft, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef & chase waterfalls through World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests. Includes 4 nights at Cairns Central YHA!
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Premium Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour

Get to the Outer Great Barrier Reef faster on this modern boat out of Cairns. Experience 3 stunning reef sites full of spectacular coral formations and vibrant marine life. Save $20 with YHA!
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Greyhound Whimit Bus Pass

The most affordable and flexible Australian travel pass. 5% off all passes with YHA!

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 5153 reviews
  • I've stayed at this hostel before and I would rate it very highly, because it is clean and the garden layout is lovely. The pool and jacuzzi are set out well.
    Linda M 3/07/2019
  • Very great staff, they were helpful and nice.
    Sara K 2/07/2019
  • The location is really good. But neighboring bar, a bit noisy at night.
    Hiu Lam T 2/07/2019
  • really nice place to explore the reef. market and lagoon booth are within the walking distance
    Anila S 2/07/2019
  • Perfect location. Friendly staff. A bit noisy at times but not to bad to be central cairns.
    Kristine K 26/06/2019
  • I likes the hostel atmosphere. It was friendly and inviting. I am looking forward to coming back again. Loved the cheese and wine on Saturday night
    Ian D 13/06/2019
  • Great location and friendly staff.
    Pamela 11/06/2019
  • Excellent friendly staff and great selection of events hosted by YHA each evening. Good help with organising trips for Oz!
    Maddison T 3/06/2019
  • One of the best I’ve been to. Clean rooms, friendly staff and very relaxing
    Alastair Gerald Coxon J 3/06/2019
  • Cool, easy to access to and friendly staff.
    Ah Seen O 31/05/2019

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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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