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Cairns Central YHA

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Cairns Central YHA

Due to the current Covid-19 situation, our properties are implementing all the government’s social distancing guidelines and safe hygience practices. Guests will need to follow them.

Great deals: Book a bed for just $19/night for stays between 24 February and 31 May 2020 through the app. This offer is exclusive to the YHA Australia app (download now). 

Check out our weekly rates from $152.50 under our SPECIALS tab and save $61 per week*.

Staying longer? Check at reception for our monthly rate deals.

*Rates and discounts vary and depend on room types.

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.

Enjoy our FREE daily pancake breakfast!

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

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 free, fast Wi-Fi all throughout the property. 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.


92% customer rating, based on 5500 reviews
  • I had my own room. Kitchen was busy at times. Always showers available when I wanted to use one.
    Alison M 22/03/2020
  • Love this hostel! So close to everything, great atmosphere, clean and safe. Highly recommend it
    Tyler C 20/03/2020
  • Very nice hostel
    Fiona D 25/02/2020
  • My stays are always great!
    Diana P 24/02/2020
  • Just great ☆☆☆ Recommended it to my friends and family ☆☆☆ Thanks again for the service ☆☆☆
    Guido K 17/02/2020
  • I was lucky because the girls in my room were all so nice. I’ll stay in YHA again!
    Yap G 16/02/2020
  • really enjoyed my stay
    Ashlie W 15/02/2020
  • it,is cheap and nice hostel,everyday guests can enjoy free pancake in the morning, and a wonderful kitchen ,there are a plenty of free food for guests.
    Hsiu C 13/02/2020
  • Best hostel in Cairns.. Thanks for ur amazing hospitality team YHA. I'll be back
    Daniel K 13/02/2020
  • I had a great time staying at YHA Cairns. Staffs were helpful and friendly.
    Chutima B 7/02/2020
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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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