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.


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


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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.
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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. Save 5% when you book 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.


91% customer rating, based on 4763 reviews
  • I can’t fault it at all and wish I’d stayed longer
    Edward C 30/11/2018
  • Very good hostel. Staff great, friendly and ready to help. The most I liked the big, clean and well fitted kitchen!!!
    MariaLuisa L 29/11/2018
  • I love this hostel, great location, it feels like a mini resort. Place to relax. Thanks, I enjoyed the stay.
    Tanya S 26/11/2018
  • Perfectly located - 1-min walk to the shopping centre & 5-min to the clubs. Very comfy beds, plenty of space & storage in the shared dorms. Free or cheap activities happening every single day & run by fun & friendly staff! The trip to the AJ Hackett tower & bungy on Sunday is definitely the must-do! In other words, if you wish to relax, work or meet people, this is a place for everyone! Would definitely come back!
    Christine P 30/10/2018
  • Tres bien situé. Tout est neuf et propre, ambiance Miami. Je recommande.
    Celine Gisele Colette A 30/10/2018
  • Ich habe den Aufenthalt sehr genossen. Der Supermarkt gegenüber In 10 min bei den Esplanates und im Zentrum Tolle Atmosphäre und die Pancakes waren lecker
    Eva 10/10/2018
  • This is not the first time we have stayed with you and as before we enjoyed our stay. Staff were particularly helpful. Would recommend the hostel.
    Alan George H 9/10/2018
  • Staff were very helpful and knowledgable, helping us in all matters.
    Judith Cherrill N 8/10/2018
  • The hostel was beautiful. It was very clean and it exceeded my expectations from previous (non-YHA) hostels I’ve stayed at.
    Patrick T 5/10/2018
  • Good atmosphere and great fun people!
    Marlaina Christina D 15/09/2018

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Address: 20-26 McLeod Street
State: QLD, 4870
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
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