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Cairns Central YHA

  • Getting here by train

    As far as hostels in Cairns, Australia go, Cairns Central YHA is extremely convenient. Cairns Railway Station is across the road, only 50m away! Queensland Rail Services to/from Brisbane depart from Cairns Railway Station. Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail rainforest journeys also depart from Cairns Railway Station. 

    Getting here by bus

    Cairns Bus Terminal is 1km from Cairns Central YHA Hostel. All major coach companies service Cairns.

    Nearest airport

    Cairns Airport is 7.5km from Cairns Central YHA. FREE airport pick up (arrivals only) between 8AM to 8PM. Airport transfers must be booked in advance, please contact the hostel directly for instructions on how to book. Available for Cairns Central YHA guests only.


    Parking - limited secure parking is available onsite. Please enquire prior to arrival to avoid disappointment.

    Taxis offer 24-hour service and are conveniently located across the road.

    Around the hostel

    Main attractions

    • Great Barrier Reef
    • World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest
    • Esplanade Boardwalk 
    • Cairns Botanic Gardens
    • Mungalli Falls
    • Trinity Beach

    Nearby facilities & attractions

    • Whitewater Rafting
    • Scuba Diving
    • Snorkelling 
    • Swimming
    • Jet Skiing/Waterskiing
    • Canoeing/Kayaking 
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Flyboarding 
    • Skydiving
    • Off Road Motorcycle Tours
    • 4WD Tours
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Cycling
    • Golfing
    • Bushwalking/Hiking
    • Party Buses
    • Cairns Zoom and Wildlife Dome
    • Restaurants and Pubs
    Find us...
    Address 20-26 McLeod Street
    Cairns , 4870
    Phone (+617) 4051 0772
    Hostel Manager Courtney Preo
    Payment MasterCard, Visa
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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.

    Winner for best hostel in the 2014 Queensland Tourism Awards, 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). A FREE airport shuttle bus is available for guests (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.

    • Great place with well stocked facilities. Close to everything you could need. Really helpful staff and a good atmosphere. Would definitely go back
      Ebony R October 2015
    • Amazing city Amazing place Amazing YHA
      Clotilde L October 2015
    • I love this hostel, I go every year if possible, but will certainly be returning next year.
      Patrica B September 2015
    2687 customers have rated this hostel


    • Sleeps 225 guests
    • Multi-share dorms
    • Double / twin rooms
    • Ensuite rooms
    • Families
    • Group bookings


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


    • 4WD tours
    • Bungee Jumping
    • Canoeing/Kayaking
    • Diving
    • Horseriding
    • Hot Air Ballooning
    • Skydiving
    • Snorkelling
    • Swimming
    • Whitewater Rafting
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    Find us...
    Address 20-26 McLeod Street
    Cairns , 4870
    Phone (+617) 4051 0772
    Hostel Manager Courtney Preo
    Payment MasterCard, Visa
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    Opening times

    Hostel Open all year

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

    Check in from 1:30pm daily
    Check out until 10:00am daily
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    2013 Australian Tourism Awards - Bronze       2014 TNQ Tourism Awards