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Cairns Central YHA

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Cairns Central YHA

A safe stay is our top priority so we have enhanced hygiene measures in place, along with social distancing practices. More information can be found here.

This property is located right in the heart of town, only a block from the train station and surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and pubs. Comfortable common areas, lush swimming pool and social BBQ area make it the perfect spot to relax. 

Looking for the best things to do in Cairns? Check out our huge range of Cairns reef tours and discounted attraction tickets HERE.

If you are coming to Cairns for the AFL - Buses to Cazalys Stadium leave from Spence St, the corner of Cairns Central shopping mall just 2 mins walk from the hostel. Bus numbers are: 141, 142, 143 and 150. 


  • Air conditioning
  • Disabled Access
  • Games room
  • Free, fast Wi-Fi throughout the property
  • 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 4 FREE NIGHTS at Cairns Central YHA.
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Great Barrier Reef Sailing Cruise

Travel on a local eco- certified tour to experience a unique reef adventure with friendly crew exploring two pristine Great Barrier Reef locations.
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1 Day Daintree Rainforest Tour

Discover Tropical North Queensland's world heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest on this full day tour to Cape Tribulation departing from Cairns.
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Green Island Full Day Eco Adventure

Spend the day relaxing on the beach, snorkelling in crystal clear waters or exploring rainforest on a 6000 year old coral cay located on Great Barrier Reef!

More about Cairns Central YHA

Cairns is a traveller's 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 Traveller hostel in Cairns has 59 rooms including co-living, twin/double and family rooms. All are air-conditioned and many have ensuites. There is also free, fast Wi-Fi all throughout the property.


92% customer rating, based on 5714 reviews
  • Lovely atmosphere, comfortable room and facilities. Staff so welcoming and helpful. Look forward to coming back again.
    Robert B 12/01/2021
  • Nice vibe and great location. Be happy to stay there anytime !
    Tony B 15/10/2020
  • Good
    Katherine P 29/08/2020
  • It is perfectly situated in Cairns, clean light rooms & a great atmosphere with plenty of nice little private places to sit. Highly recommend
    Catherine S 28/08/2020
  • Very friendly felt safe,within walking distance to the lagoon, eating places
    Eileen R 14/08/2020
  • Very friendly staff
    Leelan S 31/07/2020
  • It was clean and cheap. The only thing that would have made it better is tea & coffee making facilities.
    David P 27/07/2020
  • The staff have done a fantastic job of making Cairns Central YHA feel like a clean and safe environment in these challenging Covid-19 times.
    Alannah L 25/07/2020
  • Great hostel. We have stayed in a few YHA’s and Cairns YHA did not disappoint.
    Esmarie B 22/07/2020
  • Very nice! I will stay here again one day
    Grant T 19/07/2020
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Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgement of Country


Address: 20-26 McLeod Street
State: QLD, 4870
Phone: (+617) 4051 0772
Hostel Manager: Martin Greenhalgh
Payment: MasterCard,Visa


Hostel Open all year

9:30am - 11am and 2pm - 7pm

Check in 2pm - 7pm, for after hours check in please contact the hostel
Check out until 10:00am daily
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YHA acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia. We acknowledge and pay our respects to Elders past, present, emerging and the extended Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island community.