Cairns Central YHA

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Things to do in Cairns Central YHA

YHA's Cairns Backpacker hostel is the perfect base to explore North Queensland.

The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest fringes the Great Barrier Reef, with the outback around the corner.

YHA Travel staff at the hostel can organise many tours and activities, including scuba-diving courses, white-water rafting, bungy jumping, and Barrier Reef Cruises.

The hostel can also arrange daytrips to the Skyrail Cableway, Kuranda Scenic Rail, Atherton Tablelands, Port Douglas, and Cooktown.

Cairns Backpackers' nightlife is legendary, from pub crawls and parties to cane toad races! All are just a short walk away from the hostel. On a budget? See the Cairns YHA's reception for nightclub discount vouchers! The Cairns Night Markets are on every evening from 5.00 pm to 11.00 pm.

At the hostel

$1 Dogs (Sausage Sizzle!)

Join us for $1 dogs at our Friday night sausage sizzle! Plus mingle and meet some new pals.

Friday night

Free movie night

Join us for a movie and free popcorn.

Monday & Thursday
TV Room

Free pancake breakfast

Start your day right with our amazing Free pancake breakfast.


Tours & activities related to this hostel

per person

Great Barrier Reef Snorkelling Tour from Port Douglas

Explore two stunning reef sites aboard the newest vessel in Port Douglas. This all inclusive tour offers exclusive YHA rates making it one of the best value tours on the East Coast.
per person

Skydive Cairns

Want the best 60 seconds of your life?! Get the ultimate rush of adrenaline as you skydive 14,000ft above the lush tropical rainforests and stunning coastline of Cairns. Save $30!
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 2 FREE NIGHTS at Cairns Central YHA.
per person

Atherton Tablelands overnight waterfalls adventure

Waterfalls, crater lakes, 500 year old trees, and loads of fun! This overnight nature adventure to the Atherton Tablelands will be the one to make your mates jealous!
per person

Green Island Reef day tour

Spend the day relaxing on the beach, snorkeling in crystal clear waters and exploring rainforest on a 6000 year old coral cay located in the world famous Great Barrier Reef!
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Rainforest skyrail and great barrier reef tour

YHA DEAL: FREE introductory scuba dive! This great value 2 day package includes the unforgettable Kuranda Scenic Railway and Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, and a once in a lifetime trip to the Great Barrier Reef aboard one of our favourite boats.
per person

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.

FREE things to do in Cairns

  1. Walk along the Esplanade to the Botanical Gardens then do the Red Arrow and reward yourself with the a cool drink at the Botanical Gardens Cafe afterwards.
  2. Rustys markets - Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (check out Billys Coffee...rumoured to be the best coffee in Cairns).
  3. Join the Cairns locals for free zumba, yoga and fitness classes on the Esplanade.
  4. Have a swim in the lagoon pool and then soak up some rays while you listen to the local bands who often provide free entertainment on the grassy area by the pool.
  5. Cairns night markets - open daily 4-10 PM.
  6. Take a drive out to Crystal Cascades and enjoy a refreshing dip under a beautiful waterfall.

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