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

FREE Movie Nights

Join us for a FREE movie and popcorn night. Gather around the pool under our big outdoor TV!

Mondays, Thursdays, Sundays
The Pool Area

Tuesday Meet and Mingle!

Meet and mingle night at Woolshed! Drink deals and FREE pizza for YHA guests.

Every Tuesday

$1 Sausage Sizzle

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

Every Friday Night
In the Courtyard

FREE Wine and Cheese

Who doesn't love cheese and vino time? Better yet, it's FREE!

Every Saturday
In the Courtyard

FREE Pancake Breakfast

Start your day right with our amazing FREE pancake breakfast.

In the Courtyard

Sunday Sessions

Enjoy a Sunday session at the AJ Hackett Bungy Site.

Every Sunday
AJ Hackett Bungy Site

Tours & activities related to this hostel

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Ultimate Cairns Skydiving, Reef and Rainforest Package

Skydive from 14,000ft, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef & chase waterfalls through World Heritage Listed tropical rainforests. Includes 4 nights at Cairns Central YHA!
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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.
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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!
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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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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.

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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AJ Hackett Cairns
Special offer
Receive a $10 Gravity Bar Voucher when you book a Bungy Jump through a YHA Tour Desk.
  • 1800 622 888
Cairns ZOOM and Wildlife Dome
2 Free activities
Receive 2 FREE activities (valued at $20) when you book an Entry + 2 Activity Package through a YHA tour desk.
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Passions of Paradise
10% Off tours
10% off Passions of Paradise tours to the Great Barrier Reef when booking through a YHA tour desk.
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